Climate Masters Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Why Is My Heat Pump Short Cycling?

Monday, October 24th, 2022

technician-working-on-furnaceMany customers we serve have heat pumps installed in their homes for heating. In fact, heat pumps are arguably the most popular heating system when you consider each option. A heat pump is energy efficient and inexpensive to install and maintain. But, heat pumps do have some downsides if not properly cared for, and one of those is short cycling.

Allowing your heat pump to short cycle can cost you a lot on your energy bill and over the life of your unit. If you’re wondering why your heat pump is short cycling in St. Augustine, Fl you can give us a call. Our team can find the root of the problem and fix it so that your heat pump is working its best all season long. 

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How Furnace Maintenance Prevents Repair

Monday, September 26th, 2022

 

technician-working-on-furnaceYour furnace is strong and durable, designed to last for many years. Furnaces are also flexible enough to work in any home with good ventilation. But they aren’t invincible. Your furnace needs regular maintenance twice per year in order to run at its best. If you find that your furnace isn’t heating as you expect or that it’s breaking down frequently, a lack of maintenance may be to blame. 

You may be tempted to ignore small problems in hopes that they will go away. Unfortunately, they won’t. They’ll only get worse with time, and this goes for both gas and electric furnaces. If you need furnace repair in Ponte Vedra, Fl, our team can help. Then we can get you on track with a scheduled maintenance plan that will keep your furnace running at its most efficient. Here’s why that’s so important. 

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Are You in Need of Heating Repair Services?

Monday, December 20th, 2021

animated-checklist-gifIf you’ve lived in the St Augustine area for even just a year, then you know that our “winter” season is almost laughable to our friends up north in New England and the New York area. Still though, this is even more reason for us to want to spend as little as possible on our heating systems. One way to ensure this is the case is to invest in routine annual maintenance. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it inside your heating system, which will help the system perform as efficiently and effectively as it’s meant to, for as long as it’s meant to (10-15 years). This all means lower heating bills for you!

Maintenance can help you avoid up to 85% of the repairs you might ever need in your heater’s lifespan, by enabling us to catch small wear and tear problems before they grow into bigger repair emergencies. Of course, this doesn’t mean you’ll never have a repair need in between maintenance sessions. For this reason, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of a heater in disrepair. Read on as we uncover some of the most common!

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How to Help Boost Heating Performance

Monday, December 6th, 2021

man-pointing-upward-on-green-backgroundIf you’ve lived in the area for even just a year, then you know that you don’t get a whole lot of use out of your home’s heating system. Still though, there’s no denying that when you do need it, you want it to function as efficiently and effectively as possible. There are a few ways to ensure this is the case. First off, maintenance! We can’t say enough about this service. No matter how frequently or how long you use your heating system for this year, it needs an annual professional tune-up. This allows our technicians to thoroughly clean, adjust, and inspect the components that need it.

Maintenance tune-ups not only help your heater work more efficiently, but they also extend the lifespan of your heater, and reduce repair needs by as much as 85%. And maintenance is just the beginning in helping your heater to work as efficiently as possible this winter and every winter throughout the system’s lifetime. Read on to see how to help boost your heater’s performance!

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The Danger of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

burners-in-a-furnaceAre you utilizing a gas-powered heater this fall and winter to keep your home warm? This isn’t surprising, since after all this the most popular heating system found in modern homes. This is especially true in climates like ours that don’t have bitterly cold winters and so don’t need something like radiant heating or boiler heating.

Furnaces are cost-efficient, and a fantastic choice for many homeowners. However, while they’re not inherently harmful, when you use natural gas in your home for any appliance, there is always a small risk of toxic gas leaks and combustion issues. The primary concern in avoiding issues like this is taking care of your furnace’s heat exchanger.

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“Is Ductless Heating Right for My Home?”

Monday, March 15th, 2021

modern-living-room-with-ductless-air-handler-on-wallIt may seem odd for us to be talking about heating at all, during this time of the year. After all, it’s not like we need our heaters once spring hits. But if your heater was struggling this past winter, then it’s not a bad idea to look into your replacement options sooner rather than later. This is especially true if you’re considering a heat pump system—that is, a system that operates not only as a heater, but as an air conditioner as well!

Ductless systems have become increasingly popular for climates like ours—where summers are stifling hot and winters are mild (not to mention short). But, is a ductless system right for your specific home? These systems operate on heat pump technology, and as the name implies do not rely on a network of ducts. Rather, they consist of one outdoor condenser unit connected via refrigerant, power, and condensate lines to up to 4 indoor air handlers that can be mounted on the walls inside your home.

These systems have what’s called a reversing valve, which is the component that allows you to switch between heating and cooling mode.

But is this right for your home? Read on to find out!

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How to Help Your Heater Perform At Its Best

Monday, December 7th, 2020

woman-huddled-under-blanketWinter is right around the corner! True, that doesn’t mean much for us here in the sunshine state. “Winter?” you may scoff, “that’s something other states get, not us!”

It may be true that our “chillier” season is brief and pretty uneventful compared to our neighbors up north and in the Midwest. But the fact is that it does get cold enough to use our heaters. Given that your HVAC systems make up half of all your energy use, and you use your AC system about 9 months out of the year if not more, it makes sense you want to save as much money as possible when winter does roll around.

You can do that by using your heater as efficiently as possible. How do you do that? Read on!

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Don’t Ignore This Threat to Furnace Safety

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

woman-covering-mouth-and-looking-concernedAre you using a gas-powered furnace to warm your home this winter? This is a great choice for homeowners in our area. Our winters may be brief, but we can certainly have some chilly days and nights. And you need a powerful and safe heater to get you through the cooler temperatures. That said, there is a potential threat when it comes to gas furnaces that is important for homeowners to be aware of. A cracked heat exchanger.

Before we go any further, it’s important that we clarify—gas furnaces are not inherently dangerous, and cracked heat exchangers are a relatively rare occurrence, particularly in newer furnaces. But they are still a very real threat, which we’ll get into more detail about below. Keep in mind, you will significantly reduce the risk of ever being surprised by a problem of this magnitude by keeping up on your annual furnace maintenance sessions.

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3 Reasons Not to Skip Furnace Maintenance

Monday, October 26th, 2020

technician-working-on-furnace“Wait,” you might be wondering, “furnace maintenance? In Florida?”

Well, yes. Here’s the thing… sure, we don’t use our heating systems for very long in Florida. We’re sure there have been some summers where you felt like you barely used yours for a week before temperatures crept back up. But the fact is, it does get chilly at the peak of winter, especially at night. And when that happens, you want a fully functional and efficiently operating heating system to keep you and your family comfortable.

The only way to ensure that your furnace is in great shape is by scheduling routine tune-ups for the system. Read on as we uncover 3 very important reasons you shouldn’t skip out on furnace maintenance.

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End-of-Season Heating System Care

Monday, February 17th, 2020

technician-working-on-furnaceWe can’t exactly say our weather around here is predictable, but we can say that you typically don’t have to worry about using your heater much longer this season. Before you shut if off though, it’s important to tackle any heating repair needs that might be lingering—delaying these can be a big mistake.

Ignoring problems within your heater can result in much bigger issues, and could leave you with a completely broken down heater when you need it this time next year. Depending on the circumstances—i.e. if the problem is ductwork related—the problem you’re having could even impact your air conditioner, too.

How do you know if you have heater problems that need attention, though? Read on and learn about some of the symptoms of heating system problems.

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