House Call Company Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Are You Losing Money from a Failing Heater?

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Heaters aren’t built to fail, in fact, quite the opposite is true. Heaters like gas furnaces, especially the models that we offer, are built to sustain extremely cold temperatures while providing enough hot air to keep your home warm for years to come. The problem we see with failing heaters is not because they were built in a faulty way, but because they were subsequently neglected.

Heating in Chesapeake, VA shouldn’t be a difficult subject to approach. Either your heater works and it works well, or it doesn’t and needs to be serviced by a professional. This holds especially true if you’re finding your heating bill slowly rising as we’ll get into down below.

It’s imperative that if anything doesn’t seem right with your heater, that you let our team know immediately. We’ve got the equipment and technical expertise with such systems to make sure you don’t have to deal with a lack of heat for the foreseeable future.

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3 Nasty Signs You Need Heater Repair

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Heater repair isn’t always obvious. In fact, you’d be surprised by how many homeowners we meet on a daily basis who should have called us months ago for a repair that needed to be made as soon as it became clear. So, we took it among ourselves to help inform any homeowners out there that might be unsure as to the status of their heater and need a nudge in the right direction.

Regardless of how old your unit is or what model it is, these signs of heating repair in Chesapeake, VA are universal. Basically, it doesn’t matter what kind of heater you have. If you’re encountering the following issues, then you should schedule heater repairs as soon as possible because there’s definitely an underlying issue contributing to the problem.

So, buckle up and take a good long look at your heater while we go over whether or not you could use heater repair.

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How a Smart Thermostat Can Help Your Furnace

Monday, January 27th, 2020

For those of you out there with an unreliable furnace, it’s true that your heating system can use all the help it can get! While sometimes we might talk about efficiency tips, routine maintenance, or other ways to keep your furnace running smoothly, today we’re going to talk about smart thermostats.

That’s mainly because when it comes to furnace service in Suffolk, VA there are few things that can mitigate inefficiency problems more than a smart thermostat. These posts are all about informing homeowners of the subtle ways that they can help their heating systems on their own, and a smart thermostat is the perfect way to keep your furnace happy without needing technical expertise.

So, if you’re the kind of homeowner that still wants to help your furnace even though you’ve already had a professional perform maintenance and repairs, then consider investing in a smart thermostat.

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Heater FAQ: Know the Major Differences

Monday, January 13th, 2020

From furnaces to boilers, there is no shortage of options when it comes to heating systems that can work for your home. The problem isn’t choosing a bad heater, since all of these heaters can work in the roles that are right for them, the issue is more figuring out which heater is right for your particular home.

If you’ve been looking into having a furnace, boiler, or heat pump professionally installed in your home, then we understand the obnoxious amount of work that goes into researching each one. Not only is the research a hassle, but you’re often taking the advice from someone who is trying to sell you that service. A heat pump specialist is going to try and tell you that a heat pump is right for you, and a furnace manufacturer will tell you that a furnace is right for you.

If you’re trying to lower the chances of heating repair in Portsmouth, VA by having the perfect system installed in your home—keep reading and we’ll fill you in without the bias you’re used to.

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Signs You Could Use a Furnace Replacement

Monday, December 30th, 2019

No, we’re not just talking about replacing your furnace for fun. Furnaces have a set lifespan that they really aren’t supposed to keep working past. If your system is 20 years old or older, you could be plagued with high fuel bills, inefficiency, poor home heating quality, and even safety concerns.

We like talking about replacements because there’s a constant misconception with heating systems that you should use it until it breaks down on its absolute last day. However, what homeowners don’t like to think about is that furnaces are not people. We don’t want to keep them around as long as we can, because soon they start doing more harm than good. A family that uses a gas furnace, constantly paying for furnace repair in Chesapeake, VA 10 years longer than they should be, means a higher net cost that can sometimes be too much to handle.

Don’t ruin your budget with a heater that’s barely working. Get a replacement today.

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Gas or Electric: Which Furnace Is Right for You?

Monday, December 16th, 2019

While this might be an easy choice for some people in our area, the question isn’t always as simple as it seems for others. We get it, if you’ve got the natural gas pipelines already installed in your house then it’s quite easy and affordable to have a gas furnace installed as a next step.

However, for those that are looking to save every penny they can, what are the exact differences in costs between gas and electric? How much does a natural gas furnace cost compared to an electric furnace in energy costs? What about initial costs?

If you’re wondering these questions then you’re not alone. Hopefully, we can shed some light on the intricate differences between these two types of heaters. If you’re looking to forego heating repair in Chesapeake, VA and you’re thinking about upgrading to a furnace that’s right for your home—keep reading and we’ll give you some tips.

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Why Might a Furnace Blow Out Cool Air?

Monday, March 25th, 2019
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We may be closing out the heating season now that April is nearly upon us, but that doesn’t mean that it is time to push your heater out of your mind entirely. Particularly not if that heater failed to live up to your high expectations this past heating season. It may be late in the game, but you don’t want to put any necessary furnace repairs in Chesapeake, VA, on the backburner.

A relatively common issue that some homeowners encounter with their furnaces is the blowing out of cool air. This air does not have to be as cold as the air outside to indicate that there is a problem. It just has to be cooler than the air that should be coming out of the furnace. If you’ve identified this problem in your home, then the obvious next question is—what gives? Today, we’ll explore some potential causes.

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Heater Installation Tip: Size Matters

Monday, February 25th, 2019
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Investing in a new heating system is not just a major expense. It is also a decision that will have major implications for your comfort moving forward. Hopefully, this heater is going to be serving you and your home for many years to come. It’s a long-term investment, and one that you want to get the greatest return possible on.

That is why you need to take a number of different factors into serious consideration when investing in a new heater. The size of that heater is one such factor. Now, nobody expects you to properly size the heater on your own. That is why you must work with trained professionals. Schedule your heating installation in Chesapeake, VA with us, and that will be the case.

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Malfunctioning Heaters Burn—Through Money!

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Essentially, your heater is a machine that allows you to convert dollars into heated air. “Burning money” is more than just an expression in this context.

While you may not like to think of it that way, it does help illustrate why efficiency is so important. The higher your efficiency, the less money you have to burn.

Lowered efficiency means you need to spend more money to get the same level of heating. One of the biggest drags on efficiency is a malfunctioning heater or HVAC system. Here’s why:

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Why Is My Heater Short Cycling?

Monday, November 19th, 2018

chilly-manDo you think that “good enough” is good enough when it comes to the way in which your heater operates? If so, we’ll be seeing you for heating repair in Norfolk, VA, before long. Don’t you think it makes more sense to have “minor” issues with your heater resolved before they inevitably become major issues? Because even those problems that you think you can live with or ride out are going to hit a point where they either become intolerable or they start to affect your system in a more severe way.

A prime example of this is short cycling. When it first starts, it is easy to say well, I’ll deal with this for the time being. What homeowners fail to realize is that, while their systems are still technically running, they’re not running properly. That leads to a lot of damages that could have been easily avoided if more prompt action were taken. So read on, and be sure to reach out if you have any concerns about your home heating system.

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