Last updated 1 day 23 hours ago
The water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home. If it fails, it can make life very uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can identify the problem.
In this video, a home repair expert discusses how you can troubleshoot your water heater. If you have a gas-powered model, remove the cover plate and check to see if the pilot light is lit. If you have an electric water heater, reset your water heater’s circuit breaker. If either of these measures doesn’t work, consider having a plumber take a look at your system.
If your current water heater is in poor shape, call Griffith Energy Services at (866) 698-6524. We provide our Baltimore-area clients with heating system repairs, installation services, and heating oil delivery.
Last updated 10 days ago
A heat pump is much like a traditional indoor climate control system in that it is designed to make an indoor space more comfortable. Unlike an air conditioner, a heat pump works by extracting heat and pumping it indoors or outdoors, depending on the season. Like any other home appliance, there’s always a chance that your heat pump might stop functioning properly, in which case you should be ready to diagnose the problem. Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time your heat pump starts misbehaving.
Reset the Circuit Breaker
The cause of your heat pump malfunction might be a lot simpler than you think. Instead of a mechanical failure, your heat pump might not be getting any power as a result of a tripped circuit. Before you call a heat pump repair specialist, try resetting the circuit breaker. Avoid operating your heat pump for at least six hours after resetting the breaker.
Remove Plant Debris
If you neglect your heat pump’s outdoor coil for too long, it will likely accumulate pine needles, leaves, and other kinds of debris. Plant debris accumulation can get to the point where your energy bills start increasing substantially or your system stops working entirely. If your system stops running, you may be able to restore your system by clearing away debris.
Set the Pump on Emergency Heat
A heat pump might also malfunction if its lubricant gets colds and stops circulating properly. If this occurs, consider setting your pump on emergency heat and letting it run for about six hours. At that point, your pump should operate properly once you switch it to its normal setting. If your system doesn’t work as normal, or at all, call a repair professional.
The professionals at Griffith Energy Services specialize in repairing and installing heat pumps and other heating systems. If you suspect that your system isn’t performing as well as it should, or if you’re interested in switching to an oil system, call our Baltimore office at (866) 698-6524.
Last updated 14 days ago
One of the greatest parts of working with Griffith Energy Services is having heating oil delivered to your home. We offer our clients two delivery options: will-call delivery and automatic delivery. Even if you’re satisfied with your current delivery option, there may come a time when you want to change it up.
Will-call delivery is a suitable option for homeowners who like to play it by ear. However, this option has its limitations. For example, we have a minimum delivery of 150 gallons for standard 275 gallon tanks, and we request that our clients allow 48 hours between their request and the time of delivery. Our automatic delivery service, on the other hand, takes your oil usage into account and sets up an automatic delivery schedule. If you add another room to your home, you install a new furnace, or if there’s some other significant change to your heating oil needs, you might consider altering your delivery schedule.
To learn more about automatic oil delivery, don’t hesitate to call Griffith Energy Services at (866) 698-6524. We’re pleased to provide Baltimore home and business owners with all the heating oil they need.
Last updated 22 days ago
Each year, some 20,000 Americans suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning. On average, nearly 500 of them lose their lives. To educate yourself on the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and the steps you can take to keep your household’s risk of CO poisoning to a minimum, watch this video from CBS Health Watch.
In the clip, an expert on CO leaks discusses the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning, which are are unfortunately very similar to those of the common flu. For this reason, and because carbon monoxide gas is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, she emphasizes the importance of installing carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
One of the most effective ways to protect your home from CO leaks is to have your heating system inspected and tuned-up annually. If you live in the general Baltimore-D.C. area and would like to schedule an HVAC maintenance inspection for your home, call Griffith Energy Services at (866) 698-6524.
Last updated 29 days ago
With those blistering hot and humid days, many of us mid-Atlantic residents think we spend way too much on cooling our homes during summertime. Then winter arrives, and we are reminded that we spend even more to heat our homes than we do to cool them. To reduce your energy costs without having to sacrifice one iota of your at-home comfort, follow these helpful tips from a local HVAC repair and heating oil delivery professional.
Keep Systems Clean
Hot water heaters and furnaces both require maintenance and cleaning. To promote safe and efficient operation, potentially obstructive objects should also be kept at least three feet away from them. Furnace filters should be changed in accordance with manufacturer recommendations, and all HVAC equipment should be inspected once a year.
Insulate Your Pipes
Insulating your home’s pipes will lower the likelihood that they will freeze and burst. It also makes heating water in your home more efficient, helping water retain its heat as it travels from tank to tap. Depending on how hot water in your home currently gets, this may enable you to lower the water heater thermostat a degree or two. To save even more energy, insulate the tank as well.
Upgrade Your Water Heater
If you have an aging hot water heater with which you are increasingly dissatisfied, upgrade to a newer, more energy-efficient model. If your water heater is fairly new but you still are not happy with it, consider insulating it with a water heater blanket and schedule a maintenance inspection to ensure that it is operating efficiently.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Heating and cooling costs sometimes constitute more than 50% of a home’s monthly energy costs. One of the easiest ways to scale back those energy costs is to install and properly use a programmable thermostat.
At Griffith Energy Services in Columbia, we service and install hot water heaters, fuel storage tanks, oil-fired furnaces, geothermal heat pumps, and natural gas boilers. If you are looking to have your HVAC system tuned up or you wish to make the switch to natural gas or heating oil, call (866) 698-6524.