DuAll Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating Repair’

Catch Heating Problems Early On

Monday, October 15th, 2018

cold-couple-on-couch“Oh, come on. It’s still early October. Why are we already talking about the things that could go wrong with my heating system this winter?”

Well, because heating problems can strike any system, anywhere, at any time. We are not trying to alarm you—this is just a fact, alarming of one as it may be. You already know that routine heating maintenance is the best way in which to keep your heater functioning at peak performance levels. However, even this is not enough to make your heater 100% reliable. At some point, you are going to need heating repairs in Bolingbrook, IL.

When you do, you want to schedule them—with us!—as soon as possible. Acting swiftly will help you to minimize any negative effect that problems with your heater may have on it in the long run. The sooner that we can intervene, the less likely that serious, costly damages are. And, the less risk to your comfort, as well.

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Why Hire a Pro for HVAC Repairs?

Monday, February 5th, 2018

comfortable-womanWe totally understand and very much appreciate the DIY work ethic that so many homeowners in our area possess. What we respect even more, however, is the responsibility that these homeowners exhibit when they acknowledge that a particular job is simply too far out of their wheelhouse to handle on their own. Certain scenarios are going to require professional expertise, and this is definitely the case when it comes to HVAC repairs. If your system is struggling or has broken down entirely, you need to hire a professional HVAC contractor in Naperville, IL.

In today’s post, we are going to take a look at some of the reasons why this is the case. The fact that you are reading this right now means that you, like most people these days, are an internet user. You undoubtedly know about all of the different DIY and instructional videos that are available on various websites. That type of cursory knowledge and instruction is no replacement for the years of training and hands-on experience that our technicians possess, though.

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Signs That Heating Repairs Are Needed

Monday, September 18th, 2017

furnace-wiringLooking ahead in the forecast, you’ll see that we’re getting a bit of a warm weather bonus this September. Nights are cooling off, but we’ve got plenty of days in the high 70’s headed our way, with the 80’s making an appearance and maybe even a guest spot from the 90’s! That being said, looking ahead to October shows business as usual, and we are definitely on the tail end of the air conditioning season. That means that your heater is going to be stepping up to bat before long.

In our last post, we discussed why you may want to replace your heater moving into this fresh heating season. We’ll certainly be addressing the need for an annual heating tune-up before long. Today, though, we want to give you some pointers for spotting signs of trouble with your heater in Bolingbrook, IL. Even after your system is tuned up, there is no guarantee that it is going to make it through the season without issue. Prompt heating repairs are always in your best interest, so here are some tips to keep in mind. 

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Why Are There Cold Spots in My Home?

Monday, December 5th, 2016

When it comes to the performance of your heating system, the term “good enough” should not be in your vocabulary. You deserve an outstanding performance from your heating system in Bolingbrook, IL. Nothing less will do.

Even if your heater is running reliably, you may still encounter problems from time to time. For instance, you may notice that there are spots in your home that are cooler than others. There are many potential causes of this particular problem, and we’d like to shed some light on a few of them.

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When Should I Schedule Heating Repairs?

Monday, October 31st, 2016

The simple answer to the question posed in the title of this blog is “as soon as possible”. However, scheduling prompt heating repairs in Bolingbrook, IL is not really something that you can do if you don’t have the information that you need. If you don’t want to wait for your system to break down entirely before having it repaired — and why would you? — you need to learn the signs that heating repair is necessary.

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Should There Be Rust on My Furnace?

Monday, October 5th, 2015

As we edge closer to heating season here in Bolingbrook, you may have taken a closer look at your heating system. If you have a furnace and have noticed a considerable amount of rust on it, it’s good to take note of this. Rust on a furnace is never normal, and once corrosion takes hold of the metal on your system, it is very hard to contain it. The heating experts at DuAll Heating and Cooling can help assess whether or not the rust on your furnace is a spot that can be repaired, or if the rust is an indication of a bigger problem.

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Which Needs More Repairs: Furnaces or Boilers?

Monday, October 6th, 2014

If you are purchasing a new heating unit, you may be most concerned about the initial cost of installation. However, there are often more important considerations to take into account that may help you save money over time, such as energy efficiency and repair costs. Saving money over time with your system is important, and a professional can help you choose the most efficient system which could eventually compensate for the initial price. But how can you predict how much money your unit will cost in repairs throughout the life of the system?

For the most part, there’s no way to tell how much heating repair your unit will need over time. With proper care and maintenance, a heating system may need very few repairs in its lifespan. However, there are a few differences between the types of repairs you will need for a furnace or boiler, two of the most common heating systems available. But which requires the most repairs: a furnace or a boiler?

How much heating repair your unit will need depends on a variety of factors. First, you can prevent repairs by scheduling proper maintenance. With maintenance, a technician inspects your system, cleans components, and makes some adjustments to keep it working as it should. Second, some heating systems will need more repair if they are sized or installed improperly. Incorrect installation is an unfortunate reason for heating repair, which is why it’s important to choose qualified technicians for the job.

In general, however, a unit with more mechanical parts may be more likely to run into trouble. Boilers use water to transfer heat to your home, while furnaces distribute warm air through the ductwork. Furnaces use a lot of power to move fans and other mechanical parts, which means they may be more be likely to break down than boilers, which instead radiate heat throughout the home.

However, only a heating technician can help you choose the right system for your home.

If you need furnace or boiler installation, or if you run into the need for heating repair in Romeoville, call DuAll Heating & Cooling today!

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How to Tell if You Need an Emergency Heating Repair

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Nobody ever wants to make an emergency call, no matter what the emergency is. But it’s necessary to have emergency services available to us for the important part of our lives. In Illinois, having your heater working during the winter is crucial for your comfort and your safety—so you need to have a repair service that can deliver 24/7 assistance. Call DuAll Heating & Cooling when you need service fast, any time of the day or night.

Here are a couple of warning signs to heed that tell you it’s time for emergency heating repair in Naperville, IL.

Warning Signs You Need Emergency Repairs

  • The heater will not come on: This is the big one—a possible full breakdown. Although it seems obvious that you should call for repairs when this happens, people sometimes wait to call for help because they think the issue is temporary and the heater will kick back on soon. But, even if the heater does come back on at some point, any failure indicates there is a serious flaw in the operation that will lead to more breakdowns and very inefficient, energy-draining operation.
  • The heater starts making loud, unexpected noises: You should always call for repairs when your heater makes noises that you don’t expect. But when these noises are particularly loud—such grating, grinding, and screeching—there is something amiss in the heater that needs remedy as soon as possible. Shut the heater down and call for repairs.
  • Acrid smells come from the vents: If you have a forced-air system in your home, smells from the vents are major warnings of repair needs. If you smell an acrid scent, like burning, it could indicate failing motors inside the heater’s cabinet, and you need repairs before the heater breaks down entirely.
  • Your carbon monoxide detectors go off: If you have a gas-powered heater in your home, we recommend that you have CO detectors put in your house as well to warn you of an increase of carbon monoxide (which is colorless and odorless). Should these detectors go off, leave you house and call for professionals.

Make Sure You Have a Contractor With Emergency Service

Not all heating repair contractors offer 24-hour emergency service. Since heaters rarely break down at convenient times, you’ll need a contractor ready to rush to your aid when you require with heating repair in Naperville, IL. DuAll Heating & Cooling has technicians standing by for your emergency needs, whatever they may be. We can also provide you with maintenance and installation for all types of home heaters.

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Common Heat Pump Repairs You May Encounter

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The climate in Illinois is ideal for a heat pump: warm summers and spring weather, which the cooling function can easily overcome, and cold winters and fall weather that rarely plunges far enough to give the heating function many difficulties. If you have a heat pump installed in your home, you’ve made a wise investment in your year-round comfort.

But, like any machine, heat pumps will need repairs—especially if they don’t receive routine maintenance. Here are some of the common repairs we perform on malfunctioning heat pumps, which should help guide you when you start to experience issues with the one installed in your home.

Whatever the trouble with your heat pump, trust DuAll Heating & Cooling to bring you the heating repair service that will restore it to its prime working condition.

Heat pump repairs we often do:

Replacing faulty reversing valves. One way a heat pump differs from a stand-alone air conditioner is that it has a reversing valve to change the direction of the flow of refrigerant. This permits it to swap the functions of the evaporator and condenser coils. Should this valve malfunction or break, your heat pump will only be able to perform one of its jobs—and possibly lose the ability to do both.

Recharging refrigerant. The chemical known as refrigerant that runs through your heat pump to allow for heat exchange remains at a fixed level—known as its “charge”—during normal operation. Evaporation and condensation will not use it up. However, if the lines develop leaks, you could lose refrigerant. This will lead to icing on either the indoor or outdoor coil that will interfere with the heat exchange. Professionals will have to patch the leaks and recharge the refrigerant to its original level.

Fixing compressor motors. At the heart of the operation of a heat pump are two devices known as compressors, which compress refrigerant into a hot gas to begin the heat exchange cycle. A heat pump needs two compressors to run (an AC has only one), and if the motors that power them break, it will interfere with the heat exchange cycle. Dirty bearings and burnt wiring can cause motor failures, and the motors will either need to be repaired or replaced.

The moment you sense something is wrong with your heat pump—whether it’s a loss of cooling or heating power, or a strange grinding noise from the cabinet you’ve never heard before—call in HVAC professionals to diagnose the problem and fix it. The longer you wait to get repairs, the more likely the problems will escalate into more expensive repair.

For premium quality heating repair in Naperville, IL, contact DuAll Heating & Cooling. Our slogan is “quality with affordability”—just what you’re looking for.

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