Bob Mims Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

Should You Turn Off Your Boiler This Summer?

April 8th, 2019

boiler-residentialWe haven’t yet reached the point where the warm weather will have settled in and our air conditioners will take over as the main comfort systems in our homes. But it’s still a good idea to start planning for that day. The first order of business is to arrange for air conditioning maintenance from a professional HVAC company in Staten Island, NY. You can rely on our technicians for this job—you only have to sign up for one of our maintenance agreements.

But what about your home’s boiler? Should you shut it down for the summer? Hopefully, you already know that you shouldn’t shut your boiler down in winter whenever you go on a vacation, as the pipes might freeze. But is it fine, even beneficial, to have the boiler shut down during summer weather?

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Should You Talk to Your Maintenance Tech About Getting a New AC?

March 25th, 2019

air-conditioning-recyclingIn our last post, we put up a friendly spring reminder: have your air conditioning system professionally maintained! There’s nothing better for a hard-working central AC than to have an annual inspection and tune-up. It means better performance, fewer repairs, energy-efficient operation, and a long system life.

But let’s talk about that last advantage a bit more: how long can an air conditioner keep working? Maintenance extends its service life, but no level of diligence can make an AC work forever. Your home’s current air conditioner will eventually need to be replaced. Is this something you should discuss with your HVAC technician during maintenance?

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Spring Is Almost Here: Time for an AC Tune-Up!

March 11th, 2019

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The time between winter and summer is when HVAC technicians help customers get their air conditioning systems ready for hot weather. Technicians are dealing with fewer emergency calls for heating repair, and that makes it much easier for customers to schedule an annual AC inspection and tune-up.

We strongly encourage you to arrange for your annual AC maintenance services early this spring. It’s okay if you do it a bit later, but please don’t skip it entirely!

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Is This the Final Winter for Your Water Heater?

February 25th, 2019

tankless-water-heaterSaying goodbye is tough. You may not think of saying goodbye to a major appliance in your home as difficult. But when it comes to a large appliance like a water heater, one that supplies your household with a vital daily resource, it’s difficult to say goodbye because of the labor, costs, and decisions involved.

So you may hesitate about scheduling a new water heater installation, even when you sense your old reliable water heater is getting too old and unreliable. Let’s take a hard look at your current water heater and ask the tough questions so you can make the choice (with a professional’s assistance) about whether this spring is when you replace the water heater.

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Heater Starting to Lose Heating Power? Some Possible Reasons Why

February 11th, 2019

dog-under-blanketYou just want your heating system to get through the rest of the winter and into spring—but now it’s showing signs that something is wrong. You’re not getting the amount of heating you expect or need from the system, and you find yourself pushing up the thermostat higher and higher than normal to try to make up for it.

First—stop adjusting the thermostat. If you’re doing that, something is wrong with your heater that needs heating repair in Staten Island, NY. Trying to force it to work harder by changing the thermostat setting will probably just worsen the problem, even leading to a full breakdown. There are some checks you can make regarding the heater’s drop in power, but often you’ll end up needing to call for HVAC pros to come to your house to see what’s wrong and then fix it.

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How an HVAC Contractor Can Help You in Late Winter

January 28th, 2019

heating-cooling-iconsWe’re in the second half of the winter, which may feel like, uhm, cold comfort when you consider how many more days are ahead before the true spring weather settles in. We hope you started out the winter with any necessary professional HVAC services for your heating system, such as having it professionally maintained and scheduling any repairs that may have lingered from the previous winter. You may have even taken the big plunge and replaced an over-the-hill heater with a new one. That’s great—you’re planning ahead.

But you can still benefit from the help of an HVAC contractor in Staten Island, NY in the second half of the winter. Below are some of our suggestions for ways our team can assist you at this time of the year.

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Ways a Faulty Thermostat Can Lead to Furnace Problems

January 14th, 2019

Technician-testing-thermostatWe’re going to talk about a part of the home heating system that often goes ignored: the climate controls, i.e. the thermostat. Often when our customers call of furnace repair in Staten Island, NY, we discover the trouble with the heating comes from an issue with the thermostat rather than inside the furnace itself. That’s no trouble for us, since fixing and replacing broken thermostats is part of our job. We would like to shine a light on how a thermostat gone wrong can lead to a furnace gone wrong. This way, you’ll be alerted to the comfort issues when you call us and we can get straight to the problem when we arrive.

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What Is “Kettling” in a Water Heater?

December 31st, 2018

plumber-repairs-water-heaterYou’re accustomed to the sounds your water heater makes as it’s running. If an out of the ordinary noise disrupts this, it often indicates a problem requiring repairs.

The most common warning sound you may hear from the tank of a water heater is called kettling. The name describes the noise, which is similar to water boiling in a kettle. It’s alarming to hear, but the first thing you need to know is that there’s very little chance the water heater’s tank is about to “blow.” However, kettling is a warning that you need to call a water heater professional to inspect the system and have any necessary repairs done.

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Rooms Too Hot, Rooms Too Cold? Why Uneven Heating Happens

December 17th, 2018

cold-man-with-thermostatYou’re settling in to the winter weather in your home, and the furnace, heat pump, or boiler is working away at keeping everyone comfortable.

Except something is not right … the heater is putting out heat, but some rooms feel colder than they should. And maybe some rooms feel far hotter. Your house has a case of uneven heating, which is one of the more common comfort problems that can afflict households.

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How a New Gas Furnace Can Make Heating Improvements

December 3rd, 2018

Furnace-standardThere are many advantages of installing a new gas furnace in your home. Today’s furnaces are more efficient than ever before, and efficiency matters. Here in Staten Island, the winters can get icy, so you’ll most definitely run your furnace regularly. Having an efficient furnace system means keeping your heating bills as low as possible.  

Natural gas is the fuel of choice for homeowners. Not only is it affordable, it’s clean, safe, and highly efficient. Installing a natural gas furnace in your home allows you to save money and go green. There are so many advantages of owning a natural gas furnace.

However, before you decide to purchase one, you need to first figure out if it is the best choice for your home. A qualified technician can help you make this decision. Bob Mims Heating & Air Conditioning is a Staten Island, NY, HVAC contractor that is ready to help you!

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