Saddleback Plumbing Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Is an Electric Furnace the Best Choice If My Home Doesn’t Use Gas?

Monday, January 14th, 2019

question-mark-badgeThe use of natural gas is widespread, but it isn’t universal to all homes in Orange County. Some homeowners prefer not to use natural gas at all because of concerns about safety. Of course, it’s easy to operate a home entirely through electricity—but it can present a few tricky questions when it comes to an appliance like a heating system. Homes with natural gas will almost always use a gas furnace—it’s simply the most powerful and most energy efficient option. There are also gas boilers, but these are less common in Southern California.

The heating option for all-electric homes that most commonly springs to mind is the electric furnace. Is this the best choice, however? Well, like so many things in life, it depends.

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A Reminder About Maintenance for Your Heating System

Monday, December 17th, 2018

service-reminderWinter may not be ice-cold in Orange County, but it’s still a busy time of the year for almost everyone. This makes it easy for many routine tasks to slip off our personal “To-Do” lists, or fall so far down them that they never go from “To-Do” to “Done.”

One of the most often neglected of these December jobs is heating maintenance. Even when the weather gets a touch nippy, heating systems aren’t foremost on residents’ minds.

We’re here to remind you that professional heating maintenance is a job to schedule each year! It’s not too arduous, since the expert technicians do most of the work. You only have to remember to call to set a date.

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Keep Your Furnace in Good Shape With These Tips

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Gas-BurnerFurnaces are put under extraordinary strain during the winter, even in a relatively warm area like Southern California. If you’re using your furnace at all this winter, and we’re going to assume you are if you’re reading this blog, then you should make sure to take some steps to help the system deal with the added demand you’re placing on it. If you take care of your furnace, after all, it will take care of you. The following are two of the best tips you can follow to keep your furnace functioning properly this winter.

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Signs Your Furnace Needs Repair

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Gas-BurnerHave you ever turned on your furnace for the first time of the season, and smelled something burning? A lot of people do, and they think that something is actually wrong with their furnace. Not to worry, though. That’s typically nothing to worry about. Most of the time, that’s actually the smell of the dust particles that have built up in the furnace over the year burning away as the system starts up. After a few hours of operation, that smell should go away. However, there are plenty of other symptoms of furnace issues that you absolutely should take seriously. Read on to find out more about these signs.

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Make Sure You Schedule Heat Pump Maintenance This Fall

Monday, November 20th, 2017

heat-pump-maintenanceWe’re finally moving into heating season, which means you’ll be switching your heat pump over to heating mode soon. Before you start relying on your heat pump too often to keep your home warm, though, there are some steps you should take to make sure it is ready for the added demand. One of the best things you can do to make sure your heat pump is ready for the winter is to schedule professional maintenance. That applies even if you have already had maintenance done in the last six months. Read on to find out more about why you should schedule heat pump maintenance this fall.

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Furnace Quirks That Seem Problematic, but May Not be

Monday, February 27th, 2017

If you’ve had your furnace for a while, and you’re familiar with how it operates, it can be tempting to freak out if it suddenly begins to do something unusual. While there are certainly times when an unusual furnace behavior can indicate a serious problem, there are a number of different times when it’s not an emergency. You may still need to have the problem fixed (if it is a problem) but at least you’ll know that your system isn’t going to blow up any time soon.

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Why You Need to Replace Your Air Filter, and How to do it

Monday, February 13th, 2017

We’re going to go out on a limb and guess that you don’t change your furnace air filter very often. If you did, you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog about how to do it. If that assumption is correct, you should know that it is very important to change your furnace air filter every few months. If you don’t do this, you are actually making it easier for a fairly destructive set of problems to occur. Better to know how to change the air filter, and why you’re doing it.

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Watch for These Furnace Problems for the Next Few Months

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Even in California, the demand on furnaces during the winter can cause a lot of problems. You probably don’t want your furnace to break down on you in the middle of one of the coldest months of the year, so it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your system for any problems that may develop. You should know the warning signs of some of the most common furnace issues, so that you can respond to them as quickly as possible.

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How Boiler Kettling Harms Your System

Monday, December 12th, 2016

If your boiler makes a deep rumbling noise while it’s operating, don’t ignore it. That noise is a symptom of a problem called kettling, which is a serious threat to the system. If the problem isn’t dealt with quickly, it can cause quite a bit of damage to the boiler. Read on to find out what causes this issue, and how to deal with it.

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How to Keep Your Furnace in Good Shape This Winter

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Your furnace is going to be put under more and more strain in the coming months. As the temperature outside continues to drop and you use the system for longer hours, there’s going to be an ever-increasing possibility of something going wrong. Fortunately, you don’t have to just sit and wait for your furnace to break down.  Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to keep your furnace in good shape this winter.

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