Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating Maintenance’

No Matter How Often You Use Your Heater, It Needs a Tune-Up!

Monday, October 22nd, 2018 by Tom Vatter

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.True, we don’t have to worry about frigid temperatures in the fall and winter like other parts of the country do. However this doesn’t mean you should just neglect your heating in Navarre, FL. Your heating system deserves attention too, even if it’s only going to be operating for a couple months or so. Actually, maintenance may be even more important for our area, since our heating systems aren’t something we pay a lot of attention to, and therefore could miss the signs of a repair need.

And repair needs are one of the top reasons you need this service. Maintenance helps our technicians spot small issues before they become bigger ones. Keep reading for more detail on this, as well as other benefits of heating maintenance. (more…)

It’s Time to Maintain Your Heater

Monday, January 1st, 2018 by Tom Vatter

standard clock on a white wallSure, it seems strange to be talking about heaters in Northwest Florida. But when temperatures drop, you’ll be thankful for a fully functional heating system. Or, you’ll be regretting not having your heater maintained to ensure that it is fully functional! Even though our weather doesn’t get nearly as bitter as other parts of the country, the difference in temperature certainly will impact you enough that the last thing you’ll want to be stuck with is a failed heating system in the middle of a January night.

The best way to ensure that this isn’t the case is to schedule preventive Milton, FL HVAC maintenance for your heater, no matter what type of heating system you’re utilizing. Routine maintenance doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have any problems with your system, but it’s the only way to lower the chances of problems developing with this system. (more…)

Yes, Your Geothermal System Needs Fall Maintenance!

Monday, November 16th, 2015 by Tom Vatter

Last week on our blog, we addressed why fall maintenance is such a vital task for your home heating system, even in a place with as mild winters as we experience in Florida.

But if you use a geothermal heat pump to provide warmth to your home during the winter, you might think that a fall inspection and tune-up isn’t necessary every year. Let us assure you that it is: most of your geothermal system is buried under the ground of your property, putting it out of your sight, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe from wear and tear and other kinds of damage. (more…)

Why Getting Fall Heating Maintenance Done Is So Important

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 by Tom Vatter

It’s already November, and that means that colder weather is not far ahead on the calendar. Of course, “colder” is a bit of a relative term here in Florida. We enjoy mild winters compared to most of the rest of the country. However, we don’t escape the chill entirely, and rainy days and clear nights can mean some uncomfortable temperatures when you will need your heating system working.

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What to Expect During Heating Maintenance

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 by Tom Vatter

Heating maintenance is a regular task that you need to have done once a year in order to ensure that your home’s heater will work for years with high energy efficiency and a low number of repair troubles. Keeping up with maintenance will also help prevent surprise breakdowns at times when you need your heating system the most.

Because Florida has mild winters and only a few truly cold days, it is too easy for homeowners to forget about regular annual heating maintenance. But this is a mistake, and it’s simple to have it corrected with just a call to Kool Breeze. When you sign up for air conditioning maintenance with us (a job that’s much easier to remember) you’ll also be signing up for heating maintenance as well. You’ll have both issues taken care of with one program. Contact us today and ask about our program for AC and heating maintenance in Pensacola Beach, FL.

Here’s what you can expect to occur during a heating maintenance session (depending on your specific heating system):

  • Thermostat calibration check (all heating systems)
  • Inspection of the evaporator and condenser coils in the indoor and outdoor unit, plus cleaning them if necessary (heat pumps)
  • Check of safety precautions, such as the load limit switch (primarily furnaces)
  • Clean or replace the air filter (all forced-air heaters)
  • Look for water damage behind air handler units (ductless mini splits)
  • Check on refrigerant pressure and refrigerant levels, with refrigerant added if the charge is low (heat pumps)
  • Cleaning the blower assembly (all forced-air systems)
  • Check and adjust electrical connections (all systems, including gas furnaces)
  • Clean the heat exchanger and gas burner, check for gas flow to the burner (gas furnace)
  • Check motor amperage and lubricate moving parts where necessary (all systems)
  • Check airflow and temperature difference (all systems)

If at any point during the various checks and adjustments the technician comes across a malfunction or impending malfunction that will require repair work, he or she will notify you of it. You can decide when to schedule the necessary work, although it is best to have any repairs done as soon as possible. After all, one of the points of maintenance is to prepare the heater for any sudden cold shift in the weather.

Call up Kool Breeze and speak to one of our staff members about signing up for our air conditioning and heating maintenance program in Pensacola Beach, FL. Our program provides extra benefits, such as priority scheduling and discounts on non-warranty parts.

Why You Need Annual Cooling and Heating Maintenance

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 by Tom Vatter

The air conditioning and heating systems in your house are complex mechanical devices made of numerous precision components. Over time, like any mechanical appliance, your home’s AC and heater will start to wear down and suffer from dirt and damage that will reduce their effectiveness and eventually cause them to cease working. Although it’s impossible to stop fully the effects of time on an HVAC system, you can slow it down with the help of professional maintenance services twice a year: in the spring for your air conditioning system, and in the fall for your heating system.

To sign up for an excellent program for cooling and heating maintenance in Navarre, FL, just call our staff at Kool Breeze. We offer a program that provides you with two precision tune-ups a year that will help you get the most from your heater and air conditioner as well as save money.

The reasons maintenance is important

  • Extended system life: The same way that you can’t expect a car to last for many years if it doesn’t receive regular services like oil changes, an air conditioner and heater won’t have lengthy services lives without professional maintenance. Most ACs and heaters won’t even make it to half their manufacturer’s estimated lifespan without maintenance—and needing to replace a comfort system early is the most expensive “repair” of all.
  • Fewer repairs: Approximately 85% of the repairs a comfort system may require during its lifetime can be avoided through preventive maintenance. That’s a significant amount. If you keep up with routine maintenance, you will experience very few malfunctions with the system.
  • Continual energy efficiency: The combination of dirt and wear and tear on a heater and air conditioner will cause a drop in energy efficiency because the system will need to work harder. Each year that a comfort system goes without maintenance means an average drop of 5% in energy efficiency—and that will quickly add up to a system that costs you much more to run than it should.
  • Avoid surprise breakdowns: This is especially important for the AC, which does an immense amount of work in Florida’s hot climate. Without maintenance to help alleviate wear and tear on the system and catch early repair needs, the AC might collapse on you during the hottest day of the summer, leaving you scrambling to arrange for emergency repair work. Maintenance will see that you go into any intense weather fully prepared.

The cooling and heating maintenance in Navarre, FL from Kool Breeze provides you with extra benefits as well: priority service, a 10% discount on non-warranty parts, and more. Give us a call today to find out more about our heating service options in Navarre, FL.

Is It Too Late to Schedule Heating Maintenance?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by Tom Vatter

Heating systems, no matter what type, should have a yearly maintenance inspection and tune-up in order to ensure that they will work at their most energy efficient and to reduce the effects of wear and tear from age that can lead to unnecessary repairs or an early replacement. The best time of the year to schedule maintenance for a heater is during the fall, a period when conditions are still warm and the heater is rarely necessary, but close enough to the seasonal change that you can feel confident that the system will go into the colder weather in the ideal condition.

To arrange for heating maintenance in Fort Walton Beach, FL that will see that your heater works at peak efficiency and with as few issues as possible, call Kool Breeze and ask about our regular maintenance program.

Because of Florida’s warm climate through much of the year, heating maintenance is something that is easy to let slip past. If you neglected to schedule heating maintenance for last fall, you might wonder if it is too late to schedule it now or if you should just wait until next fall to have the work done.

The answer to this is that it’s never too late for annual heating maintenance; it is far worse for your heating system to miss a yearly inspection and tune-up than for it to have it a few months late. Heating systems will lose efficiency each year they go without regular maintenance, with an average drop of 5%. Worse, you risk the system experiencing a large malfunction that could lead to a complete breakdown—or even the need to replace the entire system. Although Florida experiences short and mild winters, we still can have unexpectedly cold days strike through the spring, and you don’t want to get caught unprepared with a heating system that will stop working the next time you try to turn it on.

When you sign up for annual maintenance for your heater with Kool Breeze, you’ll receive other benefits as well. Our maintenance program includes a yearly tune-up for your air conditioner in the spring (very important to make it through the hot Florida summers) as well as a 10% discount on non-warranty parts and priority service that lets you skip to the front of the line whenever you call for repair work. Contact us today to find out more about our program for heating maintenance in Fort Walton Beach, FL.

Benefits from Regular Heating Maintenance

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 by Tom Vatter

Most homeowners ignore heating maintenance until something goes very wrong with their system. This is understandable, considering the perceived cost-benefit analysis. When you schedule heating maintenance without any particular problem, you’re paying money without any visible gain. The problem with that reasoning is that it doesn’t take into account the many benefits of regular heating maintenance. Let’s examine the real reasons you want to schedule regular maintenance for your heating system.

Wear and Tear

As your heater gets older, wear and tear from normal use will begin to degrade the various parts in the heater. This is not something that can be avoided, really. It’s simply a side effect of regular use. The problem you’ll begin to experience is that as this wear and tear progresses, there will be a slow decline in the ability of the various parts in your heater to function as well as they once did. We’re not talking about parts actually breaking, though that will happen if left untreated. This is simply the degradation of efficiency that comes with parts aging and being used regularly.

What does this mean for you? For starters, your heating bill is probably going to go up over time as your heater ages. You may notice it right away, you may not. Either way, as the parts in your heater decline, the heater will be forced to work harder to produce the same heat output. That means you’re burning more fuel for greater total cost.

The second consequence of letting this wear and tear go untreated is eventual breakdown. The parts will eventually reach a point where they wear down enough to break completely. This is where most homeowners notice a problem and call a technician. The issue is that by the time a part wears enough to actually break, it tends to be a lot more expensive to fix.

Regular heating maintenance monitors and fixes these issues before they progress far enough to cause problems. If you schedule heating maintenance even once a year, it is often enough to identify and repair or replace any part that is threatening to cause issues later on. You’ll save money on heating, and on repairs, and have much more peace of mind.

If you haven’t scheduled heating maintenance in a while, call Kool Breeze. We provide professional heating services in the Fort Walton Beach area.