Bob Mims Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

Warnings You May Have a Boiler That Needs Repairs

January 15th, 2018

wrenchesNot all HVAC contractors work on services to install and repair boilers. That’s unfortunate, since boilers are still popular choices for home heating that offer a number of benefits over using a forced-air system like a furnace. We’re proud to offer complete services for boiler installation and boiler repair in Staten Island, NY. Many of our customers rely on boilers to get them through the winter, and it’s our duty to see those boilers stay in the best shape for as long as possible.

I think my boiler needs to be repaired, but I’m not sure…

Here’s a good rule to live by: if you are unsure about your boiler’s performance, then you definitely need to call professionals to look into it. There’s something making you suspicious, and unless it’s a problem that’s easily solved (like a mistake in thermostat settings), it will take skilled HVAC repair technicians to uncover the actual problem and find solutions to it.

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Why Water Heaters Are in More Danger in Winter

January 1st, 2018

water-heater-tankDuring a tough winter here in Staten Island, you can easily imagine why your home heating system would be under a great deal of stress. In fact, you don’t use the heater much at all the rest of the year, so you expect that if your heating system needs repairs, those problems will probably happen during the winter.

But did you know that your water heater is also under greater strain in the winter? Because the water heater is at work 365 days out of the year, people often assume that it works the same amount all twelve months. But there are reasons why there’s additional stress on a water heater in winter—and therefore why a water heater is more likely to run into the need for repairs at this time.

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Is It the Heater or the Ducts Causing Comfort Problems?

December 18th, 2017

big-blue-question-markCentral heating systems for homes are one of the great modern conveniences. Here in New York we depend on them every day to spread warmth evenly to all the rooms through a network of ducts. But there’s a chance that this winter you may start to experience heating that’s less than what you expect. Some rooms may be comfortable, while others feel chillier. Or maybe the whole house simply feels cooler and you have to turn the thermostat up higher than normal to reach the point where everyone is cozy.

You shouldn’t accept any of these situations. There’s something wrong with your HVAC system. The problem might have to do with your heating system (in most cases, this is a furnace). But it could be trouble with the ducts. In some situations, it might be both! To find out what’s wrong, let an HVAC technician take a look so you can have the problem fixed before icicles start forming in the living room.

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Reasons Your Boiler Isn’t Doing the Job It Should

December 15th, 2017

boiler-residentialUsing a boiler is still a common way to provide warmth to a home in Staten Island. Although there are more gas furnaces in use, boilers are mainstays of homes that don’t use ventilation systems. They’re also popular for the energy savings they can provide and the excellent comfort that feels much different than the air blown out from furnaces.

Boilers are reliable systems. But what if the one you have isn’t working right? If you’ve turned on your boiler system to help with dropping temperatures, but discovered that it can’t keep up with the cold or is creating uneven heating around the house, you may have a repair issue that will require professionals.

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It’s Not Too Late for Heating Maintenance!

November 20th, 2017

service-written-on-glassWe’re not so deep into the cold weather just yet, and it looks like Staten Island may enjoy pleasantly cool weather for this Thanksgiving. But after that … we all know how fast the winter chill can blow in! So if you have yet to arrange for your annual heating maintenance to inspect and tune-up your home heating system, now is the time to do it. This is one of the last stretches of mild weather we’ll have before winter settles in, and you want your heater ready to handle the work load until spring.

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How We Can Improve Your Winter Indoor Air Quality

November 6th, 2017

woman-with-allergiesWinter brings with it more comfort challenges in a home than just ensuring everybody stays warm when the temperatures outside dive. Indoor air quality can become a serious issue because a home is frequently sealed off against the outdoor air to prevent heat from escaping. A sealed-up house will begin to develop stale, dry, and contaminant-filled air.

There are ways to boost indoor air quality during the winter that don’t require you to throw open the doors and windows and allow the outside chill to gust through the rooms while it’s freshening the air. Below are a few of the indoor air quality solutions we can offer you for a more comfortable, healthier winter.

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The Danger of a Cracked Heat Exchanger in a Furnace

October 23rd, 2017

furnace-burnersIf we had to make a wager on the type of heater you use to warm up your house during our chilly New York winters, we’d always bet on a natural gas furnace. The odds are in our favor because these furnaces are the most popular in the country, and their popularity is higher in places with chilly winters. A natural gas furnace is a cost-effective method of supplying high levels of heat to a house, much more so than an electric furnace, and because most homes have ventilation systems in them, they are also more common than boilers.

Although a gas furnace isn’t a naturally dangerous appliance, any use of natural gas has the potential for toxic gas leaks and combustion dangers. With a gas furnace, the main concern is the development of cracks in the heat exchanger. A cracked exchanger calls for immediate heater repair in Staten Island, NY from our HVAC technicians. Leaving a cracked heat exchanger alone creates the potential for enormous safety hazards.

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How Fall Heating Maintenance Saves Money

October 9th, 2017

furnace-repair-technicianLast month we encouraged you to arrange for your heating tune-up and inspection to get ready for the coming winter. If you haven’t done it yet, it’s certainly not too late—but don’t wait too long! We all know that the longer we put things off, the harder it is to get around to actually doing them. And this is a simple job to do: all it requires is giving us a call, and we’ll put you on the schedule, come to your house, and have the job done in around an hour. Simple, and your home will be set for the winter!

We want to encourage you to have this job done. We’ve already talked about how it helps keep your heater safe (important for natural gas furnaces and boilers) and reliable so you won’t suddenly have a loss of heat during one of the coldest days of the year. But right now we want to focus on the ways fall heating maintenance saves you money. Basically, regular maintenance is an investment that pays for itself many times over. Here’s how:

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Is This Fall the Time to Install a New Water Heater?

September 25th, 2017

water-heater-in-the-cornerIn our last post, we looked at the all-important inspection and tune-up your heating system needs before the winter arrives. Today, we’re going to look at a different kind of heating preparation for the other major heating system in your home: the water heater.

No water heater lasts forever, although homeowners often treat them as if they’ll never stop working. If you have an aging water heater, it’s better to get ahead of potential problems and arrange during the fall for our technicians to install a new water heater in Staten Island, NY. Let’s take a closer look at making the choice for repalcement… and the choices that come after.

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Schedule a Tune-Up for Your Heater Early!

September 11th, 2017

servince-reminder-clockSome rain, some cloudy weather, some warm temperatures … we’re already starting to feel a bit of fall creep in, even though the official start of fall is (as of this writing) a bit over a week away. Could you stand for a bit of fall planning now? It’s always a smart idea to get started on something you may procrastinate on later. And it’s pretty easy to procrastinate on taking care of your household heating system when you’re deep in the middle of other fall activities and home winterizing.

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