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

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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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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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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3 Problems With Bad Ducts

Monday, August 7th, 2023

Many homeowners focus on two things when they’re looking at staying comfortable during a heatwave. The first is their air conditioning system, ensuring it’s in good condition and is working properly with no hitches. The second priority is checking the thermostat to make sure it’s reporting the temperature accurately, and it reads the changes that a family might make.

However, there’s a third less glorified component of this system that matters just as much as these two parts—and that’s the ductwork. Ducts that are in bad shape are going to negatively affect both the temperature reading on a thermostat, and the productivity of the air conditioner.

Today, we’re going to cover three main problems with air ducts in disrepair. If customers need help with their home comfort and they believe their ducts to be the problem, then they can always contact us for duct repair in Westchester, NY.

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Tips to Get Through a Tri-State Area Heatwave

Monday, July 24th, 2023

It’s summertime in New York, which means scorching hot temperatures, unbearable humidity, and indoor air quality events that make leaving a window open a bad option. Customers all across the tri-state area are trying every method in the book for staying cool, comfortable and safe. We understand, and our team is hard at work helping everyone who calls us.

Some folks are lucky with powerful, brand-new AC units that can keep an entire home cool. Others are busy dealing with shoddy window ACs, or central systems that need serious AC repair in Westchester, NY. Everyone is in a different situation, but there’s no reason why we all can’t be comfortable and safe.

This blog is dedicated to a few tips and tricks to help get through a New York heatwave in a way that doesn’t ruin the budget or make customers do too much.

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5 Common Problems With a Heat Pump

Monday, May 1st, 2023

Heat pumps are wonderful heating and cooling machines. They do a great job in the tri-state area, especially through mild winter days, chilly spring mornings, and hot summer evenings.

Instead of switching on a system that uses more energy and is wasteful, a heat pump does an excellent job of conserving energy while keeping a space comfortable. They’re perfect for our area, and we’re sure that customers have been enjoying them thoroughly. That’s why they’re so popular now!

But a heat pump isn’t without its problems. In fact, a heat pump can have its own unique issues that a homeowner isn’t quite ready to address. In the following few cases, we’d recommend calling a professional for heat pump service in Westchester. These issues can have a severe impact on the efficiency, output, and reliability of a heat pump system. This isn’t just recommended, it’s usually vital to avoid a system breakdown as well.

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Don’t Ignore a Short Cycling AC

Monday, April 17th, 2023

There are lots of words used in the HVAC industry that can be confusing to people. “Hard starting,” “refrigerant,” and even “short cycling” are all words that have specific meanings to HVAC technicians, while they might illicit different images in the head of a customer. This is where a disconnect can sometimes form between a customer who has a problem and a technician who should be called to fix that problem.

A good example of this happening is with short cycling. This is a problem that is pretty notorious and afflicts many air conditioning systems in our general area, but customers barely even know it’s a problem unless they’re well-acquainted with HVAC technology. Sometimes people won’t call for AC repair in Westchester until it’s too late.

So, now it’s our turn to inform the public free of charge so that they can inform their friends and neighbors. Help us in our mission to make sure nobody gets stuck with a short cycling system without professional repairs.

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5 Quick Tips for a Broken AC

Monday, July 11th, 2022

Temperatures are reaching their peak this year, and our air conditioners are the first line of defense against them. For any customers that might be on the verge of losing their AC because the system is malfunctioning or running incorrectly, we urge them to call our team for AC repair in Westchester, NY and beyond. The earlier a homeowner calls for support, the easier it will be to schedule a repair.

However, depending on our schedule and the busyness of the season, we might not be able to reach a homeowner in need until at least a few hours or a day has passed. While calling early for help is always a good solution, these things happen and we want our customers to remain safe and cool while they wait for AC repairs.

So, let’s talk about a few strategies to remain cool and collected while waiting for a professional to fix a struggling AC.

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