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If You Haven’t Scheduled Heating Maintenance Yet, Don’t Delay

November 18th, 2019

wrenchesThe year seems to have flown by and you’ve gotten a lot done. It is only now that you realize that with everything you have been doing you blanked on scheduling your yearly maintenance appointment to get your heater checked.

The first instinct might be to say, “Oh well,” because it is probably too late, and promise to make a mental note to schedule maintenance next year. Your heater will make it through winter, no problem!

But we want you to know that it isn’t too late. And late maintenance is most certainly far better than none! You can still easily schedule a heater service with a professional before the temperatures really drop to ensure peace of mind and long-lasting system reliability.

If you are still wondering why you should bother with maintenance for your heating system, we can tell you why.

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Are Ductless Heaters More Prone to Breakdowns?

November 4th, 2019

ductless-system-repair-technicianNo one enjoys calling for repairs. Repairs for your car, home or phone are never something that any person enjoys scheduling because making that call inherently means that there is a problem.

Having a heating system that operates efficiently and rarely needs repairs can assuage a lot of the stress attached to requiring frequent repairs. After all, you really shouldn’t need to call for repairs to your system more than once a year, if that.

But what if one type of heater inherently requires more repairs? If you are one of the many individuals who uses ductless heating systems in Staten Island, NY, you may find yourself wondering about this. After all it may just seem like a system that operates without ducts would be prone to encounter more problems.

The reality is that this just isn’t true!

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Let’s Talk About Your Boiler and Rust

October 21st, 2019

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When some people think of rust they might picture an old gate with rusty hinges, or rusty pipes in an abandoned building. Less likely to come to mind if the image of a boiler that is beginning to corrode.

Rust is never a good thing when it comes to your home’s comfort systems. Picturing a rusted pipe probably made you cringe because you know it indicates a leak. When your boiler begins to rust, you should have the same reaction.

But what causes your boiler to rust? And how do you fix the issue?

We can provide you the answers below. In the interim, however, we encourage you to reach out for professional help if you think that your boiler might be beginning to rust.

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Tankless Water Heater Problems to Watch For

October 7th, 2019

Having reliable hot water in this area is a big deal, especially as temperatures start to drop in the coming months. If you have recently opted for a tankless water heater installation in Staten Island, NY, you should be looking forward to enjoying a winter without having to worry about your hot water ditching you during the middle of a shower. Choosing to install a tankless water heater to service your needs will save you money on your energy and water bills while also reducing the amount of time spent waiting for hot water. What a win!

Now, not to rain on the parade, but even your tankless hot water heater will have problems at some point. This is normal but leaving any issues that pop up unaddressed can lead to larger problems that could cost you a pretty penny. It pays to plan ahead for taking care of any potential trouble your system may encounter.

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Do You Need a New Furnace This Fall?

September 23rd, 2019

AC-units-in-scrapyardIn our last blog post, we brought up the need to plan heating maintenance during the fall. The fall is now officially here, and we hope you’ve already gotten on our schedule through our Bob Mims Maintenance Agreement to have your furnace inspected and tuned-up. If you haven’t, no time like the present! It’s still early in the season and you should have no difficulty arranging for a convenient time with our skilled HVAC maintenance pros.

There is another important fall heating preparation you may need to make. It’s not an annual prep like maintenance, but it’s essential you know when it must be done—and it’s replacing an aging furnace in Staten Island, NY.

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Reminder: Fall Heating Maintenance Is a Must!

September 18th, 2019

furnace-repair-technicianWow, it’s already the second week of September, and that means the first official day of fall is almost here. Although the first day of fall doesn’t mean an immediate shift to cool weather, it does signal that it’s time for homeowners to begin preparing for the change in seasons. One of the most important fall preps is scheduling maintenance for a central heating system. All you have to do to take care of your home’s heating system maintenance in Staten Island, NY is to call the team at Bob Mims.

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Is It Time for a Water Heater Inspection?

August 26th, 2019

water-heater-tankA water heater works almost every day of the year. People always need hot water for cooking, bathing, and cleaning, no matter the weather outside. But this system does have to work harder during lower temperatures, mostly because the water entering it is colder and requires more energy to heat up.

As you start planning for the fall and winter ahead, give some consideration to your water heater. It may need to have repairs done. Or it may need to be replaced altogether with a new unit. Proper planning is essential for ensuring your water heater makes it through another year with few problems and high energy-efficient performance.

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When Does Putting in a Ductless AC Make Sense?

August 12th, 2019

ductless-system-with-technicianYou may already have some familiarity with ductless mini-split AC systems in Staten Island, NY. You can find them in businesses and in older apartment complexes. When you see what looks like a small-sized window AC up on the wall—and with no actual window behind it—that’s the air handler part of a ductless mini-split.

Instead of exhausting the heat from the room directly out the back of the unit the way a window AC does, the air handler of a ductless system connects through refrigerant and power lines to an outdoor condenser cabinet that looks the same as the condenser cabinet of a standard central air conditioner. This outdoor unit can connect to multiple indoor air handlers (from 4 to 8 depending on the capacity of the system) so cool air can be sent into rooms all around the house.

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What “MERV” Mean for Air Filters

July 29th, 2019

air-fliter-cuMERV may look like a misspelling of the name Marv, but these four letters are vital for understanding the air filters in HVAC systems designed to trap particles from circulating through a building. Not all filters are the same: the simple panel filter on your HVAC cabinet is designed to stop large contaminants like dust and lint from getting into the system, while the HEPA filters used in hospitals are powerful enough to stop the movement of bacteria and viruses. MERV is the rating that explains the filtration power of the filter. The higher the MERV rating, the tighter the filter weave.

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Don’t Try to Scrape That Ice off the AC Coils!

July 15th, 2019

frozen-acIf you’re reading this, it’s because you already know that ice forming along the indoor evaporator coils of your air conditioning system is a bad thing. We’re glad to hear it. Too many homeowners make the mistake of thinking that ice appearing on the coils is just a normal part of how an air conditioner runs. It’s not. When you see ice or frost on the coils, it means something is wrong with the AC’s ability to draw heat from the air.

However, the solution to this problem isn’t scraping the ice from the coils. No matter what tool you’re thinking of using to remove the ice, please put it away. A frozen coil requires calling for air conditioning repair in Staten Island, NY from professionals.

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