Murphy's Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Blog:Posts Tagged ‘Heating’

Here Are Some Reasons Why Your Furnace Isn’t Heating

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

BurnerIt can be especially frustrating to turn on your furnace during a frigid day and not have it put out enough heat. There are a number of common reasons why furnace output may not be as high as it should be. Most of them require professional help in order to fix. Still, there’s no harm in finding out a bit more about why your furnace might be having this particular problem. Read on for some possible reasons why your furnace isn’t heating enough, and what you should do about it.

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Why Energy Efficiency Matters in a Heating Installation

Monday, February 19th, 2018

coin-piggy-bank-handShopping for, say, a bottle of mustard or a roll of paper towels often means finding the least expensive brand available. Shopping for something like a car, though, means spending time comparing your options and finding something with the right fuel efficiency, space, and design. We think shopping for a new heating installation should be more like shopping for a car than finding the right cleaning sponge—but many people don’t treat it this way.

Your home heating system is something you want to last and to perform the way you need it. This means focusing in on energy efficiency (along with some other important features). As you shop around, pay attention to the energy efficiency rating of the heating systems you encounter. Not convinced? We show why this is so vital to the process here.

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Subtle Signs of Trouble with a Furnace

Monday, February 5th, 2018

checklist-homeHow do you know when it’s time to call in technicians for a furnace repair? When the system won’t turn on, of course. If it has nothing to do with the circuit breaker (or blown fuse), the thermostat batteries, or the settings on the thermostat, it’s something you’ll need an expert to fix for you.

However, many furnaces show signs of breaking down long before they ever turn off completely. It’s important that you know the subtler signs of a furnace breaking down, so that you can schedule repairs before you’re stuck without heat on a cold night. Besides, it typically costs less to fix a furnace that is still working than one that has completely broken down! Pay attention to these signs of trouble.

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How Corrosion Affects Your Boiler

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

gas-boiler-serviceFor the most part, you can trust technicians to diagnose and repair any issues with your heater. Local technicians know the ins and outs of boilers already, and there is little you need to know about aside from the basics of keeping your boiler maintained. But a big part of this should involve keeping boiler corrosion under control.

Corrosion can be a death sentence for your boiler. Here’s what you should know about how corrosion affects a hydronic (hot water) system, as well as what you can, and should, do about the problem.

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What’s the Ideal Temperature for Efficient Heating?

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

thernostat-dial-hand-greenYou need central heating in our part of the country. But you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to stay comfortable. It’s tough to find a compromise, especially if different members of the family have preferences on what the temperature should be throughout the home.

Finding the right temperature for comfort and energy savings is not an exact science. And it may not be easy at first if you’re used to cranking up the heat on a cold day. However, the changes you see in the long term will be well worth it.

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All About 3 Popular Heating Installations

Monday, December 11th, 2017

cold-woman-scarfWhen you are in the market for a new heating system, there is a lot of information to sort through. First, you have to actually make sure your heater is broken…you wouldn’t want to replace a heater that has a few good years left! Then, you have to make a decision relatively quickly. Buying a new heater is known in our industry as a “distress purchase,” something you buy because you need it, not because you wanted to buy it.

That’s why the best way to pick out your new heater is to work with a qualified technician to assess your options, your needs, local concerns, and your budget. But you can get a good idea of what to expect with our guide to 3 popular heating systems.

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4 Ways to Save Money on Heating and Cooling

Monday, October 30th, 2017

ac-unit-moneyThe HVAC industry (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) is one that’s difficult to understand unless you specialize in the field. But saving money on your HVAC doesn’t have to be hard. Today, we help you learn easy ways to save. Some of these involve an investment, but some are changes you can make with the family to cut down bills bit by bit.

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Change Your Home’s Air Filter Each Month!

Monday, August 21st, 2017

technician-change-filterHere’s one bit of information you should, hopefully, already know: your air conditioning and heating systems use a filter. You may also know that the air filter helps to keep allergens and germs under control. Finally, you have likely heard that you should change the air filter regularly.

Even if you have heard that final statement, though, that it is important to replace the filter, it may be a task you feel comfortable putting off. After all, you may not feel like allergies are much of a problem in your household, and it seems like an unnecessary expense to many.

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