AllTech Services, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Have You Tuned-Up Your Heater Yet?

Monday, October 12th, 2020

technician-inspecting-furnaceIt’s October! It’s time for pumpkin spice lattes, apple-picking, and Halloween festivities. Granted, all of these things are going to look much different this year than they have in previous years. But one thing is staying the same: you’ll need a fully functional and efficiently operating heater to get you through chilly days and nights soon.

And not to worry! Now is the perfect time to make sure your heater is fully functional by scheduling routine heater maintenance. Also known as a tune-up, maintenance helps to ensure that your furnace, heat pump system, or boiler works as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible.

During this service, our technicians look through your entire heating system, checking for any components that need adjusting, parts that need cleaning, and signs of repair needs. This benefits you and your home by:

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Why Ductless Heating Installation Requires a Pro

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

technician-installing-ductless-air-handlerIf you’ve come across this blog post and decided to read through it, there’s a good chance you’re looking to accomplish comfort and savings out of your HVAC system. A ductless heating (and cooling) system, is definitely a good choice, then!

This system’s setup is similar to that of a standard central air conditioner in that it involves an outdoor unit and refrigerant lines that transfer heat in order to bring cooling into your home. But wait, we’re talking about heating right?

That’s the difference with the ductless system, right there. The refrigerant process can be reversed to bring in effective heat! And of course, another thing that makes the setup different is that there isn’t one single indoor unit, rather there are up to 4 individual air handlers connected to one outdoor unit.

This is where the unique needs of a ductless system come in—unique needs you might not ever need to face so long as you have your ductless system professionally installed. Read on to learn more!

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Don’t Neglect These Mid-Season Heating Needs

Monday, February 17th, 2020

technician-working-on-furnaceWith the weather still chilly enough to need our heaters on a daily basis, chances are that if something is amiss with yours, you’ve taken notice. But what if it seems to be working just fine, although you skipped maintenance this year?

Heating maintenance is a service we recommend in the fall. This is because it gives our technicians the opportunity to comprehensively clean, inspect, and adjust your heater so it performs as efficiently and as effectively as possible when you need it the most.

But if you skipped maintenance, you may find yourself facing heating system problems very soon, or potentially toward the end of the season. If something does seem off, whether you had maintenance done or not, the best thing you can do is call for heating services. But what sort of problems or signs of a malfunction should be watching out for?

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“My Heater Is Making Funny Noises, What’s Up?”

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsThe last thing you need right now is for your heating system to fail on you, right? If it starts making unusual noises, however, it could be a warning sign of trouble brewing.

You likely know what noises to expect from your furnace or heater when it’s operating normally—the whoosh of air through the vents, the sound of the system cycling on and off, and even ductwork fluctuating due to the temperature changes. Anything outside of these sounds is at least cause for investigation.

Below, we’ve covered some of the most common “funny” noises you might hear, and what they mean. Read on!

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A Dirty Air Filter and Its Impact on Your Furnace

Monday, January 20th, 2020

man-holding-air-filterTelling our customers to replace their HVAC air filters every 1-3 months isn’t just a suggestion—we’re saying this because it’s the only way you’re going to get the most efficient and effective use out of that HVAC system. And considering how much we use our furnaces during these winter months, chances are you’d like to do whatever you can to avoid high heating bills or potentially even unexpected repair needs.

One way you can do this is by performing one small maintenance task—yes, there is one maintenance task you can do on your own—change your air filter! You might be surprised to find just how important this small component is. Many homeowners think it’s just there to protect their indoor air quality, but this is not its intended purpose. Read on to learn more!

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Stop Suffering from Uneven Heating in Your Home

Monday, January 6th, 2020

couple-sitting-on-couch-shivering-in-jacketsIt would be great if we could always count on our home heating systems to work flawlessly, without any problems, throughout its entire lifespan. We can definitely reduce the chances of major problems with maintenance—yearly tune-ups allow our technicians to fully inspect, clean, and adjust your heating systems so they work as effectively and efficiently as possible.

But no system is flawless. And one of the more common problems we get calls for from homeowners in regards to their furnace creating hot or cold spots around their living space.

For instance, your living room may feel like an icebox while the bedrooms are stuffy and almost too warm. This is referred to as uneven heating (or uneven cooling, in the case of an air conditioner experiencing this problem in the summertime), but what causes it and what can you—or rather, we—do about it?

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Call Us If Your Furnace Makes These Noises

Monday, December 9th, 2019

woman-covering-her-earsWith the holiday season approaching and the hustle and bustle that goes along with it, it’s really easy to ignore subtle noises coming from your furnace. But we really have to urge you to stop and listen. Are those noises anything beyond the normal sounds of the system starting up, ductwork fluctuating, or air rushing through the vents?

If you’re hearing sounds you never have before coming from your heating system, it means there is a problem. Strange or unfamiliar furnace noises should never be ignored—but are there certain noises you should be concerned about more than others? Any unusual noise is cause for concern, but the following are particularly ominous:

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Ductless System Facts You Need to Know

Monday, October 28th, 2019

ductless-system-air-handler-with-remotePerhaps you’ve already heard of the many benefits of ductless systems. How they are year-round systems that are highly efficient, saving energy and money. How the reverse flow of refrigerant allows them to be efficient air conditioners as well as very effective heaters, depending on the time of year.

There are many reasons to have a ductless system installed in your home. There are also quite a few reasons you should only ever trust a professional for that installation job. Keep reading to learn about what you should know about these systems—particularly, what type of unique repair needs that can crop up if the ductless system isn’t professionally installed.

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“My Heater Isn’t Working Right, What’s Going On?”

Monday, March 4th, 2019

technician-working-on-heaterThe official end of winter may be less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have plenty of cooler temperatures ahead. So, the last thing you need to deal with is a heater that can break down at any moment. But if you don’t know the signs of a heater that needs repair, you could very well find yourself facing this scenario.

Experts state that it’s important to repair a heating system as soon as you notice a problem so you can avoid a bigger emergency and higher repair costs later down the road. Also, the sooner you repair a malfunctioning heater, the lower your monthly bills may be, and the longer your system will last. Read on to see if any of these problems describe what’s going on with your heater, and be sure to call our team to schedule your repairs!

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Will a Dirty Air Filter Really Hurt my Furnace?

Monday, February 4th, 2019

man-holding-air-filterLet’s put it this way—it certainly won’t help your furnace! This is why we recommend to our customers that they replace their air filters every 1-3 months. This isn’t just a random suggestion—doing so will ensure that you get the most effective and efficient use out of your HVAC systems as you can. Considering how much you’ve likely already used your furnace this winter, we’d venture to guess that you’d like to do whatever you can to prevent costly heater repair in Fairfax, VA.

One way to help with this is by performing one small DIY maintenance task—changing out your air filter. You might be surprised to find just how important this little HVAC component is. It does more than protect your indoor air quality (actually, that’s not even its intended purpose)—it protects the system itself.

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