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

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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Prepare for the Coming Extreme Cold!

Wednesday, 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

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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Is Your Heater Running Properly?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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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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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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What Does a Heating Tune-Up Require?

Monday, November 20th, 2017

servicing-furnaceWhen winter hits Iowa, you want your heater to jump into the fray without so much as a moment’s hesitation. In this day and age, with all of the technology available and years of development behind us, there is really no excuse for putting up with a subpar performance from our home heating systems. Even still, some homeowners that actually have great heating systems are dealing with many performance issues, from the subtle to the extremely disruptive. In a lot of cases, this is due to subpar heater maintenance.

Scheduling routine heating maintenance in Indianola, IA is, without question, the best way in which to keep your heater functioning at peak performance and efficiency levels. You’d think that hearing time and time again that regular maintenance means paying less for a better heating performance would be enough to convince homeowners to stay on top of it. Some still fail to grasp how important this service is, though, so let’s take a look at what actually happens during a heating tune-up.

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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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