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

Can My Heating Repairs Wait Until Next Winter?

Monday, March 5th, 2018

technician-workingIf this is a question that you find yourself asking, then it may be time to rethink your approach to this situation. There is, after all, a big difference between “can” and “should” in this context. Is it possible that your ailing heater can limp its way through the remainder of the season? Sure, depending upon just how severe the trouble may be. Should you let it do so, though? We’d say absolutely not. Prompt repairs are always best.

We understand that the end of the heating season is on the horizon. We also know that many of our clients are more than happy to bid farewell to winter and its weather for the coming months of the calendar year. Unfortunately, we also know that, in their excitement, homeowners often wind up doing themselves and their heaters a disservice. Today, we’ll focus on why you should not put off necessary heating repairs in Newington, CT.

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How Ignoring Heating Repairs Causes Further Problems

Monday, February 19th, 2018

hugging-radiatorWinter in Connecticut is a  long, cold season, and it is one that is really going to test the integrity and stamina of your home heating system. With a professional installation and routine heating maintenance, your heater should be able to pass that test—most of the time. The fact of the matter, however, is that every heating system is susceptible to the occasional operational problem. If and when you notice that your heater is in trouble, be sure to give a member of our team a call right away.

The sooner that you have your heater repaired,  regardless of how “minor” you may think that the problem is, the better. Prompt heating repairs in Newington can really save you a lot of trouble down the line. We understand that scheduling heating repairs, especially when the system has not broken down entirely, is not convenient. However, it is going to pay off for you when do it at the first sign of trouble.

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Avoiding Trouble with Your Heating System

Monday, February 5th, 2018

sick-coupleNew England is one of those areas where the frigid grip of winter can squeeze hard and long. If you want to make it through the coldest time of the year comfortably, you really need a heater that is going to step up to the plate and knock the ball right out of the park. That doesn’t mean that you can hope for your heater to bat a thousand,  though.

All heaters, even those that are manufactured by the best names in the industry and which are expertly installed by qualified professionals,  will encounter operational problems of one kind or another eventually. When your system starts to act up, you need to schedule professional heating repair in Newington right away. In the meantime, here are some tips to help you avoid trouble with your heater to begin with.

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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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Is a Boiler Better Than a Furnace?

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The choice of heating systems for new a house often comes down to a battle between a boiler and a furnace. Both systems have advantages, as well as some disadvantages. The difficulty in making the choice is due to how differently the two systems operate, and that the choice will also dictate the layout of plumbing and/or ductwork in the house.

So is there such a thing as a ­­better choice in this scenario? Since boilers have been making a comeback in popularity in homes, the answer might seem to be that a boiler is a superior option. But there is more to consider here, and we’ll look into the pros and cons of both systems to help guide you.

However, you shouldn’t make the selection of a new heating system on your own. You will require the help of professionals to locate the ideal heater, size it, and then have it installed. Call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today if you are looking for professional installation of a boiler or furnace in Newington, CT.

Why Choose a Boiler?

Boilers have gained in popularity because they provide comfortable and cozy heating without the drawbacks of ductwork. Ducts tend to gather contamination inside them, which is then blown out into the air of a home, lowering the air quality. The vents of ducts also tend to send the warm air right straight to the ceiling of a room, and it takes longer for the heat to spread evenly; boilers do not experience this trouble, instead radiating heat evenly from a baseboard heater or radiator into a space. Boilers also have long lifespans, require a smaller number of repairs than furnaces, and operate quietly.

Why Choose a Furnace?

When it comes to the amount of heat produced, gas furnaces are king. No other residential heating system generates the amount of BTUs that a gas furnace does, and this is especially important for homes with low levels of insulation. Furnaces also come in a large variety of sizes and can use different types of fuel, which makes them flexible. Unlike boilers, furnaces are not in danger of freezing during the winter (the water pipes of a boiler can freeze solid if not insulated correctly) nor of creating damage from leaking water.

Often, the choice to go with a boiler or a furnace will come down to the heating requirements of your house. To find out what type of heating system will deliver both the necessary warmth and energy efficiency, call on the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning. We will perform a heat load calculation to determine the best way to keep your house warm all winter. Whether you end up with a furnace or a boiler in Newington, CT, you can trust that you will receive the right system when you rely on us to install it.

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Why You Need Routine Fireplace Maintenance

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Your fireplace can help keep your home warm during the winter, but if not properly maintained, can also cause some serious problems: according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireplaces are the cause of more than 25,000 house fires every year. One of the best ways to keep your fireplace in Newington, CT operating safely is with routine maintenance performed by trained professionals, like the ones at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning.

Maintenance by Type of Fireplace

Fireplaces can burn wood, gas and even be electrical. As such, maintenance for each type is a little different:

Wood-Burning Fireplaces

  • Annual inspection of fireplace and chimney to check for possible obstructions and creosote build-up
  • Check of chimney cap
  • Professional chimney cleaning (also known as chimney sweeping)

Gas Fireplaces

  • Inspection of fireplace and chimney
  • Make sure fan and air passages are clean
  • Check vents
  • Check millivolt output
  • Make sure any decorative logs are clean and free of debris

If any of these components need cleaning or adjusting, it should be scheduled and completed before operating the fireplace.

Electric Fireplaces

  • Check to make sure air inlets aren’t blocked
  • Check thermostat
  • Check to make sure unit is clean

NOTE: unit should always be unplugged while performing maintenance.

Safety Measures You Can Take

There are a few safety measures you can take, too:

  • Keep a fire extinguisher available at all times
  • Keep all flammable items away from the hearth
  • Use a screen for gas and wood-burning fireplaces
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home

The cold weather may seem like it’s far away, but fall is just around the corner. If your fireplace in Newington, CT is part of your fall and winter heating, now is a great time to call for fireplace maintenance service. Let our professionally-trained technicians help you get your fireplace in shape in time for the cold weather – call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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