Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Need a New Heating System? Read This Before Installing

Did your heating system just break down? Or, do you need to replace your old one? Whether the pilot light won't stay lit, the heater smells like it's burning, or the system makes frightening noises, it's probably time for an upgrade. With cold weather still upon us, it's natural to rush the buying process. However, it's best to take things slow and do your research first. Here are four things you should do before installing a new heating system:

1. Research Different Options

When it comes to heating, you have options. Don't be so quick to settle on the first one you see. There are furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, fireplaces, old-fashioned wood-burning stoves, and even radiant floor heat. Another option is to invest in a few electric space heaters. For more information about your options, speak with a qualified heating installation technician.

2. Consider Your Budget

Obviously, heating systems aren't cheap. They use lots of energy, and energy costs money. Of course, you must also factor in the price of installation. While you don't need to buy the most expensive heating system on the market, you shouldn't buy the cheapest either. Heating that's less expensive probably won't be as long-lasting as a more expensive system. Try to find a balance between a high-quality heating system and cost-efficiency.

3. Determine Efficiency Level

Different heating systems put out different energy levels. Efficiency is the ability to produce as much heat as possible at the lowest possible cost. When it comes to achieving efficiency, it's best to go with a heat pump as they use less electricity yet are still effective in heating your home. Although a high-efficiency heating system will have a higher initial cost, you'll save more money in terms of gas or electricity usage.

4. Conduct a Heating Load Calculation

Consult with an HVAC technician to perform a consultation to determine the type of heater is best and how much heating is needed based on the size of your home. If you avoid this step, you run the risk of installing a heating system that won't be effective in heating your home.

Contact us today if you have any questions about your existing heating system or would like to learn about installing a new one.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Common Late Season Furnace Problems

Many homeowners prioritize furnace maintenance before autumn comes around, and that’s a good thing! However, it’s important to prioritize furnace maintenance year round. As winter comes to an end, consider the wear and tear your furnace has endured over the last few months.

It’s common for furnaces to manifest late season problems, and it’s crucial that you don’t ignore them until fall comes back and you begin to rely on it to keep you comfortable again. Address any late season furnace problems as soon as possible because if you let a broken furnace sit all summer, it will come out of the season even worse off.

Common late season furnace issues include:

  • Dirty Burners – Over a season of use, the burners in your furnace can accumulate a lot of dirt. This makes it difficult for those burners to reignite when needed. Typically this manifests in a "boom" noise that comes with delayed ignition. Delayed ignition takes a toll on a furnace, making dirty burners an issue that needs to be addressed immediately.
  • Ignitor Failure – Instead of a pilot light, many furnaces have changed to an electronic ignitor to light the gas and run the heat. However, these ignitor often wear out before the furnace itself, making it so they may need replacement. If your heat has stopped turning on late in the season, this could be the cause.
  • Motor Failure – If your furnace is igniting, but the air isn't getting into your home, it could be an inducer motor failure. This motor pumps air into your home, and when the motor goes out, that doesn't happen. Typically you will notice a distinct and annoying screeching sound when a motor is going out.

As you can tell, the most common late season repairs come from the items in the furnace that are subject to frequent repeat use. Thankfully, these repairs are usually rather simple to fix. If you think your furnace should be looked at by a professional, contact us today to schedule a time of service.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

5 Reasons to Have Your Furnace Inspected This Winter

Now that winter has arrived, you depend on your furnace to keep you warm. An annual inspection and regular maintenance are essential to keep your heating system running smoothly. Unfortunately, many homeowners neglect to have their furnaces inspected each year. Here are five reasons why annual heating service is important.

Catch Problems Early

A number of heating problems can be avoided with routine maintenance. Regular furnace inspections allow you to detect any problems and fix them before they become more serious (and more expensive). Compared to the high cost of an emergency heating repair, regular maintenance is a worthwhile investment.

Extend Your Furnace's Lifespan

Not only will regular maintenance let you address potential problems early, it also ensures that your furnace keeps performing at its best. When your furnace isn't running as efficiently as it should, it creates additional wear and tear. Routine heating maintenance ensures that your furnace will last as long as possible.

Save Energy and Lower Heating Costs

Keeping your furnace in good working order ensures that it's running as efficiently as possible. Heating costs account for as much as 42% of your utility bill. By properly maintaining your furnace, you can enjoy significant savings on your winter energy bills.

Stay Comfortable

Nothing is worse than having your heating system stop working in the middle of a cold night. Annual furnace maintenance ensures that your heat keeps working when you need it most. Your home will stay warm and comfortable all winter long.

Increase Safety

An unchecked furnace carries the risk of a gas leak or a carbon monoxide leak. Gas leaks and carbon monoxide leaks are dangerous. Having your furnace inspected each year will ensure that any potential safety issues are dealt with right away. Contact us at New England Cooling Towers, Inc. today to schedule a maintenance check and you'll have peace of mind knowing that your furnace is working comfortably and safely.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Don't Let These Common Furnace Mistakes Ruin Your Winter

As the temperature outside descends into below freezing territory, you rely on your furnace to keep your home and family warm. Unfortunately, the health and dependability of your heating system can drastically drop when your furnace is not properly attended to. Homeowners often make a handful of mistakes that put their unit in jeopardy of breaking down. To help you avoid or correct those missteps, we've listed them below.

Ignoring the Warning Signs

As long as hot air is blowing through your vents, it's easy to believe your furnace is functioning at its most optimal level. However, strange noises, abnormal smells, and physical indicators can point to an impending breakdown. Ignoring these signs will only turn a potentially easy repair into a more serious and expensive malfunction. As a responsible homeowner, it is important to have all unusual symptoms addressed by your New England Cooling Towers, Inc. HVAC specialist to ensure your furnace doesn't call it quits during a particularly cold winter day.

Not Replacing an Old Furnace

Nobody likes spending a large amount of money at once, however, when it comes to replacing your furnace, putting off the purchase year after year can end up costing you an even larger amount of cash. The average life expectancy of a heating system is around 15 years. If your unit is close to that age or older than that, and it's experiencing frequent malfunctions, it's time to start shopping for a new one. While the initial cost may feel like a hard pill to swallow, the money and stress it will save you in the long run is well worth the investment.

Not Having Your Furnace Tuned Up at the Start of Each Season

A furnace tune-up ensures your system is clean and its many components are functioning properly. Often times, homeowners will put off a tune-up simply because their unit ran perfectly fine the previous winter. This way of thinking does not take into consideration the wear and tear your furnace inevitably experienced last heating season. Ignoring the need for a tune-up can cut back on your system's efficiency and increase its chances of breaking down at some point during the winter. If you didn't get your heating system tuned up at the beginning of the season, don't worry; scheduling a tune-up in the middle of the season is still extremely beneficial and will help your system run smoothly for the rest of the winter

If you're concerned with your furnace's performance or you would like to schedule a tune-up, please contact us today.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

5 Important Benefits of a Commercial HVAC Maintenance Agreement

Your business relies on its heating and cooling system throughout the year. Regular maintenance is critical to keep it in good working order. That's why an HVAC maintenance agreement is a worthwhile investment. Here are several benefits that an HVAC maintenance agreement can offer your business.

Extend the Life of Your Heating System

Your heating system is a large investment. Like all equipment, your HVAC system is subject to routine wear and tear. However, proper maintenance can significantly increase the lifespan of your equipment. Annual maintenance will keep it running for years to come.

Low Operating Costs

Proper maintenance can significantly reduce your HVAC system's operating costs. During a routine maintenance, your New England Cooling Towers, Inc. HVAC technician can address minor problems before they escalate into bigger, more expensive repairs. You'll ensure that your business is not interrupted by a costly HVAC failure.

Energy Efficiency

A lack of maintenance will have an adverse effect on your HVAC system over time. As your furnace starts to wear out, it will work harder and longer. Regular maintenance ensures that your heating system delivers energy efficient performance, leading to energy savings and lower utility bills.

Optimal Comfort

A well-maintained heating system is essential to keep your customers and employees comfortable. Your HVAC system should provide consistent temperatures and balanced humidity throughout your building. Inconsistent temperatures are often a sign that your furnace needs to be repaired.

Priority Service

Enjoy priority service with a maintenance agreement. You'll be able to focus on your business and know that your heating problems will be fixed as soon as possible. Contact us today to find out what additional services you can receive with a maintenance agreement from New England Cooling Towers, Inc.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Get the Right Type of Heating System Installed at the Right Price

When it comes to heating installation, there are several factors you need to consider.  One factor is the size of your home; the larger the home means the bigger the heating system. Another factor is the type of heating you're looking to install; older homes generally have radiators which are noisy and take a long time to crank up, whereas newer homes have more sophisticated, less noisy heating systems which you can control with the help of a thermostat.

What Type of Heating System Do You Need?

Once you know exactly what you're looking for in terms of heating, be sure to discuss this with your
heating contractor and get their input. They'll be able to tell you if the type of heating installation you want to have done is practical or not. The will also be able to suggest alternatives, in case they feel like your ideas are not feasible. Our team of trained professionals here at New England Cooling Towers, Inc. knows all the latest trends when it comes to heating systems and can tell you what your options are.

How Much Is Your Heating System Going to Cost?

Your heating contractor will be able to give you an estimate of how much it's going to cost to get a heating system installed. A good heating contractor will thoroughly check your home in terms of size, number of rooms, vents, drafts etc. Then, only after doing this, will they give you an estimate of how much it's going to cost to install a heating system.

If a heating contractor gives you an estimate based on what you tell them over the phone or after just looking at one or two rooms, you should definitely get another one; just to be sure that they know what they are talking about.

How Good Is Your Heating Contractor?

Once you've decided exactly what you need and gotten an estimate that works for you, be sure to check the credentials of the company you're going with, the reviews they've received and the number of years they've been in business. This way, you can be sure that you've found someone efficient and reliable.

We encourage you to contact us with any questions and/or service needs that come to mind. We are here to help.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

When to Hire a Furnace Repair Technician

A furnace in your home is a very valuable appliance as it will help to keep your home safe and warm when it is cold outside.  While a furnace is built to last a long time, having access to a qualified furnace repair technician would be very beneficial.  There are several different situations in which you should contact a furnace repair technician.

Routine Maintenance

One situation in which you should hire a technician for furnace repair is when you are in need of routine maintenance.  While a furnace can last for a long period of time, those that are looking to extend its useful life for as long as possible should hire a technician to come once per year before the winter season starts.  The technician will be able to ensure the furnace is working well, is safe, and is operating efficiently.

Increased Heating Bills

Another situation in which you should call a professional for furnace repair is if your heating bills are going up.  While heating bills will fluctuate from one month to the next based on the temperature and other factors, if your bills are much higher than the prior year it could be an indication that your furnace is not working properly.  A technician will be able to diagnose the issue with your furnace and make any necessary repairs to ensure it works efficiently again.

Odd Smells or Noises

The third situation in which you should call a technician is if you notice odd smells or noises.  If your furnace seems to be omitting a smell of gas or a burning sensation, it could be an indication of a more serious problem.  In these cases, you will need to contact your technician immediately.  It would also be ideal to turn off your furnace until the issue is resolved.

Do you have questions? Please contact us here at New England Cooling Towers, Inc. so that we can provide you with answers and/or service.