Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating’

When Your Heating System Shows Signs of Failure

Monday, February 12th, 2018

cold-man-thermostatWe know how easy it can be for life to get in the way of doing things that are important for your home’s maintenance. We’ve all forgotten to clean the gutters in time for winter, or neglected to clean the top of the ceiling fan for several months—but we usually learn from the mistake. Missing out on service for your heating system, though, is one mistake we don’t want you to have to learn from.

A heating repair can cost a lot more when it’s caught too late. Know the signs of heating failure and know what to do when you suspect a problem with our short guide, and call our experts for more information.

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Troubleshooting an Electric Furnace

Monday, January 29th, 2018

electrical-wiring-toolsWhile gas furnaces are the most common systems we see in this area, we’re not surprised to service the occasional electric furnace. Electric furnaces, after all, are inexpensive to install and can last for many years, even though electric heat energy may cost quite a bit to produce. That’s made even more frustrating when you run into problems that you can’t pin down.

We want to help you troubleshoot some of those issues in today’s guide. For more information or furnace repair, we strongly recommend reaching out to qualified technicians. However, there may be something you can do on your own.

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Lower Heating Costs without the Discomfort

Monday, January 15th, 2018

How can you save on heating a home in the winter? You can, of course, shut off the heater (impossible for most of winter in our area), or you can lower the thermostat to a temperature that still leaves you shivering. We don’t recommend this for your health or wellbeing, or for the pipes in your home. Besides, there are other ways to lower your heating costs—without so much suffering.

Today, our experts show you some ways to save money on heating without watching icicles build up in your home. Follow our tips for a more efficient home, a longer-lasting HVAC system, and comfort throughout the toughest season.

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4 Things You May Not Know about Your Furnace

Monday, December 18th, 2017

new-gas-furnace-in-homeWhen it comes to the heating system in your home, there’s only one component you really interact with on a regular basis—the thermostat. Most people don’t know too much about the ins and outs of their furnaces, which makes sense. That’s what the professionals are here for! Still, there are some facts about your home furnace that may be helpful to know.

We hope that you’ll take away something useful from today’s list!

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When Should You Replace a Furnace?

Monday, November 20th, 2017

question-mark-blueA furnace is a common home heating system. It’s so common, in fact, that most people don’t give it a second thought. To many, it’s just another mundane appliance that, for the most part, works the way you need it to. Until it doesn’t.

At some point, any furnace will need replacement. But because it’s a system you don’t pay much attention to, you may not know when it’s finally showing signs that its time is up. This is a question our heating technicians get a lot: when will my furnace need replacement? And how will I know it’s time?

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How to Find the Right HVAC Contractors for Cold Weather

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

snowy-homeSummers can get a bit warm and humid in Southborough, MA, but they are nothing when compared to the chill of our autumns and winters. The winter in Massachusetts is a time to snuggle up at home on the couch with the heater running. That is, until it breaks down and all you have left is a blanket and a warm cup of cocoa. This is not an ideal substitute, and you’ll need a heating contractor fast.

So who are you going to call? We think it’s important to know the name of a heating technician you trust, so that every year, at any time, you have someone you can trust to bring into your home if need be (or for routine maintenance services). We want to help you find the best HVAC technicians (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) for the job this winter—and every year!

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3 Things to Know about Your Home’s Furnace

Monday, October 9th, 2017

furnace-open-oldThe first thing we think any homeowner should know is that a furnace is far different from a boiler. While they may both burn fuel to generate heat, the way they heat a room is different. While boilers heat water to send it out to rooms of the home for radiant heating, furnaces heat the air, and push that heated air out into the rooms.

Most people in the U.S. have a furnace in the home for their whole-house heating, and it typically runs on natural gas from the municipal supply. Today, we’re focused on these forced-air heaters, as we think there are a few more things any furnace owner should know. Read on, and call in our professionals when you decide you need professional service.

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Your Home’s Ductwork Is Probably in Bad Shape

Monday, September 11th, 2017

aeroseal-duct-sealing-technicianWhen something goes wrong with an air conditioner or a heating system, you wouldn’t suspect that the problem does not have to do with the system itself. While some air conditioning and heating issues have to do with your home’s electrical setup or the gas supply from your utility company, most heating and AC repairs are made to the system itself.

But one part of your home may actually be the main contributor if your comfort equipment tends to need repairs more often than you’d like. The ductwork, the part of your ventilation system that sends cooled or heated air throughout the house, is likely making you less comfortable, costing you money, and leading to a number of preventable repairs.

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Prevent Heating and Plumbing Problems Over the Holiday Season

Monday, December 19th, 2016

We have been making homes comfortable since 1987, which means we’ve seen how the changing of the seasons can affect plumbing, heating, and AC systems. As the holidays approach, heating and plumbing systems can take a real beating. This is partially because temperatures keep dropping, but also because of family gatherings and more time spent in the home—or away from it.

Today, we’d like to spend some time helping you prevent plumbing and heating issues, so that you are not left frantically searching for the number of a plumber or technician available during your holiday dinner. Look through our tips and call our friendly team for more information.

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No Heat: Is My Thermostat Broken?

Monday, December 5th, 2016

At Basnett Plumbing & Heating, our technicians are always happy to help. That said, many people wait until the last minute to ask for help, which could result in going without heat for longer and paying more for the repair overall.

Don’t assume it’s a simple fix. If you notice problems with your heating system, call a technician ASAP! Contrary to popular belief, the problem probably has nothing to do with your home’s thermostat. While it’s a possibility, it’s one that’s easy to rule out, and it’s better to have a professional technician diagnose the problem.

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