Design Comfort Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

When to Trade in a Heating Repair for Heater Replacement

Monday, February 18th, 2019

gas-powered-furnace-systemIf you’re reading this now, it likely means you are facing an unexpected problem with your heating system. We’re sorry, we know that’s quite the inconvenience, to put it lightly. The good news is, when you work with our team, you can rest assured that you’ll be matched with a professional who knows a thing or two about heating systems and what the best course of action to take is with your heater.

Sometimes, it may be a repair. But other times, your aging heater may be beyond repair—you need a new heater. We’ve covered some signs below that it is, in fact, time to say goodbye to your current heating system and invest in a new one.

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What Does It Mean If Your Furnace Booms?

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Shocked and surprisedIt doesn’t mean anything good. No, your furnace is probably not going to explode. In fact, that’s not at all what’s going to happen. But a booming furnace, or a noisy furnace period, is a definite sign that you’re in need of a professional furnace repair in Salt Lake City, UT.

Of course, when we say this, we are referring to gas-powered furnaces. All furnaces today are built with safety in mind, but there is always a risk when you’re utilizing natural gas for an appliance in your home. Keep reading to learn more about what booming means for your gas furnace.

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You Probably Aren’t Imagining Those Ominous Heater Sounds

Monday, October 29th, 2018

beautiful surprised young woman in glasses standing in front of wonderful blue backgroundThe gentle hum of your heating system as you start it up is, of course, nothing to be alarmed about. After all, you know the normal noises of your heating system, which means that you can typically tell when something is “off.” A strange noise doesn’t automatically mean you have a heating emergency on your hands, but it is definitely something to pay attention to, and call for Salt Lake City heating repair from a trained professional ASAP.

In the meantime, want to know what these ominous heater sounds actually mean? Keep reading to learn about the most common noises we get calls for and what they might indicate, then, give us a call so we can stop those noises once and for all!

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How to Choose a Heater Worth Your Investment

Monday, October 15th, 2018

green-home-see-saw-moneyWith temperatures already taking a nosedive, now is not the time to be facing a broken down heater. Nevertheless, it might happen. Particularly if you had an aging heater and/or if you skipped maintenance for said heater. Of course, the first option is to schedule a Salt Lake City heating repair service, but what if that isn’t enough? What if you find that you need a new heating system altogether?

Your first instinct might be to rush out and buy the very first heater you can find within your budget, and the same model as the one you have now, to spare any extra time the installation could take otherwise. We understand this urgency, but also think it’s very important to consider your purchase and make sure that not only are you thinking about your initial budget, but how you might cut back on monthly expenses moving forward. So how can you choose the best heater? And what are your options?

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The Dangers of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Inside a gas furnace. Focus = the top of the middle flange. 12MP camera.With winter winding down but temperatures still keeping our furnaces on full-force for now, it’s the perfect time to take care of any small repair needs that might have cropped up, so that you’ll know your heater is fully functional for next year. Functionality is just part of the equation, however. You want to ensure your furnace is safe, too.

The only way to guarantee this is the case is to stay on top of any Salt Lake City, UT furnace repair needs that come up. Hopefully, you had maintenance done before this winter began, and if you were alerted to any service needs you took care of them right away. There is one in particular that should definitely never be delayed—and that is fixing a cracked heat exchanger.

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When One More Heating Repair Just Isn’t Enough

Monday, February 19th, 2018

return air vent on wallWe hope that you scheduled your heating maintenance before the heating season began, just like you should be doing each and every year (or twice a year, if you have a heat pump). We also hope that when a professional recommends heating repair in Salt Lake City, UT, that you take care of it right away. After all, this is the only way to properly care for your heater, no matter what type you have.

Eventually though, you will have to replace your heater. No amount of maintenance or timely repairs will prevent a heating system from aging—eventually “just one more repair” just won’t cut it. But how do you know whether or not the time has come to start considering a heater replacement or upgrade? It’s not always easy to tell, but we do have some common signs that you can watch for. If any of the three scenarios describe what you’re going through, be sure to give our pros a call.

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No, Your Furnace shouldn’t be Booming

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

woman covering her ears isolated on a white backgroundThis probably goes without saying, but the middle of winter is likely the absolute worst time of the year to have your heating system develop issues. It’s also the time of year when heating issues are most likely to occur, due to the added strain they’re put under. If you can detect furnace problems early enough, you can have them repaired before they turn into a bigger emergency and potentially even a system breakdown.

You’ll want to be especially vigilant if you want to catch Salt Lake City, UT furnace repair needs early enough. One of the first signs most homeowners notice that something is amiss with their furnace is the presence of strange noises while the system is functioning. The one that is typically the most concerning, for homeowners and HVAC pros alike, is a booming sound.

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Maintenance Can Prevent These Common Heater Problems

Monday, January 8th, 2018

male technician servicing furnaceThere’s no denying that winter is here, and temperatures aren’t even at their coldest yet! Chances are though, you’re already using your heater on a daily basis. In the following weeks you’ll be putting a lot of strain on the system, so before you read any further, be sure to schedule maintenance if you haven’t done so already in the past year (or in the past 6 months, if you have a heat pump).

Even with maintenance, there is no guarantee that your heater will work 100% without malfunction or the need for Salt Lake City, UT heating repair throughout its lifespan. But the thorough inspection, cleaning, and adjusting that happens during maintenance can certainly help fend off some of the most common heater problems we receive calls for, such as the following.  

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How Can a Malfunctioning Thermostat Impact Your Heater?

Monday, December 11th, 2017

man setting thermostat When it comes to selecting a thermostat for your HVAC system, there are a variety of options to choose from. Finding the right one can help you save considerably on your heating—and cooling—costs. If you’re already considering upgrading your thermostat, be sure to get in touch with our HVAC professionals, so we can lead you in the right direction and ensure that the installation is done correctly.

You might not realize just how much the poor installation of a thermostat can impact your heating system—which is the last thing you should have to deal with this winter. That’s why we do not recommend doing the installation on your own. In fact, installing your thermostat yourself could actually invalidate the equipment warranty on the device. Any thermostat system can wind up damaging your HVAC system, by sending it the wrong signals, if it’s improperly placed in your home, or otherwise installed shoddily. Our Salt Lake City, UT heating technicians have the knowledge and the skill to make sure this doesn’t happen.

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Should I Be Concerned with Heater Repair Needs Now?

Monday, May 15th, 2017

heater-repair-needsWinter temperatures have started fading out, and in fact we’ve had a couple days in recent weeks where you may have already used your air conditioner. That doesn’t mean our heating systems are quite done doing their jobs yet, though. With our nights still in the 40’s, it’s important that your heater functions as well as it should.

You may be wondering, “but with warmer weather right around the corner, should I really be concerned about my heater?” If it’s exhibiting any operational problems, then yes—you should. Unfortunately, neglecting any Millcreek, UT heating repair service needs you may have can be detrimental to your heater, no matter how far into spring we may be. Just because you aren’t using your heater daily anymore doesn’t mean you should let the issue go, no matter how seemingly minor it may be.

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