DB Heating & Cooling, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

End-of-Season Furnace Repair Needs

Monday, March 1st, 2021

technician-working-on-furnaceWhile it may not seem like it in recent weeks, winter is going to come to an end soon, giving way to warmer weather. But, since it is still cold for now, you’re getting a lot of use out of your heater. Is it going to make it through the rest of the heating season?

The answer to this question is dependent on a few factors. First off, did you have it professionally maintained in the fall? If you did, you likely have nothing to worry about. If you didn’t, and it’s an aging system, you might be in trouble. You should definitely watch and listen for signs that your furnace is in need of repairs. Neglecting repair needs this late in the season can leave you with a completely broken down heater either this season or next fall when you go to use it again.

Give our team a call if you notice any of the following indications of a furnace in disrepair:

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What Does It Mean When a Boiler Has a Scaling Problem?

Monday, February 15th, 2021

pressure-gauge-on-a-boilerHave you ever been told by a professional plumber or HVAC technician that your boiler can be affected by boiler scale? Perhaps you’re not sure how seriously to take this warning—scaling is a common problem but it doesn’t sound all that threatening right? Unfortunately, it can be, if it’s ignored for too long.

What causes scaling is high levels of minerals in the water—namely calcium and magnesium. This is also known as hard water and it leaves behind mineral deposits in your plumbing system, including in your boiler or water heater. It can lead to a reduction in heat among other issues.

A boiler that suffers from scaling and scale building for too long is in danger of breaking down, or even springing a leak. Read on as we explain further.

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Is Going Ductless a Good Idea?

Monday, February 1st, 2021

woman-using-remote-to-turn-on-ductless-air-handlerPerhaps you’ve heard of a ductless system before, but don’t quite know what it is or why it’s so different from a standard HVAC system.

For starters, it’s a heat pump system which makes it a singular alternative to owning both an air conditioner and a heater—making it a great option when you have an outdated or malfunctioning heater and air conditioner to replace.

Ductless heat pump systems are great for keeping homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But is this the right system for your home?

Choosing the right HVAC systems for your household can seem daunting, especially since there are many fantastic options to choose from. Our best advice is to talk to a professional before making any final decisions. After all, not all homes are created equal and a ductless system may not be the best choice for your specific living space. But for many, it’s a very worthwhile investment. Read on to learn more!

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Signs That Your Boiler Is Crying Out for Help

Monday, January 18th, 2021

boiler-gas-regulatorAre you one of the many homeowners who rely on one of the most dependable heating systems around? That’s right, we’re talking about the boiler. Since boilers have fewer moving parts than their furnace or heat pump counterparts, they accumulate less wear and tear, and in general last longer as a result.

However, boilers cannot work flawlessly forever. You will eventually need to schedule boiler repairs, and hopefully long before it turns into a large repair emergency. Of course, the best way to prevent unexpected boiler problems is with routine maintenance. Annual boiler maintenance will help you fend off the worse boiler problems—but it’s still important to know the signs that your boiler needs repair. Read on to learn what these signs are, and don’t ignore any cries for help—give us a call!

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Beware These Signs Your Heat Pump Needs Repair!

Monday, January 4th, 2021

vent-low-on-wallWhen you live in a climate like ours, one that changes drastically from one season to the next, then it’s nice to know that you can enjoy the comfort brought to you by a year-round heat pump system. Whether it’s one of the coldest days of the year or the hottest, you can rest assured that your heat pump will keep you comfortable—that is, until it stops keeping you comfortable.

Let’s face it, nobody likes waking up to a cold house in the middle of winter, and realizing that while their heat pump is supposed to be warming their home, it seems to have stopped working or stopped working as well as it should.

There’s no HVAC system on the market that escapes the need for repairs, though keeping up on your biannual maintenance needs certainly can help with this. What’s important is to know when your heat pump is showing signs that it even needs repair. What are these signs?

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What’s Happening When My Furnace Blows Cold Air?

Monday, December 21st, 2020

woman-inside-with-parka-on-drinking-out-of-mugThis is, of course, a very concerning problem to have on a cold fall or winter day—feeling cold air come out of your vents is the last thing you need, after all. If you have in fact discovered you’re experiencing this problem, the best thing you can do to get your system back on track is give our team a call!

We won’t be able to definitively tell you why your furnace is having this issue through a blog post, but we can speculate and let you know what the problem may be, which we’ve done below.

Just remember, furnace repairs are never something to attempt on your own. You can accidentally do more harm than good, without actually resolving the problem. Keep reading as we go over what could be happening when your furnace blows cold air.

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Don’t Ignore These Heater Sounds!

Monday, December 7th, 2020

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenThroughout the lifespan of your heater, there are certain noises that come from it that are easy to “tune out.” For instance, if you live on a busy street, you get used to the noise of cars zipping by, right? The same concept applies to the gentle rattling of your ducts when your furnace turns on or the whoosh of air coming through the room vents. If there’s ever a heater noise you can’t tune out though, because it’s loud or very unusual, then it’s definitely not a noise you should ignore.

Usually, these types of sounds indicate that something has gone wrong within your furnace, boiler, or heat pump, and you need to pay attention, then give us a call! By alerting our team ASAP, you’ll help ensure that your heater operates as it should and is able to provide your household with efficient and effective heating throughout the years.

Not only this, but staying on top of your heater problems protects your safety too—particularly if you have a gas-powered heater. These heaters aren’t dangerous by nature, but they can become so if they are not properly cared for. Read on as we uncover some alarming noises you should never ignore, and what they likely mean for your heating system.

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Beware the Most Common Furnace Repair Needs

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

furnace-jetsIf you’re like many Bergen County homeowners, you are likely using a powerful furnace as your heater of choice. This is the most common type of residential heating system out there, and for good reason! That also means that it’s the one we get the most calls about and are very familiar with. So, we know a bit about the repair needs they require from time to time!

Fortunately, you can resist the worst of these repair needs with routine maintenance. During your annual furnace tune-up, our technicians thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the system to ensure it’s operating as efficiently and powerfully as possible. But of course, repair needs will still occur and when they do, it’s a good idea to know the signs. Read on as we uncover some of the most common!

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Are You Having Boiler Problems?

Monday, November 9th, 2020

boiler-gaugeYou have a boiler in your home, and you love it, but lately it hasn’t been working the way you want it to in your home. It can be frustrating when you’re looking for great boiler services in the area. This isn’t something that you can expect from every HVAC contractor in the area. If you’re looking for work on your boiler in Bergen County, NJ, we can be the team you rely on.

If you have a boiler at home, then you know that this boiler is the backbone of your home. We’ve got cold winter days on the horizon and you need to ensure that your boiler is ready for everything that’s going to be thrown it’s way. We’re here to provide you with every boiler service that you could possibly need.

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How to Use Your Furnace Most Efficiently

Monday, October 26th, 2020

furnace-jetsIn our last blog post, we covered some tips on how you can detect if your furnace is struggling. It’s vital that you know these signs so you can give our team a call right away and we can get your heating system back to full functionality. Keeping up on repair needs is one of the many ways to boost heating efficiency!

With winter really just around the corner, now is a good time to be thinking of this topic—furnace efficiency, that is. You want a heating system that is going to work as powerfully as possible, while not costing you an arm and leg to do so. The good news, in addition to staying on top of repair needs, there are a variety of steps you can take toward using your furnace more efficiently.

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