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.
Continue reading “Understanding the Different HVAC Systems Your Home May Have”
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.
Continue reading “How to Know If Your Water Heater Needs to be Repaired or Replaced”
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.
Continue reading “Decrease Your Repair Costs with These HVAC Maintenance Tips”