What Are My Choices for a New Heating System?

October 24th, 2014

Here in Salt Lake City, you need a new heating system that will be sturdy and reliable. Often, it is best to replace an older heating system with a similar type. For example, it’s probably best to replace a forced-air heating system with a new furnace or heat pump, while it’s best to replace a radiant heating system with a similar model. But if you’re considering a brand new system for your new home, here are some of your options.

  • Furnace: Furnaces are some of the most popular systems available to homeowners, in part because of the relatively low cost of installation and the efficiency of many modern units. Furnaces may generate heat with electrical current or natural gas, and connect to the ductwork in order to distribute warm air.
  • Heat Pump: Heat pumps also connect to your ductwork, but this replaces both your heating and air conditioning system. Heat pumps work just like central air conditioners in the summertime, removing heat from the air inside and releasing it outside. However, in the winter, they can actually absorb heat from the outside air in order to release it into your home.
  • Hybrid Heating System: Sometimes, it’s too cold outside for your heat pump to absorb heat efficiently or effectively. For this reason, you may choose to install a hybrid heating system, which combines two fuels, gas and electric heating, for maximum energy savings. Most of the time, your heat pump absorbs heat from the outside, but when temperatures drop too low, around 30 degrees, the gas furnace kicks in.
  • Geothermal Heat Pump: A geothermal heat pump works much like a regular air-source heat pump except that it pulls heat from the ground instead of the air. The ground remains a constant temperature year round, which makes it a reliable source for heating and cooling.
  • Radiant Heating: Finally, radiant systems are some of the most efficient systems out there. These use hot water as a source of heat in order to distribute it evenly throughout the home either via a radiator, baseboard, or with piping underneath the floorboards, for the ultimate in home comfort.

You should always discuss your options with an expert before making any long-term decisions. Professionals can help you to decide which unit is right for you and what fits into your budget. Call the professional technicians at Rentmeister Total Home Service for any questions you have about heating services in Salt Lake City.

Join Us at the Community Trunk or Treat!

October 24th, 2014

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Join us at the 2nd Annual RC Willey Community Trunk or Treat on Monday, October 27 from 5-8pm at RC Willey (1693 W. 2700 S. Syracuse). Whether your costume is sweet or spooky, come join local Syracuse businesses for an evening of trick or treating! For the safety of our trick or treaters, the north parking lot will be blocked off so you can go trunk to trunk collecting your Halloween treats. You’re sure to have a fun and safe night!

How Does Maintenance Prevent Repair?

October 17th, 2014

Did you know that up to 50% of all heating repair calls can be eliminated by scheduling maintenance for your heating system? That may seem like a big number, but it’s no surprise to the technicians here at Rentmeister Total Home Service. We think maintenance is so important that we not only offer an in-depth maintenance plan, but every maintenance appointment involves a checklist of 23 items to be completed as well. It’s recommended that heating maintenance is completed every 12 months, so if it’s time to schedule yours, call us today!

What Happens During a Maintenance Visit?

Here is a general overview of what happens during a routine maintenance appointment with a Rentmeister Total Home Service technician:

  • Thorough inspection of entire system
  • Cleaning of components
  • Lubrication of all moving parts
  • Safety checks, especially for combustion systems
  • Small repairs (worn fan belts, frayed wiring)
  • Performance testing
  • Check of all electrical components
  • Check and testing of burner assembly

So how does maintenance help prevent repair? The key is the thorough inspection of your system. During this inspection, the technician will look for any existing or developing problems. This preventative step allows the technician to take care of small things during the appointment, and make you aware of larger issues before they can become bigger issues. Getting ahead of repairs helps to prevent them, which can also save you money down the road.

Other Benefits of Heating Maintenance

  • Better energy efficiency – the cleaning, adjusting and lubrication of the components allows the system to operate optimally
  • Better comfort – a worn and dirty system can have a hard time achieving the comfort level you want; when the system is tuned-up, it can perform as needed
  • Extends life of equipment – maintenance keeps your systems and its components in good working order, which helps reduce premature aging

Maintenance doesn’t just help prevent repairs; it provides a full system tune-up that can help improve overall performance and increase energy efficiency. Get ahead of winter weather and schedule your heating maintenance in Salt Lake City with your Rentmeister Total Home Service technician today.

When Should I Schedule Heating Maintenance?

October 10th, 2014

If your heating system malfunctions in the middle of a particularly cold night, it can be frustrating, leaving you waiting for a technician and paying for unexpected repairs. You need a reliable heater for the cold winter months in Salt Lake City, which is why scheduling professional heating maintenance every year is vital.

Heating maintenance ensures the well-being of your unit because a technician completely inspects your unit for damages. This means you can schedule any necessary repairs early on, before they damage your system and it stops working when you need it most. Furthermore, parts of your unit are cleaned or adjusted as needed, to keep dirt and minor wear and tear from affecting your system.

So when is the right time to schedule heating maintenance? If you haven’t already called for maintenance this year, the best time is now! Don’t wait for issues to occur before calling a technician. There may be problems with the parts of your system that are hidden from view or are not yet large enough to cause an obvious problem. Waiting longer for maintenance increases your chances of your system malfunctioning. As winter goes on, the parts of your system may become overworked, which can lead to reduced heating or a failed system. And a technician has the right tools and training to catch repair needs that may not be immediately apparent.

In fact, the prospect of fewer repairs is not the only reason to call a technician early in the heating season. Scheduling maintenance early on also keeps you from paying too much on heating. If parts of your unit are worn down, other parts often have to work harder to pick up the slack, which means your unit will use more energy than it should. And with some types of heaters, maintenance can even protect your home and safety, preventing water damage and gas leaks.

For a thorough inspection of your heating system, call the dependable team at Rentmeister Total Home Service. We offer complete heating maintenance in Salt Lake City for any type of heating system as well as 24-hour emergency service, in case your unit suddenly breaks down.

When to Schedule Heating Repairs

October 3rd, 2014

Everyone knows that they need to have their heating system maintained and repaired from time to time. Your heating system won’t last nearly as long without regular maintenance, after all. That being said, some situations are far more advantageous than others when it comes to heating repair.

Read on to discover the best time of the year to schedule your maintenance.

Fall Maintenance

The best time to have your heating system maintained is always before a period of heavy usage. What’s the time of year that you use your heating system the most? Winter. So, the best time to schedule your annual maintenance is during the fall season. This way, you can be confident that your heating system is performing at peak efficiency during the season that you need it the most.

Waiting until winter is in full swing is not recommended. For one thing, HVAC repair demand will start to rise as the number of breakdowns increases. For another, you will increase the chance of your own system malfunctioning the longer you wait. The last thing you want is to be without heat in the middle of winter for any length of time. The increased technician demand will only increase the time you have to wait. Save yourself a great deal of time and money by having your heating repair done every fall.

Spot Checking

The other time you’ll want to have your heating repair done is when you notice something wrong. This may seem obvious, but the point is to schedule a service call as soon as you notice a problem. It may be tempting to put it off until the fall season. You likely aren’t going to be using it much during spring or summer anyway, right? Ignoring problems, however, will only make them that much worse when you finally do address them. It’s always best to tend to the problem as soon as it comes up.

If you have a problem with your heating, or haven’t scheduled your annual maintenance yet, call Rentmeister Total Home Service. We conduct heating repairs throughout Salt Lake City.

Why do Furnaces Need an Exhaust Flue?

September 26th, 2014

While it may not be the most glamorous part of your furnace, the exhaust flue is the most important part for ensuring your safety. Furnaces produce a number of harmful and potentially deadly gases, and without a properly functioning flue those gases become trapped in your home. A well-maintained flu directs all of these harmful combustion byproducts out of your house, allowing you to turn up the heat without worry.

Combustion Byproducts

As the furnace burns fuel a number of gases are produced, collectively known as “combustion byproducts.” These include carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide. Heavy or prolonged exposure to these gases can have devastating effects, and thousands die every year as a result of being poisoned by them. Even low level exposure can be dangerous if it occurs over a long period of time. Symptoms of low level exposure include nausea, fatigue, unconsciousness, headaches, and disorientation. The best way to prevent exposure to these byproducts is by properly maintaining all carbon fuel-burning appliances, including furnaces.

Maintaining Your Flue

The two things required for the flue to do its job correctly are a clear path of egress and proper furnace ventilation. If the flue vents through a chimney, make sure that the chimney is clear of debris that might block the flue access. This will allow the combustion byproducts to vent out of the home. Proper furnace ventilation is a bit more difficult. If the furnace is not getting enough oxygen to maintain heating, it will draw in outdoor air through the flue. This causes the flue to operate in reverse, potentially trapping combustion gases in your home. The easiest way to fix this is to install ventilation ducts to direct more air to the furnace.

Even if you don’t notice any problems with your furnace, it is recommended that you have it checked by a professional once a year. If you haven’t had your furnace serviced yet this year, call Rentmeister Total Home Service. We are experts in heating repair service covering the entire Salt Lake City area.

Why It’s Important to Schedule End of Summer Air Conditioning Repairs

September 19th, 2014

As we head into the cooler temperatures of the fall season, it can be very tempting to pack up your air conditioner and move on to heating – even if you have an existing problem. Ignoring or waiting to fix a problem doesn’t make it go away, and more than likely, will make it worse over time. There are other reasons to schedule end-of-summer repairs for your air conditioning too, as we’ll outline below. And remember – it’s important to hire trained professionals for all your repair needs to ensure the job is done correctly, so call the people you can trust: Rentmeister Total Home Service.

Reasons It’s Important to Schedule End-of-Summer Repairs

As we touched on above, leaving an existing problem to wait until the next cooling season is likely to make the problem worse, so it’s best to fix it now. But there are some other factors to consider when deciding whether or not to make end-of-season repairs:

Repairs Now Can Save You Money

We’ve already discussed existing problems, but what about developing problems? Unless a trained technician has inspected your system, you won’t know about them. We’re talking about things like worn fan belts and trapped debris – small things that can become big problems unless they’re attended to.

Repairs Now Can Save On Energy

A system that is run down in any way won’t function optimally, and when a system doesn’t function optimally, it needs more energy to run. Making needed repairs ensures that malfunctioning parts aren’t just fixed, but running as they should. This can save you energy, which can save you money.

Repairs Now Can Help Extend the Life of Your System

Allowing a system to run when needing repair can age the system prematurely. Making needed repairs restores that part or component to its optimal state, which can help extend the life of your system.

Repairs Now Can Maintain and/or Increase Indoor Comfort Levels

An air conditioning system that isn’t performing optimally can struggle to achieve the temperature you’ve set in your home; this can compromise indoor comfort levels. Making the needed repairs now can ensure the comfort level you need and want.

No one enjoys air conditioning repairs, but it’s always better to make repairs as soon as possible rather than ignoring them or waiting to see if things improve. If you are seeing problems with your air conditioner, call Rentmeister Total Home Service today and schedule AC repair service in Salt Lake City with one of our experts.

Items to Keep Out of Your Garbage Disposal

September 12th, 2014

Garbage disposals are a huge help for many busy homeowners. Putting food waste into the disposal means one less item will fill up the trash can. Plus, cooking and cleaning move quickly when you can simply toss scraps into the sink. Without a working garbage disposal, you are likely to run into clogs more often and your drains may begin to smell. That’s why you should take care to protect your garbage disposal from damage.

But many people are misinformed about what can and cannot go down a drain. If you want to keep your garbage disposal running as it should, be sure to avoid the following items.

  • Non-Food Items: Sometimes, materials get tossed into the disposal that may seriously harm your unit or your pipes. Your disposal simply cannot handle items like plastic wrappers or cigarette butts. These items may cause your unit to overheat, or they may catch in the drain pipes and cause major clogs.
  • Hard Foods: Your garbage disposal is also incapable of breaking down many hard foods such as meat bones or popcorn kernels. These items may prevent your blades from moving, stopping the motor.
  • Fibrous Items: One type of food that’s surprisingly harmful to your garbage disposal is fibrous foods that may wrap around the blades. These include items such as celery, corn husks, artichokes and onion skins. If you do choose to put these items down the disposal, break them into smaller pieces first to prevent them from catching on the blades and stopping the motor.
  • F.O.G. (Fat, Oil, and Grease): Fats, oils, and grease may seem like innocuous substances to pour down a drain, but these may seriously damage your pipes. These substances solidify as they cool, so when they move down your drain they may line the insides of pipes and create clogs. Furthermore, they may coat the blades of your unit, reducing the effectiveness of your garbage disposal. While running cold water can help your processor break down F.O.G, you should always try to dump these substances down a separate trash receptacle instead.

While these tips can help protect the garbage disposal and your drains, problems may still occur with your unit. If you need repairs for your garbage disposal in Salt Lake City, call the experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service now!

Join us at the Standard Examiner Fall Home Show

September 11th, 2014

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Join Rentmeister Total Home Service at the Standard Examiner Fall Home Show at the Golden Spike Event Center. The home show will be held Friday, September 26 from 12pm – 9pm and Saturday, September 27 from 10am – 4pm. Stop by our booth to say hi, or meet with one of our friendly experts who can answer any questions or help you find the plumbing and heating solutions to meet your family’s needs.

The SE Fall Home Show is the place to be for advice and tips on remodeling, home improvement, home products and services and much more. There will be daily demonstrations and entertainment as well as prizes and giveaways. General admission is $5 at the door, or 2 attendees for $6 with a coupon from the Standard Examiner daily newspaper. Click here for a full list of home show and event details. We hope to see you there!

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Objects You Should Never Put Down a Garbage Disposal

September 5th, 2014

Many homeowners use their garbage disposals daily to dispose of food waste while cooking and preparing meals. But if you put the wrong items down the garbage disposal, you may one day turn on the unit only to discover the motor won’t start at all. To help you avoid this and other problems with your garbage disposal, we’ve put together this handy list of some items you should never put down a garbage disposal.

  • Your Hands: Perhaps most importantly, you should never put your hands down the garbage disposal. If a motor does not restart when you press the reset button underneath the sink, you should always call for professional repairs.
  • Non-Food Items: Never put any item down the drain that your disposal cannot handle. The disposal cannot process most household items, and these may damage the blades, stop the motor, or clog your drains.
  • Hard Foods: Hard food items such as meat bones, fruit pits, and popcorn kernels cannot be processed by your garbage disposal and may wear down the blades. Furthermore, they’ll interfere with the motor’s function, causing it to become overworked.
  • Fibrous Foods: You should also avoid fibrous foods such as corn husks, celery, asparagus, artichokes, or onion skins. These foods may wrap around the blades, preventing it from turning and jamming the motor.
  • Fats, Oils, and Grease: Many believe these substances are harmless to pour down the drain, but fats, oils, and grease can damage the blades of your disposal and clog your pipes. Grease may build up on the blades, diminishing their effectiveness. Furthermore, these substances solidify as they cool, and they may line your drains and create a serious clog.
  • Foods that Expand: Foods like pasta and rice that expand with water may also jam your disposal or clog your pipes.

While these tips can help increase the lifespan of your garbage disposal and reduce the need for repairs, you may still run into some problems from time to time. If you need to schedule repairs or replacement for your garbage disposal in Salt Lake City, call the professionals at Rentmeister Total Home Service.