Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for January, 2014

Some Common Boiler Problems

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Boilers remain a staple of heating here in the Northeast and in towns like Hartford, boilers can be found in both new homes and old. Boilers are designed to last a long time, but they still encounter problems every now and then, and when they do, you need a qualified repair service to address them. Here’s a short list of some common boiler problems and their symptoms. If you spot them, you should call a service technician immediately.

  • Leaks. Leaks can spring up around imperfect fittings or from breaches in the system anywhere along its length. In some cases, you can identify the leaks by the puddle of water created around it, but some leaks are so small that the water jus evaporates rather than dripping. You can spot them by checking the water pressure in the system. If it’s lower than it should be, you may be looking at a leak.
  • Mineral deposits. Hard water can create a slow build-up of sediment in the tank itself. This causes problems, since the build-up insulates the water from the heat source intended to warm it up. It will need to be cleared out before your water heater will function. Check your tridicator to see with the water temperatures or overall levels are lower than they should be.
  • Thermocouple problems. The thermocouple is a safety feature designed to regulate the flow of gas into the heater. If the pilot light goes out or there’s some kind of mechanical problem, the thermocouple won’t turn on. The good news is that it means your basement isn’t being flooded with gas. The bad news is that you’ll still need to get it fixed before your boiler works again. Spotting this one is fairly easy: your boiler simply won’t turn on.

If you experience common boiler problems and need help fixing them, then the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help. Pick up the phone and give us a call today if you need Hartford boiler services!

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Why Your Heater Keeps Shutting Down Too Soon

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Heating problems in Hartford are serious business, especially in January with the kind of temperatures we’ve been experiencing this winter. If your heater keeps shutting off unexpectedly, it’s a big issue. A good repair technician will be able to hunt down the source of the problem and correct it for you, but the exact cause may vary.

Here are a few reasons why your heater keeps shutting down too soon:

  • Vent blockage: Heaters are usually equipped with a safety device designed to shut the unit off if the internal temperatures get too hot. This is to prevent damage to the unit and maintain certain safety levels in your home. If the heating vents are blocked, the safety feature will kick in and the heater will shut off until it has a chance to cool down: even if your home hasn’t been heated yet.
  • The thermostat is faulty: A thermostat could misread the temperature due to a problem with its internal gauges. Or it could be poorly placed in your home: subjected to drafts or warm spots that don’t accurately reflect the internal temperature.
  • Electrical overload: If an electrical component inside the heater is overloaded, it could trigger the circuit breaker, cutting off power to the entire unit. If you have to keep resetting the breakers in order to make the heater function, this is likely the problem. A trained technician can isolate the problematic component and repair or replace it to restore functionality to your heater.

Understanding why your heater keeps shutting down too soon is the first step to solving the problem. The next comes with contacting a qualified Hartford heating technician like those at Dynamic Mechanical. Give us a call today to make an appointment. You’ll be glad that you did!

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The Importance of the Size of Your Heating System

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

When you live in Hartford, your heating system is an essential part of your home, and you need to make sure its the right size to meet the need of your home. That process starts with the installation of the heater. The importance of the size of your heating system can’t be overestimated.

“Size” in this case refers to heating capacity more than physical size, though that can enter into play if you need to fit it in a certain space. The capacity is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units), representing the amount of heat energy your heater generates.  In general terms, you want your heater to generate about 50 BTUs per square foot of home you have. That number will go up or down depending on things like the presence of insulation in the home, or the amount of sunlight your interior is exposed to. A trained professional can perform a formal energy audit to determine the right sized heater for you.

Why is this important? Mostly because it will end up costing you money otherwise. If the heater’s BTU output is too small, it’s going to struggle to heat the space, increasing the risk of an overload while proving unable to get the temperatures up to the level you’d like. Surprisingly enough, a heater that’s too large for the space ends up with a lot of the same problems. Heaters use the most energy by far when they start up and shut down, which means you want your heater to run for a fair amount of time before turning off. If your heater is too big, it will cycle on and off rapidly throughout the day, which not only uses up more energy than a heater that runs continuously, but increases wear and tear on the system to boot.

If you live in Hartford, then you know how important your heating system can be. The experts at Dynamic Mechanical understand the importance of the size of your heating system and can help you select the model that’s right for your home. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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When to Schedule Boiler Repair

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Here in Hartford, many homes use boilers as their heating system. When something goes wrong with your boiler, you want the issue fixed fast, especially when a cold front can constitute a major danger to your home and family. That’s why it’s important to anticipate breakdowns before they occur and call in a good repair service as soon as possible. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure as they say, and if you know when to schedule boiler repair, you can correct a small and relatively inexpensive problem instead of a larger and costlier one.

Here are a few signs to look for:

  • Leaks. Leaks can occur in the boiler itself, or along any of the pipes and radiators that make up the system. In many cases, you can spot the leaks by the puddles of water, but some leaks are too small to drip, instead allowing the water to evaporate. In those cases, watch for a drop in pressure in the affected area, which indicates a loss of water somewhere along the line.
  • Rust and corrosion. Most boilers contain an anode rod or similar measures to fight corrosion in the system. When the anode rod hasn’t been replaced in a long time, however, rust can form where it isn’t supposed to, and may form anyway if you have an older system. In any case, you need to address any signs of rust immediately before they create a breach.
  • High pressure. The boiler has a pressure valve allowing you to monitor the water pressure inside of it. If it gets higher than normal, it likely signals a problem, and you need to schedule a repair service before it results in a rupture.

If you need Hartford boiler service, contact the experts at Dynamic Mechanical. We can pinpoint the problem quickly and correct it with speed and efficiency. If you know you need boiler repair, the next step is to call us as soon as possible. You’ll be glad that you did!

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