HOW TO AVOID A HEATING SYSTEM REPAIR
November 13, 2017
Have you ever had to make a sudden repair to your heating system in the middle of winter? If not, that’s great! But it doesn’t mean you won’t have to deal with it at some point in the future. And if you have experienced a sudden system breakdown in the past, then you know it’s something you want to avoid at all costs.
Today, we want to give you our number one piece of advice for avoiding a sudden heating repair. In addition, we’ll help you understand how to best maintain your heater in order to avoid problems for longer.
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February 20, 2017
Heating repairs can be a tricky thing sometimes, and when a problem arises late in the winter, homeowners can be tempted to wait until spring — when the weather is warmer and they can afford to keep their heater turned off for a few days — to get repairs. Not every problem results in a shutdown of the heater, leading some homeowners to think they can sit on it until they no longer have daily need of their heating system. In many instances, however, waiting to schedule heating repair can be a huge mistake.
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October 23, 2016
Most homes in Englewood, NJ and surrounding cities use forced-air furnaces for their heat. The air is warmed in the furnace itself, and then distributed through your home via the same system of ducts that carries cool air from your AC in the summer. It’s a simple and effective system, but like any other piece of technology, it can run into trouble from time to time.
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September 12, 2016
We see a lot of furnace problems this time of year here in Bogota, NJ, in part because the weather is slowly starting to turn and homeowners are looking to their furnaces in anticipation of the long winter to come. The sooner you can address any issues that may crop up, the better off you’ll be. One of the most serious is a cracked heat exchanger, which can shut down your furnace completely and needs replacing in order to ensure the health and safety of your family.
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February 21, 2015
Have you started to notice that your heating system isn’t performing quite as it should be? It isn’t unusual for heating systems to develop problems mid-winter, especially if they haven’t been maintained in a while. However, it can sometimes be difficult to see that a problem may have developed because your system is still operational. To help you better determine if your system has a problem, here are some warning signs to be aware of should your heating system in Paramus need repair:
Low Volume of Heat
There can be a few reasons why your home isn’t getting the volume of warm air it should be. One of the most common is a dirty air filter. Dirty air filters can become so clogged that they restrict the air flow in your system, which can reduce the volume of air flowing through your system. Another common problem that can cause low air flow is the blower. The fan in your system is responsible for pushing the warm air through your ductwork and into your living spaces, and if something is wrong with yours, you may not get the amount of air you need.
Strange Sounds or Odors
There are normal operational sounds associated with any heating system, but sounds like bangs, screeches, loud clicking, etc., do not fall into the “normal” category. The same goes for odors: your heating system shouldn’t ever have an overpowering smell of any kind. If it does, it’s time to call for a specialist.
High Energy Bills
If you haven’t changed how you heat your home, but you are suddenly seeing some very large energy bills, it’s likely a problem has developed with your system. Why? Because a high energy bill indicates that your system is suddenly using much more energy to operate, and this is likely due to a problem in the system.
Repair issues do not disappear on their own, and typically become worse with time.
If you are seeing the signs that it may be time for heating repair for your Paramus home, call the experts at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., today!
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September 22, 2014
There are certain signs your heating system will give you when a problem has developed, and one type of sign is how the system sounds. There are normal operational noises your heating system will make, and then there are the abnormal sounds the system will make when something goes wrong. It can be tempting to ignore strange sounds if your system continues to operate, but ignoring a sound doesn’t make it go away, nor does it fix the problem. If you hear unfamiliar sounds coming from your system, it’s time to call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., for heating repair in Hillsdale.
What Strange Noises Can Indicate
Here are some examples of what certain sounds emanating from your heating system can indicate:
- Buzzing, popping, cracking – these types of noises can indicate an electrical issue. Electrical problems should always be handled by an expert.
- Screaming/screeching noise – loose or worn fan belts can make a screaming/screeching sound. Replacing the belt should alleviate this problem.
- Booming – the ignition process should happen instantaneously. However, a burner that is dirty will not ignite quickly, as it should. When this happens, a small amount of gas will build in the time it takes the burner to light, and when it does light, the combustion of excess gas causes a booming sound. This is a potentially dangerous situation and a technician should be called as soon as possible.
- Thumping – certain components in your heating system, like the blower, have ball bearings at each end of the blower shaft. If these bearings become too dry or move out of alignment, they may make a low-level thumping sound as your system operates.
Strange noises are one of the ways your heating system communicates that a problem has developed. Ignoring this sign can lead to problems with other components, larger and more costly repairs, and even possible breakdown. Attending to heating repair in Hillsdale as soon as possible is the best choice for you and your heating system.
If you hear unfamiliar sounds coming from your heating system, call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., today and schedule a repair appointment with one of our experts.
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October 7, 2013
Winter always arrives sooner than we think. Before the deep cold hits, you need to know that your home heating system can handle the months between now and spring. As you start turning your heater on during the fall, pay close attention to any signals of trouble that might warn you that you need to schedule repairs. Fall is the best time to get these crucial fixes done: not only will you beat out the harsher winter months, but you can take advantage of the slower season for HVAC technicians.
For some of the best-trained technicians available to handle that urgent heating repair in Westwood, NJ, contact BZ Dependable!
1. Strange noises from your heater
A tell-tale sign of a problem is when your heater suddenly begins making unusual noises. A rumbling sound from your boiler tank can indicate that it’s overheating because of sediment build-up. Because of the many possibilities that might cause strange noises, get an HVAC technician to help you understand what is happening and how it can be fixed.
2. Uneven heating
There are other culprits for uneven heating that have nothing to do with your heating system, such as drafty rooms and poor insulation. But if your home is well sealed up, then the cause of the uneven heat might be malfunctions connected to the heater. If you use a boiler, there may be trouble with the pipes that circulate hot water around your home. With radiant floor heating, some of the heating elements could have failed. These are major concerns that need expert attention, fast.
3. Unexpected jumps in energy bills
You expect to see a rise in your energy costs during the heating season. But if your bills seem abnormally high, it is usually a warning that your heater is not working as efficiently as it once was. Anything from leaks, to dirt build-up, to electrical problems can cause your heater to overwork itself trying to get back to its target temperature. You’ll need a professional to analyze the problem and discover what is causing the extra power drain.
Don’t let these warning signs, even ones that seem insignificant, go too long without attention. The issue can rapidly become larger and lead to more malfunctions… and eventually to a complete breakdown of the system—probably during the coldest day of the year! Get a head start to stop winter emergencies: call BZ Dependable for heating repair in Westwood, NJ the moment you have a problem you can’t solve on your own.
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December 10, 2012
Is the boiler in your Bergen County home not producing enough heat? There could be many reasons for this, and some might be a simple resolution, such as changing your thermostat settings.
However, always check with a heating technician if you aren’t sure. Here are some potential reasons your boiler isn’t producing enough heat.
Clogged Piping System
One of the common reasons boilers stop providing enough heat is that there’s a clog in the pipes leading to the radiators or radiant flooring. For propane or oil models, you could be low on fuel. Check the owner’s manual for ways to tell if your oil is running low. Make sure the pilot light is on for gas furnaces.
No Power Going to the Unit
Always make sure that the emergency fuel switch hasn’t been turned off if there boiler doesn’t seem to be working at all. If it’s on but still not heating up your home adequately, there could be something wrong with the controls or thermostat. Also, check the fuse box for a tripped circuit breaker.
Boiler Needs Replacing
If it is determined that your boiler has reached the end of its lifespan, we can offer a variety of replacement models to efficiently heat your entire home. For oil-fueled boilers, you may want to consider switching over to natural gas. Natural gas is a cost-effective and green fuel that can be used to heat your home and your hot water. Making this switch can provide many benefits, including saving space for the tanks and never worrying about running out of fuel.
BZ Dependable is ready to handle all your Bergen County heating needs. We love helping customers get the right boiler system for their needs, so call any time for expert advice!
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November 19, 2012
If you heat your Tenafly home with a boiler system then you are already aware of the many benefits that a boiler has to offer. They provide even, consistent heating power in a very efficient manner. They are also very durable, boast long life spans and require little maintenance. This durability does not, however, make them impervious to occasional wear and tear or damages. If your boiler is in need of repair it is important that those repairs are made by a qualified professional in the timeliest manner possible. Sometimes this is more easily said than done. Even boiler operators with the best of intentions may inadvertently allow their boilers to incur unnecessary damage simply because they are not aware that their boilers need professional repair service. That is why it is so important to know the warning signs to look for. Here are some tips from the boiler experts at BZ Dependable to help you protect your boiler from unnecessary damages.
The most basic way for you to keep your boiler operating efficiently and effectively is simply to pay attention to its performance and output. Any inconsistencies or incongruities in its operation should be taken as cause for a professional assessment and possibly repair service. Do not make the common mistake of categorizing any problem with your boiler as “minor.”
If you notice the development of any cold spots throughout your home or other problems with heating consistency, you should call BZ Dependable immediately. Your boiler is likely in need of some repair service. The same is true if you recognize an increase in your home heating costs without any corresponding increase in heating usage. There could be a number of causes for this rise in heating costs, from inefficient insulation to leaky windows, but it is important to rule out the need for boiler repairs. Even any odd noises or odors that develop when you operate you boiler system may be indicative of a problem requiring professional repair service. Whatever the issue is it is important that it be dealt with immediately.
It is also advisable to simply take a look at and around your boiler occasionally. While you should never attempt the maintenance or repair of your boiler yourself you may be able to spot any water beading on pipes, collecting on the floor or even escaping steam or air bubbles indicating damage to your boiler. Calling for repair service as soon as possible is the only way to ensure the safe, efficient operation of your boiler.
When you notice any of these warning signs, you must call BZ Dependable right away. Act fast and keep repair costs as low as possible. Let us help you heat your Tenafly home with confidence.
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October 22, 2012
Because of their simple, effective design, boilers don’t have the same amount of problems and need for repair that other home heating options do. Of course, no system is without potential for problems, and boilers are no exception. Before you jump ahead to looking for a replacement boiler, though, remember that there are many problems that are very common and easily repaired. When you experience a problem with your boiler call the Tenafly heating professionals at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. for the repair service you need. We’re always happy to help you get your boiler back up and running. Here are some of the most common boiler problems and repairs that we see.
- Lack of Heat or Hot Water: When it’s cold out the lack of heat is a serious problem. It is also one of the most common boiler issues that we encounter. There are a number of possible culprits, including broken air locks to low water levels. Most of the time the repair is simple, quick and affordable, so remember to call your heating service provider before jumping to any conclusions.
- Water Leaks: Finding water on the ground or surfaces around your boiler can be nerve wracking. More often than not, though, it is a relatively minor problem. A loose joint, pipe corrosion and many other factors may lead to water leaks, but they are usually easy to deal with for a professional boiler repair technician.
- Pilot Light Won’t Stay Lit: If your boiler system’s pilot light is going out it there are a few possible problems. The thermocouple could be broken, and is easily replaced. Sometimes the issue is as simple as dirt buildup on the pilot, and all that is needed is a bit of cleaning. Whatever is causing your pilot to go out, a professional technician such as those at BZ Dependable should be able to diagnose and resolve the problem completely.
- Condensate Pipe Freezes: A system breakdown can be a major concern, but the cause is not always that serious. Most modern boilers have a condensation pipe, and because this pipe transports water it is possible for it to freeze up.
- Kettling: Kettling is common in homes where hard water is an issue. If lime scale builds up on your boiler’s heat exchanger steam bubbles may be produced, causing loud banging sound. The removal of the lime scale buildup can solve the problem.
Be sure to have your boiler professionally maintained routinely to avoid the development of these problems. Tenafly boiler repair professionals, such as those at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, will be able to get your boiler operating effectively and efficiently again.
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