Rentmeister Total Home Service Blog : Archive for April, 2014

What Are Some Common Heating Problems Cause by Faulty Thermostats?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The thermostat in your home has a greater importance to your comfort than you’ve probably realized. It serves as the control panel where you set the heater and air conditioner; but it’s also the sensor that tracks your home’s temperatures and sends instructions to the HVAC system. The thermostat not only controls activating your heater, but also when the blower motor turns on and off. When a thermostat develops faults, even small ones, it can lead to significant problems with your heating.

However, since many of these heating troubles can come from other sources, it can be difficult to tell when the thermostat is the actual cause. Whenever you encounter problems with your heater, call on a professional heating service in Bountiful, UT to investigate and diagnose the problem, and then track down the source.

Rentmeister Total Home Service is ready around the clock with emergency repairs, whether for your thermostat or anything else.

Problems a faulty thermostat can cause

  • Short cycling: This refers to when a heater shuts down prematurely without completing the regular heating cycle. Repeated short-cycling causes extreme wear and tear on a heating system and rapid aging, leading to repairs and possibly an early replacement. If a thermostat becomes miscalibrated and senses incorrect temperatures, it can start to force the heater to short-cycle.
  • Blower won’t stop running: Thermostats use separate wires to turn the blower motor of a heating system on and off. If the thermostat loses a connection in one of the wires, it will cause the blower motor to turn on and keep running unless you disconnect the whole system from the power. This wastes energy and will rapidly cause the motors to wear down.
  • Heater will not turn on: Another set of wires on a thermostat sends the signals to turn the heater on and off. A frayed or damaged wire will cause the heater to refuse to turn on at all. This is one of the most confusing of all problems a thermostat can trigger, since a heater that won’t come on might seem like a full system breakdown, when it only needs a small repair to the thermostat to repair it.

Sometimes, you’ll encounter heating problems from an incorrectly thermostat or a mistake in programming. You should always check the thermostat first when your heater begins to behave oddly, just in case the issue comes from a simple user error. Otherwise, call for professionals: if the problem is in the thermostat, the repair work requires experienced technicians to fix it.

You may wish to consider upgrading your thermostat when it develops faults to a more accurate model with better features. (There are now models you can control from a smart phone.) Ask your technician about your options.

Whatever problems you encounter with your heater, you can trust to Rentmeister Total Home Service for quality heating service in Bountiful, UT.

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Why Heating Repair Matters in the Summer Time

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

During the summer months, Bountiful, UT can expect temperatures that range between warm to extremely hot, with only a few days that might dip down into what we could term “cool.” (Other parts of the country might still consider this “warm.”) It seems a strange time to worry about the heater in your home, which will sit idle through most of the season and may never turn on at all.

However, professional heating repairs in Bountiful, UT still matters during the summer. Prevention through repair is an excellent way to prepare for the colder weather in the fall and winter.

At Rentmeister Total Home Service, we take our name seriously: we offer services for your whole home, from air conditioning, to plumbing, to water heaters, to fireplaces. We can take care of the repairs you need for your heating system to ready it for winter or the odd rainy day. You can reach us any time of the day or night when you need emergency repair service.

The reason that heating repairs still can make a difference during the summer is because there’s no better time to have major work done on a system than when you don’t actually need the system to work for you. And if your heating system has malfunctions that require professional repairs, you probably already know about it: as the winter closed out, you may have noticed a slight decline in heating coming from the vents leading to your furnace, or strange noises emanating from the system’s cabinet. Did your power bills seem abnormally high at the end of the season? That’s another possible tip-off that you have repair issues inside your heater that could use summertime attention. Don’t wait to schedule the work until winter and the days when the heater should be working at warming you. Besides, if you delay much longer, the problem may worsen and cost you more to fix.

If you have a heat pump, you need to remain especially vigilant about heating repairs for a simple reason: your heat pump is also your air conditioner, and during the summer it will undergo a great deal of stress that will affect its ability to provide heat as well. Make sure your heat pump receives immediate repairs when needed during the summer.

Rentmeister Total Home Service has kept people warm during winter and cool during summer since 1953. For your heating repair in Bountiful, UT—no matter the time of year—call us.

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Heating Repair Issues to Look for This Spring

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Here in Salt Lake City, heating repair services usually get a final burst of activity in the early spring. Temperatures are rising and people no longer need to run their heating systems every day, which means that you can afford to keep yours out of commission long enough to conduct repairs. In addition, there may be lingering problems with your heater that have gotten worse over the winter, and now that summer is coming you want to get them dealt with before they get any worse.

Here are some heating repair issues to look for this spring.

Your monthly energy bill will give you a good first hint. If you noticed you were paying more for your heating this winter, despite the fact that rates had not gone up and you weren’t using it any more than you normally would, then chances are there’s something wrong with the system. General wear and tear can led to reduced efficiency as well as more serious repair issues, and while it’s certainly a problem, it does allow the heater to function despite charging you more for the privilege. Now is the perfect time to get that dealt with.

You might also look for a gradual decline in either the heat levels or the air flow from your furnace over the course of the winter. Both problems can stem from clogged lines, while low air flow may also be caused by a faulty fan motor or similar blower component. Reduced heat might be caused by a problem in the gas line or by clogged or malfunctioning burners which won’t be able to light the gas up the way they should. Again, it’s something that you might not be able to deal with when you need the heater on a daily basis, but rising temperatures gives you a chance to make some changes there as well.

For other heating repair issues to look for this spring, or to schedule a maintenance session to clean your heater up and look for such problems, give the experts at Rentmeister Total Home service a call. Heating repair service in salt Lake City is our specialty and we’re dedicated to correcting the problem right the first time, every time!

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Is Spring the Best Time for New Heating Installation?

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

As spring grows and the summer approaches, heating your home will slip further and further from your mind. But if you’ve considered replacing the old war horse heater in your house for a new system, spring is the ideal time to have the work done. This might sound strange at first—isn’t this a time for air conditioning installation?—but you should consider a few of the advantages of choosing spring for putting in a new heater in your home.

At Rentmeister Total Home Service, we know plenty about the benefits of springtime heater installation. We’ve worked on heating system installations in Salt Lake City, UT since 1953. When you call us, you’ll receive quality work from experienced HVAC technicians who will make your satisfaction their #1 priority.

Here are some reasons we think you should have your new heater installed this spring:

Ease of scheduling

Winter is a busy time for heating repair. Summer is a busy time for air conditioning repair. Spring isn’t a busy time for either… and that means you’ll have an easier time scheduling your heating installation with a professional HVAC company. Their downtime is your gain.

You can pick a warm day when you don’t need a heater

The flexible scheduling of spring also means you can select a warm day when you have no need for a heater. Although most installation takes less than a day, you still won’t have to encounter any inconvenience from chilly weather during the time your old heater moves out and the new one is still in the process of being hooked up.

Extra time to work out the kinks (if any)

Your heater will not face a serious test until winter weather arrives. This gives you an opportunity to make sure that the new system runs the way it should and doesn’t require any adjustments or tune-ups. The early cool days in the fall will tell you if the heater is ready to take on the winter. If you hired skilled installers, however, you should find no major faults with your new heater.

If you want quality, call Rentmeister Total Home Service for your heating installation in Salt Lake City, UT. We handle many types of heating systems—furnaces, heat pumps, geothermal—all from trustworthy brands. Contact our specialists today, and they’ll help you pick the right system to replace your old one.

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