Rentmeister Total Home Service Blog : Archive for January, 2014

Reasons to Replace Your Heating System Rather Than Repair

Monday, January 27th, 2014

It’s a tricky question, especially when you’re dealing with a breakdown in your heater: do you go ahead with repairs or scrap the system and replace it with a new one? Here in Salt Lake City, heating repair services can do both, which means it falls to the homeowner to make that decision. Everyone’s circumstances are different of course, sand there’s no one single litmus test to determine what to do. In general terms, however, you can look for certain reasons to replace your heating system rather than repair it. They could help you in deciding if your heater has gotten there yet or not.

For starters, you need to examine the costs very closely. If this is the first repair you’ve had to undergo in a while, it likely means that your heater is good for a little longer yet. (The exception would be if this particular repair were very expensive, in which case, you may wish to install a new one).  On the other hand, if this is one of a long line of repairs, then you may be throwing good money after bad.

Similarly, if your heater’s efficiency has gone down over the years, and if you’re spending more on monthly energy bills than you’d like, there’s only so much repairs can do for it. Older furnaces evince a lot of wear and tear, and eventually,  their overall efficiency will drop to the point where you could save more on monthly energy bills than the extra cost of installation can offset.

Indeed, the age of the furnace itself may come into play as well. While a well-maintained heater can last well beyond its expiration date, a system that is more than ten years old and showing some of the problems discussed above is probably due for a quiet retirement.

A good heating service can examine your heater and  help you decide the best course of action. Professional heating repair service in Salt Lake City can be provided by the experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service. We can sort through the reasons to replace your heating system rather than repair it, and move on whatever you decide is best. Call us today to set up an appointment!

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How Does The Refrigerant in a Heat Pump Warm the House?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

It seems like a contradiction: refrigerant being used to warm a house rather than cool it. With heat pumps, however, it actually makes a lot of sense. Here in Salt Lake City, heating repair services must often handle heat pumps, since they’re a popular form of warming homes in the area. (They’re usually a part of a hybrid system, since additional heating power is needed on the coldest winter days.) But that doesn’t explain the central question: how does the refrigerant in a heat pump warm the house?

Refrigerant gas doesn’t actually create heat so much as facilitate a heating exchange with the nearby air. Heat gets produced as a byproduct of air conditioning systems. A heat pump merely takes advantage of that fact more readily than air conditioners do. During the heating cycle, refrigerant gas passes through a compressor valve which subjects it to a great deal of heat and pressure. It then moves into a compressor coil which shifts the gas into a liquid state. That process bleeds heat into the air surrounding the coils, as the gas lowers in temperature and the heat needs somewhere to go. The warm air can then be blown into your home with a fan.

With a simple air conditioning system, that process would take place outside, and the liquid refrigerant – still under pressure – would move into a second set of coils that would shift it back into a gas (pulling heat from the nearby air and facilitating the cooling process). Heat pumps allow both the indoor and the outdoor coils to serve both functions, meaning that you can heat the home as well as cooling it.

That process depends on specific levels of refrigerant, however, which are dictated by the precise kind of heat pump you have. When those levels drop, problems develop in the heat pump and you need to call in a service technician to address them. The Salt Lake City heating repair service technicians at Rentmeister Total Home Service can answer the question “how does the refrigerant in a heat pump warm the house?” then seal any leaks in the system and recharge your refrigerant to keep the heat pump functioning. Pick up the phone and give us a call to make an appointment today!

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Advantages of a Fireplace for Home Heating

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

In Salt Lake City, professional heating installation can involve all manner of systems, from traditional forced air furnaces to cutting edge systems like radiant heating and geothermal heating. Sometimes, however, the old ways are still the best, and by that we mean the really old ways. Old-fashioned fireplaces, either gas-fed or relying solely on wood, retain a number of benefits over more modern forms of heating. Here’s a quick list of the advantages of a fireplace for home heating.

  • Low energy expenditure. Firewood costs a great deal less that the energy needed to run a gas or electric furnace. Assuming you can limit your activities to the vicinity of the fireplace itself, you can save a great deal of money on heating costs.
  • Environmentally friendly. Fireplaces don’t general carbon monoxide or other toxic gases, nor do they rely on fossil fuels to provide heat. That makes them environmentally sound, and provides an old-school “green” option for households interested in reducing their carbon footprint.
  • Independence. We have a pretty reliable power and heating system in Salt Lake City, but winter storms can be rough and anything can happen. When the power goes down, a fireplace can keep you warm and comfortable no matter what’s going on in the outside world.
  • Cozy and romantic. Perhaps the greatest advantage of a fireplace is the atmosphere it provides, something no other form of heating can match. There’s nothing like listening to the crackling wood in a good fireplace, watching the shadows dance against the wall and snuggling with someone special or relaxing with your family around you. Fireplaces always add a touch of romance and comfort to your home, and the best part is that you need only a few piece of wood to bring that magic to life.

The advantages of a fireplace for home heating are such that fireplaces have endured even as new technology has replaced them for household heating. If you’re interested in adding one to your home, or modifying an existing unit, then the Salt Lake City heating specialists at at Rentmeister Total Home Service can help. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!

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Why Do My Heating Bills Go Up in Salt Lake City?

Friday, January 10th, 2014

“Why do my heating bills go up in Salt Lake City?” That question rarely stems from obvious culprits like increased use of your heater during a cold front. High heating bills can be a subtle problem, since they won’t stop your heating or even slow it down, but might force you to pay a heavy price for it in the bargain. In Salt Lake City, heating repair companies have a lot of experience hunting down the sources of higher heating bills. The specific reasons for the rise in costs can vary, but they all boil down to the same general sources.

Your furnace uses energy to generate heat: usually in the form of gas to heat the air, but also with electricity and other forms of energy. Ideally, you want your heater to use as little energy as possible to heat your home. Less energy means lower bills. But when individual components start to break down, they can leech efficiency from your heater, forcing it to work harder to do its job. Energy use thus goes up and your ills reflect the change. Or instance, a breech in your air hose could reduce the flow of heated air over the heat exchangers, or one of your burners could malfunction and shut down (leaving the remaining burners to carry the load). Neither of them will stop the heart from functioning, but it will have to work harder to warm the air the way it once did. As a result, the cost of heating goes up.

In many cases, a routine maintenance session can address many of these issues. The SLC heating technician can clean dirty components, tighten loose parts and identify more serious problems for a formal repair session later on. Such sessions help keep your furnace running as efficiently as it can, while solving small problems before they become big ones. To answer the question “why do my heating bills go up?” call upon the Salt Lake City heating system specialists at Rentmeister Total Home Service. We handle Salt Lake City Heating Repair and can ensure that your system doesn’t cost you unnecessarily. Pick up the phone and call us today to make an appointment.

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