Gibson Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Can My Furnace Become Dangerous?

Monday, October 15th, 2018

furnace-oldIt’s October, and maybe you’re having spooky thoughts about parts of your house during the evenings. If you have a gas furnace in the basement, you might be a bit startled at the sounds it makes as it comes on if you’re wandering in the depths of the house at night. But is that gas furnace an actual danger? Not just a noise in the night, but something that could turn into a combustion hazard or allow for the leak of toxic gases?

We understand this is a concern some homeowners have, and in this post we want to both assure you about your furnace’s operation, while also cautioning you about how to take care of the furnace to keep it running at its safest.

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The Best Reasons to Schedule Fall Heating Maintenance

Monday, October 1st, 2018

technician-examining-gas-furnaceOnce the calendar turns to October, there’s no denying that fall has arrived. The weather will start to cool down (although a few hot days may still blaze up) and the leaves change color. The kids are back in school, your neighbors are planning their Halloween party, and you’re starting to wonder if your heating system is going to work when you need it.

What? You aren’t worried about your heater? We applaud your confidence, but your heater may not agree. Especially if it doesn’t have its annual maintenance.

Fall is the time to arrange for a professional to come to your home and provide your furnace with an inspection and tune-up. There are many reasons to have this done each fall, and below we’ve listed a few of the most important ones.

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Was This the Last Winter for Your Boiler System?

Monday, April 16th, 2018

gas-boiler-gaugeThe question in the title is another way of asking if it’s time for you to have a new boiler installed in your house. For any residential heating system, the day will come—usually during the spring when it’s about to shut down—when the heater should be replaced by professionals.

But how can you tell that your boiler has reached the end? Below are some of the ways to determine if you need a replacement boiler. However, make sure you consult an HVAC pro before making a choice.

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Don’t Let Gas Furnace Repairs Go at the End of the Season

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

hands-opening-heating-cabinetApril may bring showers, but it’s also a time when the annual climate starts the ascent toward staying warm through the summer. Good news in most ways—but unfortunately one way it isn’t good is that it makes it more likely for homeowners to ignore a malfunctioning gas furnace. When people know they soon won’t need the furnace running for a long stretch, they might shrug off what looks like small malfunctions. Those can wait until the fall, can’t they?

We don’t recommend anyone take this approach! It’s always best to have gas furnace repairs done as soon as possible after you notice something is wrong. Arrange for a heating contractor to come to your house, inspect the system, diagnose the problem, and have it remedied.

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Energy Efficiency and Furnaces: The Basics

Monday, March 19th, 2018

inside-a-natural-gas-furnaceAs winter winds down, homeowners often evaluate the performance of their home heating systems. Is it time to retire that old furnace that can’t seem to keep up? If it is, what type of furnace should replace it?

There are many questions people have about furnaces when they’re shopping for a new installation. Many of them are about energy efficiency: “How is efficiency measured? What does AFUE mean? Is a high-efficiency furnace automatically a money-saver?”

We’re going to get into the basics of furnace efficiency to provide you with some answers.

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Aren’t All Furnaces Basically the Same?

Monday, March 5th, 2018

inside-gas-furnaceWelcome to March! The month when winter officially ends. But the weather never obeys any “official” dates, and we can still expect chilly weather to come our way. You’re home heating system in Cherry Hill, NJ still has some work ahead. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t begin to plan to put in a new furnace if your current one is nearing the end of its service life.

Why give any thought to a new furnace? Aren’t they all basically the same?

Not at all! Furnaces all work on the same principle: they heat up air, which a blower fan then sends into the ventilation system. But furnace models have many differences. They can run from a variety of fuel sources, use different methods to transfer heat into the air, and have a range of features affecting performance and energy efficiency. We’ll take a look at some of these important furnace variations.

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The Continuing Popularity of Boilers, Explained

Monday, February 19th, 2018

boiler-residentialThe majority of homes in the U.S. have a furnace installed to handle comfort needs during the winter. Furnaces are flexible and have enormous heating power. But boiler systems have stayed around even as furnaces became the most common home heater. Boilers show no signs of going away either.

What is it that gives boilers an edge that still makes them competitive? There are a number of reasons homeowners may choose to have a boiler system set up for their new home rather than a conventional forced-air furnace.

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Ways to Save Money on Heating

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

money-from-chimneyHow high are your monthly heating bills during the winter? We think they’re probably too high. Of course, we can’t know for certain. We have, however, been in the HVAC business long enough to have experience with the ways people heat their homes—and often there are many places for improvements. You might already be spending more than you should without even realizing it.

Most of these mistakes in home heating are easy to correct. Let’s take a look at a few methods to chop down those ugly heating bills!

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Is It Time to Replace Your Old Furnace?

Monday, January 8th, 2018

natural-gas-furnace-open-cabinetIn our last post, we took a closer look at the warning signs a furnace needs repair work. But any furnace will eventually reach a point where doing repairs is only a minor stopgap method. The repair costs will soon outweigh the costs of keeping the furnace around.

At what point do you stop calling for repair work and instead call for a full furnace replacement? That’s the question we’re going to look at in this post. It’s the biggest question you’ll have to face with a furnace, and you want to ensure that you make the best choice.

You don’t have to make the choice alone. In fact, you shouldn’t. Contact our service technicians when you think your furnace is coming to the end of its lifespan. They’ll help you with the decision—as well as with whatever work needs to come next. 

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Some Furnace Repair Warning Signs to Watch For

Monday, December 25th, 2017

furnace-repair-technicianWe want you and your family to enjoy the winter season—not just in December around the holidays, but all the way through to spring and the arrival of warmer weather. The best way for us to do that is to keep your home’s furnace working its best. It starts with maintenance service in fall and continues—when necessary—with whatever repair issues may crop up.

Of course, we can’t magically sense when something’s wrong with your furnace! (We’re proud of our HVAC skills, but we’re not that powerful.) You need to identify when malfunctions are starting. Some are easy to spot, such as a furnace that doesn’t turn on at all. Others are more subtle, and these are the ones it’s crucial to catch. If you notice troubles when they’re still small, you’ll have time to contact us for furnace service in Cherry Hill, NJ before the problems worsen.

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