When your boiler or radiator system needs to be replaced. It’s been a blog theme recently, that now is the time for a heating system checkup. Today, we want to talk specifically about your home boiler and radiator system. A maintenance checkup or inspection is always a great way to dive into these systems! Not to mention, a great way to make sure that they are in good shape. Lord knows that losing heat as the weather changes is one of the last things that you want to deal with! Maybe you’ve missed a few regular annual boiler/radiator inspections. Below are some signs that your boiler or radiator system needs to be replaced.
Time for Another Checkup
Boiler and radiator system checkup. It’s been a blog theme recently, that now is the time for a heating system checkup. Today, we want to talk specifically about your home boiler and radiator system. A maintenance checkup or inspection is always a great way to dive into these systems! Not to mention, a great way to make sure that they are in good shape. Lord knows that losing heat as the weather changes is one of the last things that you want to deal with!
Furnace repair. Well, it is the “dog days” of summer here in Pittsburgh! I’m not quite sure why they call them the dog days. Because not too many dogs that I know of want to be outside in the heat! I know, not a good joke! Maybe we’re just ready for some cooler weather. And with that said, now is the time. The time for thinking about how my furnace might operate this coming winter. Perhaps a maintenance checkup/inspection would be in good order in the very near future…..
Does your home have a whole house air conditioning unit? I might say for most of you that’s another silly question (as was my comment on the water heater some weeks back). But actually, not everyone has an air conditioner these days. If you do have an air conditioning unit older than 10 years, it might be time for an AC service checkup. In general, you can expect a well-maintained air conditioner to last about 15 years. It’s good to know that we here at Proudfoot can install a new AC unit for you. Not to mention the ability to maintain and service them.
In the Pittsburgh area, there are a ton of older homes. I’m talking about homes that are in the 60 to over a 100-year-old age range! These homes in many cases were built close to the steel industry plants and mills of many years ago. This was before the big suburbia boom of the ‘50s and early ‘60s. It was common for folks to smell gas and other industrial odors. But it’s now 2018, and the city is becoming cleaner. The air is fresher and we are focusing on bringing fewer pollutants into the air. But with these older homes in Pittsburgh, we also have a lot of older gas lines coming into these homes underground.
As pipes age, they may become cracked or damaged. And sometimes they can be disconnected by things like surrounding tree roots. As a result, the odorized natural gas that flows through them will begin seeping to the top of the ground. You may notice a strange or smelly odor in your yard, especially a rotten egg-like odor. This may turn the grass in certain areas of your yard brown. A leaking gas line underground can cause the grass and vegetation above to turn brown and die. Dry spots in moist areas or dead plants surrounded by live, green plants is a classic indication that it could be time to replace the gas line coming into your home. So what should you do when you smell gas?
This Pittsburgh Weather
It’s Pittsburgh in April! And as always here in Pittsburgh, it just doesn’t seem to be “typical”. For those of you out of town, about a week or so ago, it felt like summer was finally approaching. Then, over the last week, temperatures dropped and the snow returned. And now, we are happily sitting at around 65 degrees! I had a good friend tell me that his wife switched from using the furnace to using the AC in just one day! She then had to change it back again two days later! He told me he was glad that his AC was working properly as he hadn’t done any AC service since last fall.
You Might Have Some Questions
I got to thinking the other day while headed to a scheduled appointment. What are the things you need to know before buying a mini-ductless ac system? What are the questions might people ask if they’ve never had one before? Installing these systems is a part of our business here at Proudfoot. For us, it’s somewhat commonplace to install and maintain these units. But for someone who has a gas furnace and a standard type coil/compressor AC system or has never dealt with this type of mini-ductless AC system before, it could be a little scary! But there’s no need to worry!
I just got a call from a long time customer of mine saying that the upper floors in her home were colder than normal. These folks have a radiator system for home heating as it is an older home here in the Pittsburgh area. Radiator systems can sometimes be “tricky” to figure out. A radiator disaster can occur when they are not operating as intended. A lot of homes in Pittsburgh have radiator heating. And I must admit, they are an efficient way of heating your home.
I got a call from a perspective customer last week saying her furnace was just too loud! She wanted to know what to do to stop the furnace making noise. This problem may appear to be a bit vague in nature. But as I reflected on it, seems like I’ve gotten a number of calls like this in the past. In some cases, I’ve found that folks really do know if there is a problem with something in or around their home simply by listening.
Although this may sound “funny”, it actually rings true! Just like with your car; if it sounds different from what you are used to, then there just might be something wrong. How many of you have been in the following situation? You take your car into a mechanic and they try to have the car make the same suspicious sound back. But he car, of course, never makes that same noise that it did for you! Normally the mechanic would check it out. Perhaps he finds nothing is actually wrong with your car. Then you at least have some kind of relief knowing it was looked at by a professional.