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

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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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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3 Common Heating Repair Needs

Monday, November 6th, 2017

cold-manTemperatures are cooling off more and more as we move further into the fall season, and guess what — winter is not too far off! Before long, we will be firmly entrenched in the coldest time of the year. Is your heating system ready for action, capable of keeping your home warm and reliably heated throughout the toughest weather of the winter season? Investing in great heating equipment and routine heating maintenance is the best way to get ready for the season, but no heater is perfect.

At some point, you are likely going to run into problems of some kind with your home heating system. Whether it seems that your heater is on the verge of a complete breakdown,  or if it is just acting a little strangely, you need to take prompt action. The worst thing that you can do for your heater and for your own comfort is to ignore signs of trouble. Following are examples of 3 common heating repairs in Ankeny, IA.

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Why Schedule Prompt Heating Repairs?

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

cold-couple-couchWhen your heater breaks down entirely during the coldest time of the year, you are not going to be able to dial our number fast enough in order to schedule professional heating repair in Ankeny, IA. What about those situations in which your heater is still operational, though? What about those times when you suspect that there is something wrong, but you force your heater to continue working in its compromised state because, frankly, it’s more convenient than scheduling repairs?

Trust us when we tell you that we’ve met many homeowners who have made this very mistake — often when completing emergency repairs that could have otherwise been avoided! The fact of the matter is that no problem with your home heating system is “minor” enough to ignore. The moment that you suspect that your heater is struggling, you should be giving the technicians on our team a call. That way, we can get your system back on track as swiftly as possible.

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