Advanced Mechanical Services Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating System Maintenance’

Is Your Furnace Already Giving You Trouble?

Monday, October 29th, 2018

furnace-oldIf you’ve turned your furnace on at least once so far this season, you’ll have some idea if it’s working the way it should. We still recommend you have it properly maintained by our professionals if you haven’t scheduled this service yet (it’s necessary every fall), since this is the best way to ensure quality furnace performance.

But what if your furnace—even with maintenance—is already showing signs that something is wrong with it?

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Preventing Heating Disasters With Regular Maintenance

Monday, September 17th, 2018

serve-ice“Wait, I should start worrying about my heater now? It’s still warm outside!”

Yes, that’s one of the reasons that “now” is a great time to take care of your home’s heating system to prepare it for the colder weather (not as far away as you might like). You don’t need to cut into your cold weather comfort while a technician maintains the heater—because you don’t have cold weather!

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Shutting Down Your Furnace for the Season

Monday, April 30th, 2018

furnace-burnersApril has been a cold month so far here in the Northeast! Sometimes it feels as if the winter will never end. But we’re almost there: the turning point where you won’t need your home’s furnace working on a regular basis. This brings up a good question: should you take any special steps to shut down the furnace for the summer?

What kind of furnace do you have?

If you use an electric furnace, there isn’t much you need to do about the furnace before summer arrives. You simply have to stop using it. We recommend changing out the filter before you switch over entirely to the air conditioner, since the AC and furnace use the same filter—and with all the work the furnace has had to do, the filter may be clogged. All the other work necessary to keep an electric furnace in good shape will be taken care of during the regular maintenance appointment in fall.

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How Your Gas Furnace Stays Safe

Monday, April 16th, 2018

furnace-with-pipesHave you ever thought that your natural gas furnace might be dangerous? Or have you resisted the idea of even installing a gas furnace because you think it might create health hazards in your house?

You’re not alone: people are often concerned about gas-burning appliances in their homes because they could release carbon monoxide or cause explosions. However, modern natural gas furnaces are designed to run at high safety levels, and they have to pass many regulations in order to be permitted to work in homes. As long as you keep your furnace well-maintained and have it repaired promptly when anything seems wrong with it, there is little chance that it will create any dangers.

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High Heating Bills? Some Ways to Lower Them

Monday, January 8th, 2018

money-stacksThe New Year is here, and that also means we’re in the deeps of winter. This is when a home heating system is put under the most rigorous use, resulting in higher utility bills to pay for comfort. It’s almost unavoidable to see a rise in energy costs during the winter, at least compared to costs during the fall. But you may be paying far more than you need to. If your current heating bills seem too high, you can take some steps to cut down on energy use and improve your heating system.

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Why Is My Furnace Tripping the Circuit Breaker?

Monday, December 25th, 2017

electrical-wires-hvacIt’s a frigid day or night outside. Your home needs heat from the furnace for comfort. You go to the thermostat, adjust it up to an energy-saving temperature (we recommend 68°F), and wait for the furnace to kick in.

And it does—only to immediately shut down because a circuit breaker tripped.

Obviously, this isn’t something you want to happen! You can go to the electrical panel, reset the tripped circuit, and try the furnace again. It may have been a small glitch, and the furnace will continue to run without problems. But if the circuit breaker trips again, you have a bigger problem affecting the furnace. In many cases, you’ll need to call on heating repair in Livingston, NJ from professionals. This way you’ll soon have your comfort restored and your family will be happy and safe again.

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Repairs an Electric Furnace May Need

Monday, November 27th, 2017

cold-sweater-manIf you have an electric furnace keeping your family toasty warm during this winter, there’s no guarantee that it will work all of the time. If you scheduled maintenance for it—something necessary every year to prevent drops in efficiency and furnace malfunctions—you should have few problems and sail through until spring in comfort.

But there’s always the chance something may go wrong and you’ll need furnace repair in Paramus, NJ. Whenever you notice something amiss with your electric heater, such as a drop in household temperature, low airflow, or strange sounds coming from it, reach out to our technicians for repairs. We can come to your assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Fall Heating Maintenance: How It Pays You Back

Monday, October 30th, 2017

furnace-repair-technicianWhat type of heater do you use to keep your family cozy and safe through our winters in New Jersey? Gas furnaces are the most common, but homes in the area may also rely on electric furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, ductless systems, and in-floor radiant heaters.

No matter what heating system you have installed, take the time during the fall before the cold weather arrives to have it professionally inspected and tuned-up. This annual maintenance is vital for ensuring peak performance from your heater through the winter, with less chance of a break down. With gas-powered furnaces and boilers, maintenance helps keep a heater working safely.

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Believe the Groundhog or Not, Make Sure Your Heater Is Ready for More Cold!

Monday, February 6th, 2017

girl-welcomes-winter-and-springIt’s that time of year, the first week in February, when here on the East Coast we observe the unusual tradition of asking what a large ground mammal thinks about the near future weather conditions. There are a number of Groundhog Day prophets, most famously Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck. We live much closer to Chuck, so we’re quite happy to hear that he predicted an early spring! (Phil disagrees on this one. Go, Chuck!)

Seriously, however, no matter what groundhogs may say, you have to make sure your home heating system is prepared for any sort of heavy chill during the next six weeks before a spring thaw arrives. Here are some steps to take for extra winter preparation precaution.

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Why Installing a New Gas Furnace Can Be a Big Money-Saver

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

furnace-burnersAlthough nobody really wants to schedule the installation of new home furnace right in the middle of winter, it’s often necessary if an old furnace isn’t doing its job due to age. It doesn’t have to be a major hassle, either. You only need to call on experts who can do the job fast and right. Our experienced technicians are happy to see that you have a great new gas furnace installation in Hoboken, NJ.

Putting in a new furnace costs money, of course, but it can also help you start to save money. Current furnaces have superior energy efficiency than old models. Furnaces once had AFUE ratings of 56% to 70%, which means they wasted anywhere from 44% to 30% of their natural gas fuel supply when generating heat. But there are now furnaces with AFUE ratings of 98.5% (meaning a mere 1.5% fuel waste), and the ENERGY STAR standard for furnaces is 90% AFUE. Switching from a furnace that has less than 90% AFUE to an ENERGY STAR-certified unit can mean significant savings on utility bills.

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