Heating Maintenance Means Knowing Your Heating System

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After all, if you don’t know what you have then you can’t do your part to maintain your heating unit and keep down operation and repair costs. Also, if you don’t know what you have then you can’t expect to know what kind of expert to call for. There are many types of heating systems, and where you live can often decide the type of heating system you have. While all heating systems are designed to provide the same result, these systems will look different inside and out, have different parts, function differently, and experience different stresses. What part is likely to wear out the fastest will change from one type to another. Which means not all heating maintenance professionals will know all types of heating systems.

So what type of heating system do you have? If you don’t know, here’s a cheat sheet that may give you an idea. We service, repair, and install the following types of heating systems:

Forced Air

Commonly and simply known as “furnaces” or “heaters,” this type of system may burn natural gas, propane, oil, or use electricity to heat your home. Normal air is heated inside a furnace, then pushed through the ductwork of a house. The furnace itself is typically found in an attic, closet, crawlspace, or basement. As the most commonly used heating system you may have this type, and finding a professional to carry out heating maintenance on your system shouldn’t be too difficult.

Electric Heat Pump

Though called a heat pump, these offer both heating and cooling in moderate climes because it’s heat, specifically, that’s being moved from one location to another. The way it works isn’t so different from a refrigerator, which if you feel around it while it’s running always seems to be producing hot air because that air is being removed from the refrigerator to maintain its internal temperature. This type of heating system typically has two areas of access—one inside and one outside. Like the forced air systems, this type usually uses ducts to move air through a home, but it’s possible to get a ductless version.

The best way to determine if you have a heat pump is to check any system established outside for a label that says whether it’s a heat pump or air conditioner; if you can’t find that, you can note the brand and model number and search online. You can also check your thermostat for an “emergency heat” setting, which means you probably have a heat pump. If you’re a little more DIY, you can peek into you condensing units and look for horizontal brass pipes, which no other type of heating system has.

Gas and Oil Boiler Systems

This type of heating system may operate using natural gas, propane, or oil, and is comprised of two parts: the furnace to provide heat and the container in which water is converted to steam by the heat from the furnace. A boiler usually has at least one pressure gauge, which is used to monitor the pressure of the steam or hot water being pushed through heating coils, baseboard radiators, or radiant heat floor systems. A boiler may also provide your home’s hot water. Your need for heating maintenance is likely to be above average for this type of system, since the pressure and heat cause extra wear on parts.

Dual Fuel Heat Pump System

As the name suggests, this type of heating system uses both an electric heat pump as well as a gas furnace and will alternate which one is running to ensure efficiency and to keep you and your family comfortable. Most of the time, the electric heat pump is working; during the summer it behaves like a high-efficiency central air conditioner, and during the milder spring and autumn it provides cost-effective heating and fends off the need to get the furnace running. It’s during the winter, when the temperature really drops, that the electric pump shuts off and the gas furnace takes over.

Most manufacturers offer a ten-year compressor warranty and ten-year parts warranty with timely registration. Don’t worry—we register all the equipment for our customers so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

With all new system installations we provide a two-year labor warranty and offer an extended ten-year labor warranty for an extra cost.

We stand behind all our work, 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

They say you get what you pay for and that is very true for any heating and cooling system. We install systems that have proven reliability and quality through years of installation and a proven manufacturing process. Contact us to find out how we can help you.