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

Why Is My Heat Pump Blowing Cold Air?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

With plenty of cold winter weather still ahead, you don’t want to have a problem with your heat pump. If you feel cold air blowing from your vents, you might be quick to assume you need heat pump repair. While we do offer repair and maintenance services throughout New Britain, CT and surrounding areas, before you give us a call it’s important to check the following factors.

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Snow on Outdoor Condensers and Furnace Vents

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Winter is officially here, and that means residential heating systems will be in full operation. It’s important at this time of the year to take a few precautions with your heater. One of these precautions to check on snowfall outside your home to see that it isn’t interfering with the heater. If you have a gas furnace or a heat pump, there are ways that snow buildup can create issues with the heating system.

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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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Repairs a Heat Pump May Need in Winter

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The best reason to have a heat pump installed for your home is that you receive two comfort systems in one unit: a forced-air heater and an air conditioner. In a place like Connecticut, which enjoys the full range of seasons, you will receive plenty of activity from both modes of a heat pump. This means the system will undergo a great deal of stress over the year, and it’s important to schedule twice-yearly maintenance to make sure that it remains in the best shape and rarely require repairs.

But malfunctions can still happen, and you’ll need to call expert repair technicians to solve them. The repair staff at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning is ready around the clock to help you fix your heat pump, no matter the time of year. Whatever heating repair in Berlin, CT you need, we can deliver it.

Heat Pump Winter Time Blues: Some Repairs Issues You Might Encounter

Because a heat pump works in the same fashion whether in heating or cooling mode (it circulates refrigerant from the inside to the outside of a house, moving heat from one location to the other), you should not expect problems when turning the system from cooling mode to heating mode when the winter weather arrives. However, there’s a chance that a malfunction developed in the reversing valve during the summer and you didn’t notice it. The reversing valve is a critical component that makes a heat pump different from an air conditioner: it changes the direction of refrigerant flow and allows the heat pump to switch from removing heat from the inside of a home (cooling mode) to removing heat from the outside of a home (heating mode). If the valve breaks or loses its connection to the thermostat, you will end up with a heat pump that will only send cold air—when you want warm air!

Technicians will usually need to change out the reversing valve entirely. This is complex repair, and isn’t something you can attempt on your own by opening up the heat pump cabinet. If your heat pump is locked in cooling mode when winter starts, call for skilled repairs.

Something else to watch for when winter begins is dirt along the outdoor coil. When the heat pump moves into heating mode, this coil begins to work as the evaporator coil, absorbing heat. Dirt along the coil that may have developed over the summer will make the coil struggle with sufficient heat absorption, leaving the refrigerant inside it too cold. This will cause the coil to begin to ice over. (A similar problem can occur with the indoor coil in cooling mode.) This is a serious issue, and should you notice ice on the outdoor coil, call right away for professionals to remove, defrost, and clean the coil. Ice on the coil might also point to other serious malfunctions, such as leaking refrigerant, and it needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.

The technicians at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning are skilled with home heating repair in Berlin, CT and can take care of whatever ails your heat pump so your cozy indoors is restored in no time. Give us a call today to schedule and appointment.

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Repairs an Electric Furnace Might Need

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The electric furnace is a great choice when you want a safe, effective heating system that doesn’t require the use of natural gas. Natural gas heaters may cost less to run due to the low cost of gas in most areas, but electric furnaces also have many advantages and can be very efficient in many types of homes. Electric furnaces are built to last for several years, but they also have many electrical components and connections that may eventually require repair.

When you need heating repair in Farmington, be sure to trust the job to licensed professionals, like the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning. Electrical problems should always be handled by someone experienced due to safety concerns. The following problems may require immediate repairs by a professional.

  • Blower Motor Problems: The blower fan distributes warm air through the ducts, but the motor that powers it may run down over time and require replacement. A technician can find the correct model of motor in case replacement is necessary, but a stopped fan may also simply indicate that debris has clogged the motor. In this case, the technician will likely recommend you replace the filters regularly to keep debris from entering the unit.
  • Broken Heating Element: The heating element is a set of wire coils that heat up whenever your furnace turns on. These are set to rise to very high temperatures, and air heats up as it moves past the coil and into the ductwork to reach your home. A broken heating element is ineffective and will usually require part replacement.
  • Faulty Relay: Relays are components that send voltage into the heating element so that they may generate heat. Faulty relays are a common reason homeowners call for electric furnace repair. Without these elements in proper working order, you likely won’t feel any warm air in your home even if the blower is continuously running.

Never attempt to repair electrical elements or relays on your own. For heating repair in Farmington, call one of the dependable experts Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning. We have 24-hour emergency service available to get your system up and running no matter what the time of day. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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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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