Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for October, 2013

3 Reasons to Schedule Prompt Heating Repair in Hartford

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

New England winters can be very intense, and when your furnace or heater goes down, it’s important to get a handle on it very quickly. Beyond that, however, there are quieter things that make heating repair a question of time as much as efficiency. Here are 3 reasons to schedule prompt heating repair in Hartford.

  • Worsening problems. A number of small issues can quickly develop into larger ones if they aren’t addressed quickly. For example, a bent or out-of-place fan could grind against other components, causing more damage to surrounding materials. The more quickly you can address it, the less chance you’ll have of more extensive damage taking place.
  • Time. When your heater goes down, especially in the wintertime, the clock becomes your enemy. Some repairs require more time than others, but none of them benefit if the repairman is forced to work with undue speed. If you need a working heater before the next cold front comes in, time may be of the essence. The faster you schedule the session, the more time the repairman will have to do his job.
  • Money. As inferred by the “worsening problems” explanation, the longer you wait, the more money the repairs may cost you. This can affect more than just flat-out repairs. If your heater continues to function with a damaged component, it will use more energy, and cost you more in monthly heating bills to boot.

For these and other reasons to schedule prompt heating repair in Hartford, call on Dynamic Mechanical to help. We specialize in heaters and furnaces, and our trained staff is dedicated to prompt service that doesn’t skimp on the attention to detail. We’ve served the Hartford and New Haven areas since 2006, and we can schedule a regular maintenance session to help reduce the risk of future repairs. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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Why You Have Problems with Your Heating in Hartford

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Heating in Hartford is as much a part of our homes as the floors and walls. When winter comes and the fierce New England cold sets in, we need our heaters and furnaces to perform day in and day out. When problems arise, a qualified service technician can step in and instigate timely repairs. But it helps if you the homeowner understand what’s involved, and why you have problems with your heating in Hartford. A few common culprits are usually the answer.

In many cases, heating problems stem from overall neglect and lack of maintenance. We don’t usually think about our heaters until they break down, leaving them out of sight and out of mind for most of the year. Dirt and dust build up, parts wear out from lack of use and the quality of the heater slowly deteriorates over time. Small issues suddenly turn into bigger ones when a component fails, leaving you scrambling to get it fixed before the next cold wave hits.

You can help prevent that by scheduling a regular maintenance session every year in the fall, before the snows arrive. The technician can help correct those little problems, as well as cleaning the heater and identifying any areas in need of larger repairs. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure, as the saying goes, and a little maintenance can really help you prevent significant problems.

As for problems themselves, they usually tend to gravitate around three basic issues, each of which has multiple possible causes:

  • The heater won’t start at all (possibly an electrical problem, or an issue with a core component overloading).
  • The heater doesn’t blow hot air (a problem with the pilot light or burners, or a problem with the electrical coils if you’re using an electrical heater).
  • The air flow is restricted (a blocked duct, a clogged air filter or possible a leak somewhere).

Regardless of the issue for issues with heating in Hartford, you can call upon Dynamic Mechanical to help. We’ll hunt down why you have problems with your heating in Hartford, then fix the issue fast. Call us today to make an appointment.

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Home Heating Tip: Why Choose a Hybrid Heating System?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Hybrid heating systems combine the features of a traditional furnace and a newer heat pump, offering considerable advantages over alternative forms of heating. Why choose a hybrid heating system? It helps to understand what exactly such a system entails.

Let’s start with the heat pump, which essentially acts as a “reversible” air conditioner. The refrigerant in the system pulls heat out of the air inside your home in the summertime, then releases it into the outside air. In the winter, that process is reversed, with refrigerant releasing heat into your home after pulling it from the outside air.  That process works very efficiently in climates where the temperatures rarely get below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, saving the homeowner money on his monthly bills while still providing a comfortable home no matter what the weather is outside.

There’s only one small problem with that equation. Here in Hartford, temperatures drop well below 40 degrees for good chunk of the year, meaning that the heat pump’s efficiency is severely reduced. A hybrid system adds a supplementary heat source, a gas furnace, augmenting its heating power. In the summer, the heat pump works as efficiently as it would in a warmer climate. In the fall, it serves as a fine source of heat all on its own. In the winter, the gas furnace keeps you warm: reducing costs for using a traditional heater alone without skimping on the warmth and comfort you need when the temperatures drop.

Not only does that all save you money on your monthly heating and cooling bills, but its a very environmentally friendly way to keep your home comfortable all year round.

If you’re asking “why choose a hybrid heating system?” the experts at Dynamic Mechanical can help. Our trained experts can discuss your heating options with you, then help choose (or upgrade) a system to reflect your needs.

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What Boiler Maintenance Entails

Monday, October 7th, 2013

One of the benefits of boilers is that they can have long lifespans if they receive proper care. Because boilers have few moving parts, they do not suffer the same amount of mechanical wear that furnaces do. However, boilers still require maintenance so they’ll reach a grand old age while staying in excellent condition. You should have a maintenance visit done once a year for your boiler—preferably in the fall so you won’t get stuck in the cold with a malfunctioning heating system. Regular maintenance will also guard your safety and ensure that your boiler is working at top efficiency.

When you call Dynamic Mechanical and sign up for our maintenance program, you’ll receive two maintenance visits a year, one for your air conditioner, and one for your heater. What can you expect to see our technicians do for your boiler in Hartford, CT, during a visit? Over a 2-hour period, the technician will give your boiler our Precision Tune-Up, which entails:

  • Cleaning the burner: If the burner on a boiler isn’t kept free of dirt and grime, the burner jets will have trouble turning on and heating the water in the tank.
  • Monitoring gas pressure/adjusting gas valves: Proper gas flow is important for a boiler to continue to work. The technician will see that the gas pressure is at its standard level, and adjust the valves to make sure the supply remains steady.
  • Checking carbon monoxide levels: For the safety of you and your family, the technician will make certain there is no build-up or leak of carbon monoxide.
  • Inspect for water leaks: One problem boilers encounter from age is leaks. The technician will inspect the tank, the pipes, and the connections to see that no water is getting out.
  • Calibrating the thermostat: This is maintenance that all heaters (and air conditioners) receive, because it is necessary to keep your home comfort system working properly. The technician will see that your thermostat correctly reads your home’s temperature so it will adjust the heater accordingly.

Dynamic Mechanical doesn’t believe in rushing a maintenance job—we take great pride in this service. We offer 2, 3, and 5-year maintenance agreements to fit with your budget. Your boiler in Hartford, CT will get many extra years of service with proper attention from Dynamic Mechanical. Contact us today.

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Common Water Heater Repairs

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

From the time you wake up in the morning until you go to bed, your water heater is likely one of the most-used appliances in your home. It’s hard to imagine not having any hot water in your home for showers, dishes or laundry, but here at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning we have responded to countless calls for Hartford, CT water heater repair. We wanted to share some of the more common ones that we see so that you can recognize problems early and call for service. Give us a call if you’re having any problems with your water heater or tankless water heater.

Hartford, CT Water Heater Repair: Common Issues

All the use that your water heater gets can cause it to develop a few common problems.

  • Leaks – It should come as no surprise that one of the most common repairs that we get called for is leaks. Any piece of equipment that handles a lot of water is likely to eventually start to leak. Sometimes the pressure inside the tank can become too much which would cause leaks to form in the tank itself. But many times it’s just one of the gaskets or valves leading into the tank that goes bad.
  • Not enough hot water – Another common problem is insufficient hot water. If you aren’t getting enough hot water in your home it could be caused by a couple common things. It might be that your water heater is too small which means that you’ll likely have to replace it. But it could be that the burner is out, that the dip tube has come loose or that there is sediment on the bottom of the tank keeping the heat from the burner from getting to the water.
  • Rust – No homeowner ever wants to hear that their water heater is rusted because it usually cannot be fixed. This problem often happens because the anode rod inside has deteriorated. The anode rod is there to absorb the small electric currents in the water that cause rust. When it gets eaten away, then rust can start to form on the tank.

Whether you have a tank water heater or a tankless water heater, call Dynamic Mechanical today for Hartford, CT water heater repairs.

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