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

Is Your Air Conditioner Going to Succeed This Summer?

Monday, May 6th, 2019

AC-technician-workingIt’s a thought that you may not really want to explore: What if my air conditioner does not make it through the summer season? Let us make it clear right off the bat, though. It is definitely in your best interest, should this concern arise, to consider it very carefully. Can we replace your air conditioner for you in the middle of the summer following a breakdown? Well yes, of course. Is it much, much more convenient for you to have it replaced before things devolve to that level?

Absolutely.

Your air conditioner is most likely to give out on you just when you need it most, and when it is working its hardest. This is likely to be at a very hot point in the year, when your HVAC contractor in Ankeny, IA, is quite busy. Don’t risk discomfort while you wait for an available technician to remove your old system and get a new one in place. Consider the following, and let us know if you think it’s time to get a new AC installed.

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What Can Air Conditioning Maintenance Do for You?

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

condenser-unitIn this day and age, when it seems like there is someone trying to sell you something everywhere you go, it makes sense to exercise some level of caution when making investments and buying into different programs. One investment that is without a doubt worth your money is routine air conditioning maintenance. And our Schaal Priority Maintenance Agreement and Guarantees are definitely worth your consideration! More on that below. We want to get right to the heart of the matter of maintenance first.

Before we even dive into the issue of routine maintenance and its various benefits, however, we want to get this out of the way—you need to work with a reputable HVAC company in Ankeny, IA, if you want to get the most from your maintenance service and agreement. Routine HVAC maintenance is not a job that you can handle on your own, and it is not one that every service company excels in. When you work with the professionals on our team, though, you can count on a job well done every time, every step of the way. And now, onto those benefits!

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Why Is Heating Maintenance a Job for the Pros?

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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Potential Problems with Your Water Heater

Monday, 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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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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Problems Caused By Dirty AC Filters

Monday, June 18th, 2018

changing-air-filterWe discussed how important it is to keep a fresh air filter in a forced air heating system a few months back. Because changing the air filter in a forced air system is one of the most important steps that homeowners can handle themselves in terms of system maintenance, we want to use today’s post to discuss how doing so can benefit your central AC system, too. Summer is upon us, and you should take any available measures to get the most from your AC.

Changing the air filter is quite simple—in most systems, there will even be arrows or other markings to match up with the filter which will show you how to face it! Just because it is simple and just because replacement filters of this kind are cheap does not mean that changing the air filter is any less vital, though. Sometimes, those “minor” steps can really be deceiving in terms of importance. So here’s how a dirty filter can compromise your air conditioning in Ankeny, IA.

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AC FAQ: How Do I Add Refrigerant?

Monday, June 4th, 2018

ac-toolsThe short answer is that you don’t. Your air conditioner needs refrigerant if it is going to do its one and only job—cooling your home. That is due to the fact that refrigerant is the heat transfer fluid in your central air conditioning system. Remember that your air conditioner is not creating new, cool air when it cools your home. Instead, it is siphoning heat out of the air, resulting in a cooler feeling, and redistributing that cooled air throughout your home.

As you can imagine, that heat has to go somewhere. It cannot just sit in the refrigerant that has absorbed it via the evaporation process, because then the refrigerant would be too hot to draw more heat out of the air.  That is why the refrigerant goes out to the condenser coil outside. There, it releases its heat as it is compressed, before starting the cycle all over again in order to maintain comfortable temperatures. So when is refrigerant consumed?

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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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