MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating’

Never Attempt Furnace Repairs Yourself

Monday, March 5th, 2018

new-heating-systemAs we approach the end of heating season, furnace repair jobs tend to take a big spike. Heating systems have needed to run throughout the ups and downs of our wild Kansas weather, and daily use for months is common during the winter. That means that furnaces–especially older furnaces–tend to run into trouble during the final weeks of the season, and repairs are not at all unusual.

Because we’re approaching the end of the season and your furnace may not be in use for that much longer, enterprising do-it-yourselfers may be tempted to fix problems with their furnaces themselves. That is a mistake. Repairing a furnace requires formal training, and while a given homeowner can do some basic troubleshooting–such as checking the thermostat and the breaker box to see if the problem is easily correctable–you should always call in a trained repair service if that doesn’t restore power to the system.

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Could Your Home Benefit from a Heat Recovery Ventilator?

Monday, January 8th, 2018

signs-heating-repairWinter has arrived, and while the East Coast suffered a serious bout of cold weather last week, we here in Kansas concede nothing in the brutal winters department. Your heating system needs to perform every day in order to keep your home warm and comfortable. But it goes further than that. You want your home to be as energy efficient as possible in order to lower the strain on your heater (and lower your monthly bills as well).  Then there are other considerations such as indoor air quality, which can take a big hit when you button up your home to fend off the cold.

We recommend the installation of heat recovery ventilators, or HRVs, in homes with concerns about indoor air quality, as well as those that want to help their heater do its job more efficiently. How does it work and what can it do for your home? Read on for the answers.

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Furnace Repair Services Must Approach Different Systems Differently

Monday, December 25th, 2017

new-heating-systemFurnace repair services are becoming increasingly common as the weather gets colder and we start the first week of winter. Now is the ideal time to check your system for signs of trouble and call a repair service if you spot a problem with it. This allows you to treat the issue before it gets any worse and ensures that it won’t cause further trouble later on in the winter. (It also tends to be less expensive than repairs conducted later in the season, since the issue hasn’t had as much time to cause further damage.)

A good furnace repair service will respond quickly to any calls for heating repair, even if it arrives in the middle of the night or on weekends. But a great repair service will do more. Just as every home is different, so too is every heating system unique: tailored to address the specific issues of your home. Quality furnace repair services will take the specific factors of your furnace into account, and thus improve the efficiency of their repairs a great deal. What kind of factors? We’ve provided a brief sampling below:

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Furnace Repair Calls Can Come at Anytime

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Signs of a Problem With Your Heater

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Steps to Take When Your Heating System Breaks Down

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Winter Family HomeHere in the midst of winter, we need our heating systems to function as expected all the time. A sudden breakdown can be a cause for panic, since it can turn your home into an icebox within a matter of hours. This is especially the case for rural residents, who must often wait for a repair service to get there. Not to worry. Our trained team is on call 24/7 and can perform repair services on your malfunctioning heater any time, day or night. And before that happens, you can perform some troubleshooting steps yourself to ensure that a repair service is actually what you need.

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