Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

Oil vs. Natural Gas: Which Has the Upper Hand?

January 7th, 2019

question-markIf you are investing in a brand new heating system, or if you’re planning on upgrading your system once this winter season has passed, then one of the first questions that you’ll be asking yourself is which type of fuel source you should use to heat your home. If you already have an oil-burning heater in place, such as an oil burner, then the logical step may seem to be replacing an old model with a newer oil-fired boiler.

We’re here to tell you that you may want to reconsider.

Boilers are great heating systems, but any heater that uses oil in order to generate heat is one that you may want to consider upgrading. One of the services that we have to offer is an oil-to-gas conversion. To put it simply, oil has a few drawbacks that natural gas can resolve. Is natural gas right for you? Are you ready to make the conversion? Read on, and contact us to speak with qualified heating professionals in Bristol, CT.

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Why Replace My Boiler?

December 24th, 2018

radiant-in-floor-heatingMy boiler isn’t broken down or leaking all over the place, so no need to replace it just yet.  Right? Right?

Well, not exactly.

Sure, a major issue like a big rupture or a boiler that won’t cycle on at all is obviously potential grounds for replacement. That does not mean, however, that you need to wait for such a catastrophic event to take place before scheduling your boiler replacement in Bristol, CT. In fact, we strongly advise you against waiting for such a situation to develop before you schedule your replacement.

Getting out ahead of such problems is going to benefit you in a number of ways. So too is leaving your boiler replacement to the qualified professionals on our team. When you work with us, you can count on the job being done right. A boiler replacement is a major undertaking, and you cannot afford to take chances when hiring the team taking on the challenge. 

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Common Causes of Poor Heating Efficiency

December 10th, 2018

efficient-homeYou should not have to dread the arrival of your utility bills in the winter season. Would it be nice to heat your home for free? Well, yes—of course it would. There are a lot of theoretical situations that would be nice, but they are just that: theoretical. The fact of the matter is that, regardless of what type of heater you use in your home, you are going to pay to heat your living space. Just keep in mind that this does not mean you should be content to overpay for heating your living space!

If you’ve noticed that your heating costs are really unwieldy, then let a member of our team know right away. Our winters are too long and too cold to just bite the bullet on this one. You deserve to heat your home in an affordable manner, and we’re here to help you do just that. Read on to learn more about some common causes of inefficient heating in Avon, CT. Some issues may even be resolved on your own!

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Tips to Get Your Plumbing Through the Holidays

November 26th, 2018

drainThere is a lot to keep yourself busy with during the holiday season. Hosting your family, for instance. Making it through the experience of hosting your family, perhaps. While we totally understand the fact that this is a very busy and potentially stressful time of the year, and we really don’t want to heap anything else onto your plate, the fact remains that you do need to take some precautions when it comes to your plumbing at this time of the year.

There are a few factors at play here. First of all, you are going to be cooking and cleaning more than you probably do during the regular times of the year. Secondly, your plumbing system is simply going to be under a heavier amount of use than usual. Those factors don’t have to spell disaster or anything, but trouble certainly can arise if you fail to use your system responsibly. Here are some tips from the plumbers in Hartford, CT, that you can trust.

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Why Is My Furnace Doing (Blank)?

November 12th, 2018

furnaceWe would hate to disappoint our customers, and we absolutely never do in terms of the quality of the service that we provide. That being said, there are some rather disappointing facts out there that we, as consumers, have to face. One of them is the fact that there is simply no such thing as a 100% reliable heating system. At some point, for instance, you’ll find yourself in need of professional furnace repair in Bristol, CT.

When you do find yourself in such a position, it is important that you schedule any necessary repairs ASAP. The longer that you put those repairs off, the more serious any problems with your furnace are likely to become. Fortunately for you, we’ve put together this post! In it, you’ll learn about some of the red flags that your furnace is in trouble. Not every problem is serious, but every problem does deserve your immediate attention and, in some cases, that of a trained professional.

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Don’t Suffer from Frozen Pipes!

October 29th, 2018

froze-pipeWinter brings a lot to think about when you live in this part of the country. Shoveling yourself out early enough to make it into work on time, for instance. Planning ahead to ensure that you get home safely. Snow days for the kids, and so on. That’s without mentioning the stress that winter can put on your home. We are going to mention it, though, because you don’t want it to catch you off-guard! Certainly not when it affects your plumbing system.

How might winter affect your plumbing system? First and foremost, it can lead to your pipes freezing up. You may think that the fact that there is no snow in the driveway means that winter isn’t taking its toll on any particular day. That feeling will disappear when you go to take a shower and water cannot pass through your pipes, though. Here are some tips from our plumbers in Hartford about how you can avoid frozen pipes this winter.

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No, Your Heater Isn’t “Fine”

October 15th, 2018

hello-winterWe may have the occasional warm outlier here and there for a while longer, but chilly days are now the norm here in New England. If you need heating repair in Bristol, CT, you need to schedule that service promptly. The longer that you wait to do so, the more likely it becomes that you’ll encounter serious problems that come with serious pricetags down the road. This is precisely why you need to know some warning signs that trouble is brewing.

Well, I’ve had my system tuned up, so I should be all set, right? 

Oh, how we wish this were the case. We’d like nothing more than to tell you all about how our routine maintenance will keep your system completely problem-free throughout the coldest time of the year. Unfortunately, even the best systems, and even those that are the most well-maintained, are going to run into trouble at some point. Contact our team when yours does.

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Is It Time for a New Water Heater?

October 1st, 2018

Tankless-Water-HeaterWater heaters are built to last, but they don’t last forever. No matter how well you take care of your water heater, sooner or later you’re going to need to replace it. It’s important that you be able to realize when your water heater is getting close to the end of its life, so that you can have it replaced as quickly as possible. You don’t want to suddenly find yourself without hot water in the middle of a shower or something. There are a number of different signs that your water heater is on its last legs. Read on to find out more about some of the most common ones, so that you know when to call for replacement services.

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Get That Heating Tune-Up Out of the Way

September 17th, 2018

warming-handsWe know, we know. We are all still reeling from the heat of the summer season that we are just not moving out of. And we want you to start thinking about the biting chill of the winter season already? “Give us a break,” you say!

Look, we’d love to give you a break. And we want you to enjoy the beautiful fall season. That being said, we also really want to ensure that our customers are prepared for the coldest temperatures that the winter months can throw their way.

And that is simply not going to be possible if they, and you, don’t have their heating systems tuned up before winter arrives.

All heating services in Bristol are important. However, maintenance is the one that homeowners can skip over, much more easily than they could repairs. Just because your system is operational does not mean that it is operating properly, though. Here are a few tips about why heating maintenance is so important, and a few regarding what you can do for your system yourself!

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You Don’t “Top Off” Refrigerant

September 3rd, 2018

AC-outdoor-unitWhen you’re just a bit low on gas and you’re passing a refueling station with a reasonable price, you may pull over to the top off the tank so you don’t have to stop at a less convenient time a bit later. When your air conditioner is running low on refrigerant, you can also just top it off so that you don’t run out of cooling power while temperatures are still uncomfortable, right?

Absolutely not.

Refrigerant is not something that your air conditioner c0nsumes the way a car consumes gas to get you where you need to be. In fact, your AC should not and does not consume refrigerant at all. That heat transfer fluid is contained and works within a closed loop, so a low charge means that you’ve got a problem on your hands. How serious of a problem? Well, let’s just say that a refrigerant leak, even a “minor” one, will demand prompt AC repairs in Bristol, CT.

It’s that serious! 

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