Posts Tagged ‘heater’

Ice on My Heat Pump: Should I Be Concerned?

Monday, November 19th, 2018

iciclesMaybe. We apologize for not giving a solid answer right off the bat, but the fact is that giving a solid answer would require a lot more information. The reason? There are a few different potential causes of ice developing on a heat pump. It may not always be a major issue, but it certainly can be. The fact that it may be a problem with a relatively simple solution should not lull you into a false sense of security.

When it comes to your heater in Bellows Falls, VT, you always want to know that it is functioning properly. Even “minor” issues can lead to serious problems when you experience winters as cold as ours. Heat pump technology has come a long way over the years but, like any other technology, it has its limitations. You’re going to need repairs at some point. When that time comes, you can always count on our heating technicians to get your system back on track.

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What’s the Cause of My Heating Inefficiency?

Monday, November 5th, 2018

money-chimneyHeating a home in Southern Vermont doesn’t always come cheap.  There are a lot of great heating systems out there that have outstanding efficiency ratings.  There are also ways in which to improve efficiency by improving your home itself. That being said, you still may run into higher heating costs than you anticipated at the start of the heating season. Whether your heater has significantly dropped off in overall efficiency or you just have a hunch that you’re paying more than you should,  there are a few factors to consider.

In today’s post, we’ll explore some of the potential causes behind reduced heating efficiency in Woodstock. We’ll also clue you in on some ways in which you can resolve those problems. With our help, you’ll be heating your home in a more affordable manner in no time. Winters around here are too long and way too cold to compromise when it comes to heating energy efficiency. Keep more money in the bank while keeping your home cozy. (more…)

Forced Air Heaters Need Fresh Filters

Monday, October 8th, 2018

cold-couple-couchThis summer may have felt like a long one at points, but it is time once again to turn our attention turn our heaters here in Vermont. And if you use a forced air heating system in your home, such as a furnace or an air-source heat pump, then you need to make sure that you have a fresh air filter in place. The last thing that you want is to face problems with your home heating experience due to keeping a dirty filter in your heater.

While most heating maintenance in Southern Vermont is going to require the skill and expertise that only trained professionals can offer,  that doesn’t mean that this simple maintenance step should go unfulfilled. Simple does mean inconsequential in this instance, and the fact is that changing your air filter regularly is the best possible thing that you can do for your heater on your own. So read on, keep your filter in mind, and make sure that you’re able to live warm and comfortably this winter. (more…)

Feel That Chill? Time for Heating Maintenance!

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

working-on-furnaceHere in Southern Vermont, the cool (and outright cold!) weather can come a lot early than it does in other parts of the country. While we enjoyed—or at least tolerated—some very hot weather this past summer season, you’ll notice that those humid, 80+ degree days have fallen off of the forecast now. It happens every year,  after all. You know what else should happen every year, right around this time?

Your heating tune-up in Ludlow!

Chances are that, if you’ve been in this part of the country for any amount of time, you already know how vital a great heating system really is. What you may be hesitant to believe, however, is just how important of a role heating maintenance plays in keeping great systems,  well, great! That is what we are going to talk about today, so take these tips to heart and remember to schedule your heating tune-up with the professional heating technicians on our team. (more…)

How Prompt Heating Repairs Benefit You

Monday, February 12th, 2018

snowy-streetIt’s only mid-February, and Vermonters know that this means there is still a lot more winter ahead of us—though some of us may actually prefer the snow on the ground to the looming emergence of mud season. What does this mean for our heating systems? Well, that there is still a lot more work ahead of them. It may be tempting to turn a blind eye to heating problems when we’re creeping up, however slowly, on the Spring season.

That’s just not a risk that we can take around here, though. No matter how minor a problem with your heater may seem right now, there is plenty of time ahead for that “minor” problem to take a serious toll on your system. Scheduling prompt heating repair in Springfield, VT is always going to be your best bet. Here are some of the benefits that you have to consider in doing so.  Contact a member of our team should heating problems arise.

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Heating Showdown: Forced Air vs. Radiant

Monday, January 29th, 2018

dog-under-blanketWe’re creeping up on February, and you know what that means! Um, a lot more cold weather and winter scenery to come. Hopefully, your heater is hanging in there and giving you the support you need so far this season. If you are thinking about replacing your heating system once this winter is past, or if you need a new heater for a new property that you’ve got going up, chances are you are looking at both forced air and radiant heating options.

You cannot afford to take any chances when it comes to heating in New Hampshire, so the pros on our staff have some tips to help you determine which system is right for you. Remember, there is no single heater that is going to be ideal for every home or for every homeowner. You need to do some homework, and definitely ask questions as they come up. This is a major investment, and the heating system that you choose really needs to rise to the occasion in this area.

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Your Furnace Needs a Fresh Filter

Monday, January 1st, 2018

air-filterThe winter solstice may have just passed, but it has felt like winter in our area for quite a while, now. You have no doubt been running your furnace for some time already, and we certainly hope that you remembered to schedule professional heating maintenance in New Hampshire this year. If not, there is no way that you can expect your furnace to function at peak performance and efficiency levels. There is also one very important maintenance task that you should be handling on your own.

That is changing the air filter that your furnace uses regularly. Typically, you’ll need to do this once every 1-3 months. There are many factors that influence the need for changing a filter, though, so that is really just a basic guideline. The best way to figure out if the time has come to replace your filter is simply to check in on its condition from time to time. But how does a dirty air filter really affect a furnace? And is it really that big of a deal?

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Why Does My Heater Keep Shutting Down?

Monday, December 18th, 2017

chilly-couple-on-couchDecember is somehow already nearly halfway over. We’ve got a lot of the heating season left to go, though, and this being Vermont means that the cold weather is going to be pretty severe for the foreseeable future. If you hope to make it through the heating season in true comfort—or anything even resembling it—then you really need your heater to be firing on all cylinders. The fact that your heater is generating heat does not necessarily mean that it is doing so in the proper manner.

One question that we get from concerned homeowners now and again is why their heaters seem to be running in short bursts. The system starts up, but stays on only briefly before shutting back down again. While this may seem at first to be something of an odd quirk, the fact is that any problems with your heater have the potential to seriously disrupt your comfort. This particular problem is called short cycling, and it can definitely spell trouble for your heater in Ludlow, VT.

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Common Furnace Problems

Monday, December 4th, 2017

cold-manIf there is one system that you really don’t want to gamble with in the middle of winter in New England, it is your home heating system. These days, heaters in general are more dependable and reliable than ever before. However, no heater can truly claim to be 100% reliable. That just is not a possibility. Even the furnace, which stands as probably the most popular and common of all home heating systems, can suffer from occasional operational problems.

If you use a furnace to heat your home, you are going to need to schedule professional furnace repair services at some point. There are plenty of warning signs that you may notice that could indicate a furnace in need of repair. There are also some relatively common furnace problems that you may encounter,  and we’re going to cover a few of those today. Don’t be taken by surprise if you should encounter any of these issues with your furnace in Langdon, NH.

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Listen for These Strange Furnace Sounds

Monday, November 20th, 2017

chilly-manDo you use a furnace in Alstead, NH? If so, then chances are that you do not need us to elaborate on just how efficient and reliable these systems can be. The furnace has earned its place among the home heating system elite thanks to its prompt, effective heating performance. Like any other heating system, though, the furnace is not perfect. At some point, you are going to find yourself in need of furnace repairs. Ideally, you’ll realize this early on.

When it comes to having your furnace repaired, “the sooner, the better” is really the mantra to keep in mind. The longer that you wait to have any issues with your furnace resolved, the worse off that system is likely to be. The “good” news, if you can call it that, is that your furnace is going to exhibit some warning signs when trouble is brewing. You just have to know what to look for—or, more accurately, what to listen for. (more…)