Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling & Generators Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

The Dos and Don’ts of Furnace Maintenance

Monday, March 4th, 2024

Furnaces are complex heating systems that require precision maintenance. For any customers who are thinking of grabbing their wrench and heading on down to the basement to do some “fixing,” hopefully this blog post makes them reconsider.

Furnace maintenance is more than just flipping open a panel and checking things. It’s a detailed inspection, a serious effort to clean the components, and it even involves adjustments and evaluations. If a furnace is working perfectly fine but running at 10% lower efficiency than standard, this would normally be spotted during a maintenance visit and addressed quickly. Furnace maintenance in Westchester, when performed by a qualified professional, is very detailed.

There are even some serious downsides to trying maintenance without a license. We hope to address many of the “dos” and “don’ts” of furnace maintenance down below.

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It’s Finally Time to Switch Away From Oil Heating

Monday, February 19th, 2024

We’ve mentioned on this blog a few times that oil heating systems are not in the same position that they used to be. In the mid to late 20th century, it was common to find heating appliances that ran on oil, from boilers to furnaces, but this was from a different global market and economy. There was more oil coming domestically and from international partnerships that made the trade of it much easier. We also didn’t have to concern ourselves with the carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.

Today, oil systems are more of a hassle than they are something to be proud of. And many of our customers don’t have them by choice—they could be the HVAC system found when a first-time homeowner finally moves in. This is often where the problem can be seen.

So, let’s talk about why oil systems are not as great as they used to be, and how customers can benefit from an oil to gas conversion in Queens.

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Setting the Thermostat the Right Way

Monday, February 5th, 2024

Thermostats are a tricky subject, mainly because we have a lot of customers who all have different brands, models, and types of thermostats. There’s not really a good way to talk about the best method for running a thermostat if everyone has a different thermostat matched with a different system.

But the good news is that there are some best practices that work for every type of thermostat and HVAC system. With fuel costs on the rise and inflation causing bills to get worse, even just a slight improvement of home efficiency can go a long way.

This blog post is a guide for customers to help curb their energy use and improve their savings. By shifting the temperature setting just a little bit, or even not touching the knob at all, customers might get more out of their heating systems for less. And if this doesn’t help, then our heater repairs in Westchester might do the trick.

Let’s get right to it!

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Avoid the Pitfalls of DIY Boiler Service

Monday, January 22nd, 2024

Boilers are more common in our area than in many others. They’re powerful during a cold winter, efficient, and some of the most long-lasting and durable systems on the market. For residential boiler owners, this is going to make them a prime target for service when something goes wrong.

However, trying to fix a boiler issue isn’t as simple as it might seem. An online tutorial or DIY video might make fixing a boiler look easy, but every home is different and every job has its unique problems that need to be addressed. Only a licensed professional has the experience and expertise to fix a boiler and address problems that might be unconventional or uncommon.

This blog post is going to focus on a few reasons why professional boiler service is going to be leagues above DIY boiler service in Larchmont, NY.

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4 Ways a Furnace Might Fail

Monday, January 8th, 2024

It’s late at night and the furnace is busy working hard to keep the house warm and pleasant. This is hopefully a cozy situation for a lot of our customers, but it’s not as comfortable as this for many people. Some furnaces are banging about making loud noises, or they’ve completely shut down due to a surprise problem.

These furnace issues require professional furnace service in Larchmont, NY, but that’s often not enough to remove the stress that’s plaguing our customers and neighbors. Why is the heating system running like this? What’s the worst that can happen in this situation?

Today we’d like to go over some of the worst-case scenarios and figure out together why a furnace can fail. Then, we’ll talk about the biggest thing that customers can do to alleviate these problems, one step at a time.

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What Can Go Wrong With a Heat Pump?

Monday, December 11th, 2023

Sometimes it can feel like furnace owners get all the spotlight during the winter months. It’s true that furnaces are more common than heat pumps, so it only makes sense to cater to what customers want to hear. But that might not be the case for much longer.

More and more homeowners are turning to heat pump systems to both heat and cool their homes. When it comes to apartments and condos, which are affordable for many of our customers, heat pumps are generally a great investment that can cut money off of each monthly utility bill. The tricky part comes when repairs are needed and the troubleshooting process is a bit different as opposed to troubleshooting a furnace.

So, what can homeowners expect when their heat pump runs into problems? Well, we’ll cover the basics here. Just remember to schedule heating repair in Scarsdale, NY for proper services.

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3 Signs of Imminent Heater Repair

Monday, November 27th, 2023

Heating systems can run into trouble in all sorts of ways. A professional technician has the tools and experience to evaluate these problems accurately, but homeowners should still use their own senses to pick up on problems.

For instance, if a furnace is making a buzzing noise that’s inconsistent with how it normally operates, this is a clear reason to call for heating service in Westchester, NY, since it’s not a good sign. A professional will be able to evaluate the situation in further detail and repair it thoroughly, but the detection of a problem can often times be up to the homeowner.

So, how can someone better detect a problem that might mean imminent heating repairs are in the future? That’s going to be the focus of today’s blog. Our phone lines are open and ready for customers who are first in line to detect an issue.

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Trusting a Pro for Furnace Repair

Monday, November 13th, 2023

A lot of people take pride in homeownership. It makes sense—being a homeowner is a difficult task but often incredibly rewarding. Nothing quite feels like the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment after someone has found a DIY solution to a complex problem occurring in their home. The only issue is that the risk vs. reward in these kinds of situations can differ drastically.

For instance, doing some intense cleaning or painting the walls in a home can have marginal risk when measured against the huge reward one might get from this work. But furnace repair in Westchester, NY often has high levels of risk for a low amount of reward. Don’t get us wrong, furnace repairs can often be expensive, but the cost of this work is worth every single penny when compared to what could go wrong when homeowners try to do it themselves.

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What’s That Booming Sound?

Monday, October 16th, 2023

A furnace can make a few noises as it works hard to keep a home heated, but none of them are as infamous as the “boom.” For old furnace owners, this sound might feel commonplace, but we’d like to give some insight into this noise and help convince our customers that it’s not.

A booming furnace is in fact a big problem, and it could potentially turn into a failed furnace or an unsafe situation. Further down in this blog, we’re going to describe how this process occurs and why it’s so bad for a furnace system. Sure, a furnace can continue to work while it gets worn down but that’s not going to mean its lifespan won’t get cut in half due to a problem that should have been addressed.

It’s time to remove the threat of a failed furnace by scheduling either furnace maintenance or furnace repairs in Westchester, NY. Then, we’ll go from there and figure out a few more ways to address furnace problems and keep things running smoothly.

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Why Switch to Natural Gas?

Monday, April 3rd, 2023

When it comes to heating systems, there are multiple different kinds of fuel sources. There are all-electric systems, like electric furnaces and heat pumps, but then there are combustion systems fueled by various other sources. Some people have oil-burning systems, and others rely on propane or natural gas. We’d argue that some of these are better than others, and our team is the one that will convert them to the best form.

We’d like to focus on the benefits of an oil to gas conversion in Pelham, NY. Sure, customers might have grown accustomed to their old boilers that run on oil, but that could be costing them a lot of money year after year. Natural gas is a more clean-burning source of fuel, as well as an efficient method for heating a home when compared to other fuel sources. And, as of now, natural gas is incredibly affordable.

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