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Everything You Need to Know About Water Hammer

January 13th, 2020

No, water hammer isn’t a special move in a video game — it’s a unique problem that can occur to residential-sized boilers, causing them to make a loud and uncomfortable noise. We understand that boilers can be some of the most reliable and long-lasting heating systems in existence, but that doesn’t mean they can’t develop problems like water hammer.

That being said, there is only one solution to a problem like this and that’s professional boiler repair. That’s because a problem like water hammer is caused by pressure, temperature, and a malfunctioning boiler. In order to avoid any confusion when signing up for boiler repair, it’s good to know what water hammer is and how it is caused. Steam heating systems are popular in our area, and it’s generally a good idea to have a little bit of background knowledge for an accurate description to an HVAC professional.

So, let’s get into it!

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How Exactly Does a Heat Pump Work

December 30th, 2019

Heat pumps are marvels of modern technology. Our area is full of homeowners that think they sound good in theory, but because of their lack of experience with a heat pump, or lack of knowledge about this heating system, they’re quick to purchase a furnace instead. The truth of the matter is, heat pumps are an effective and incredibly efficient means of heating and cooling a home, that can be explained pretty easily.

That’s what we’re going to try and do! If you’ve ever thought about joining our Comfort Zone and investing in a heat pump installation here in Birmingham, then listen up! We’ll start by explaining just how a heat pump works and what it can do to provide your home with quality heat in the winter, and comfort in the summer.

Think we’re kidding? Keep reading and you’ll get the gist of it.

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6 Signs You Need Serious Furnace Repair

December 16th, 2019

Furnaces are integral to our way of life down here. It might not get that cold here in Mountain Brook but it’s definitely cold enough sometimes to make you wish you had a functioning furnace.

We talk a lot about furnace maintenance on this blog but today we’d like to give some signs that might signal your furnace needs repairs. Repairs are different from maintenance because they’re often out of the blue and not something that can be scheduled yearly. However, scheduling repairs when you notice something wrong is a necessary part of owning a functional heating system.

Before you call us for furnace repair in Mountain Brook, AL we’re going to talk about the major signs that could help you realize what’s wrong with your system. We want to inform you as much as possible to make sure that you know just how serious furnace repair can be when it’s neglected.

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How Heating Maintenance Can Lower Your Heating Bill

December 2nd, 2019

Heating maintenance is one of the many handy things that we mention to new customers when they’re looking to do something about high heating bills. Unfortunately, the price of fuel doesn’t seem to be getting any lower, which means if your heating system isn’t up to the task of keeping your home cool by using as little fuel as possible—your wallet is in big trouble.

That’s exactly why heating maintenance in Hoover, AL can make all the difference in keeping you and your family ahead of the curve. Quality maintenance by a trained professional can keep your system up to warranty standards, give you ample time to schedule repairs, and increase the efficiency which will inevitably lower your heating bill.

Sound like a good idea? We thought so too, keep reading and we’ll explain just why maintenance is so important.

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Which Is Right for You: A Gas or Electric Furnace?

November 18th, 2019

Have you ever met someone that thinks dogs and cats are the same thing? Well, good because they’re not (at least not as far as we know). However, there are many homeowners out there that don’t know the difference between a gas or electric furnace. To be honest, since we work in the Pelham, AL HVAC services industry, that can be an appalling thing for us to hear.

We get it — if you don’t deal with furnaces as often as we do, how would you know the difference between the two? The problem is, you might be losing money or not be getting the effective heating solution that you could be receiving because you have the wrong type of furnace in your home. If it’s crazy to think that cats and dogs are the same household pet, wouldn’t it be just as absurd to think your electric furnace is the exact same as a gas one?

Let’s break down the difference.

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What You Get Out of a Heater Upgrade

November 4th, 2019

Today’s best gas furnace models function at efficiencies over 90%. This means that there’s almost a 1:1 ratio of energy to heat that you get when you pay your gas bill. That’s great news for the environment, for your wallet, and for everyone in general. That being said, many older furnaces don’t achieve nearly this good of a ratio. If you’re living in a home with a furnace that hasn’t been upgraded in one, two, or even three decades, then you might be paying way too much for heat.

heater upgrade in Birmingham, AL is simple. It’s meant to keep your home warm by using as little fuel as possible. As technology gets more advanced, fuel gets more expensive, and manufacturers get smarter, your old furnace will continue to get left behind in the race for efficiency.

So, let us tell you what a heater upgrade can do for you.

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Preparing Your Heater for Winter

October 21st, 2019

When you’re preparing dinner, do you just eat everything raw and then call it a day? Of course not! Why should you treat your heating system any differently?

There’s a lot of preparation that goes into getting ready for the cold of winter. Your heater doesn’t like just sitting around for half of the year before turning on again. It needs some TLC to get back into shape and do its job well—which is keeping you warm all winter long! So today, we’re going to go through a checklist of some pretty important steps to take before turning your heat on full blast this year. Without proper heater preparations, you might suffer a breakdown when you least expect it, or your budget won’t be happy when you’re prompted to pay for some heating repair in Birmingham, AL.

So sit down, grab a cup of coffee, put on some gloves and get ready to do some prepping for winter.

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The Best Time for Heater Maintenance is Now!

October 7th, 2019

The leaves, the temperatures, and the candy are all falling this time of year. It’s not quite time to think about heating yet (not unless this year turns out to be an unusual one) so as long as you’ve got some blankets for the slightly chilly nights, you’re fine… right?

We’d like to let you in on a little industry secret and discuss the idea of scheduling heater maintenance in Birmingham, AL right now. We know, you’re probably not using it yet so what’s with the rush? Well, in our business the absolute best time to get your heater serviced is in the fall, right before you’re in need of it. If you’re confused, then keep reading because we assure you that there are plenty of reasons to schedule maintenance, preferably before your children put on their costumes.

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It’s Time for New AC Installation If…

September 23rd, 2019

It’s officially fall! It’s time to take a moment and reflect on your air conditioner’s performance this summer? Did your system do everything you needed it to do? If the answer is no it’s time for you to schedule an appointment with our professionals.

We know that it’s not always so easy to find the right HVAC company in Birmingham, AL. There are plenty of companies that claim to have the right services, but they just can’t deliver when it comes down to it. You can contact our professionals and get all the work you need to be done in a flash. Contact our professionals today.

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Your AC Upgrade Options

September 9th, 2019

All good things must come to an end. It might be time for you to consider upgrading your air conditioner. We experience hot, humid weather here in Birmingham and you can’t make it through the season without the right air conditioner on your side.

We know that upgrading your air conditioner can be a bit of an overwhelming experience. You need to consider to the needs of your home, sift through the countless air conditioners on the market today, and then there’s finding the right team for your air conditioning installation in Birmingham, AL. You can come to our team for help throughout every step of the process. You can trust our professionals because we take the work we do so seriously. Birmingham owned since 1959.

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