G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating Maintenance’ Category

It’s Not Too Late for Heating Maintenance

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

There are ideal times to do a lot of things concerning your home, but having an ideal time doesn’t mean it’s the only time. For example, take the maintenance of your heating system. The ideal time of year to schedule a heating maintenance appointment in Everett is in the fall, but that doesn’t mean you can’t schedule maintenance at any other time of year. The most important thing is to have your system properly maintained, and that should happen annually, no matter the time of year. So, if you weren’t able to schedule maintenance for your heating system this past fall, it’s not too late to schedule it now. Just call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., and schedule a maintenance appointment with one of our experts.

Can’t I Wait?

Technically speaking, yes, you can, but the truth is, you shouldn’t. Why? Because you’ve already gone ½ the winter running your heating system with last year’s dirt, dust and wear, and are now adding this year’s wear and tear to its operation. Dirt, dust and wear can seriously affect the performance of your system, which can affect your comfort levels. But all that can be managed with a single maintenance appointment.

What Makes Maintenance So Important?

Maintenance isn’t a quick review of your system with a flashlight; rather, it is a full tune-up of your system, complete with inspection, cleaning, lubrication and testing. The entire process takes about 2-3 hours but the benefits will last an entire season. What kinds of benefits are there from a maintenance appointment? Here are some examples:

  • Better energy efficiency – your heating system was made to operate at a certain level of energy efficiency, but can only do so when in good working order. By removing last year’s dirt and dust and remedying any wear and tear, your system will operate as it should.
  • Prevent repairs – during a maintenance appointment, small problems are attended to, such as frayed wiring or worn belts. Getting ahead of these small problems helps prevent big problems from developing.
  • Better comfort – a system that is struggling due to dirt, dust and wear will have a hard time reaching the temperature you’ve set on your thermostat.

If it’s been more than 12 months since your last maintenance appointment, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., today!

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How Heating Maintenance Can Save You Money this Year

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The heating system in your home is essential to your family’s comfort. And while you may be very glad to have it around whenever temperatures drop, any homeowner would be happy to ditch the bills that can go along with it. Your monthly utility bills are no small matter during a particularly cold month, not to mention the looming threat of a full system breakdown tearing down your budget as well. But what can you do to lessen the financial strain?

Heating maintenance is one of the most valuable services you can schedule every year. Not only can a maintenance visit give you peace of mind that your unit is safe to run for another year; it can also help you to save money each year. At G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., we offer professional heating maintenance in Marysville for anyone looking to improve the efficiency of their unit and save on repair bills.

Save on Monthly Bills

One of the ways you benefit from annual heating maintenance is when your bills begin to drop. Maintenance involves a thorough inspection, cleaning anything that is dirty, and adjusting a few key components. For the most part, dirty parts keep you heater from running as it’s supposed to, as do parts that are loose, bent, or damaged. As a technician corrects many of these issues during maintenance, you’re likely to notice energy savings right away. Your heating unit won’t have to work as hard to raise the temperature, which means lower utilities for you.

Save on Repairs

Furthermore, heating maintenance can help prevent parts from failing. While a technician may notice a struggling component that needs repair or replacement during the maintenance inspection, you can replace this early on so that you don’t have to pay for a major heating breakdown later. And with a comprehensive adjustment and cleaning, your heater will run with ease, meaning there is a much smaller chance that parts will break unexpectedly.

When you enroll in a pre-paid maintenance plan with G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., you receive two visits per year for your heating and AC system, priority service, and a 10% discount on parts and labor for future repairs. Call us today for heating maintenance in Marysville.

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Furnace Control Boards for Seattle Residents

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

One way to be a truly responsible homeowner in Seattle is to familiarize yourself with the major systems and appliances in your home. By having at least some understanding of how, say, your refrigerator or toilet work, you gain understanding of how to use them efficiently and detect when something goes wrong.

The same is true of your furnace, which can appear to be a complicated piece of machinery. In order to help you get acquainted with your furnace, we will discuss one of its main control components, the furnace control board.

As the name suggests, furnace control boards are responsible for governing the operation of the furnace. At a minimum, a simple furnace control will control the furnace ignitor (e.g., a spark generator or glow coil), the gas valve and the furnace thermocouple, also called a flame sensor.

More complex furnace control boards will also have control over the blowers and/or the built-in diagnostic system.

To simplify things, you can think of the furnace control board as being a driver and the furnace as its car. Just as the driver oversees all the functions and operation of the car from ignition to shutting off the engine, likewise does the control board for the furnace.

A typical operation sequence for a furnace control board goes something like this:

1. The control board receives a signal from the thermostat that the temperature is too low.

2. It starts the ignition system, whether that be a spark generator, glow coil or pilot light.

3. Once the ignitor is hot, the furnace control board initiates the flow of gas through the burners, where it is ignited.

4. The control board keeps the furnace running until it is signaled by the thermostat that the temperature is now high enough, or until it detects something is wrong.

(An example of a malfunction where the control board would get involved is a thermocouple that is not detecting enough heat. In this case, the control board would shut off the gas flow to prevent a leak into the home.  If this shows up you might want to consider minor heating maintenance for your furnace.)

Furnace control boards are an essential part of your home’s HVAC system. And now, as a responsible homeowner, you know just how important.  If you have any questions about this article please contact G & S Heating, Cooling, & Electric.

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