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IERNA's Heating & Cooling - Fall 2015

Fall 2015

Keep Warm This Holiday Season and Beyond with Professional Heating Maintenance

There’s nothing worse than walking into a cold home at the end of a long day or waking up to a chilly house. One of the best ways to avoid this scenario is to make sure your heating system has been properly maintained by a trained professional. Heating maintenance isn’t just a quick once–over of your heating system. It is a full tune–up designed to ensure that your heater works optimally throughout the fall and winter months.

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Why Is Professional Heating Maintenance a Full Tune–Up?

When a trained and certified professional performs heating maintenance on your heating system, he or she will conduct a number of tasks that help improve the overall performance of your heating system. Some of these tasks include:

  • A thorough inspection of your heater
  • Cleaning of the components
  • Change of the air filter
  • Lubrication of all moving parts
  • Small repair (adjusting of worn fan belts, repair of fraying wires)
  • Check of all electronic components
  • Check of all connections, including fuel valves
  • Check of the flue (if applicable)
  • Check of the refrigerant level (for heat pumps)
  • System testing

Why Is All This Necessary?

The goal of every maintenance appointment is to make your system more energy efficient, better able to reach your set temperature and operate well. In order to accomplish this, an in–depth appointment is required. For instance, the thorough inspection allows your technician to detect any existing or developing problems and get ahead of them. Small issues like a worn fan belt can be taken care of during the appointment. Should a bigger issue be discovered, such as a refrigerant leak, you’ll be alerted by your technician so that you can schedule repair. Lubrication of all moving parts is important because if friction develops, the moving parts in your system can grind, which will lead to serious problems. Proper, safe venting is critical for any combustion heating system, and this is what your heating expert will look for when inspecting the flue of your furnace or boiler system.

Can I Do It Myself?

Performing maintenance at the level you and your heater deserve really requires an expert. Being handy just isn’t enough to qualify you to perform professional–level maintenance on your heating system. And you don’t want to run the risk of creating a potential repair issue. Instead, let a seasoned expert with the right training and certification get your heating system ready for the fall and winter months.



Repair or Replace: How Is Your Water Heater Doing?


We’ve all been there: it’s a chilly morning and you can’t wait to wake up in a toasty, warm shower. You turn on the hot water and wait for it to warm up – but it doesn’t. Maybe it turns tepid, but that’s the best you are going to get. It could be a repair issue, it could be time to replace your hot water heater, or you just may need a maintenance appointment. Find out by calling your hot water heater technician.
The replace vs. repair issue happens at some point with all major appliances, including your hot water heater. When looking at this issue, there are three important factors that need to be weighed: age, frequency of repairs and performance. Let’s have a look at each:

Age:


How old is your current water heater? The average lifespan for storage tank water heaters is 10–13 years and for tankless systems it is 20 years. Age plays a big role in the overall decision of replacing or repairing your hot water heater because as an appliance ages, the components that make that appliance operate begin to break down. At some point, you may be paying more to keep an aging hot water heater running than is wise.

Number of Repairs:


Have you had to schedule a number of repairs for your existing water heater, or are you looking at needing a number of repairs to keep it functioning? You’ll want to assess the age of your hot water heater and the cost of the impending repairs before saying "yes" to moving ahead with those repairs. Why? You may find that it is not worthwhile to put that kind of money into your existing unit.

Overall Performance:


Is your hot water heater temperamental? Does it provide you with all the hot water you need or is it coming up short? How much energy or fuel is your hot water heater using – does the amount seem to climb each month? If you aren’t getting the consistent, hot water you need, and/or your hot water heater is starting to make your energy bills rise each month, it may be time to consider the installation of a new unit.



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