Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog

Reasons a Furnace May Blow Cool Air

March 25th, 2019

furnace-wiringWith the most extreme of winter weather (hopefully) behind us for the year, it is safe to say that everyone is ready for things to start warming up once again. Just because you are ready doesn’t mean that ol’ mother nature is quite there yet, unfortunately. We’ve got some chilly weather coming our way still, and chances are that you are going to be running your furnace for a while longer yet, even if it’s more sporadic than it has been.

That is precisely why, even this late into the heating season, it is vital to keep your home heating system in the best working condition possible. This means more than just having your furnace tuned up annually and changing filters as needed. It also means taking prompt action when problems of any kind with your furnace surface. And even the best furnaces with the best of care will eventually require professional furnace repair in Urbandale, IA.

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Why Is Heating Maintenance a Job for the Pros?

March 11th, 2019

piggy-bankNo one can even begin to argue against the fact that the internet is a truly incredible resource. Just a few generations ago the idea that you could carry around a whole world’s worth of information in your pocket—on a device that you can use to make your phone calls, nonetheless—would be unthinkable. No—incomprehensible! For the immeasurable good that the internet does, however, there are obviously a lot of issues that stem from it and its use.

Not the least of these is simply giving individuals the false impression that viewing a few videos or reading a few blogs suddenly makes them experts. Let us make our stance on the matter clear right off the bat. Yes, there are plenty of projects around the house that you can handle on your own. Yes, there are instructional DIY videos online that will help you to complete appropriate projects. No, you cannot ever service your home heating system yourself! That’s always a job for a professional HVAC contractor in Ankeny, IA.

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What Makes the Gas Furnace So Popular?

February 25th, 2019

gas-jetsWinter has certainly made itself known this year. With cold temperatures tearing through the country at such extremes, there’s no doubt that you were thankful for the heater in your home this season. And there is a good chance that you have a gas furnace to thank for your comfort. Why? Because gas furnaces are probably the most popular of all home heating systems in use today. Why is that? Well, that’s what we’re covering in today’s post.

To put things simply, the gas furnace has many benefits to offer that other heating systems simply cannot compete with. Does this mean that there are not other great heaters out there? No, of course not. It does mean that, if you’re thinking about installing a new heater in your home, using a gas furnace is certainly worth considering. So read on, learn a bit about the benefits, and let us know if you have any questions about what a gas furnace can do for you.

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Is Your Heater Running on Borrowed Time?

February 11th, 2019

question-markNow that we’re getting into mid-February, some homeowners out there are no doubt starting to eagerly anticipate the spring season. Just because warmer temperatures may be visible on the horizon in the near future, however, does not mean that you can let a struggling heating system limp along through the rest of the winter. There is too much work to be done yet. By rolling the dice in that way, you are only putting your comfort at risk.

If you were training for a marathon and sprained your ankle a few miles out from the finish line, chances are that you’d have that ankle taken care of before you decided to give it another shot and cross that finish line. The same mindset should apply to your heating system. Our Ankeny, IA, HVAC professionals want to ensure that you understand the signs that your heater is giving you. It may be that repairs are needed, of course. However, considering different factors, it may become clear that a full heating replacement is your best option, even with spring close ahead. 

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Prepare for the Coming Extreme Cold!

January 30th, 2019

logoIn the next few days, we all will experience temperatures and wind chills that our homes’ heating systems in the Des Moines area are NOT designed for. -20 to -30-degree temperatures with wind chills into -40 and down to the -50s! Newer homes will struggle to maintain temperature and older homes will NOT maintain temperature—the temperature WILL drop while the heating system is working at full capacity. Here are some helpful tips to make the next few days a little more bearable.

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How Ductwork and Heating Problems Are Linked

January 28th, 2019

sealing-ductWhen you invest in a good heating system and you schedule routine heating maintenance, you may think that you’re in the clear and that nothing bad can happen in terms of your overall heating experience. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. Even the best heating systems on the market, even when expertly installed and meticulously maintained, can still run into trouble. Things are only complicated further by the fact that different components of the system at large, rather than the heating unit itself, may be to blame.

Case in point? Your ductwork. If you use a heat pump or a furnace to heat your home, then you are using a forced air heating system to distribute heat throughout your living space. That means that air is heated and then circulated throughout the house by air ducts. If those ducts are not in great working condition, then your entire heating system is compromised. Let’s take a look at some signs of trouble with your ductwork in Altoona, IA.

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Is Your Heater Running Properly?

January 14th, 2019

dog-blanketWhat does this mean, you may be wondering? Is my heater starting up? Sure it is. Is it generating heat? Well, yes. That would be a pretty obvious problem, and I don’t really need a blog post to tell me that a heater should be doing so.

That’s not really what this blog is about, though.

In today’s post, we are going to talk about an issue that a lot of homeowners face, and that a lot of homeowners fail to recognize as a serious issue: short cycling. Because your heater will still technically be firing up and producing heat when it is short cycling, you may be tempted to ignore the issue, if you register it as such at all.

Don’t.

We are going to take a look at some of the potential causes of short cycling, as well as some of the ways in which it works against you and your system. If necessary, we can handle your heating repairs in Des Moines, IA.

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Keep Your Heater Working Efficiently

December 31st, 2018

money-savingIf we were able to provide you with free heating, it would be our honor to do so. That’s just not a possibility, however—which is actually good for us, since giving away free heating probably wouldn’t be great for our finances. That being said, you certainly don’t want to be paying more than is necessary in order to heat your home. Too many homeowners write off their high heating costs as the norm, though, even though boost efficiency can be quite simple.

Now, we’re not going to be able to make your heater any more efficient than it is rated for. All systems do have their upper limit. However, we’ can help you to keep your heater working as closely to that upper limit as possible. Sure, replacing your old, inefficient heater with a new, more efficient model is an obvious way to get a more efficient heating performance. We’d like to share some other, less expensive tips with you today, though. 

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Is Your Heater in Trouble Already?

December 17th, 2018

servicing-furnaceIt’s only December, which means that we have a whole lot more winter weather to contend with before things start to warm up once again. That can be a startling realization when you run into problems with your heating system relatively early into the heating season. The best way to protect your comfort, the condition of your heater, and even your safety is to schedule prompt heating repairs in Clive, IA. To do so, however, you need to recognize the signs of trouble.

Not all of them are incredibly obvious. That’s the bad news. The good news, inasmuch as we can use the word “good” in this context, is that not every problem is terribly serious, either. However, most warning signs do point to potentially serious problems, so the right course of action is to treat any such issue as a priority. In doing so, you help to prevent serious damages to your heating system that could have been avoided with more prompt action!

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Potential Problems with Your Water Heater

December 3rd, 2018

tank-water-heaterHot water in your home is not only a convenience, but a necessity. We use hot water every day, and we tend to take it for granted. When your water no longer runs hot, you will notice. When this happens, it is time to call a trusted professional.

We know that many homeowners wait until their hot water heaters break down completely before calling for repair. Homeowners may also not realize how serious a problem really is. We understand that scheduling a repair might be the last thing you want to do today, but trust us, waiting will only make matters worse. Waiting until your water heater breaks down will make for a costlier repair bill.

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