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With cold weather already having set in for the season, the time of year during which hot water is especially dear to us is already here. If you want to increase the likelihood that your hot water heater will generate piping hot water without interruption through the winter, there are a handful of maintenance measures that you should take.
If you have yet to insulate your hot water heater and the pipes through which water travels from your heater to the faucets in your home, this is the first maintenance measure you should take. Insulation can boost the efficiency of your water heating system and keep water that is stored in your tank warmer so that you won’t have to wait long after calling for hot water in your shower or kitchen sink. Flushing out your tank to remove sediment and replacing its calcium-coated anode rod will help boost system longevity.
Would you prefer to have your hot water heater inspected and repaired by a heating system expert? Offering a full range of HVAC repairs and hot water heater installation services, Griffith Energy Services is one of the most qualified and reputable contractors in the mid-Atlantic region. To schedule a service appointment for your Baltimore or Washington, D.C. home, call us at (866) 698-6524.
Last updated 8 days ago
Regular furnace maintenance is the key to having an efficient, long-lasting heating system in your home. To learn more about what furnace maintenance entails and why it is worth the time, money, and effort, check out this brief video.
In the clip, an HVAC service manager discusses the problems that can arise when furnace filters are not replaced on time and burners are left to accumulate filth. In addition to rendering a furnace less efficient, this sort of maintenance neglect can increase the risk of an accidental fire in your home.
Serving residents and businesses throughout Baltimore, D.C., and much of the mid-Atlantic region, Griffith Energy Services prides itself on customer satisfaction and first-rate HVAC repairs. To speak with a representative about having a furnace maintenance inspection conducted on your property or heating oil delivered, call (866) 698-6524.
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Even when properly maintained, a furnace has a limited lifespan. If problems with your home heating system have become routine or keeping your home comfortable when the weather outside is at or below freezing has become increasingly difficult, it may be time for you to invest in a new furnace. To detect furnace failure before it hits hard, keep an eye out for the signs of furnace failure discussed below.
Your Furnace Is Inconsistent
Does your furnace seem to work really well at times and hardly at all during others? Are some of the rooms in your home much warmer than others, in spite of the thermostat that is tied to your central heating system being set at the same temperature for your entire home? Such inconsistencies are often signs that a furnace is on its way out.
Your Energy Bills Are Rising
With the weather getting a bit cooler each month, a slight increase in your heating costs each month is normal. If your energy bills shoot up without explanation however, and they don’t return to normal, it could be because your furnace is working far harder than it should be.
Your Furnace Has Gotten Noisy
As they begin to deteriorate, furnaces start to make an extra effort to heat a home. In the process, they begin to emit all sorts of strange noises, ranging from ratting and popping to gurgling and squealing.
Members of Your Household Have Been Feeling Unwell
In the year or two before a furnace fails, it is much likelier to leak carbon monoxide than it is during the early years of its life. If your family members or roommates have displayed signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, then you should call and HVAC repair expert without hesitation. In the meantime, invest in a carbon monoxide detector to protect you and your household in the future.
If you have experienced any of the warning signs discussed in this article or have other reasons to believe that your furnace is not running as clean and efficiently as possible, then you should seek the assistance of an experienced HVAC repair professional. To determine whether your Baltimore or D.C. home’s furnace simply needs to be repaired or replaced entirely with a new heating system, call Griffith Energy Services at (866) 698-6524.
Last updated 22 days ago
Modern heating systems are built to endure years of regular use, but no furnace lasts forever. If your furnace is making strange noises or your heating bills have increased unexpectedly and you are trying to decide whether to repair or replace your furnace, you have come to the right place.
Determining whether it is best to repair or replace your furnace requires taking several factors into account, including the age and condition of the furnace, its efficiency, and the cost of operation. If keeping your home comfortable is becoming increasingly expensive and difficult with your current heating system, you may want to seek a professional opinion. A professional can assess your furnace’s current performance, thereby helping you determine whether it will be more cost-effective to tune up your current system or upgrade.
Serving Baltimore, D.C., and most of the mid-Atlantic region, Griffith Energy Services is an experienced and professional heating system inspection, maintenance, and installation company. To arrange to have one of our experts examine, repair, or replace your furnace, call (866) 698-6524 today.
Last updated 28 days ago
The mid-Atlantic region of the United States is known for having blistering hot summers. Unfortunately, this fact does nothing to keep residents of the area toasty during the almost equally uncomfortable, freezing cold winter months. To avoid the homeowner’s nightmare that is waking up to a broken heater, take the following furnace maintenance precautions.
While the frequency with which a furnace filter should be replaced is dependent on your furnace and the type of filter you use, it is important that you change it as recommended. This will promote clean indoor air quality and keep your furnace running efficiently.
Clean Blower and Motors
The blower, motors, and other moving parts of your furnace should be cleaned at the beginning of each heating season. Some of these components may also call for occasional lubrication.
Check Pilot Light and Thermocouple
If you have a gas furnace, check the furnace’s pilot light to ensure that it is lit—and lit properly. If it won’t stay lit or if something about the flame is out of the ordinary, contact an HVAC repair professional. There may be an issue with your system’s thermocouple or with another component of the furnace.
Check Oil Levels, If Applicable
If you use an oil furnace to heat your home, you should check to ensure that your furnace has enough oil to get your family through the winter. Few experiences are as frustrating as discovering that you are out of heating oil on a cold winter night.
Arrange for a Routine Inspection
Whether oil, gas, or electric, a heater should be inspected by a residential heating expert once a year. Professionals recommend timing your inspection so that it falls before the heating season begins. During the inspection, a professional will detect and correct any problems that could otherwise result in heating system failure or inefficiencies. He or she may also carry out routine maintenance.
Are you a resident of the D.C.-Baltimore area who is looking for a reputable heating system installation and HVAC service professional to conduct routine maintenance or repairs on your home’s furnace? To arrange for heating oil delivery or schedule a heating system check, call Griffith Energy Services at (866) 698-6524.