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

Those Sounds Are Bad News!

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Your home might be noisy. From the kids running around screaming, to the dogs barking, to your dishwasher churning on and off, noises should be nothing new. We’d understand if you scoff at the idea of your heater making some strange noise and our advice to drop everything and call for repairs.

While you might not need to drop everything at once and address a bad sound that comes from your heater, we believe it is important for you to know what some of these bad sounds represent. If you neglect your heater and allow these noises to go on for a long time without furnace service in Des Moines, IA, you could see your home without heat on one of the coldest days of the year.

Let’s avoid that and keep your family comfortable by learning about what some of these furnace noises might be.

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5 Reasons to Avoid DIY Heater Repair

Monday, January 25th, 2021

In all other circumstances, DIY solutions are amazing. Have you ever tried painting your own wall art? Or have you ever tried knitting your own sweaters? There’s a sense of accomplishment and fun that comes with trying things on your own. Families often have traditions steeped in history and interesting facts in regards to unique DIY solutions for home needs. However, there’s a big difference when it comes to DIY in the HVAC field.

There are many reasons for avoiding DIY heater repair. We could go on for hundreds of blog posts talking about the dangers that come with this kind of work, but we’ll make it simple for you. We’ve listed 5 important reasons why you should always avoid DIY solutions when it comes to heating repair in Clive, IA.

Keep knitting those sweaters and building that furniture if it’s enjoyable, but leave the heavy lifting HVAC equipment up to us!

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Avoid a Heater Breakdown with These 3 Tips

Monday, February 24th, 2020

toolsHeaters in Des Moines need to be treated with the care and respect they deserve, particularly because they’re responsible for keeping us warm and toasty through a cold winter! There’s as to no mystery why homeowners get nervous during the fall season leading up to the drop in temperatures. If your heater won’t cut it, there are headaches, cold nights, and expensive prices in your near future.

However, avoiding breakdowns and expensive repairs don’t have to be a hassle. While replacement is something that comes naturally with every heating system, we’re advocates for helping your heater last as long as possible.

Today, we’re going to help you avoid furnace repair in Des Moines, IA by giving you some clear ways to keep your heating system in good condition. No more worrying about whether or not your heater will make it through winter, it’s time to be certain and proactive!

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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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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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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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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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