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Furnace Repair Calls Can Come at Anytime

December 11th, 2017

heating-repair-servicesTemperatures in Kansas tend to be all over the map this time of year, but we all know that freezing weather will soon be settling in for a good long stay. Your heating system is going to be put to the test every day, and with the snows falling outside, keeping your home warm and comfortable is more than just a luxury. When the system runs into trouble, you can’t afford to wait for repairs. The sooner you can get a problematic furnace fixed, the better.

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Potential Causes of Heating Repair Calls

November 27th, 2017

heating-maintenance-inspectionYour heating system is far more than a luxury during the winter, when temperatures drop far below freezing. Without a reliable furnace or boiler, your home will soon resemble an icebox, which creates a health and safety risk above and beyond the comfort of your family. If you experience any kind of heating problem this winter, you should turn off the system and call in a repair technician immediately.

It’s also important to note that you should never attempt to diagnose or repair a faulty heating system yourself. Doing so requires proper training and licensing, and without those things, even the most enterprising layman will likely end up doing more harm than good. It’s enough to simply note that your system is having trouble—and anything that doesn’t correspond to the system’s normal functioning means trouble—then call in a professional to help.

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Electric Furnace Repair Differs from Gas Furnace Repair

November 13th, 2017

furnace-repair-servicesWe tend to get a lot of furnace repair calls this time of year, which is actually a positive thing. People in the area have had good cause to run their heaters already, which can give them an idea if anything’s wrong. And spotting those problems now gives you a chance to get the issue repaired before fall turns to winter, and the weather gets cold enough to demand serious use of your heating system. If you suspect a problem with your furnace—anything marked as out-of-the-ordinary—you should turn it off and call in a repair service immediately.

Having said that, not all furnaces are the same and some require different methods to repair. Gas furnaces, for example, operate according to different principles and thus require different skills to address. Make sure the repair service you call has the skills necessary to handle whatever the issue might be.

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Humidifiers Make a Good Addition to Your Home This Winter

October 30th, 2017

whole-house-humidifierWinter is on its way, complete with deep freezes, snowstorms, and the kind of temperature that can send the hardiest residents running for the fireplace. A quality heating system is absolutely indispensable during our long cold winters, and local homeowners are rightfully concerned with making sure theirs is running reliably before the cold weather hits. But temperature control is not the only aspect of home comfort that merits your attention this winter, and in the midst of your preparations, you might consider an addition to your home that addresses them.

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Signs of a Problem With Your Heater

October 16th, 2017

signs-heating-repairWith the coming of fall, local homeowners have been running their heaters on a regular basis. The heaters are only going to do more work as temperatures continue to drop through the last few months of the year. If your heating system has any kind of a problem, now is the time to identify it. That gives you a few weeks to schedule a repair call and get the issue fixed before the snows fall. Otherwise, if you don’t realize there’s a problem or ignore it in hopes that the heater will just power through, the heating system may suffer a breakdown in the middle of a terrible cold spell, turning your home into a deep freeze. The sooner you can spot signs of trouble with your heater, the better.

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Multi-Zone Heating Systems Can Lower Your Bills

October 2nd, 2017

ductless-heating-systemTemperatures are cooling with the arrival of fall, and soon enough winter will be here. If you’re in the market for a new heating system, now is the time to buy. You still have several weeks of comparatively warm weather to plan and execute a new installation, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of the new system all winter. Most of us are accustomed to either boilers or forced-air furnaces in our homes, both of which work quite well. But if your home can’t support such systems, or if you’re looking for a way to lower the costs of heating without skimping on quality, there’s another option. Multi-zone heating systems, or ductless mini-split systems, are well worth exploring.

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3 Things to Look for When Purchasing a New Heater

September 18th, 2017

new-heating-systemAutumn officially arrives in just a few days, which means that winter will be here before you know it. If your heating system is on its last legs, now is the ideal time to install a new one. This will allow you to take advantage of its improved efficiency and similar features before you need it, enjoying the benefits all winter long. It also means you won’t have to worry about your heating system breaking down, which provides peace of mind as well as savings on monthly heating costs and total coverage in the unlikely event of a breakdown.

Before you install the new system, however, you need to take careful stock of your needs, and ensure that the heater you purchase is able to meet them. That’s part of why you should always count on a trained technician to provide timely advice and help you select a system that perfectly meets your needs. More specifically, there are 3 things to look for when purchasing a new heater that will ensure that it’s perfect for your specific household.

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Time to Get Your Heater Checked

September 4th, 2017

heating-maintenance-inspectionLabor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, and while we likely have a number of hot days still in front of us, the cooler temperatures of fall will be here before we know it. Before that happens, it pays to get a trained technician out to your house for regular fall maintenance for your heater. It could make a big difference when it comes to keeping your home comfortable this fall.

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How to Spot a Leak in your Ducts

August 21st, 2017

air-conditioning-duct-leaksSummers mean regular air conditioning use, and prudent homeowners will take steps to ensure their systems are running reliably all summer long. But the unit itself is only one part of the entire air conditioning system, and those other components run into trouble too. The good news is that a qualified air conditioning technician can usually correct issues with all of those components. The bad news is that they can often be more difficult to spot.

Once you get past the air conditioner itself, the ducts remain the most common spot for problems, notably leaks and breaches which can cause issues throughout the entire AC system. Unfortunately, spotting a duct leak or breach can be exceedingly difficult, since ducts are usually placed in out-of-the-way locations like behind your walls or in the attic. You can’t call for repairs until you spot the problem. So how do you do that when the problem is hidden?

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Heat Pumps Keep Your Home Warm and Cool

August 7th, 2017

heat-pump-HVACHere in Kansas, our summers are hot and muggy just like our winters are freezing cold. You need a system in your home to keep temperatures cool in the summer, plus a heater to keep the space warm in the winter. Doing otherwise can pose an active health risk to your family, especially infants and the elderly. That makes your HVAC system as important as your plumbing and electricity. The more you can do to keep costs down without reducing efficiency, the better.

And that’s where heat pumps come in. They perform the same duties as an air conditioner, but with an extra twist: allowing them to serve as heaters in the winter as well as AC systems in the summer. If you’re looking to replace an outdated system, you might want to consider installing a heat pump, and if you already own one, you want the right service to repair and maintain it.

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