Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Furnace’

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

Monday, 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 Is My Furnace Doing (Blank)?

Monday, 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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Radiant vs. Forced Air Heating: Pros and Cons

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

radiant-in-floor-heatingThere are obviously some areas in this country where winter weather is very mild, and homeowners in those areas may be forgiven for giving their heating systems less thought than their air conditioners. This is definitely not the case here in Connecticut, though. Our winters are way too cold and way too long to take any chances when it comes to choosing our home heating systems. If you are thinking about replacing your heater, or if you are going to need one installed in a new construction project, we have some information for you.

Chances are that you are going to be narrowing down your heating options between forced air heaters and radiant heating systems. Like any type of system, both forced air and radiant heaters have their pros and cons. To guarantee your overall satisfaction with your heating in Hartford, CT, you’re going to need to weigh the pros and cons of both and make your decision carefully. We’re always here to help, so give us a call with any further questions that you may have.

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Is My Heater Still Worth Repairing?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

All heating systems have finite lifespans, and you should know what the average lifespan of your particular heating system is. When your heater starts to break down on you again, you may automatically assume that having that system repaired is the way to go. What you may fail to realize, is the fact that a heater that can be repaired is not necessarily worth repairing.

So how can decide if your heater is actually worth repairing, or if the time for a heating replacement in West Hartford, CT has come? The first step is to work with professional heating technicians that you can trust. We’ll make sure that you have the information that you need, and you won’t have to worry about us trying to trick you into purchasing equipment that you don’t.

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Benefits of Heating One’s Home with a Furnace

Monday, January 11th, 2016

The furnace has long been a mainstay in the residential heating sector, and has remained among the most popular of home heating systems for a long time. It is not difficult to understand why, if you’ve ever used a furnace in your own home or have been fortunate enough to enjoy one’s performance in any given setting. While there is no single home heating system that is going to suit everyone’s needs and personal heating preferences perfectly, the furnace is a very likely candidate when it comes to matching the heating demand of many homeowners.

Read on, and remember to schedule service with Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning if you decide to use a furnace in West Hartford, CT.

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What’s the Difference Between a Boiler and a Furnace?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

It’s shocking to think of, but the harsh grip of winter will soon embrace us once again. With that in mind, now is the time to get serious about your home heating system. Sure, it may still be fairly comfortable, if not quite as warm, out there. However, we all know how quickly this can turn. If you are in need of a new heating installation or a heater replacement in West Hartford, CT, now is the time to give us a call. Of course, you cannot have a heater installed in your home if you do not yet know which kind of heater you’d prefer. We get a lot of questions here at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, including what the difference is between a boiler and a furnace. Read on, and remember to contact us when you are ready to schedule your heating services. 

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Electric Furnace Components: The Heating Element

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Every furnace has a central area that generates heat for your home. In combustion furnaces, the main components involved in the heat generation process are the burner and the heat exchanger. In an electric furnace, this component is the heating element. Without the heating element, your electric furnace cannot produce any heat; as such, any repair work needed for the heating element should always be handled by a trained expert, like the ones at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning in Newington.

How Does the Heating Element Work?

The heating element in an electric furnace is comprised of multiple, tightly-wound metal coils. Many times they are in a block in which two or three tiers of several coils are stacked on top of one another. When your thermostat calls for heat, electric relays start the process of ignition, but not all the coils heat at once. A component called a sequencer controls when different sets of coils are allowed to heat. The reason for this is that if all the coils heated at once, the power draw would be too great on your electrical system; electrifying the coils in a specific sequence allows the coils to heat in a pattern that produces enough heat without overloading your electrical panel.

Once the coils heat the air around them to the right temperature, the furnace’s fan turns on and blows the warmed air into your ductwork.

Common Problems with the Heating Element

Just as a gas furnace’s burner or heat exchanger can develop problems, so can the heating element of an electric furnace.

  • Tripping circuit breakers – as you can probably guess, the electrical draw from an electric furnace can be significant; sometimes an electric furnace requires its own separate panel. Tripping circuit breakers mean there is either a problem of too much power being drawn or the breaker is faulty; either case requires repair by an expert.
  • Bad element – sometimes the element itself can have problems that require replacement of the element.
  • Problems with the sequencer – a faulty sequencer can prohibit the operation of your heating element; if you have a faulty sequencer, it will need to be replaced.

An electric furnace can last anywhere from 20-30 years, so to get the most from yours, make sure it is always cared for by a trained expert. We provide professional furnace repair in the Newington area. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Are Furnaces Dangerous Options for Heating?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

When it comes to choosing a furnace to heat your home, there are a lot of options, including the type of fuel you want to use. Most furnaces heat via combustion, and as such, need a fossil fuel to work. There can be some concern about using a combustible fossil fuel in your home, which is understandable, as these fuels are highly flammable. However, today’s combustion heating systems are thoroughly tested and equipped with multiple safety mechanisms to ensure the safety of you, your family and your home. If you have concerns about your furnace, or want to know about the safety mechanisms of your heating system, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

One Option to Consider: The Electric Furnace

If you are concerned about using a fossil fuel furnace in your home, you have an alternative option: an electric furnace. Electric furnaces have come a long way in recent years, especially in the area of energy efficiency. Electric furnaces heat your home by electrifying two tightly-wound metal coils. Electricity heats the coils until they are red-hot, and once the coils reach the right temperature, the blower fan blows the warm air into your home. The average energy efficiency of electric furnaces is 95%, with some models averaging 100% since there is no loss with exhaust as there is with combustion systems. Electric furnaces are some of the least expensive furnaces to install, so there can be significant initial savings with an electric furnace. Lastly, the average lifespan of an electric furnace is 20-30 years, as compared to a combustion furnace, where the average lifespan is 15-20 years.

Schedule Maintenance

If you do have a combustion furnace, or are interested in possibly installing one, scheduling annual maintenance helps with safety. During a routine maintenance visit, your furnace will be thoroughly inspected for problems, and safety mechanisms will be tested, ensuring that all is operational.

Today’s furnaces are just as safe as any other heating system available. If you are considering the installation of a new furnace in Bristol, or have concerns about an existing one, schedule an appointment with a Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning expert today.

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Gas Furnace vs. Electric Furnace: Your Heating Options

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

When it comes to furnaces, homeowners have a few choices in fuel types. Two of these choices are electricity and gas. Electric furnaces have come a long way over the years, and have proven to be a good choice for certain homes. But no matter which furnace you choose, make sure that you hire professionals for your furnace installation service in Wethersfield. Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning has helped multiple customers in the Wethersfield area choose and install heating systems, and we can help you from start to finish.

Electric Furnaces

As we mentioned above, electric furnaces have come a long way over the years, especially where energy efficiency is concerned. Electric furnaces heat by blowing the air heated by red-hot metal coils through ductwork. There are several benefits to installing an electric furnace that make them worth considering for certain households:

  • Good energy efficiency – because electric furnaces do not use a fossil fuel, they have an average AFUE rating of 95% and can go as high as 100%.
  • Long lifespan – the average life of an electric furnace is 20 to 30 years.
  • Lower installation costs – the cost for purchasing and installing an electric furnace can be more the 40% less than that of a gas furnace.
  • No need for a gas line or fuel tank – some homes do not have access to a natural gas line, and it may not be convenient to install a fuel tank.

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces are one of the most commonly-installed heating systems around. Using natural gas, gas furnaces heat air with a heat exchanger, and then blow the hot air into your living spaces. There are several benefits of gas furnaces worth considering:

  • Gas is usually less expensive – natural gas is less expensive to use as a fuel than electricity.
  • Gas heat is very effective – gas heat is around 130 degrees, and will heat your home faster than an electric system; this also makes gas furnaces more effective on very cold days.
  • Clean burning – natural gas is the cleanest burning of all the fossil fuels.

Choosing a heating system in Wethersfield is a big decision. If you need help deciding what type of furnace is the best fit for your home, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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Why Is My Furnace Blowing Lukewarm Air?

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

During a cold winter, your home’s furnace will become the most vital appliance you have. You expect to receive a steady supply of warm air from your vents whenever the furnace turns on.

But if your furnace comes on and the air coming from the ventilation system is only lukewarm, resulting in insufficient heating for your house, you should call for professional repairs right away. Do not attempt to diagnose and troubleshoot the problem for yourself, especially if you have gas-powered furnace. Heating technicians, like those at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, can safely find what’s wrong with your Hartford, CT furnace and provide you with the correct repairs that will get your house warm once again.

Reasons for insufficient heating from a furnace

  • Ductwork breaks: The ducts that channel the warm air from your furnace to the vents must maintain a tight seal to avoid a drop in air pressure. A leak in the ventilation system will not only jeopardize air pressure, it will lead to air from other parts of the house, most of it colder than the air from the furnace, entering and causing a drop in temperature. Professionals must locate the seal and seal them.
  • Thermostat trouble: The issue may stem from a thermostat that is malfunctioning and is either misreading indoor temperatures or isn’t properly regulating the temperature in the furnace.
  • Broken heating elements: If you have an electric furnace, the problem may be due to one of the heating elements in the cabinet burning out. Electric furnaces need more than one heating element to operate, and should one cease working, the furnace will lose its heating power.

Never delay with furnace repairs

Even if you can still stay “passably” comfortable from the lukewarm air coming from your furnace, you should never let a repair issue go without professional attention. The problem could soon cause a complete breakdown or even a safety hazard. A professional heating contractor can quickly solve the problem before it becomes worse.

Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning has heating technicians standing by to assist your 24 hours a day. We can help you with all of your heating repair needs in Hartford, CT, including furnace and boiler services. 

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