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Take Care of That Heating Problem

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Last winter you had a heating problem that lasted all season long. Winter came and went, and you welcomed the warm weather of spring into your life. You figured you could just push off your heating problems until next year—and then you blinked, and it was next year. Now it’s fall, we’re gearing up for everything warm and cozy, and you have that heating problem looming over your shoulder.

That’s when you need to call us for heating repair in Layton, UT. You can call us for exactly what you need. It’s our job to get in your home, get out of your home, and get the work you need done in the shortest amount of time possible. We’ll make sure you’re ready for winter.

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Tackle Your Heating Repairs Now!

Monday, March 25th, 2019

portrait of Hands of woman holding white paper houseThe end of winter is the right time for you to put any problems that you’ve had with your heater to rest. A lot of homeowners are tempted to wait until the following fall to address any issues they’re having, but trust us, this is how you run into a big heating issue. Remaining proactive is how you stay comfortable in cold weather, help your heating system last a long time, and lower your heating bills.

If you’re trying to find a great heating contractor in Layton, UT, you can rely on our team. Every single one of our technicians is certified, trained, and experienced in the HVAC field so that they can handle any heating issue you’re experiencing in your home. We’re not a one trick pony either—we service furnaces, heat pumps, hybrid heating systems, geothermal heating systems, ductless mini splits, and zoned controlled systems. Trust us with all your heating needs!

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Is My System Worth the Cost of Heating Repair?

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Deciding whether or not it’s time to replace your heating system should take several factors into consideration. Reviewing these factors can help you answer the sometimes challenging question of whether or not you should continue to repair your current heating system or consider replacement:

Corrosion/Rust

Your heater, even if it is a boiler system, should not have excessive rust or corrosion on it. Rust and/or corrosion can release dangerous combustion byproducts, such as carbon monoxide, through cracks and holes. While small areas of rust and corrosion can be repaired, excessive corrosion cannot. It may be more prudent to install a new system rather than replace all the areas affected by the corrosion.

Age

The average combustion heating system lasts 15-20 years. How old is your current system? As heaters age, their ability to perform effectively decreases and components begin to wear. At some point, it may not be worth the cost to repair a new system as your money may be better spent on a new, durable and reliable one.

Energy Efficiency

Are you seeing higher energy bills but haven’t changed the way you use your heating system? Aging systems can have a hard time achieving the energy efficiency they were made to operate at. Today’s systems are very energy efficient, so it may be worthwhile to see how much you could potentially save on monthly energy bills with a new heater.

Numerous Repairs

Have you had to make numerous, costly repairs for your heater to keep running? Repair costs can add up quickly – sometimes to the cost of a new system. If you are facing multiple repairs, or large, costly ones, you may want to see if your money is better spent on a new system.

If you are having trouble deciding if your current system is worth the continued cost of repairs, try working with a trained specialist. The experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service are here to help with all your heating needs in Salt Lake City, so call us and schedule an appointment today!

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When to Schedule Heating Repairs

Friday, 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.

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Why Conduct Heating Repairs Now?

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Your heating system has likely not seen use for a little while, and with summer on the way, most homeowners in the Salt Lake City area are focusing on their air conditioners rather than their heaters. Ironically, this actually makes an ideal time to schedule heating repair service. Why conduct heating repairs now? The short answer is that it’s all about convenience.

In the first place, you should know that not all of the problems with you heater announce themselves with a rattling noise or breakdown. Many of them quietly leech power and efficiency from the unit, and grow steadily worse over time even while your system seems to be functioning more or less normally. You can spot these issues by looking for unexpected spikes in your monthly energy bills. In any case, winter usually isn’t the best time to address them since you need your heater to fend off the cold temperatures. With spring here, however, you don’t need your heater every day and you have the convenience to schedule a repair session without losing the ability to warm your home.

In fact, convenience forms the other principal reason to conduct heating repairs now. In the late spring, you have the time and flexibility to set the schedule you want, maneuvering around all the important things you have to do in your life such as school, work and family matters. Since you don’t need the heater for the summer, you have the maximum number of options. But that flexibility will slowly diminish as time goes on. If you put it off, you may find your days growing short until the fall is here. Suddenly, you need your heater to perform every day, and the repair issues haven’t been addressed. The sooner you can do it, the easier the process will be.

If you’ve decided to conduct heating repairs now, then the experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service are ready to help. We have a long history of providing quality heating repair services in Salt Lake City, and we know how to perform with speed and efficiency. Give us a call today to set up an appointment and let us show you what we can do!

 

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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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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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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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Electrical Problems with Your Heater that Need Immediate Attention

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Most heaters use some form of electricity, if not to warm your home directly then to provide power for those components that do. Fans on gas furnaces need to be turned, radiant heating systems require power to circulate the fluid in their tubes and so on.  When electrical problems spring up, they can cause a great deal of trouble, and usually need to be addressed right away. Why? Not only will they prevent you heater from functioning, but if left unaddressed they could cause a great deal of additional damage as well. In Salt Lake City, heating repair in the winter is too important to let that happen. Call the professional Salt Lake City heating repair service technicians at Rentmeister Total Home Service if you need assistance.

Here’s a short list of electrical problems with your heater than need immediate attention.

  • Shorts. This can include fan motors that short out, wiring that isn’t tightly connected and general overloads that trip the circuit breaker. Regardless of the cause, the effects are the same: the heater will likely shut down and can’t be turned on again until the faulty wiring or component is replaced. That can be seriously problematic in the midst of our patented Utah winters, which means you need to treat the problem quickly.
  • Constant running. If the heater won’t shut off, no matter how warm it gets, that problem probably lies with faulty relays. You can see why it’s a problem: overheating your home and wasting untold amounts of energy in the process. You can probably stop it by turning off your thermostat (or setting it to auto) or by cutting power to the unit in the worst case. But again, it needs to be dealt with quickly if you want to keep using your heater.
  • No heat. If the heater is running, but no heat is being generated, you might be looking at a problem with the coils. Or the ignition isn’t getting electricity, which means the gas isn’t igniting. Either way, you don’t want to blow cool air when the temperature outside is below freezing.

When addressing electrical problems with your heater that need immediate attention, it pays to speak to the very best heating service you can find. Here in Salt Lake City, heating repair services are provided by Rentmeister Total Home Service. Call us today to get your heater up and running as quickly as possible.

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