DeHart Plumbing, Heating, and Air Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

3 Furnace Misconceptions and the Truth

Monday, January 1st, 2024

One of the reasons why we’ve been in business as long as we have is because we don’t lie to our customers. Sure, a little white lie here and there might make us a couple of extra bucks in sales, but it doesn’t do very well for our company reputation and the relationships we hope to form with returning customers. That’s why we always get better results by just being honest and telling the truth.

Due to some misconceptions, the HVAC industry is littered with little lies which can make it increasingly difficult for customers to do the right thing for their homes and budgets. We’re going to change this one correction at a time, starting today with three misconceptions that homeowners might think or act upon that might not be entirely true.

Then, when you’ve got a clearer picture of how your system really works and what you should do, you can call us for expert furnace service in Modesto, CA whenever it’s necessary.

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How Loud Is a “Too Loud” Sound?

Monday, December 18th, 2023

One of the most basic tips we give homeowners during the winter season is for them to pay attention to any uncomfortable or loud heater noises that come up. Heating systems are designed to operate softly in the background, and a loud sound is one of the most obvious signs that something is wrong.

However, one thing we don’t often cover is how loud a sound should be before you call for professional help. This can be tricky to figure out since everyone is different. Your mother might be hard of hearing and might wait until a heater is unbearably loud before calling for help–which is usually too late. But if you’re too aware and call for help every time there’s a gentle noise coming from the vents, then you’re likely just hearing sounds that the system should make.

So, what’s a sound that’s too loud? Find out by reading our guide below. Just make sure you call us for heater repair in Stockton, CA when you’re certain that you need help.

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Do Gas Furnaces Use Electricity? Three Tips

Monday, December 4th, 2023

Sometimes it can be a bit confusing for customers when they see the two main types of furnaces–gas and electric. While these are fundamentally different systems with different heating processes, they do still both use electricity in specific ways.

For instance, your car might run on gasoline (unless you’ve got an EV), but it still relies on electricity to do a myriad of different tasks. Electricity is just more useful for certain processes than gas, and that’s where our blog topic gets interesting. These facts aren’t readily available for everyone, so we hope you’re ready to learn some cool new information!

Yes, your gas furnace uses electricity. But not in the way you might think! Keep reading down below to learn a few tips on how to address an electrical problem in a gas furnace. And, to make things even easier, you can stop at anytime to call our team for furnace repairs in Riverbank, CA.

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3 Good Expectations for Furnace Service

Monday, September 25th, 2023

So, you’re finally ready to invest in furnace service. We’d like to say, first and foremost, congratulations! This is an excellent service that’s going to go a long way in keeping your furnace system in good shape.

When furnaces run into trouble, it can be easy to ignore them and get on with your day-to-day life. Fall is a busy time of year, and you’ve got plenty of things to deal with in the meantime. But the longer your furnace goes on with an issue, the more likely you are to have additional problems that are caused by that one beginning issue. This is what we call compounding problems, and they come from months or years of neglect.

So, let’s talk about the furnace service in Modesto, CA you just signed up for and what to expect. We promise that customers can get all three of these benefits from their next visit if they’re prepared.

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End of Winter Furnace Check In

Monday, March 27th, 2023

Hello! We hope you’re enjoying the first budding signs of spring as you get ready to spend some more time outdoors. Heck, we’d imagine everyone taking their sports uniforms, hiking gear, and bathing suits out of storage gleefully. While we don’t see harsh winters like our northern neighbors, it’s still a welcome sight to see the signs of spring and the warmth return to us.

However, just like an old friend who has worn out his welcome, we urge you not to forget about your furnace. It’s been there, reliably chugging along and keeping your home warm, even if you’ve been thinking of better and warmer days ahead. A furnace, for whatever faults it might have, is vital to your home comfort, which is why we think it deserves the attention before the chilly days are up.

So, let’s do a final inspection and see if you need furnace service in Tracy, CA!

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Is My Heating System Broken?

Monday, February 27th, 2023

This might sound like quite the no-brainer to a lot of our customers. A broken heating system is obvious because it will just stop working altogether, right? Well, not exactly.

Sometimes a broken heater will continue to work but it won’t work properly. Other times, a broken heater will work correctly in a few ways but incorrectly in others. This can eventually lead to a breakdown, but by then it’s too late. Detecting when your system is malfunctioning is something that should be done early on, and if you’re in the business of limiting expenses, then you’ll want to read this blog.

We’re going to discuss why heater repair in Stockton, CA might not be as easy to detect as most people realize. Then we’ll discuss where your heating system fits into all of this. Hopefully by the end of this blog you’ll know what a malfunctioning heating system looks and sounds like.

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Your Heater Is Not the Money Sink It Seems Like

Monday, January 30th, 2023

Every once in a while we see a homeowner who has spent thousands of dollars on their heating system to the point where it’s a constant, painful headache. The system works just enough to keep the house in the moderate 50s, while the bills are through the roof. It’s practically untenable.

Well, we have some good news and some bad news. We’ll start with the bad news–all of that money you spent on getting your heating system examined by different professionals might not have yielded the results you wanted. But the good news is that your problem is likely with your home insulation.

Insulation is the way we keep our heat inside instead of letting it waft outdoors where we can’t feel it. A home with little insulation will feel cold and drafty and the heater will work double time to keep it warm. Here are some ways to tell if you need insulation services in Modesto, CA.

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3 Ways to Pay for Your Next Heating Upgrade

Monday, December 19th, 2022

Inflation, market fluctuations, retirement… These are all not good things when you’re trying to plan for your next big purchase. Sometimes it can almost be physically painful to stop yourself from booking that vacation you’ve wanted for years, only to invest that money in a heating system upgrade since you know you’re going to need it. We’ve been there, and we just want to start by saying we understand how hard that can be.

But, there’s good news on the horizon! Not every purchase needs to be a difficult one. Sometimes, there are tools built into the system to help homeowners who are on tight budgets and who also want to fit in that vacation they’ve been planning. Things like tax credits, manufacturer rebates, and promotions will be your best friends as you look to get a powerful heating upgrade for less cash upfront.

Let’s discuss these three ways you can save big on your next heating installation in Modesto, CA.

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Furnace vs Heat Pump: Which Should You Choose?

Monday, December 5th, 2022

What could be better than a warm house in the middle of a frigid winter. And when it comes to heating, you have two options: heat pump vs. furnace. While both help you heat your home, they do so in different ways.

A while ago, it was an easy decision, depending on your area’s climate. If your area experienced mild winters, a heat pump was the right choice. On the other hand, a furnace was a better choice for those living in colder areas. With many heat pumps now suitable for temperatures well below freezing, you now have to consider more to determine which option you should go for.

Before you start looking for a Stockton, CA HVAC contractor for help, read this post to find out the best option for your heating needs.

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An Aging Heater Becomes an Inefficient Heater

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

We encourage our customers to think about their home heating systems as the winter comes to a close. Although the climate doesn’t immediately turn warmer as soon as the calendar switches to spring—as much as we’d like it to—this is the season to assess how well your heater has operated over the year and if it’s time to get a new one.

On that subject, we’d like to talk about age and heating systems to help you understand why an older heater, even one that is still “getting the job done,” is a good candidate for a replacement.

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