Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling & Generators Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Larchmont’

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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FAQ: Are Gas Furnaces Safe?

Monday, January 9th, 2023

This is a question we get all the time and one that customers are burning to know the answer to. When compared to electric heating systems, gas-burning appliances can seem less safe. While it’s true that a gas-burning system uses combustion when compared to electric systems simply using electricity, this doesn’t mean that gas-burning appliances are inherently unsafe. In fact, there are a lot of safety precautions that protect the owners of gas furnaces.

Customers can expect to be kept safe as long as they adhere to some standard best practices and call a professional for heating repair in Larchmont, NY when there’s a need for it. Otherwise, a furnace could start running into problems that turn into safety hazards down the line.

Let’s explore the idea of “safety” when it comes to a gas furnace, and why a furnace is likely safe enough to have in a home.

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How Long Does a Boiler Really Last?

Monday, December 26th, 2022

10 Years? 20 Years? Half a century? This question has been pondered by countless customers that we’ve met, and there seems to be a bit of a miscommunication on the matter. Boilers have historically been one of the best ways to heat an entire home, ever since the days of ancient Rome, and they’re still going strong in the United States. However, the lifespan of a boiler system has changed due to the differences with heating in the 21st century.

Boiler systems can last 20 years, but the question isn’t really about how long they can last, but rather how long should they last. The moment a boiler starts running up the heating bill and causing budget problems with constant leaks, a replacement is on the horizon. But let’s talk more about how customers might figure out when boiler service in Larchmont, NY is worth it, and when it’s not.

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The Importance of Generator Placement

Monday, December 19th, 2016

No two homes in Larchmont, NY are quite alike, and the power needs for each home differ greatly. A large household with many family members, for example, has different needs than a smaller house with fewer lights and appliances. This plays a key role when purchasing a generator to keep the home powered in the event of a blackout. Just as importantly, it determines the best placement for a generator, which needs to be able to do its job regardless of the specifics of the home it serves. That’s why a trained expert can provide the strongest advice on the best location for a new generator. The specifics rely on five different factors:

  • Protection from the elements. Generators need to stay out of the snow and rain in order to function at their best. Furthermore, they need to be placed somewhere that the residents can reach safely, ideally without having to go outside.
  • Statutes and codes. Civic laws stipulate where a generator must be placed and the distance of possible hazards such as air conditioners or furnaces.
  • Power source. Generally speaking, a generator needs to stay as close to the electric meter and fuel supplies as possible. That makes it easier to operate and less prone to something going wrong.
  • Maintenance. The generator needs to be placed where a technician can easily reach it to perform periodic maintenance. Regular maintenance ensures that the generator always works on short notice.
  • Noise. Generators grow quieter with each successive generation, but they still generate quite a bit of noise. Ideally, they should be placed in a location where the sound of operation doesn’t disrupt the rest of the household.

Contact Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling & Generators to discuss the best options for generator installation in your home, and to find the ideal location for it!

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What Causes Low Air Flow in Furnaces?

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Many homes in Larchmont, NY make use of forced-air furnaces, which use burners or electrical power to warm the air, then blow it through the home via the duct system. Problems can be caused when the air flow is slowed, which can happen for a number of reasons. Only a trained technician can diagnose such a problem, but astute homeowners can spot the presence of low air flow and summon a technician to take care of the problem. Here is a quick description of the causes of low air flow, and why the situation is such a problem when it arises.

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