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

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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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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Why Does My Heater Shut Down So Quickly?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

When your heater starts up, it should run evenly and consistently for a full heating cycle before shutting back down. This will only be the case if your heater is correctly sized and working properly, though. Many problems could cause your heater to switch off and on too rapidly, which is known as short cycling.

As long as your home is heating up, you may not think that this is that big of a deal. In truth, though, a short cycling heater in Des Moines, IA is a big problem. It’s bad for comfort, spells trouble for your budget, and can wreak havoc on your heater itself.

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Some Common Causes of Inefficient Heating

Monday, December 5th, 2016

With winters being as cold as they are in our area, there is no way to get by without running your heating system regularly throughout the winter season. Unfortunately, that can lead to considerable expense if your heating system is not functioning efficiently. While it is possible that your heater is simply old and run down, or that it has a low efficiency rating, there are plenty of other factors that may contribute to inefficient.

Here are a few examples of issues that may be driving up your heating costs. Addressing them can help you to enjoy more efficient heating in Des Moines, IA without replacing your heater. Contact us if you have any questions or require professional heating services.

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Need Heating Repairs? Act Fast!

Monday, October 17th, 2016

We are not alarmists, and we don’t drum up scares to boost our business — even if Halloween is just around the corner. That being said, though, ignoring trouble with your heating system doesn’t just put your safety at risk. It can also create a dangerous environment in your home. When it comes to heating repairs in Des Moines, IA, swift action is always in your best interest.

Now, you obviously don’t want to wait for your heating system to break down entirely before calling for repairs. You may not understand how it is that you are supposed to catch repair needs early on either, though. Here are a few tips to help you act fast and to prevent not only potentially serious damages to your heater but also threats to your safety.

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