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

How to Detect Furnace Trouble

Monday, October 12th, 2020

tech-looking-over-furnaceThe weather in New Jersey can be downright chilly in the wintertime. This is why an HVAC contractor such as DB Heating & Cooling can find itself pretty busy this time of year! Whether it’s a maintenance call or emergency repair needs, we’re there for the job.

And right now is the best time to schedule maintenance. Maintenance helps your heater work as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible. Well-maintained furnaces can last about 10-15 years, but without those regular tune-ups they can experience countless repair needs that will increase wear and tear and decrease system lifespan significantly.

Even with maintenance though, it’s important for homeowners to be aware of the various signs of a furnace in disrepair. Read on to learn what they are!

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What Does Our Team Check for During Heating Maintenance?

Monday, September 28th, 2020

technician-working-on-furnaceIn the areas we serve, temperatures get cold. There’s no denying that. And if you want your heating system to rise to the occasion of keeping you and your family comfortable all winter long, then it is essential that you schedule routine heating maintenance once a year–with fall being the best time to do so. These heating system tune-ups are more complex than most homeowners realize, and require a professional touch.

Sure, there are some small maintenance tasks you can handle on your own. For example, do you have a clogged air filter in your furnace? This is something you can and should change every 1-3 months. Doing so will prevent the interior components of your furnace form getting pummeled with debris. But for truly thorough maintenance that will make a difference in the performance and longevity of your heater, you’ll want professional service. But what actually happens during this service? Read on to find out!

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It’s That Time of Year: Schedule Your Heating Tune-Up!

Monday, September 14th, 2020

technician-working-on-heaterSoon enough, temperatures are going to cool down for fall, and before we know it, there will be a familiar winter chill in the air. Fortunately, you still have plenty of time to schedule your heating maintenance appointment! In fact, now is the perfect time to schedule it, since it’s when HVAC professionals are less likely to be out on emergency HVAC repair calls while the weather is milder between seasons.

Whatever you do, be sure you’re consistent with scheduling maintenance. If it’s been more than a year since you’ve had a heating tune-up, then the time is now to get it done, no matter what time of the year you’ve come across this blog post. Why is this so important? Read on to find out!

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“How Often Does My Heat Pump Need Maintenance?”

Monday, March 16th, 2020

ductless-heat-pump-air-handlerWe’re approaching that time of year again—the time of year where we start stressing the importance of yearly air conditioning maintenance. We’ll always tell homeowners that right now is the best time to schedule that maintenance as HVAC technicians typically have less crowded schedules during the spring, when they’re responding to fewer emergency calls for urgent heating repair in Bergen County, NJ.

What if you have a heat pump, though? Chances are, you hopefully had fall maintenance done for your system to ensure it would be able to get you through our chilly winter season. And we always say that HVAC systems need maintenance once a year… so you don’t actually need spring maintenance on your heat pump, right?

Wrong!

Heat pumps require maintenance twice a year as they are a year-round system. Read on as we uncover just why this is so important.

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“Does My Boiler Have a Scaling Problem?”

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

top-of-boiler-with-pressure-gaugeBoilers serve as one of the most efficient forms of heating in Bergen County, NJ there is. Not only that, but these systems are incredibly durable and long-lasting. That doesn’t mean, however, they’re immune to any problems at all.

Scaling is one of those problems. In fact, we’re here to say that if your boiler is experiencing scaling, it’s certainly a problem! Fortunately, it’s one of the most common problems that boiler users experience.

What happens is that high levels of minerals in the water, like calcium and magnesium (which make up what we call hard water) gets left behind in the boiler’s tank and tubes, and eventually this turns to scale and leads to a reduction in heat along with a loud banging noise.

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Skipped Fall Maintenance? Here’s What Can Happen

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

woman-with-surprised-expressionWe’re in our chilliest month of the year, but that doesn’t mean there’s no time left to schedule maintenance. Yes, heating maintenance is something we recommend for the fall. The reason for this is that it gives your heater the best chance to get through winter efficiently and effectively without breaking down. It’s actually more important, however, to be consistent with maintenance than it is to have it done at a certain time of the year.

That said, if you did skip fall maintenance this heating season, and you don’t plan on scheduling it any time soon, you may be unpleasantly surprised by the consequences. Keep reading to learn what can happen when you skip your heating maintenance for an entire year.

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3 Sure Signs of a Heat Pump in Trouble

Monday, January 6th, 2020

heat-pump-ventHere in Bergen County, it’s no secret that temperatures get quite chilly in the winter. As such, we rely on our heating systems heavily, to keep us warm, comfortable, and even healthy all season long. If you’re using a heat pump for your heating needs this season, you know its benefits—it is versatile, highly efficient, and very effective—so long as it is well cared for.

By that, we mean that in order to avoid surprise heating repair in Bergen County, NJ, and other heat pump problems, you’ll want to make sure you schedule maintenance for the system twice a year. Yes, usually for heaters we recommend once-yearly maintenance. But since your heat pump is used for both your heating and cooling needs, it needs to be checked twice a year, for year-round comfort.

With or without maintenance, of course, your heat pump may run into trouble. The following 3 signs mean trouble for your heat pump, and should be remedied ASAP:

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“Help! The Air Coming from My Furnace is Cold”

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

couple-sitting-with-parkas-on-in-living-roomOur home furnaces are something we rely quite heavily on here in our area. So, of course, when your furnace stops blowing warm air, it’s cause for alarm. The last thing you need when temperatures dip low enough to bring on snow is another air conditioning system, right?

There are several reasons this problem might occur, and we’ve outlined some of them for you below. Keep reading to learn more—and if you have this problem or any other issue with your furnace, please give our team a call right away!

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Is a Cracked Heat Exchanger Bad?

Monday, December 9th, 2019

furnace-jetsIn a word, yes. But don’t worry, we’ll elaborate.

It’s not inaccurate to say that most homes throughout the U.S. use natural gas to supply their homes with heat during colder weather, and most of these homes use a furnace for the job. Gas furnaces remain the #1 option for winter comfort—they deliver high levels of heat and don’t put a huge drain on your household budget, so long as they are properly cared for!

Part of caring for a furnace is ensuring that you keep up on your annual maintenance appointments, and scheduling furnace repair in Bergen County, NJ whenever you need it. Skipping maintenance tune-ups or delaying repairs can lead to a number of problems, including a cracked heat exchanger that nobody in your home knows about—leading to potential dangers.

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Caring for Your Boiler: Potential Service Needs

Monday, November 25th, 2019

gauge-on-gas-boilerWhen it comes to important appliances, the system you use for heating in Bergen County, NJ is at the top of the list. And if you’re using a boiler system, you’re in great shape! These systems are very sturdy, long-lasting, efficient, and very effective at their job. But they can only continue to be all these things if they’re properly cared for.

If you’re using a boiler for your home heating, you want to ensure it’s always operating the best it can. As the colder weather approaches, we have some signs for how you can detect when your boiler is in need of professional services. Taking care of them sooner rather than later will give you peace of mind so you can stay warm and healthy all winter long. Keep reading to learn these signs.

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