Purl's Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for October, 2013

3 Common Indications That Your Heater Needs Repair

Monday, October 14th, 2013

The Central Valley can experience difficult conditions during the winter that people outside of California wouldn’t expect. We get an average of 14 nights per winter when the temperature drops below freezing. You definitely need to be prepared for that. More importantly, your heater needs to be prepared for that, whether it’s a furnace, heat pump, or another type of system.

Don’t put off necessary repairs—one of those freezing nights will come along and you’ll find yourself shivering in the cold with a busted system. We have three signs you should pay attention to which often indicate a need for repairs. For top-quality repair service, look to the Fresno, CA heating repair professionals at Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning.

3 common indications you should call for heating repair:

1. Odd smells coming from the vents: Most Fresno homes use a forced-air distribution system to provide warmth, such as a furnace or a heat pump. Under normal operation, you shouldn’t detect any strong odors in the air coming from the vents. But if you notice something strange, like a musty or dusty smell, then you likely have problems with your heater’s ducts. They may have developed breaks, and this will reduce the heater’s ability to reach its target temperature, forcing it to work harder.

2. Loud, jarring noises: If you notice grinding and humming sounds from the heater’s cabinet that you normally don’t hear, you may need repairs done. A few sounds, such as clicking at start-up when the heater hasn’t been used for a while, aren’t much to worry about. But other sounds, like shrieking (possibly worn down motor bearings) or clacking (loose parts or a dented fan belt), should be inspected professionally.

3. Spikes in heating bills: Often, your heater may run fine, but internally has faults in its mechanisms force it to work harder than necessary. You can see this in your power bills: if you notice a sudden surge in costs that you can’t explain, it’s time to get the heater looked at for possible malfunctions.

Although skilled heating technicians can fix most problems with your heater, you can prevent many repair needs if you sign up for a preventive maintenance program. An annual visit from a maintenance specialist will reduce your heater’s repair needs and give the system a longer lifespan.

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning has served Fresno, CA heating repair needs since 1952. We will send out NATE-certified technicians to your home to fix the troubles with your heater, so you know you will be in skilled hands.

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Are you Ready for Heating System Replacement?

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

In Fresno, CA, heating systems don’t see nearly as much use as they do in colder climates, and accordingly don’t tend to wear out as quickly. With proper care and maintenance, a heater can last a long time here in our warm and pleasant Central Valley, providing reliable comfort when the temperatures start to drop. Sooner or later, however, the time comes when you need to replace you old unit with a new one. The question becomes when. Are you ready for heating system replacement? A few key factors can help you decide.

The first and most important is basic cost vs. benefits. A new heater can carry a larger up-front cost, which means that the benefits need to outweigh the investment you will make. If your old heater is turning into a giant cash drain, that becomes a lot easier to determine. Look at your monthly heating bill. Is it going up even though you’re not using your heater any more than normal? If it is, it means your heater is losing efficiency and those costs will continue to rise until you replace the unit. Multiple repairs, too, can signal a heater whose time has come. If your unit isn’t warming your house the way it should and it seems like you’re calling a repair service every few weeks, a replacement unit may be just what you need.

Another sign that you’re ready for heating system replacement is if your heater’s AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is lower that you’d like. The rating is measured in a percentage, which represents the amount of energy used for actual heating (instead of being lost to inefficiency). The federal government mandates that all furnaces have an AFUE of at least 75%. (Units with a rating of 90% or greater receive an EnergyStar label, providing an easy way to determine he most efficient new unit.) If your furnace’s rating is below these numbers, especially if it’s more than 10 or 15 years old, it may be time to find a new one.

In Fresno, CA, heating systems fall under the purveyance of Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning. Are you ready for heating system replacement? If you are, or even if you just need some good advice on how to proceed, contact our trained  staff of Fresno, CA heating replacement technicians today.

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Alegria Guild: Day in the Country 2013

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Alegria Guild’s 62nd Annual Day in the County will be held at the Historic Cobb Ranch in Madera CA on October 5th, 2014.   This is the annual fundraiser for Children’s Hospital Alegria fundraiser_iceCentral CA.  All of the funds raised support the Guild’s Child Prevention and Abuse Center at Children’s Hospital Central CA.

The event is a ladies luncheon with 600 guests in attendance.   The day features Alegria Guild’s famous baked goods sales, silent auction, Carole’s Dream Playhouse for Kids raffle, cash raffle, shopping at the artisan faire and fabulous guest speakers from Children’s Hospital Central CA.   Purl’s Sheet Metal is proud to be an event sponsor of this great fundraising event.

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning has been involved with Alegria Guild for many years.   Mickie Purl and Sheryl Berry are longtime members of Alegria Guild and have shared their commitment of Children’s Hospital Central CA with the Purl’s Sheet Metal team.  The event hosts a fun bar and Purl’s Sheet Metal members volunteer their time as bartenders.  Purl’s Sheet Metal donates all of the ice (about 4500+lbs) for the event.  (Jacob Davidson pictured getting the ice trailer ready for the event).

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning is delighted to involved in a great day for a great cause!

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