Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating Maintenance’

How to Get the Most from Your Heater This Winter

Monday, October 16th, 2017

vent in wallWe live in Minnesota, and we’re already halfway through October. You know what this means, right? Winter is just around the corner—cooler temps even closer. Is your heater prepared for all the work it’s about to go through? Even if you’ve had your heating system maintained already before starting to use it on a daily basis, are you certain that it will function as efficiently as it should, in order to keep your home comfortable at an affordable price?

An important factor to note is that no matter what type of heating system you have, it has its limits on how efficiently it can operate. Even those heating systems with the highest ratings have a stopping point. However, there are certainly ways in which to get the most out of your heater, and potentially boost its efficiency beyond what you’d be getting otherwise. Contact us for reliable Centerville, MN heating services, and keep reading to learn more about how to utilize your heating system as efficiently as possible this winter.

Continue Reading

Heating Tips for the End of the Season

Monday, March 20th, 2017

furnace-service-heatingWe’ve been hit by some surprises recently in terms of weather. While you may have spent some time in the fall preparing your home and your heating system for the long winter ahead, it’s been a while, and unexpected weather patterns are wreaking havoc for some local homeowners.

As stormy weather takes its toll, we recommend taking one last look around the house before spring weather is in full swing. That way, you don’t have to worry about a broken-down heater when you really need it or any other troubles within your home common towards the end of the season. We’ll be using our heating systems for a while longer anyway, so it’s worth it to be prepared for storms or whatever else may come.

Continue Reading

How to Stop Your Heater from Wearing Out This Winter

Monday, December 26th, 2016

It’s another cold winter in Oak Grove, MN—when most of us could not imagine going a day without a heater in the home. When a heating system breaks down, pipes can potentially freeze and burst. And, of course, your family members will not be happy, and they may not be safe.

We want to help prevent these scenarios with some helpful advice about preventing the overexertion of your furnace or boiler. Follow our tips, and increase your chances of making it through the winter without trouble.

Continue Reading

5 Things We Recommend Every Homeowner Do This Fall

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Winter is a time when a lot can go wrong within your house, and you may not even notice until the fall. We want to help prevent disasters and improve efficiency and safety, so follow our tips for a happier, healthier home.

Continue Reading

Is Your Furnace Safe to Operate?

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Furnaces built today are quite safe when installed by professionals, but it’s possible that your furnace is not in the best shape it can be. Modern furnaces have various safety controls that prevent gas leaks and fire hazards. However, if you don’t maintain the furnace properly, it’s tough to know that your heater is performing at its best, or that it is completely safe to operate. How can you ensure that your heater is not at risk of a gas leak, fire hazard, or carbon monoxide leak?

Continue Reading

Is Your Heating System Ready for the Cooler Weather Ahead?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Your air conditioner is finally getting a break, and it’s time to get your heating system running full time again. But if your heater has not been properly maintained, it could have poor efficiency, undesirable performance, or even some concerning safety issues. Get your heater ready for fall by scheduling a maintenance checkup before the cooler weather gets more severe. Read our guide for more information about why this matters.

Continue Reading

It’s Time to Call an HVAC Technician for a Heating Maintenance Visit

Monday, September 7th, 2015

One of the best ways to save money, time and hassle on your home heating system this year is to schedule a heating maintenance visit with a trained professional. Your heater is an intricate system, and it probably got a lot of use last winter. Many of the most important parts could have become worn down, but a maintenance visit gets everything back into shape once more so that you can get through the winter comfortably. Take a look at some of the details of this important annual service.

Continue Reading

Heating Maintenance Guide: Furnace Safety

Monday, January 9th, 2012

There are many advantages to a properly operating furnace, and the most important ones are the safety and comfort of your Chanhassen home’s occupants. There are several things you can do to ensure the safe operation of your furnace.

Here is a checklist of ideas:

  • Clean or change furnace filters on a regular basis. Replace disposable filters and clean permanent filters using water or cleaning solutions. Your owner’s manual or a qualified heating contractor can suggest a regular maintenance schedule.
  • Check the exhaust vent from the furnace. Clear obstructions such as leaves, clothing, or animal nests from the vent pipe or chimney. Keep roof exhaust vents clear of snow. If there is a faulty exhaust system (like a blocked flue), of if there are cracks and leaks in the pipes or improper adjustment of the burner, or if there is lower air pressure indoors than outside, the furnace can create serious indoor air pollution.
  • A clear air intake is important too, since furnaces need fresh air to “breathe” and complete the fuel burning cycle. Again, check for debris, snow, or animal nests in intake pipes.
  • If you have an older gas furnace, you may want to install a supplementary induced-draft fan that reduces the possibility of backdrafting. Some furnaces have automatic shutoff devices that turn off the furnace if it begins to backdraft.
  • Check internal components such as the blower motor and vacuum any dirt. Check belts and pulleys for excessive wear. You should consult your owner’s manual for any suggested maintenance tips on internal working components.
  • You may also want to check the pilot light to see if it is working and if it producing an even, blue flame. If the flame is uneven, it may be a sign of incomplete gas combustion, which can result in the creation of dangerous carbon monoxide gas.
  • Ensure that your thermostat is operating correctly by raising or lowering the temperature settings to make sure the furnace cycles on and off.
  • Install and maintain battery or hard-wired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Externally vented natural gas furnaces, when properly designed and installed, will operate safely for years. But if you detect a problem, use the most common solution – contact a Chanhassen heating professional to check out your furnace.

Continue Reading

A Contractor Tip: HVAC Maintenance the Whole Family Should Know

Monday, December 5th, 2011

If you think the most important thing a heating and cooling (HVAC) system can do in your Champlin home is to provide indoor comfort, you are right. But there is another thing an HVAC system does that is very important and it affects your entire family. It provides a safe indoor environment, too.

Besides warmth in the winter, a finely-tuned HVAC system can clean and filter the air you breathe. That’s important to people who suffer from allergies and is especially important for minimizing the spread of germs that cause colds and the flu. The key phrase in this paragraph is finely-tuned. If your HVAC system is not working correctly – out of tune – it can cost you a great deal in monthly utility bills and can be harmful to your health.

It is important for you and your family members to understand the basics of HVAC system maintenance so you can all understand the symptoms of improper maintenance and its consequences. For example, if anyone in your home is suffering from flu-like symptoms or are constantly drowsy or listless, they may be suffering from the a silent killer: poisonous carbon monoxide gas. This gas is formed during incomplete combustion of fossil oils like natural or propane gas. A malfunctioning furnace can emit carbon monoxide gases and you may never even realize it, until it is too late. Long-term exposure to the gas can cause brain damage and/or chronic sleepiness. It some cases, it can even cause death.

You may be able to diagnose the problem, but you aren’t qualified to test and repair a furnace that is creating deadly carbon monoxide gas. Your best bet is to call a qualified HVAC contractor who can diagnose the furnace and offer repair or replacement suggestions. But there are things you can do to prevent the build-up of carbon monoxide gas.

Check all exhaust vents, like chimneys and flues for any blockages. A blocked or partially blocked vent can cause the build-up of carbon monoxide gas. And never, EVER, use a gas or propane powered heater in an unvented area of your home. These types of heaters create various levels of carbon monoxide gas that needs to be circulated out of each room and replaced with clean, fresh air. So, your family can actively ensure that there is no debris, bird’s nests, animals, leaves, or snow in the ventilation system.

You can also “help” your HVAC system by keeping vents clean by vacuuming dirty vent grilles and, in general, keeping the home clean. The cleaner the home, the easier it is for your furnace to do its job and the easier it will be for you and your family will breathe.

Continue Reading

The Hardest HVAC Maintenance: A Guide from a Shoreview Heating Contractor

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Do you hate to work on your own mechanical equipment in your Shoreview home, like furnaces and plumbing fixtures? You aren’t alone. Many people are not cut out to be do-it-yourselfers (DIYers). They prefer to hand off their maintenance and repair chores to Shoreview contractor. That’s not a bad thing. But there are lots of DIYers who prefer to work on their own home repairs – and those are the people who aren’t afraid to take on the most challenging jobs.

If you are looking for good ideas on how to maintain your home’s heating and cooling (HVAC) system beyond the normal filter changeouts, here are some good things to check – things that will help with the overall performance of your HVAC system.

  1. Check the ventilation system. The ventilation carries conditioned air from a main source throughout your home.  It takes a little time and effort to check your ventilation system for things like cracks or leaks around joints, but it is an important maintenance task. You may even find separations between joints or holes caused by nails. A leaky ventilation system could be sending conditioned air into attics, walls, or crawlspaces and making your furnace work extra hard just to keep your living areas warm and comfortable. Take time to visually inspect as much of your ventilation system as possible – usually metal or flex duct – and repair using joint glue, metal filler, or duct tape.
  2. Inspect the insulation. Your heating system works in conjunction with the insulation in your home to provide comfort and warmth while saving you on high utility bills. A home that is poorly insulated or not insulated at all will cause a furnace to work harder and not only send utility bills higher, but increase the possibility of mechanical failure. Replacing or adding insulation in walls and crawlspaces is a relatively easy, yet time-consuming task. You can roll down or tack up fiber insulation or blow in insulation into walls. You can also seal up cracks on your home’s walls, roof, or foundation with a number of different products. Once again, your goal is to make your heating system work less and save you money.
  3. Check the visible components of the furnace. A build-up of dust and dirt can make the moving components of your furnace work even harder, such as the motors, fan belts, contactors, etc. If you live in an area where there is lots of dust and humidity or if your home has several occupants and/or animals, it is particularly important to check your system on a regular basis. This can be done by removing the access panels and taking a vacuum cleaner hose into as many areas as possible. A good, thorough vacuuming should produce immediate results and make your furnace run much more efficiently.

Try these three steps and you may not have to repeat them for another year or so – possibly not ever again while you live in your home.

Continue Reading