S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Don’t Ignore Late Season Furnace Repair Needs

Monday, March 25th, 2019

wrenchesTemperatures are hovering around in the 50s as we move into the spring. Of course, we expect plenty of rain during the spring as well as chilly days that will require our heating system to come on. Even with warmer weather on the horizon, we recommend you stay on top of any furnace repair in Kirkland, WA you might need. Ignoring problems with a furnace so you can “deal with them” in the fall can lead to even bigger problems!

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Should You Replace BOTH Your Heater and AC?

Monday, March 11th, 2019

hot-and-cold-homesSpring is almost here, and although that doesn’t mean an automatic switch to warmer weather, it is the best time to start making plans about any big changes in your home heating and AC. Spring weather hovers pleasantly between too hot and too cold, which is an ideal situation to call on an HVAC contractor in Kirkland, WA to install new comfort systems.

This leads us to the question in the title … if you think you’re ready to replace the heating system or the air conditioning system, should you have both replaced? Let’s take a look into this.

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You May Not Have Enough Insulation in Your Home

Monday, February 11th, 2019

woman-shivering-in-sweaterWe didn’t experience cold weather anything like what recently struck the Midwest and Eastern US. However, the intense cold weather can serve as a warning to everyone—many homes do not have proper levels of insulation. The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association estimates that 90% of homes are under-insulated.

Poor insulation means immense amounts of energy go to waste attempting to make up for the heat that escapes through the walls of a home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a house can save around 15% on its annual heating and cooling bills with better insulation.

Newer building codes have improved insulation, but there are many older buildings still around with subpar heat sealing on them. You might be living in one of those and paying higher bills than you should without realizing it.

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Is Your Furnace Not Giving You Enough Heat?

Monday, January 28th, 2019

cold-man-with-thermostatAs long as the furnace serving your home was correctly sized when it was installed, you can expect to be able to receive the level of heating comfort necessary no matter how cold the outside weather gets. But at some point you may notice a drop in comfort, with some or all of the rooms not receiving the warmth necessary. You may be tempted to push up the thermostat setting higher than normal to compensate, but please don’t. When your furnace is having trouble keeping up, it likely needs repairs—or even a replacement.

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It’s Not Too Late for Heating Maintenance

Monday, November 19th, 2018

checkmark-greenThe official start of winter is a month away, although winter temperatures never obey the calendar exactly. You might think because it’s so late in the fall and Thanksgiving is here that you’ve missed the window of opportunity to have your furnace or other home heating system given a good professional inspection and tune-up. But it’s not!

Here’s what you should keep in mind: skipping heating maintenance entirely for a year is bad news for your heater. It’s better to get it done a bit later than normal rather than skip it outright.

And right now is still not remotely too late in the season. Winter isn’t even here, so call our office and ask about our regular maintenance program. We’ll get you signed up in no time and put you on the schedule for great heating maintenance in Lynnwood, WA.

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Warning: Never Try to Fix a Gas Furnace Yourself!

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

furnace-oldThe gas furnace—it’s probably the type of heating system you have in your home. We say this because the gas furnace is the most popular heater found in homes across the country. Natural gas is readily available (no need to schedule deliveries), less expensive than electricity, and burns hot so furnaces provide a powerful level of warmth able to deal with even the most extreme cold weather.

Another benefit of the gas furnace is its reliability if properly maintained. But a furnace can still malfunction, and during this coming winter you may find yourself in need of furnace repair in Lynnwood, WA. If that time comes, your first instinct might be to pick up some tools from the garage or basement, open the furnace cabinet, and see if there’s any basic trouble you can fix.

But please don’t do this!

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Heating System Malfunctions Can Strike Early—Be on the Lookout!

Monday, October 8th, 2018

surprised-womanIt’s cooling down as we settle into Seattle’s fall season. Heaters will start turning on in the evenings and maybe stay on longer and longer during the days. But just because your home’s heating system isn’t yet doing its full workload—that will have to wait until January—doesn’t mean it will run without any problems. Your heating system may need repairs at any time, especially if it hasn’t had its regular fall maintenance.

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Install a High-Efficiency Furnace This Fall

Monday, September 24th, 2018

house-dollar-signsWelcome to the first official week of fall!

What are you planning this season to make sure your family stays comfortable during the upcoming cool weather? You may have suspicions about your current furnace’s abilities. Maybe it needed repairs last year, or it’s starting to cost a small fortune to run. It might be so old you’re concerned it will fail on you the next time you need it (which will be in a few months, maybe earlier). If any of these are the case, we recommend calling us for help. The situation may only call for furnace repair in Bellevue, WA—or it might be time to put in a new furnace.

When it is time to replace your furnace, we advise you give some serious consideration to a high-efficiency unit.

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How Long Should My Furnace Last?

Monday, February 26th, 2018

question-mark-badgeThis is one of the questions we receive the most from customers. It’s an understandable one. Homeowners don’t want to replace a furnace unless they have to, and they want to know how much life they can expect from their current one. People also ask this question if they have an old furnace that isn’t getting the job done the way it used to. In this case, what they’re really asking isn’t “How long should my furnace last?” but “Is it time to replace my furnace?”

No two homes have the same situation when it comes to furnaces, and there are different types of furnaces. There isn’t a single answer to this question, but if you have concerns about your furnace in Bellevue, WA, schedule an appointment with one of our technicians, and they can see if your furnace is at retirement age or if furnace repairs can keep it going.

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How to Tell Your Furnace Needs Repairs

Monday, February 12th, 2018

home-basement-furnaceIt would be great if all heating systems (as well as air conditioning system) came with artificial intelligence that could immediately notify homeowners that something is wrong, what it is, and the next steps to take. Who knows, maybe one day that kind of technology will exist. For the moment, however, if you have a furnace in your home, you’ll need to watch for less straightforward warnings that it needs repairs from professionals.

And it’s important to always have any furnace repairs in Bellevue, WA done by licensed HVAC professionals. With gas furnaces—the most common around here—licensed technicians are the only people who are legally allowed to work on them. Professionals can ensure the job gets done fast and right without any hazard to you and your family.

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