Purl's Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Does Rust on My Water Heater Mean It Must Be Replaced?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

rusty-water-heaterWhen water meets metal, there’s a chance for rust to start. Although water heaters are in danger of corroding, they’re manufactured to resist rust for many years. If you keep up with regular maintenance for your home’s water heater, as well as calling for water heater repair in Fresno, CA when needed, you probably won’t encounter signs of rust until the system is into its second decade.

But rust can happen. The conventional wisdom about rust on a water heater is it means the time has come to replace the unit. Is this always the case? Let’s look a bit deeper.

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Can I Replace My Furnace in Mid-Winter?

Monday, February 10th, 2020

gas-furnaceThis question is one we can start to answer by first asking another question:

Why are you thinking about a furnace replacement in mid-winter?

How you answer this can help guide your decision, although we always recommend you call our technicians about heating in Fresno, CA before making a major choice. Expert advice is best for a large decision like this. We can offer some advice here, but general recommendations are no substitute for working directly with pros. Our technicians can examine your furnace and house and work to find the right solution, whether it’s a replacement, repairs, or something else.

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How an HVAC Contractor Can Help You Lower Your Heating Bills

Monday, January 13th, 2020

piggy-bankYou can find plenty of tips with an internet search on how to cut down your home heating bills. Many of these are common sense: “Wear warmer clothing and lower the thermostat” and “change the furnace filter every 1–3 months.” Good advice and easy for your household to do.

But the most effective methods of lowering winter heating costs, especially if those costs seem too high, is to work with an HVAC contractor in Fresno, CA. Our technicians have years of experience helping customers in the Central Valley enjoy better, less expensive comfort.

We’ve listed a few of the ways we can curb those heating bills with our services. The best method is to arrange for us to come to your house and look over your HVAC equipment. We’ll find what you need for more affordable heating.

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Signs You Have a Dying Water Heater

Monday, December 30th, 2019

Old-water-heaterWater heaters are built to last for years without suffering leaks, corrosion, or drops in performance. But no water heater is designed to last forever. Depending on how old your current water heater is and how well it’s been maintained, you may soon find yourself needing to have the unit replaced.

Below we’ll look at common warning signs that you should make “install a new water heater” one of your first priorities for 2020.

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Not Too Late for Heating Maintenance With Our USA Club

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

cold-sweater-manIt’s amazing that December has already arrived and the year 2019 is almost over. We know you’re probably ferociously busy with your seasonal plans and preparations for the new year. But we want to make sure you’ve gotten your annual heating maintenance already taken care of. It’s something we recommend all our clients schedule for their heating systems during the fall.

If you’ve already had our technicians perform heating maintenance in Fresno, CA for your house, great. If you haven’t, you don’t need to panic that it’s too late. It’s not too late—and it’s still technically fall! It’s always better to have heating maintenance done every year, no matter how late into the season, rather than skip it. The consequences of missing maintenance can be steep:

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Cold Weather Ahead! Sign Up for Our Ultimate Service Agreement

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Furnace-standardOne of the most important jobs we do as an HVAC company in Fresno, CA is help customers prepare for extreme weather. In the fall, we inspect and tune-up residential furnaces and other heating systems so they’re ready for the arrival of winter weather. Although we’re always glad to help customers when they have faulty heating systems, we’re even more glad to help them avoid those problems and hassles in the first place. Nobody wants their cozy indoor comfort interrupted during a chilly winter day, after all.

If you’re not currently signed up for our Ultimate Service Agreement, now is the right time to join. This agreement provides you with two annual maintenance tune-ups and inspections for your home—and we’ll start with the one for your heating system.

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Sign Up for Our Ultimate Service Agreement for Heating Maintenance

Monday, October 7th, 2019

USA LogoThe cold weather will be here before you know it. Or before you can prepare for it. We don’t want you to get caught with a non-working furnace or a heating repair in Fresno, CA during the first cold days of the season. We also don’t want you to pay too much to run your heater or end up stuck with an expensive replacement bill when the heater fails years too soon.

Thankfully, we have a plan to help you avoid these problems. It’s our HVAC maintenance plan, the Ultimate Service Agreement. When you sign up for this agreement, you’ll have both your heater and your air conditioner covered for inspections and tune-ups each year.

(If you’ve already signed up for the Ultimate Service Agreement, then we’ll soon be touch with you to arrange for fall maintenance. That’s one of the perks of the program: we call you so you won’t forget.)

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Sign Up for Our Ultimate Service Agreement for Heating Maintenance

Monday, October 7th, 2019

USA-LogoThe cold weather will be here before you know it. Or before you can prepare for it. We don’t want you to get caught with a non-working furnace or a heating repair in Fresno, CA during the first cold days of the season. We also don’t want you to pay too much to run your heater or end up stuck with an expensive replacement bill when the heater fails years too soon.

Thankfully, we have a plan to help you avoid these problems. It’s our HVAC maintenance plan, the Ultimate Service Agreement. When you sign up for this agreement, you’ll have both your heater and your air conditioner covered for inspections and tune-ups each year.

(If you’ve already signed up for the Ultimate Service Agreement, then we’ll soon be touch with you to arrange for fall maintenance. That’s one of the perks of the program: we call you so you won’t forget.)

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Is a Tankless Water Heater a Good Idea for My House?

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

tankless-water-heaterYou may have heard about the tankless water heater as a replacement option for the standard storage tank water heater. A tankless water heater applies heat to the water that passes through its heat exchanger, so it heats up water whenever there’s a demand for it. When a hot water tap comes on, water starts to flow through the heat exchanger, which activates it and turns on the gas jets. The heat only remains on when the water is moving, and shuts off when the demand stops. There’s no need to store the water at any point.

The tankless water heater offers several excellent benefits compared to the traditional tank water heater. Just listing those may make it sound like a tankless water heater is automatically the better option:

  • Higher energy efficiency
  • Longer system life
  • Won’t run out of hot water
  • Small size

But we recommend you look before you leap! If you are getting ready to replace your old water heater, it is best to call on our professionals for the job. They’ll help you select the ideal system to meet your needs and your budget.

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Should You Replace the Heater and AC at the Same Time?

Friday, March 29th, 2019

furnace-oldWhen you move into a new home, usually the AC and the furnace were installed at the same time—and usually they’ll need to be replaced at the same time as well. In other cases, either the AC or furnace will run down before the other (air conditioning systems in general don’t last as long as either gas or electric furnaces), and you’ll arrange to have the older unit replaced.

However, there’s a third possibility. What if one of the two comfort systems needs a replacement, and you decide to replace both, even though the other system is still in good working order?

This isn’t an outlandish idea. Homeowners often make this choice on the advice of professional HVAC installers and enjoy benefits from it. It isn’t automatically the right choice, but it’s something to consider.

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