Signs That It’s Time for Heating Repairs

Monday, November 12th, 2018

HVAC return air vent near floorHere in California, the heat of summer gets much more attention than the chill of winter. That’s fair enough. We don’t get buried by snow or hit by subzero temperatures the way that they do in other parts of the country. Don’t let this fact lead you to believe that your heating system is any less important than your air conditioner, though. If you need heating repairs in Fresno, CA, then you need them promptly. Waiting only causes more problems.

Of course, in order to schedule heating repairs as soon as possible, you first need to understand what the warning signs of heating problems look like. You don’t want to wait for your heater to break down entirely before you go ahead and have it repaired. That is hardly what we’d call a proactive approach. That’s why we’ve put together this guide of common heating red flags for you. Keep them in mind, and alert a member of our team the moment that you have any cause for concern.

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Do You Need Heating Repairs?

Monday, December 11th, 2017

chilly-manMany people seem to think that California is a warm, sunny place to be throughout the entire year. This could not be further from the truth, though. Just step outside once the sun’s gone down tonight, and you’ll see that California actually has plenty of cold weather to throw our way. With that in mind, it should go without saying that you need a great heater installed in your home if you hope to make it through the coldest time of the year comfortably.

Now, we have to remind you that even the best heaters out there, even when properly installed and routinely maintained, are still going to require professional heating repairs at some point. There is simply no such as a 100% reliable heating system—or mechanical system in general, for that matter. If and when you do run into the need for heating repairs, remember that scheduling them as soon as possible is always going to be in your best interest. That also means that you need to know how to spot them, though.

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Spotting the Need for Heating Repairs

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Living in California does not mean that you do not have to worry about your heating system. Yes, today’s heaters are very effective and quite reliable. No mechanical system, however, is going to be completely immune to operational problems. Your heater is included here.

You may not be able to completely avoid problems with your heater, but you can limit the issues that this particular heater leads to. The key to doing so is to spot signs of trouble early on. Here are a few indicators that you may need heating repairs in Fresno, CA.

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When Do I Schedule Heating Repairs?

Monday, October 24th, 2016

We know that there are parts of the country that get much colder than it does around here, but that doesn’t mean that you can afford to take chances with your heating system. At some point, every heater is going to require repair services. When that point arrives, it is always in your best interest to schedule prompt heating repairs in Madera, CA. But how do you know when heating repairs are actually necessary?

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Why Does My Furnace Smell Like It’s Burning?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

As we venture further into the winter months, Fresno has already seen some pretty cold days, and even colder nights. This week has been pretty mild as well, but we’re expected to see some chilly nights and days soon. So if you are just starting to turn on your furnace, it’s vital to be aware of particular smells that could mean trouble.

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Should Ice Appear on My Heat Pump in the Winter?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Heat pumps are increasing in popularity as ways to provide effective heating and cooling throughout the year. Where heat pumps once struggled with energy efficiency during cold weather, newer models have overcome this problem: you can expect your heat pump to keep your home warm all the way to the spring.

However, you might notice a somewhat disconcerting effect occurring to the outside of your heat pump during the colder days of the season: ice forming along the cabinet and the outdoor refrigerant coil. This doesn’t look right… is it a cause for concern that will require professionals to fix?

Most of the time, ice on a heat pump is not an issue

At times when the temperature is 40°F or below and relative humidity is high, ice forming along the outdoor coils is normal. The reason is that the coil is absorbing heat from the air, and drawing moisture with it. This moisture will freeze along the coil in the low outdoor temperature.

Although a layer of ice will restrict the coil’s heat absorption abilities, the heat pump is designed with this in mind. Periodically, defrost controls activate that reverse the operation of the heat pump so that the coil releases heat and melts off the ice.

Call for assistance if the ice doesn’t melt off

If you notice that the ice on your heat pump isn’t melting away after two hours or so, there may indeed be an issue with its operation. The most likely cause is that the defrost controls have malfunctioned. Another possibility is a broken reversing valve, which is the component responsible for switching the heat pump between heating and cooling mode and thus what allows the coil to start to exhaust heat that will defrost the ice.

The problem could also be a loss of refrigerant through a leak, which makes it hard for the coil to release heat. This is a major trouble for the whole heat pump, as it can lead to permanent damage to the compressor. Call for technicians right away to see what’s wrong and repair it.

Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning can provide repairs for your heat pump in Clovis, CA. We have 24/7 emergency service available, and we offer the fastest turnaround you can find!

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Has the Time Come for Heating Repairs?

Monday, November 9th, 2015

With daytime temperatures hovering in the mid-60’s and our nights falling well in to the 40’s already, it is safe to say that, even here in sunny California, the heating season has truly begun. Your heater has likely already had some time to shake itself free of cobwebs, and you’ve hopefully already scheduled your routine heating maintenance for the year. Just because your heater is tuned up and operating just fine now, though, does not mean that you definitely won’t encounter operational problems with that system at some point during the heating season. If you do require heating repairs in Kingsburg, CA, sooner is always better than later. That’s why the pros here at Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning have put together a few tips to help you recognize the need for professional heating repairs.

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