Understanding the Different HVAC Systems Your Home May Have

When we talk about HVAC systems, it may sound like we’re always referring to a fully integrated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning solution common in many newer homes and businesses—also often called a “packaged system.” But, here in our home service area of northern Lancaster County and Lebanon County, PA, the term “system” is a little less specific.

Especially if your home is older, your home comfort equipment may consist of only integrated heating, such as an oil-fired boiler with baseboard radiators. You may have air conditioning, but it was installed later as a retrofit—or maybe you still rely on portable or window units for cooling in the summer.

Because homes in our area feature such a wide variety of HVAC equipment, we wanted to focus today’s post on some of the most common systems and components that we encounter—and service—here at Garden Spot Mechanical.

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How to Know If Your Water Heater Needs to be Repaired or Replaced

Having hot water on tap in our homes is a defining component of modern civilization, which has made the water heater an essential appliance. However, like all appliances, water heaters malfunction and wear out. When this happens, homeowners need to know whether their water heater can be fixed or if it must be replaced.

Today’s post shares the signs and symptoms of a failing water heater. While many of the problems water heaters develop can be repaired if caught in time, it’s often a good idea to replace your water heater, especially if it’s been in service for many years. The good news is that water heater replacement is relatively affordable, and the technology is getting better all the time, which can actually save you on energy costs. So, when you do notice problems with your water heater, you’ll want to consult with a professional residential plumber right away to help you decide your next steps.

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Decrease Your Repair Costs with These HVAC Maintenance Tips

Did you know that home heating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that aren’t maintained have to work harder to keep you comfortable? They may even simply shut off and refuse to restart based on system safety settings, which means you could be left freezing on a cold winter night or sweating it out in the middle of summer while you wait for repair service.

If you don’t like paying emergency repair rates (and who does?), there are several things you can do to help your heating and/or air conditioning equipment perform better and even last longer, too.

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