Dowd Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Tips to Keep Your Gas Furnace Running Safely This Winter

Monday, November 14th, 2022

Gas furnaces are not dangerous appliances to have in your home. The modern gas furnace is built with safety uppermost in mind, and if they did regularly pose dangers they wouldn’t even be allowed in residential buildings. 

However, many appliances can become dangerous if handled wrong or kept in poor condition, and this definitely applies to any gas-powered appliance. Combusting natural gas, such as in a gas furnace, can lead to carbon monoxide leaks and fire hazards. If you know the right steps to take each year with your gas furnace, you can reduce the chances of furnace dangers to almost nothing. 

Below are the best ways to ensure a safely working gas furnace this winter.

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How Long Can You Expect Your Furnace to Last?

Monday, October 3rd, 2022

This is the type of question that might nudge into your brain as we move deeper into fall and closer to the time when we’ll all need our furnaces in Levittown, PA hard at work. You might have a furnace that’s already done a decade or so of warming your house, and now you feel concerned about when it’ll need to be replaced.

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It’s Almost Fall, So Let’s Get Your Heater Tuned-Up!

Monday, September 19th, 2022

As we’re writing this, the official change to the fall season is only a few days away. This doesn’t mean the weather instantly turns cold after that date passes. But the transitional period of fall is the ideal time to make winter plans for your home.

The most important fall-preparation step is to have your heating system thoroughly inspected and tuned up. This job requires professionals; you can’t try to go DIY for full maintenance service on your furnace or any other type of heating system.

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Can I Make Any Repairs to My Gas Furnace Myself?

Monday, February 21st, 2022

We understand that doing repairs around the house on your own is an excellent way to save money. This doesn’t apply to all parts of the house, however! Some jobs require professional training and tools to do correctly. In the case of a gas furnace, the repairs not only need trained technicians to do the work accurately but also to do the work safely

Simply put: it is dangerous for anyone who is not licensed to work on gas appliances to attempt to repair any device hooked up to a gas main, and that includes a household gas furnace. In most jurisdictions, non-licensed work is illegal, since it can create a general danger to the neighborhood if there’s a fire. Even amateur furnace work that appears to have gotten the job done may mask a slow problem that will result in toxic carbon monoxide entering the house. Amateur DIY efforts are not worth it! For furnace repair in Levittown, PA, only call experts like our technicians.

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A Cracked Heat Exchanger: Why This Is a Serious Problem for Your Gas Furnace

Monday, February 7th, 2022

We want to start this post with an important reassurance about gas furnaces: they aren’t “dangerous” appliances to have in your home, and with the proper care a gas furnace can run safely for many years. 

But we do have to address the possibilities of health hazards, and any gas-burning appliance can create dangers from carbon monoxide leaks or fires. The more you know about potential safety issues that can come from your gas furnace, the better armed you’ll be to prevent them.

Intro over, now let’s talk about one of the serious gas furnace problems that can put a household’s health at risk: a cracked heat exchanger.

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At What Point Is Repairing Your Old Heater No Longer Worth It?

Monday, January 24th, 2022

You shouldn’t think of any central heating system in your home as “the last heater you’ll ever need to buy” (or inherit if the heater came with the house). No such heating system exists. Although you can get a longer service life from a heating system with regular maintenance and attention to repairs as needed, eventually wear and tear will deteriorate the system to where it’s no longer worth keeping. 

Getting a new heating installation in Hatboro, PA is a major decision, one you don’t want to make hastily. Below we’ll look at some of the ways you can judge if your heating system is past the point of repairing and you’re ready for a new one.

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When Your Heater Starts Making These Noises, It’s Time to Call Us

Monday, January 10th, 2022

One of the main ways your heating system can send you a warning that it’s encountering trouble is by making unusual noises. What counts as “unusual”? We’ll list several below, but if you’ve already had your heater for a few seasons you’ll know the standard sounds it makes as it runs. Anything that catches your attention because it’s different counts as unusual. If your heater becomes louder than normal, that’s also a potential warning sign that something is wrong and it’s best for you to call for heating repair in Hatboro, PA from our team.

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The Early Signs You Have a Struggling Heating System

Monday, December 27th, 2021

You never want to be caught with a failed heater in the middle of a Pennsylvania winter. Thankfully, most heating systems won’t die abruptly with no warning whatsoever, so if you know what to look and listen for, you can call in time for heating repair in Bensalem, PA. This prevents an emergency breakdown situation and all the stress and discomfort that comes along with it. 

Heating systems that are beginning to fail or starting to lose their capacity can provide several signals. Below are the most common early warnings, the ones you’ll see during the first weeks when your heating system starts regular work.

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Get Your Heater Ready for Winter With Maintenance

Friday, October 29th, 2021

It’s already November! It’s time to prepare your home for winter, and one of the most important steps to take is arranging with HVAC professionals to inspect and tune up your heater. No matter if you use a gas furnace, electric furnace, boiler, heat pump, or ductless mini split system, you need the assistance of professionals to prepare it for winter with a maintenance visit. 

Our technicians at Dowd Mechanical have the skill, training, and tools to help your heater glide through the winter with few to zero problems.

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