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A heat pump can be a great way to heat your home if your local climate allows for it, but like any heating system, when you turn it on, you expect it to heat your home to a certain temperature. If you want your home at 72, but your heating pump is struggling to keep your home at 68, there could be a few causes you can check.

Ice on The Outdoor Unit
If your heating pump can’t keep up, you will want to check the outdoor unit. If it is just the condenser that has frosted over, running the defrost function on the heat pump can fix that. However, if ice is more widespread or the outdoor unit isn’t running at all, you will want to call your HVAC technician.

The Vents are Closed
It happens more often than you’d think. If the supply or return vents got closed accidentally or were never opened, it will affect how your heat pump runs. The efficiency of your heat pump depends on its ability to receive fresh air and dispense air to your home. When you are inspecting your heat pump to see if it is still functioning, you will also want to check to see if all the vents are fully open.

Too Much Cold Air Is Entering the Home
If your heat pump doesn’t have a supplemental heating system to fall back on, it can struggle when it gets colder. However, its performance can also be affected by cold air entering the home. This includes more than just having a window open. Instead, it can mean leaks in your duct work or poor insulation in the attic. Both issues let cold air into your home and allow the heat produced from the heat pump to dissipate before it even gets into your home. Contact us today for more information!

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Coming home to a cold home in the middle of winter can feel like a nightmare. If you have checked that there is power in your home and the circuit breaker to your furnace isn’t tripped, it’s probably time to call for an emergency heating repair. It’s possible that the person you live with has turned down your thermostat drastically, or you have run out of heating fuel. When these two problems are not the issue either, you need help before it gets too cold in the middle of the night.

When the Temperature Dips Below Freezing

While you can leave your home for the night if you don’t have heat, the pipes in your home may not do well if the temperature goes below freezing. Water that is in your pipes can freeze, causing the pipes to burst. What starts as a problem with your heating system can grow into a big plumbing mess if you don’t take care of it before the temperatures freeze.

Look for Signs of a Power Outage

It is possible that the power in your home was out for a while and has just recently turned on. If you have blinking clocks in your home or appliances that don’t show the right time, you may have lost power and your home is just beginning to heat back up again. Listen for the sound of your furnace running and see if you have any warm air coming into your home. If your heat has been off all day and has just turned on, it can take some time to get your home warm again.

Call for an Emergency Heating Repair

If you can’t figure out what is wrong with your heating system, call for an emergency heating repair right away. When you wait until morning to call for help, you can risk damaging your home. It is always worth the cost of taking care of the problem fast so that further issues don’t develop. For all your heating needs, contact us today.

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There are a lot of little tasks that need to be done in the fall to prep your home for winter. However, while you are bringing in the garden hoses and giving the door jambs a fresh coat of protective paint, don’t forget to give your heating system the proper care. Your furnace sat patiently all summer waiting for this time to come, but that doesn’t mean it will be in fighting shape without its due share of care.

Change the Air Filter

After a summer using your air conditioning, it is about time to change your air filter so that your heating system has a fresh one. It keeps your air a little cleaner, but mostly, it keeps your furnace clean. Going too long without changing your air filter wears down on your furnace and will make repairs more likely.

Keeping Vents Clear

Duct systems usually don’t get too dirty, but one of the major problems is that they can be blocked by furniture. Sitting down in a chair over time have slowly scooted it over the vent, a bookshelf is partially blocking your vent, you closed a vent in a room for remodeling and never opened it – a lot of different situations can block your vents. Be sure to go around your house and make sure that all your duct work can pump in air unimpeded. Healthy air flow prevents duct leaks and mold growth.

Have Your Furnace Serviced

You should have both your furnace and your AC serviced by a professional before their respective seasons begin. Any homeowner can open up a furnace or an air conditioner, but chances are you really won’t know what you are looking at.

Our team of professional service technicians can look for potential problems and make repairs before the season even starts. This way, you aren’t left freezing in your own home if your furnace dies in the middle of winter. Contact our team today.

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With the heat of summer finally over, you may be happy to be able to turn off your air conditioner and not use it again until the spring. However, before you shut down your AC for the season, you may want to consider how it functioned this past summer and whether it may be time to have it replaced. If you noticed that your system seemed to be aging and did not keep you as comfortable as you would have liked in recent months, do not ignore the problem until next year. The fact is that fall is the perfect time to have your AC system replaced, and there are many benefits you stand to gain by having a new AC system installed this fall, including:

Having the Time to Decide

By choosing to have your AC replaced this fall, you will have the benefit of having time to choose when you are ready to have it replaced. If you wait until your air conditioner dies to have it replaced, then you may feel rushed to make a decision due to the heat; however, this may not give you much time to research your options. By having your air conditioner replaced preemptively, you will have time to find the best system and installer to meet your needs, which can end up helping you to find a better deal.

You Can Save Money by Doing it in Fall

Speaking of deals, one of the benefits of having your air conditioner replaced in fall is that this can help you to save money. The fact is that most homeowners only think about the condition of their air conditioner during the heat of summer, as this is when they are using it most, which makes summer the peak season for air conditioning companies. This means that if you wait until your air conditioner dies to have it replaced, you may have no option but to pay peak season prices. Alternatively, since air conditioning services are not in as high of demand in fall, you may be able to find a better deal on air conditioners, installation, and financing during the off-season.

You’ll Be Ready When Summer Arrives

The best thing about having your air conditioner replaced in fall is that this will give you peace of mind as you will know that your air conditioner is ready for summer. When summer arrives, you will not have to worry about the condition of your air conditioner, and you will not have to struggle to keep cool as you fight with an outdated air conditioning system, as you will have an upgraded AC system that will keep you cool throughout the heat of summer.

Contact us to learn more about the reasons why you should consider having your air conditioner replaced this fall.

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Ask any HVAC expert and they will strongly advise you never to miss your yearly tune-up. However, what happens if you do decide to skip it? In most cases, nothing. Nothing at all will happen, and that is often the costly part. When you skip something that needs done and the world doesn’t come to an end, it makes you confident that you can skip it next year too.

While nothing may happen again the next time you skip an air conditioner tune-up, the longer you go, the more likely you are to have a problem. When you do manifest a problem, if you have skipped your tune-ups, it is likely to be a very expensive fix. Here is what is happening when you skip your yearly AC tune-up.

Dirty Air Filters

If you are accustomed to changing the filters yourself, then this may not be a big deal. However, changing an air filter can be part of air conditioning service. It not only ensures clean air in your home, but it ensures clean air is going into your air conditioner which will prevent clogs and other damage.

Clogged Drains

Unlike air filters, you probably aren’t used to checking the condensation drains in your air conditioner. Over time, debris can accumulate in these drains and prevent proper drainage. When this happens, water builds up, and when water builds up, rust happens.

Refrigerant Leaks

If refrigerant leaks are caught early, such as during a yearly tune-up, they can be easy to fix. You may not even need an expensive refrigerant refill because of it. However, refrigerant leaks can be slow, but you will notice them when your home no longer gets cold. Unfortunately, the longer you let it go, the more expensive it can be to fix. Furthermore, leaking refrigerant is not something you want lingering around your home.

If you have questions and/or need service, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of team of HVAC professionals! We’re here to help.