Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Furnace’

Is Your Furnace Too Noisy?

Monday, December 17th, 2018

If you find yourself wondering if your furnace is too noisy, the answer is probably “Yes.” Your furnace is not inherently noisy. In fact, the only noise you should hear coming from your furnace is the gentle whooshing of air through the vents once it is turned on. So, if you do hear any odd noises, you don’t want to take it with a grain of salt.

We never recommend attempting to diagnose the problem yourself. It is always better to contact an HVAC professional. They have both the experience and the equipment necessary to pinpoint the exact source of the issue and to come up with a plan to resolve it. Our friendly technicians at Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating are here to help you if you need furnace repair in Arlington, VA. 

Below, we have listed some of the sounds you definitely don’t want to hear your furnace making: 

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Is Your Furnace Showing Signs of Distress?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

furnace-wiringWe could all use some warm, sunny weather right about now, but chances are that you’re going to be running your heater for a while longer. It may be late in the season, but don’t let that convince you that you can afford to ignore any signs of trouble your home heating system may be exhibiting. Trust us when we tell you that your heater can break down just as easily at the end of the season as during any other time.

So how do you deal with heating problems before facing as serious a situation as a complete breakdown? Well, you can learn to recognize the signs that you need furnace repairs in McLean, VA, for starters. No furnace is ever going to be 100% reliable, though scheduling routine heating maintenance will certainly help it to get as close to that ideal as possible. We’re happy to tune-up your furnace for you, of course. But eventually, we’ll need to repair your system. Call us when you see these warning signs.

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Radiant vs. Forced Air: The Great Heating Debate

Monday, November 20th, 2017

in-floor-radiant-heatingWhen the time comes to install or replace a heating system, be it your very first time doing so or whether you’ve got a couple of heaters under your belt already, you need to take the time to choose your new system wisely. You don’t want to install your first system only to find that it’s not really the right fit, nor must you replace your heater with a very similar system just because that’s what you’ve always used.

Before you even start to decide on exactly which system you will use to heat your home, you are going to have to narrow it down. Generally, you first decide if you are going to use a forced air or a radiant heating system. These systems both have their pros and cons, and they differ greatly in heating methodology. Let’s take a look at each option to help you decide if a radiant heating system in Washington DC is right for you.

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Is a Furnace Right for Me?

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

winter-backgroundThe time to start thinking seriously about your heater is upon you. The last thing that you want to experience this winter is a subpar performance from a heater that is not well-maintained, so be sure to schedule your heating tune-up with a trained professional sooner rather than later.

Of course, you may also need to have a new heater installed in your home this year. If that is the case, you are probably at least considering the installation of a furnace in Arlington, VA.

Furnaces definitely have a lot to offer, and it is no fluke that they are so popular throughout the country. But there is no such thing as a heater that is ideal for every home, homeowner, or situation. If you have been on the ropes about which type of heater to use in your residence, give the following information some thought. We have the answers that you need in order to find the right heater for your needs.

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What Is the Difference Between a Furnace and a Boiler?

Monday, March 13th, 2017

man-hugging-radiatorWe are going to be using our heating systems for a while longer still. Now is a great time to start thinking about the future of your heater, though. More specifically, it is a good to decide if your heater actually has a future left in front of it. If you had a bad experience with an old heating system this past winter, then you should start to think seriously about a heater replacement in Capitol Hill.

Even if you do decide that the time is right for a heater replacement, there is another big question to ponder. What type of heating system are you planning on using? Two of the most common options are the furnace and the boiler. While those homeowners with existing heating systems often tend to stick with what they know, there is usually an opportunity for trying something different. If you’re ready to replace a heater or need one installed in a new property, both furnaces and boilers warrant consideration.

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Choosing a New Furnace: Gas or Electric

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Chances are that you won’t be planning a new heating installation until the weather warms up once more. Of course, you may be thinking about replacing your heater because your existing system doesn’t seem like it will make it through this winter. Whatever your situation, it is important to remember to review your options carefully.

Should you decide, for instance, that a furnace is the right heating system for your home, you are still going to have to decide if you’ll use a gas or electric furnace. Feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have regarding such decisions. We’ll make sure that you wind up with the right furnace in Washington, D.C.

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A Dirty Air Filter Is a Big Problem

Monday, January 9th, 2017

If you, like so many other homeowners, use a forced-air heating system to keep your home warm and cozy, then you know how effective and reliable these systems are. You hopefully also know how important it is that you keep a fresh air filter in your system. Doing so is necessary if you hope to get the best performance possible from your heat pump or furnace.

While you may think that forgetting about the filter is a relatively minor problem in the grand scheme of things, a dirty air filter can actually cause some serious problems. If you value the performance of your heater in Arlington, then you’ll keep a fresh air filter on deck. Doing so will help you to avoid these issues.

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Furnace FAQ: How Frequently Should I Change My Filter?

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Professional heating maintenance is necessary in order to keep any heating system functioning at peak performance and efficiency levels. But there are a couple of things that you can handle on your own when it comes to maintenance. Changing your air filter as needed is the most important. Forced-air heating systems like furnaces are going to struggle if they don’t have fresh filters in place.

How frequently should you change the air filter in your furnace, though? What type of filter should be used? Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your furnace in Georgetown.

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Rust on Your Furnace: What It Means

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

At first glance, it seems like it couldn’t happen. Your furnace generates heat and it doesn’t use water to do it. So how can rust show up on an operating furnace? In point of fact, rusty furnaces are not entirely uncommon. If you have rust on your furnace, it helps to know what it means before you contact your local  McLean, VA furnace repair service.

Rust is caused by the intermingling of water, oxygen and metal in a process called oxidation. In order for that to happen, all three elements need to be involved. Furnaces use oxygen for the burning process and their metal components are self-evident. So the question becomes, how does water enter the system?

If your furnace is in a damp part of the house such as a basement, then water can creep in from an outside source: dripping from a leaking pipe, for example, or gathering from a breach in the wall. But that’s not the only place it can happen. The natural gases used to fuel the furnace can contain trace amounts of water vapor. When the gases burn, the toxic components separate from the rest of the gases in the heat exchanger and are vented safely out of your home.  This includes water vapor, but if the vapor cools before it exits the flue, it can condense and cause rust damage.

The effects can’t be seen right away and may take years to manifest, but when they arise, they are devastating. Rust will corrode and destroy the metal in your furnace, forcing you to replace the affected components at great cost. In the case of the heat exchangers, rust can create actively dangerous circumstances, since a broken heat exchanger could result in toxic gases being released into your home. If you spot rust on your furnace, call Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. to get it fixed. We can replace the rusty component as well as correcting the problems that created the rust n the first place. Give us a call today to set up your McLean, VA furnace repair service.

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Which System Needs Fewer Repairs, a Furnace or a Boiler?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Which system needs fewer repairs, a furnace or a boiler? If you’re looking to install a heater or a boiler in Alexandria, VA, that’s a pertinent question.  The answer isn’t clear cut – and specifics vary widely depending upon the quality of the system and how well it is maintained. If you look at the averages, however, boilers general tend to need fewer repairs than furnaces.

The reasons for this are simple. On the whole boilers have fewer moving parts than furnaces do, relying on water and pressure to transfer heat through the system. Furnaces, on the other hand, create hot air which is then blown through your house via a system of ducts. This requires motors, fans and other moving parts, which means greater friction on moving parts and greater wear and tear. Granted, the heat required for the boiler to function exacts a toll on its own, but on the whole, boilers tend to last much longer before breaking down.

That translates to a longer life in general for boilers than for furnaces. However, boilers tend to me more expensive to install, and you can’t use your radiators for cooling in the summer. However, you can easily use the duct system of your furnace with a central air conditioning system to cool your home during the hotter months. Remember to talk to an HVAC contractor about what you want from your system, and they can help you determine which heater is right for your needs.

Regardless of the system you select, you’re going to need a qualified service provider to do the job right.  If you need furnace or boiler service in Alexandria, VA, call on Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. We have the training, experience and personnel to do the job right the first time every time.  Contact us today to make an appointment!

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