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

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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“Should My Heater Be Making That Noise?”

Monday, November 11th, 2019

jets-of-a-natural-gas-furnaceUnfortunately, it happens. That is, heating systems break down with little to no warning. Your heater might go from working just fine throughout the week, and then all of a sudden not turn on at all. This is rare, though. After all, furnaces and other heating systems often give off warning signs well before they totally breakdown. But you need to know what to look for (or in some cases, listen for)!

Often, signs that you need heating repair in Bergen County, NJ show up by way of strange noises. While these noises might be accompanied by some unusual performance issues, too, the sound is what typically helps you narrow down the issue—though for true diagnostics, you’ll want to contact our pros! Keep reading to learn about some of the sounds you should never hear coming from your heater—and be sure to give us a call if you detect any of them.

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Heating Repair Signs to Watch Out For

Monday, October 28th, 2019

technician-looking-over-gas-furnaceAs temperatures begin to cool, the last thing you need to worry about is your heater breaking down unexpectedly. However, if you don’t know the signs that your heater needs service, this is a potential reality. It’s never fun to need repairs on your heater, but it’s worse when the system has broken down completely and requires a massive, emergency repair, or even replacement.

Professionals say that it’s important to schedule HVAC service in Bergen County, NJ as soon as you suspect you need it, to avoid sudden system breakdowns and potentially higher repair costs. Additionally, the sooner you repair your system, the lower your monthly energy bills may be, and the longer your heater will last. Keep reading for some of the most common signs that your heater or furnace system is in need of repair.

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Have You Scheduled Furnace Maintenance Yet?

Monday, October 14th, 2019

technician-working-on-furnaceTemperatures have started cooling down, and while we may not be in the months where we use our heaters every day, we’ll be there soon enough. When winter hits, you want to make sure that your furnace is ready to perform as effectively and efficiently as possible, without a sudden and unexpected need for furnace repair in Bergen County, NJ.

Having your furnace professionally maintained well before winter starts is a great idea. It helps you fend off problems that can come up and help prevent a situation where you’ll be stuck with a malfunctioning heater when you need it the most. Read on to learn more about the many benefits of scheduling furnace maintenance today.

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What Boiler Scaling Is, and Why You Shouldn’t Ignore It

Monday, March 18th, 2019

gas-pressure-valve-on-boilerHave you ever been told by a plumbing professional that your boiler has been affected by boiler scale? Another name for it is boiler deposits. You might not be sure whether to take this issue seriously as it’s not blaringly obvious that something is wrong with your boiler. In fact, scaling in boilers is actually common.

High levels of minerals in your water—namely, calcium and magnesium—get left behind in the boiler tank and tubes, which can lead to reduction in heat along with a loud banging noise indicating damage is being done inside. That said, if you’re wondering if it’s dangerous for your boiler, yes, it is!

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Do Ductless Heaters Have Unique Repair Needs?

Monday, March 4th, 2019

person-turning-on-ductless-air-handlerWhen customers ask us what the best options are for new HVAC systems today, we are quick to suggest ductless heating (and cooling). The reason for this is how efficient and effective these systems are. Rather than operating through a network of air ducts connected to an indoor air handler, like a traditional central air conditioner or furnace, ductless systems have an outdoor unit to which you can connect up to four indoor air handlers. These air handlers are mounted up high on the walls of the rooms in which they are installed, and can be controlled independently of each other.

There are a number of good reasons to go ductless in your home. There are equally good reasons to only trust a professional for the installation! Today, we’re going to look at a downside to ductless systems if yours is not professionally installed. It’s nothing awful, but it requires attention nonetheless. If you don’t know what to look for and expect, you could wind up with significant, costly property damage, and we don’t want that for you. So, what is this downside?

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