DB Heating & Cooling, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Oradell’

How to Care for Your Heat Pump

Monday, June 21st, 2021

vent-low-on-wallIf you’re utilizing a heat pump already for your cooling and heating needs, then you may have already heard the recommendation for twice-a-year maintenance. Perhaps you brushed this suggestion off–after all, you don’t see anything obviously wrong with your heat pump, so why should you invest in a service that you don’t need? Well, the fact of the matter is, a heat pump won’t always show signs of malfunctioning before it gives out. Biannual maintenance is great because you can spot problems on the horizon before they start wreaking havoc on the system and disrupting the comfort of your home.

Maintenance is vital when it comes to properly caring for your heat pump, in addition to a couple other steps. We’ll cover these steps below. Keep reading!

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AC Care: Here’s What Happens During a Tune-Up

Monday, May 10th, 2021

two-techs-working-on-acIf you’ve been following our blog for a while, then you already know how much we talk about maintenance. Maintenance is probably the most important service you can get for your air conditioner after all! This is because it helps us help you prevent problems before they become big emergencies or even complete system breakdowns.

Air conditioning maintenance, also referred to as a tune-up, allows our professionals to locate small problems with your cooling system before it grows into a bigger one, like we mentioned above. As a result, your system will operate smoother and last longer, which is fantastic news for your wallet. But what do our technicians actually do during maintenance? Why is it so helpful?

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Does My Heat Pump Need Fall and Spring Maintenance?

Monday, March 15th, 2021

floor-mounted-heat-pump-air-handlerThe short answer to the question of whether your heat pump needs fall and spring maintenance is, “yes.”

But not to worry, we’re going to elaborate. We would never just tell you to schedule an unnecessary service for the sake of it. Biannual heat pump maintenance is necessary.

You see, heat pump systems—as you know if you have one—are 2-in-1 heating and cooling systems. Not only do they provide effective heat in the wintertime, but they offer efficient air conditioning in the summer, as well.

HVAC maintenance is what allows our technicians to fully inspect, clean, and adjust your air conditioner in the spring, and your heater in the fall. This allows them to both operate as effectively and efficiently as possible, for as long as possible. But this doesn’t mean you get to skip a maintenance session if you have a heat pump! Since it does twice the work, it needs twice the care. Read on as we uncover more about the importance of professional heat pump maintenance and how it can prevent sudden and costly Oradell, NJ heating repair needs.

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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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End-of-Season Commercial AC Checks to Make

Monday, September 16th, 2019

ac-units-on-commercial-roofAs the official end of summer approaches and we get ready for temperatures to hopefully start cooling down soon, the last thing you need is for your commercial air conditioning in Oradell, NJ to break down when you still need it to keep your space comfortable.

You have enough to worry about without being concerned with losing business due to an HVAC problem that could turn away potential customers or guests. However, if you neglect end-of-season repair needs, you may certainly find yourself with a broken-down system.

The good news is, our team can help if you do find yourself in need of sudden commercial AC repairs. In the meantime, we’d like to share some signs that you should look out for, and alert your building’s employees to watch out for as well. If you notice any of these indicators, please give us a call right away!

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Keep Your Cooling System Healthy with These Tips

Monday, June 10th, 2019

ac-technician-working-on-air-conditionerStress isn’t good for anyone. If your air conditioner were a person, it would agree!

And unfortunately, your air conditioning in Oradell, NJ is put under a lot of stress during the summer. We’re not saying you should use your air conditioner any less than you feel you need to. But what we are saying is that you should follow some best practices to ensure that your cooling system is as healthy as possible over the next few months and longer. Keep reading for some of the best ways to ensure this is the case!

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Yes, a Cracked Heat Exchanger in Your Furnace IS Dangerous

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Keep silence. Scared woman covering mouth with hands while posing to camera on gray studio background. Shocked girl close lips with palms, speak no evil conceptA cracked heat exchanger is one of those furnace issues that should not—well, cannot—be ignored. Not only is it something that most often happens to aging furnaces that are just about at the end of their lifespan anyway, a cracked heat exchanger is dangerous. It enables carbon monoxide—a tasteless and odorless, yet hazardous, gas—to make its way into your living space.

If you suspect your heater is experiencing this problem, or that you have a gas leak, we would encourage you to call your utility company’s emergency line, first and foremost. If you want help in preventing this from happening, then give our team a call for professional Oradell, NJ heating services, such as maintenance.

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Why Isn’t My Heat Pump Cooling?

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Many homeowners with heat pump systems will sing the praises of the unit, and it’s understandable why. They are very energy efficient and can supply your home with both heating and cooling. However, if you’ve had the unfortunate experience of realizing that your heat pump isn’t cooling as needed, then you know that, like all other HVAC systems, your heat pump will need repair at some point. There are a few reasons that can cause your heat pump to have problems cooling your home:

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Zone Control: Great for Cooling and Heating

Monday, April 6th, 2015

As we get ready to transition to a different season, you may be wondering if there’s a whole home solution that can help you maintain comfort in each area of your home in Oradell, NJ, no matter what the temperature may be outside. The good news is, there is, and it’s called zone control.

What Is Zone Control?

Zone control is the name for a temperature control system that integrates with your home’s ductwork. The system is comprised of a series of motorized dampers that are installed into the supply ductwork of your home, and their operation is controlled by a main control panel.

The first step to the installation of any zone control system is hiring a trained expert to perform the work, and this is where DB Heating & Cooling comes in. Our experts have been helping customers with their heating and cooling needs for many years, and we can install, repair and replace your zone control system. The second step of the installation involves designating the zones. As the homeowner, you will work with your technician to clearly define what the zones will be. Zones can be independent rooms, a group of rooms, or an entire floor – the decision is up to you. Once the zones are established, the technician will install the dampers and the main control board, and then install a thermostat in each zone. The dampers and thermostats are connected to the main control panel, which opens and closes the dampers as needed to maintain the temperature that has been set in each zone. Zone control works for both heating and cooling, allowing you tremendous control over your HVAC system year-round.

Benefits of a Zone Control System

Customized comfort is only one of several benefits a zone control system can offer your home:

  • Better energy efficiency – with zone control, you have the ability to cool only what you need to, reducing the amount of cool air you need; less cool air means less operation for your AC.
  • Less stress on your system – in addition to using less energy, less operation also means less wear and tear on your air conditioner, which helps reduce the system’s level of wear and tear.

Interested to see what a zone control system can do for your home? Call us today and schedule an appointment!

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How Do Ducts Become Damaged?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Most ductwork is hidden behind walls, attics and crawlspaces, so it can be hard to know when problems have developed. It can also lead you to wonder: how did this happen? Isn’t the ductwork protected by being inside the house? The answer to this is: not always. And while ductwork has a relatively long lifespan – an average of 30 years – this doesn’t mean it stands soundly for 30 years without any problems. So how can ductwork become damaged? Let’s take a look:

Rust/Corrosion

Most ductwork is metal, and when metal meets any kind of moisture, it can oxidize the metal, creating rust. Excess moisture can come from leaks, humidity and even rain; the problem is that once the corrosion starts, it can be very hard to stop unless it is caught quickly enough. Rust and corrosion can lead to cracks and holes, which can cause your energy bills to soar, among other problems.

Infestations

No one likes to think about critters or insects taking up residence in their ductwork, but it does happen, and fairly frequently. Mice, squirrels and raccoons love to hunker down during winter inside areas like ductwork because it’s warm and protected; insects can be worse because they’ll stay year-round. Not only are these infestations unhealthy for you, they are unhealthy for your ductwork as animals and insects create nests, which can damage the inside of your ductwork.

Collapse

Sections of ductwork can collapse, particularly if there is extensive corrosion that has destroyed the seals. Collapsed ductwork can become bent or dented, and may have to be fully replaced, depending on the level of damage it has sustained.

Damaged ductwork is faulty ductwork, and faulty ductwork isn’t good for you, your home or your heating system. If you are seeing the signs of damaged ductwork, including excess dust, dirt and moisture, strange smells and/or high energy bills, don’t wait to repair your ductwork in Oradell.

Call DB Heating & Cooling today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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