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

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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Get Your Heater Tuned Up Today

Monday, September 24th, 2018

old-furnaceSummer is in the rearview mirror, for the most part. Yes, there are still some warm days scattered throughout the forecast. Yes, you are probably going to opt to run your AC a bit more this year. No, that does not mean that it is too early to start thinking about heating in Altoona, IA.

Yes, we’re serious, and yes, you need to schedule your heating tune-up soon.

Why?

Well—why wait?

Heating maintenance is a preventative service, after all. It doesn’t make any sense to wait until you need your heater regularly before you schedule your heating maintenance for the year. You want to know that your heating system will be there for you when you need it most, and that means getting it back into great fighting shape before you do!

So reach out to us today, have our technicians fine-tune your heater for the season to come, and enjoy the best performance that this heater has to offer.

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Can I Handle My Own Heating Maintenance?

Monday, February 26th, 2018

furnace-technicianThere is no denying it—the single best thing that you can do for your home heating system is to schedule professional heating maintenance in Des Moines, IA. If you are not diligent in scheduling professional heating maintenance on an annual basis, then you are doing your home heating system a serious disservice. However, it is not really any more of a disservice than attempting to tune your home heating system up on your own is. This is not a DIY job.

We know that there are a lot of very capable homeowners out there, and there is certainly a lot to be said for self-sufficiency. That being said, however, the most responsible homeowners are those that know when to pass over the toolbox and to pick up the telephone instead. Handy as you may be, a thorough heating tune-up is simply a job requiring the skill and expertise that only trained professionals can possess. Work with us to reap the full benefits of routine heating maintenance.  

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Tips for Winter Heating Efficiency Heating

Monday, February 12th, 2018

money-savingWe don’t put too much faith in groundhogs and other such stories around here. It’s Iowa, and it’s February. That means that it’s still winter, and it’s still cold outside. That means that you are going to need your heating system to hang in there until the warmer weather really does start to arrive, whatever some famous critter may have to say about it. That also means that you need to continue paying to heat your home, which may come as even more unwelcome news than a few more weeks of winter.

The good news is we’ve got some tips to share with you today that can help you to dial back your heating costs a bit. No, we’re not going to claim that you can make your heater more efficient than its heating efficiency rating will allow for. We’re also not going to tell you that you need to invest in a brand new high-efficiency heating system to start saving money either, though. Keep these tips in mind to enjoy more efficient heating in Waukee, IA.

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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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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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3 Major Benefits of Routine Heater Maintenance

Monday, October 9th, 2017

thumbs-upIn our last blog post, we took the opportunity to remind you that the time has come to schedule your routine heating tune-up for the year. In today’s post, we are going to look a bit more in-depth at just how beneficial scheduling this service can really be. We wouldn’t be putting so much emphasis on scheduling regular heating maintenance in Indianola, IA if it were not of the utmost importance. It truly is the best thing that you can do for your home heating system.

Before we get into the specifics of how a heating tune-up can benefit you and your system, we also want to remind you that the only way you can hope to enjoy these benefits is if you schedule your tune-up with skilled, trained professionals. Just call our number to do so. This is too involved a process to entrust to a general handyperson, let alone your own DIY aspirations. For a quality heating tune-up, you have to call in the pros.

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