Covenant Heating and Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Best Ways to Boost Heating Efficiency

Monday, February 17th, 2020

technician-working-on-maintaining-furnaceWith how much we use our heating systems during the winter, it’s no secret that homeowners would like to do everything they can to avoid costly utility bills. Sure, your energy bills are going to raise in the wintertime (as well as the summer time) as your HVAC systems take up about half of all your energy use. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t steps you can take to increase their efficiency and thereby lower the costs a bit.

There are actually a number of things you can do, some of which won’t cost you a dime. Maintaining heating efficiency is also a great way to keep repair needs at bay. Keep reading as we uncover some of the best tips and tricks to boost efficiency and save money!

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The Problem with a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

natural-gas-jets-of-furnaceWintertime is the time of year when our heating systems are truly put to the test. Because of the strain they go through this time of year versus in milder weather, it tends to be when problems arise. Since you need your system to function at its best this time of year, this is obviously not ideal. It pays to ensure you schedule routine maintenance each year, and to keep a watch for signs of trouble with your heater.

There are few furnace problems more insidious than that of a cracked heat exchanger. If your furnace shows signs of this problem, it’s likely that it needs to be replaced altogether, as this tends to only happen in older furnaces. Repairs are often not worth the cost even if they’re possible. So, what is a heat exchanger and why is it such a problem if it cracks? Read on to find out!

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Can a Dirty Air Filter Hurt Your Heater?

Monday, December 9th, 2019

man-holding-air-filterIf you’ve followed our blog from the beginning, you’ve likely seen it in writing many times that we recommend you change your HVAC air filter every 1-3 months. We aren’t just throwing this out as a suggestion—we are offering this advice as a way for you to get the most effective and efficient use from your heater (and air conditioner) as possible.

Considering how much we’ll be using our heaters this winter, don’t you want to do everything you can to prevent emergency repair needs?

There is one way to do so—by performing one small maintenance task on your own—changing out your air filter. You might be surprised by just how important this small HVAC component is. IT’s about more than protecting your indoor air quality. In fact, that’s not even the purpose of this air filter—your furnace’s air filter is in place to protect the actual furnace itself. More on that below!

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Signs You’re in Need of Heating Repairs

Monday, November 25th, 2019

gas-jets-of-a-heaterFall is trekking right along and the official start of winter is less than a month away. Chances are, you’ve begun running your heater on a daily basis already… and more cold weather is on its way. This means if you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check your heating system for any signs of trouble. Problems from last year won’t have gone away this year without professional care—and this can be compounded by lack of use over the months. Running your system on a regular basis when it’s not performing at its best will only end in frustration—and probably a broken down heater.

There’s good news, though! There are some common signs you can watch out for that indicate your heater is running into issues, and if you know what to look for, you can usually spot these issues fairly easily. Remember though, you shouldn’t attempt a formal diagnosis or any type of repair on your own. Heating systems involve a number of components that could become dangerous in the wrong hands—like natural gas. If you notice your heating system isn’t performing the way it should, the best thing you can do is call a pro. In the meantime, watch and listen for the following signs that indicate a heating system problem.

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Noises You Should Never Hear Your Furnace Making

Monday, October 28th, 2019

woman-covering-her-earsWhen it comes to your comfort, it’s hard to ignore some signs that your HVAC system is struggling. For instance, if it’s in the middle of winter and your vents are blowing out cool or lukewarm air, you’ll likely give our pros a call right away for repairs. For other problems though, such as funny noises, you may be tempted to wait on calling in a pro, or you may decide to ignore the sounds altogether, shrugging it off as a normal part of furnace operation.

Please don’t do this. We want you to protect yourself and your family, and one way to do so is to alert a trained HVAC pro when your furnace system is making unusual noises—noises that may indicate a hazard. Keep reading to learn some of the noises you should never hear from your furnace—and give us a call if you do!

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Is It Too Early to Schedule Heating Maintenance?

Monday, September 30th, 2019

technician-working-on-heating-systemWith temps still in the 90’s, it may seem pretty odd to even be talking about our heating systems. But, there’s actually no better time to start thinking about scheduling heating maintenance! In fact, fall is the best time since weather is usually milder and you don’t have to worry about being without your HVAC system while your tune-up is performed.

Professional maintenance allows our technicians to do a thorough inspection of your heater. This is important for a number of reasons—we’re able to check for safety issues as well as anything that could be causing performance and efficiency problems. We also clean the system inside and out, and check for any signs of small repair needs before they grow into bigger, more costly emergencies.

If that’s not enough to convince you, keep reading to learn the many benefits of having professional heating maintenance done.

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Caring for Your Heater This Late in the Season

Monday, March 4th, 2019

technician-working-on-heaterTemperatures are growing warmer, and soon enough it will be the official start of spring. You may still be using your heating system on a regular basis right now, and if so we hope it’s performing as efficiently and effectively as it should. If you had maintenance done this past fall, and took care of any recommended repairs, then you likely have nothing to worry about.

If you skipped maintenance, however, or if you suspect you have repair needs but haven’t taken care of them yet, you may end up with a problem. Either before the heating season ends this year, or next fall, you could be facing a broken down heater when you need it. But how do you know if this is the case? Read on to learn some of the symptoms you should watch out for that indicate problem with your heater, and be sure to give us a call for quality repairs.

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No, Your Heater Shouldn’t Make These Noises

Monday, December 24th, 2018

woman covering her ears, on white backgroundThis should be a familiar scenario: you set your thermostat to the desired temperature, wait a few minutes, then hear the fan of your furnace making that familiar whirring sound. The reason it takes a few minutes is because the plenum actually needs to heat up after the burners light before the fan will begin running. Once you hear that whirring, though, you can rely on efficient and effective heat to make its way into your home.

But what if it’s interrupted by another sound entirely? If a sound occurs that you’re not expecting or you have never heard your furnace make before, then it’s time to call for professional heating services in Hendersonville, TN. In the meantime, we’ve provided some guidance below as to what these noises can mean.

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Time for a Tune-Up: Ensure Your Heater Is Ready for Winter

Monday, October 29th, 2018

white-smoke-from-chimneyWith temperatures finally cooling down for the season, you’re probably just about ready to shut down your AC system in favor for your heater. Before you start that furnace up or switch your heat pump from cooling mode to heating mode, though, are you sure your system is ready for the work ahead? Properly functioning heating in Bowling Green, KY is a necessity, but if you’re skipping your heating system tune-ups, then you are doing yourself a disservice.

In today’s posts, we’re going to talk about furnaces, since these are the most commonly used systems in homes today. But most of what we’re talking about here is applicable for ANY type of heating system. You definitely want to get annual maintenance done for your heater no matter which type you have, for the following reasons.

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Did Your Heater Give Up for Good?

Monday, March 19th, 2018

technicians hands working on heaterThe heating season “officially” comes to an end in just a few days. But as we mentioned in our previous post, that doesn’t mean you should just shut off your heater for the year and forget about it—if any problems arose over the winter it’s vital that you take care of them now!

Or maybe you know your heater is on its last leg and no repair is going to help it last through another winter season, so you’re just going to wait until next year and buy a new one. But if you want truly efficient and reliable heating in Nashville, TN, we urge you to start exploring your options now. You don’t have to get an updated version of the heater you currently have—you can choose a different system.

But what if you aren’t sure if a new heater is actually what you need? It’s better to look at the signs now and determine this before next year rather than waiting for the first chilly day next winter to decide!

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