Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

How Filters Affect Furnaces

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

hello-winterFurnaces have long ranked among the most popular of all home heating systems, and they are not likely to be unseated from the throne any time soon. They are highly effective, provide prompt heating throughout the house via their use of ductwork, and modern models are quite efficient. At least, this is all true when the furnace is in the best working condition possible. Scheduling routine maintenance can help to ensure that this is the case.

However, there is also one important step that you must take on your own if you really want to get the most from your furnace. That is to change your air filter as needed. Typically, this is every one to three months, though we suggest that you err on the side of caution and do it on the more frequent side of that range. Yes, your technician will change the filter during your tune-up, but once a year is not enough. A fresh filter can help to stave off furnace repair in Ankeny, IA.

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Get Your Heater Tuned Up Today

Monday, September 24th, 2018

old-furnaceSummer is in the rearview mirror, for the most part. Yes, there are still some warm days scattered throughout the forecast. Yes, you are probably going to opt to run your AC a bit more this year. No, that does not mean that it is too early to start thinking about heating in Altoona, IA.

Yes, we’re serious, and yes, you need to schedule your heating tune-up soon.

Why?

Well—why wait?

Heating maintenance is a preventative service, after all. It doesn’t make any sense to wait until you need your heater regularly before you schedule your heating maintenance for the year. You want to know that your heating system will be there for you when you need it most, and that means getting it back into great fighting shape before you do!

So reach out to us today, have our technicians fine-tune your heater for the season to come, and enjoy the best performance that this heater has to offer.

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How to Keep Heating Repairs Away

Monday, March 26th, 2018

comfortable-womanWe may be approaching the finish line of the heating season, but that doesn’t mean that we are out of the chilly woods just yet. The fact of the matter is that you will still need your heater for a while longer. Because we are moving out of the heating system, though, it does make sense to start reflecting on how your heater handled this past winter. Were you 100% satisfied with the overall operation of your system? Or did repair needs really bog down your comfort this season?

If you answered yes to the latter, then today’s post is definitely for you. We want to share with you some information that you should keep in mind regarding the ways in which you can keep heating repairs to a minimum. No, there is no way in which you can hope to make your heater 100% reliable. That being said, you can definitely help to keep your system as reliable as possible. Here is how to do so.

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Does My Heat Pump Have a Refrigerant Leak?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

temperature-guageThe heat pump really is a great HVAC system, which you are obviously aware of if you use one on your property. The ability to both cool your home and very efficiently heat it is a great benefit. Of course, as unique as the heat pump and its operation may be, there is one way in which it is just like any other HVAC system. It will eventually require repairs! Routine maintenance will keep them to a minimum, but you’ll run into trouble eventually.

If and when you do, you need to contact the professionals on our team right away. Prompt AC and/or heating repair in Ankeny, IA is always going to be in your best interest. The longer that you put off any necessary heat pump repairs, the worse off your system is likely to be. One problem that you may encounter is a refrigerant leak, and this is quite a doozy. If you do have a refrigerant leak, you could do serious damage to your heat pump by continuing to force it to run.

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Can I Handle My Own Heating Maintenance?

Monday, February 26th, 2018

furnace-technicianThere is no denying it—the single best thing that you can do for your home heating system is to schedule professional heating maintenance in Des Moines, IA. If you are not diligent in scheduling professional heating maintenance on an annual basis, then you are doing your home heating system a serious disservice. However, it is not really any more of a disservice than attempting to tune your home heating system up on your own is. This is not a DIY job.

We know that there are a lot of very capable homeowners out there, and there is certainly a lot to be said for self-sufficiency. That being said, however, the most responsible homeowners are those that know when to pass over the toolbox and to pick up the telephone instead. Handy as you may be, a thorough heating tune-up is simply a job requiring the skill and expertise that only trained professionals can possess. Work with us to reap the full benefits of routine heating maintenance.  

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Tips for Winter Heating Efficiency Heating

Monday, February 12th, 2018

money-savingWe don’t put too much faith in groundhogs and other such stories around here. It’s Iowa, and it’s February. That means that it’s still winter, and it’s still cold outside. That means that you are going to need your heating system to hang in there until the warmer weather really does start to arrive, whatever some famous critter may have to say about it. That also means that you need to continue paying to heat your home, which may come as even more unwelcome news than a few more weeks of winter.

The good news is we’ve got some tips to share with you today that can help you to dial back your heating costs a bit. No, we’re not going to claim that you can make your heater more efficient than its heating efficiency rating will allow for. We’re also not going to tell you that you need to invest in a brand new high-efficiency heating system to start saving money either, though. Keep these tips in mind to enjoy more efficient heating in Waukee, IA.

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Forced Air Heating Tip: Keep the Filter Fresh

Monday, January 29th, 2018

filterWhen you invest in a quality heating system from a trusted manufacturer, and you are diligent in scheduling routine heating maintenance with skilled, trained professionals, you can generally count on a pretty reliable performance from that heater. However,  there is simply no such thing as a heater that is ever going to work reliably 100% of the time. Some problems are inevitable. Of course, there are also those problems that can stem from user error,  and it is this type of problem that we’ll be reviewing today.

One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make with their forced air heating systems is simply leaving the air filter in that system for longer than they should. Now, even a very dirty air filter is not going to cause a heater to break down immediately, so it is understandable that it may sometimes be overlooked. The fact is, though, that you are going to suffer a number of problems with your heating in Waukee, IA if you fail to change your air filter as needed.

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Why Is My Heater Short Cycling?

Monday, January 1st, 2018

winter-backgroundIn a perfect world, you would invest in a heating system once, and for the rest of your life that heater would be there for you whenever you need it. It would start right up, it would heat your home perfectly, and it would hardly a cost a dime in doing so! Well, we hate to hammer this point home, but it’s not a perfect world. There are a lot of different problems and aggravations that we all must deal with, and a malfunctioning heater is one of them.

We really want to stress to you today that you should never ignore any sign of trouble from your heating system. The more that you do, the more likely it becomes that you are going to wind up with serious repair needs on your hands. Take short cycling, for instance. You may think that your heater is okay because it’s at least starting up and generating some heat. Ignoring short cycling, however, will likely result in the need for more serious heating repair in Ankeny, IA.

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Furnace FAQ: What’s That Sound?

Monday, December 18th, 2017

dog-under-blanketWhen we’re in the middle of the coldest time of the year, the last thing that we want to encounter is trouble with our home heating systems. The unfortunate truth, however, is that this is precisely the time when the need for heating repairs is most likely to strike! That is why learning some of the potential warning signs that trouble is brewing is so beneficial for homeowners. One strong indicator that problems are developing is strange sounds coming from your furnace.

If you do hear odd furnace noises when heating your home, dial our number right away to schedule professional furnace repair in Ankeny, IA. While not every issue causing your furnace to make strange sounds will necessarily be very serious, the fact is that ignoring this common warning sign will only give that problem the time that it needs to get worse. Acting promptly can save you from more expensive repair needs—not to mention a potentially dangerous operating condition.

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Signs That Your Furnace Is in Trouble

Monday, December 4th, 2017

cold-manWell, autumn sure went by quick this year, didn’t it? It may not technically be winter according to the calendars just yet,  but it is definitely starting to feel like it nonetheless. Subfreezing temperatures are going to be the norm once more, and that means that your furnace really needs to step up to the plate with a performance that will knock the cold right out of the park. Do your part to help it do so by looking out for signs of furnace problems.

Even the best furnaces on the market are going to require repairs at some point, no matter how expertly installed and well-maintained they are. The key to minimizing any negative impact of operational problems, both to your comfort and to your furnace itself, is to schedule professional furnace repair in Ankeny, IA at the first sign of trouble. Contact us if you have any reason to suspect that trouble is a-brewin’ with the furnace in your home.

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