Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Altoona’

3 Common Furnace Misconceptions

Monday, December 28th, 2020

Hey y’all, welcome to another end of the year blog post about heating!

On a serious note, this is the time of year where we get a lot of calls about heaters on the fritz, so we’d like to nip something in the bud. A lot of homeowners call us thinking their heater is doing something that it’s actually not. As your local professionals, we’re going to grant some knowledge to everyone in hopes that we all get better comfort for our homes.

What’s the problem with furnace misconceptions? Well, when it comes to gas furnaces in Altoona, IA, misconceptions could lead you to operate the system in an incorrect way. You could waste gas which is bad for your bills and the environment, and you could neglect a big safety concern that could make things dangerous down the line. We could go on, but just make sure your furnace is backed by a foundation of fact!

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Change the Air Filter and Keep Things Running Smoothly

Monday, December 14th, 2020

We talk about air filters quite often on this blog. This isn’t by accident. Time and time again we run into homeowners that have either forgotten to change out their heater’s air filter, run into problems due to a clogged air filter, or just don’t think it’s a big deal. So, we’re here with a PSA to change your mind about that.

Air filters are the first line of defense when it comes to contaminants gunking up the heating process. Without them, dust, debris, pet dander, hair, and other contaminants can cause damage to the sensitive interior components of your heating system. In the case of furnace repair in Altoona, IA, you could suffer from a cracked heat exchanger with an increased amount of contaminants—which is the prime ingredient for a gas leak or carbon monoxide issue.

Let’s talk about dealing with this problem head on. It’s time to replace your air filter.

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4 Signs Your Water Heater Is Leaking

Monday, June 29th, 2020

water-heaterWhen we think of leaks coming from our water heaters, we’re usually inundated with images of old cartoon leaks where a pipe is spraying water all over the place. While this certainly does occur sometimes, it’s usually not the most common way leaks express themselves. Leaks can be many different sizes, shapes, and produce varying degrees of sound. This makes it exceptionally hard for leaks to be pinpointed or noticed by a homeowner, especially when it comes from your water heater!

Today, we’re going to talk about some major signs that you’re dealing with a leaking water heater. If your water heater in Altoona, IA is showing one of the following signs that there’s a leak, then you’re better off calling one of our professionals for repairs.

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Everything You Need to Know About a Refrigerant Leak

Monday, June 15th, 2020

rooftop-ac-unitRefrigerant leaks can be extremely detrimental to the lifespan and efficiency of your air conditioner. Not only is refrigerant integral to the cooling process, but the less of it that exists in your system, the harder your air conditioner will have to work to meet your comfort demands. Do you notice a cycle?

Catching a refrigerant leak is the first step in breaking the vicious cycle of air conditioner repair and breakdowns. By ignoring something like this, you’re only setting yourself up for disaster in the future. HVAC service in Altoona, IA doesn’t have to be a hassle, and when it comes to detecting a refrigerant leak and addressing it, you’ll be glad you called us.

So, let’s go into detail about what harm a refrigerant leak can cause for your AC and what can be done to mitigate the damage.

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AC Efficiency Tips You’ll Want to Know

Monday, June 1st, 2020

tech-and-client-handshakePsst! If you’re a homeowner and you’re looking for a way to lower your bills and increase the efficiency of your air conditioner, then you’re going to like what we have to tell you. There are a variety of things, aside from standard AC upgrades, that can make the job easier for your AC and lower your energy consumption. Most of these tips don’t require a single penny, so for all the homeowners out there that love a good DIY project, you’ll be excited to read what’s down below.

In all seriousness, if your AC just isn’t putting out the cooling you need, there’s no simple trick that can fix that. It’s up to your local HVAC company in Altoona, IA to perform sensible AC repair and get the system back up and running. If your AC already works just fine, it just struggles against the summer heat, then keep reading!

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The Importance of Professional Maintenance

Monday, January 27th, 2020

upsetWe talk a lot about heater maintenance, and while some homeowners might be getting tired of it, we’re still constantly surprised by the number of people that ignore the routine needs of their heater. No, we’re not talking maintenance as in just giving a quick “up and down” of your furnace to make sure it’s not too dusty; we mean scheduling an appointment with a professional heating specialist to make sure your system is running safely, efficiently, and effectively.

The truth of the matter is, maintenance in Altoona, IA is not optional if you’d like your heater to last more than just a few years. The opinion, handiwork, and technical expertise of a professional is absolutely necessary for extending the lifespan of your heater to the point that you’d want it to be.

So, let’s get into the details as to why maintenance is so important!

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How a Dirty Air Filter Affects Your AC

Monday, June 17th, 2019

filterMy air conditioner starts up when it should start, and it cools down my home when I want it to. Well, for the most part. Well, it starts up, but then it shuts down pretty quickly. But it still cools my home. You know. Mostly.

Let us stop you right there and ask a question. If your car started up, didn’t really run too well, and shut down unexpectedly on you, would you feel safe jumping in for a ride? We’re betting that the answer is no, even if you like to live with a bit of adventure here and there.

Why, then, would you put up with that kind of a performance from your air conditioning system? If you ask us, as you should when it comes to all things HVAC in Altoona, IA, you deserve a lot more than that. And something that too few people seem to realize is that many problems are actually caused by homeowners themselves, as they fail to change their air filters as needed.

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AC Tip: Don’t Ignore Short Cycling

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

AC-unit-outdoorsWe know that it can be easy to avoid dealing with air conditioning problems. This is especially true when your air conditioner is still technically up and running. The last thing that you want to do, though, is give any problems with your air conditioning system the opportunity that they need to get worse. The longer that you wait to have any problems resolved by a professional HVAC contractor in Altoona, IA, the worse off your system is likely to be.

Short cycling is one such problem that too many homeowners ignore until they are suffering from the further problems that it can create. If your system is short cycling, then you’ll want our help and you’ll want it fast. This begs the question, though: what is short cycling, anyway? Read on to learn more about this problem and the toll that takes on air conditioners.

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What Does a Refrigerant Leak Mean for My Air Conditioner?

Monday, May 20th, 2019

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There are a lot of different problems that homeowners may run into with their air conditioning systems. It is important that any and all problems with your AC are addressed as swiftly as possible in order to minimize the risk of serious damage to your system. Even “minor” issues can cause big problems if given the opportunity.

Now, that being said, not all air conditioning problems are on the same level. Yes, they are all deserving of prompt attention. However, something like a refrigerant leak needs to be prioritized immediately. A refrigerant leak can do very real damage to your system if allowed to persist. Here are some signs that your air conditioning in Altoona, IA, may be on the line with a refrigerant leak.

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How Ductwork and Heating Problems Are Linked

Monday, 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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