Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for February, 2015

Is Fireplace Installation Safe for My Home?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

When is the last time you turned on your fireplace? In some homes, turning on an older fireplace is too much of a risk, especially if a technician or inspector has already deemed their fireplace a potential safety hazard. This is one of the reason homeowners seek out new fireplace installation. Or, perhaps they crave a new style of fireplace or need it to run on a different type of fuel source. A fireplace may also be installed in a new home or one without a fireplace present.

Whatever the reason for new fireplace installation, we often hear the same question: is fireplace installation safe? At Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, we can make sure your new fireplace installation goes smoothly when you schedule service with someone on our team of qualified experts.

Generally speaking, fireplace installation is just as safe—or unsafe—as any other heating installation. Any heating system that runs on natural gas comes along with an additional risk. But this risk is significantly lower if you call professionals for installation. Heating technicians who have experience installing gas fireplaces make sure to follow every possible safety precaution, inspecting your new fireplace carefully to make sure that everything is working correctly and that the chance of a gas leak is low.

A quality technician can give you tips and answer questions about the safest way to operate your new heating system. And when you continue to call the technician for annual inspections and maintenance, you can feel confident that your fireplace is operating in the safest manner possible.

If gas leaks are your main concern, you might consider alternative fuel sources. Wood-burning stoves add vintage charm to any home, although those with small children in the home may worry about having this type of fireplace as well. In this case, you might consider an electric fireplace. While it may cost a little more to operate, the safety benefits cannot be beat.

Call the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning for HVAC services in Farmington. We have technicians on staff trained specifically in fireplace installation, so you can make sure that your home is in good hands. Call us today!

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Water Heater Parts: The Sacrificial Anode Rod

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Although water heaters occupy a lot of space in the home, they actually operate in a somewhat simple manner. First, water enters the top of the tank through a long tube that leads all the way to the bottom. There is a burner underneath the water heater if it runs on gas, or there is an electric heating element at the bottom and toward the top of an electric water heater. Due to the heat rising principle, hot water rises to the top of the tank over the denser cold water and through a small tube at the top when a hot water tap turns on. It’s not very often that these units need repair, but you may need to replace the entire unit if it begins to rust.

Whenever steel equipment comes into contact with water, rust and corrosion becomes possible. The only elements that must be present for something to rust are oxygen, water, and iron or one of its alloys (like steel). With a water heater, corrosion is possible, but a tank lining should deter the tank from forming any holes for a while. However, this lining can wear down over time, and rusting is still possible, except for the presence a preventive piece called the anode rod.

The anode rod is a component that prevents the tank from rusting by attracting the particles that lead to corrosion. The anode rod should wear away slowly over time, and eventually, there won’t be anything there to draw away corrosion from the tank.

Unfortunately, in some cases, homeowners neglect to service the water heater and it corrodes anyway. Occasional maintenance is an important step in preventing rust and corrosion. You can have a technician visit your unit and make any necessary adjustments to the burners and electric heating parts. They’ll also clean any dirty heating parts, as these could make the water heater less efficient. Finally, they’ll inspect every portion of the water heater and replace the dip tube if necessary.

Calling Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning for regular water heater maintenance helps to prevent premature water heater replacement in Bristol. Give us a call to check on the state of the sacrificial anode rod in your water heater today.

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Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Dynamical Mechanical hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

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Heating Problems and the Thermostat

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The thermostat is physically only a small part of a residential heating system in a home. But it is a vital part: without an operating thermostat, you won’t be able to control the temperatures throughout the house, and you may not be able to turn the heating system on at all.

However, even minor malfunctions in a thermostat that are not immediately obvious will lead to problems with heating your home. Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning offer repair and replacement services for thermostats that can help you receive the best quality from your heater. If you notice subpar winter comfort in your home, call us for heating repair in Hartford, CT. We will discover if the thermostat is causing the trouble and find the ideal way to fix it.

Some Common Heating Problems a Malfunctioning Thermostat Can Cause

  • Short-cycling: If a thermostat is misreading temperatures, it can create a condition known as “short-cycling.” The thermostat will incorrectly read that the heater has reached the target temperature, then shut it down before it completes the heating cycle. The heating system will keep turning on and off repeatedly, draining power and wearing down its components. It’s potentially very costly for this short-cycling to continue, so when you notice it happening, call for repair technicians right away. Even if the thermostat is not the cause, the technicians will be able to locate the source and fix it.
  • Uneven heating: If you have zone control heating and cooling in your house, loss of connection between the local thermostats and/or the central thermostat will cause the zone control to malfunction. This will cause some rooms to lose heat and others to gain it. Have technicians look into both the thermostats and the zone control system when you notice uneven temperatures in rooms throughout the house.
  • Fan won’t turn on or off: The thermostat controls when the blower fan for a furnace or heat pump comes on and off. If the thermostat malfunctions, the fan will either refuse to start or refuse to stop. There are multiple reasons for this problem with a blower fan, so make sure to call on professionals to find out if the thermostat is at fault or not.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

If you need to have a thermostat repair, we advise that you consider upgrading to a newer model—especially if you still have a manual or non-programmable digital thermostat. Our technicians at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning offer a wide range of new options, so ask them for suggestions on what new model will work best for your system and budget.

For fast and effective heating repair in Hartford, CT, give us a call to schedule an appointment.

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