Heating Service & Repairs
Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. provides quality heating installations, repairs, service and maintenance. We know how important it is to have a reliable boiler, furnace or residential HVAC system, so when your heating isn't working, is blowing cool air, or needs regularly scheduled maintenance, give us a call!
There’s nothing worse than turning on the heat during a cold Midwestern day and still being cold. But the cold doesn’t have to last long. Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. provides heating repair day or night, servicing Bryant products and more. If your home has a boiler, a furnace, or a floor heating system, you may need one of the following repairs.
Pilot / Ignition
Older furnaces use a pilot light to begin the operation cycle, while newer models rely on electronic ignition technology. For older furnaces, a clogged orifice, from dirt, grime, and soot, blocks the flow of gas to the pilot light until cleaned. If the ignition switch has an issue, such as no sound or an active flame, a call to Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. will be your best bet.
Proper air flow is crucial to an efficiently operating heating system. A clog in the ductwork, vent, or belts can bring the entire system to a halt and possible overheating of the system. If the airflow is obstructed for a length of time, the motor and other parts of the system could be damaged, causing long term problems.
Without filters, dust and debris freely enters the motor and other components of a heating system. While filters should be replaced monthly during peak usage, we understand it may not be at the top of your to-do list. But being proactive about changing filters will add to the longevity of the system.
Most times a new battery will solve thermostat issues. But for the times it doesn’t, Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc.’s trained technicians know what to look for and how to correct the issue.
Wear & Tear
All heating systems, especially furnaces, have mechanical parts, from fans to belts and bearings. Over time, these parts will wear and break from use, sometimes sooner than necessary from a lack of maintenance.
A little maintenance when the thermostat outside is high will pay dividends when it drops during the cooler months. Heating maintenance from Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. will make sure the HVAC system in your home is in top shape long before the first snowflake flies. During a bi-annual service check-up, our technicians inspect, troubleshoot, and clean the system, ensuring proper function. A system with a clog or leak could be seeping carbon monoxide, a dangerous byproduct from inefficient operation, into the home. With routine maintenance, and if needed, heating repairs, the system will be efficient and safe for use during the winter.
How to Choose The Right Heating System For Your Home
Like many things in your home, you want the heating system to fit. Choosing too big of a system can be equally problematic as choosing a system not large enough to heat a home. There are factors that go into choosing the right residential heating. Three acronyms you’ll likely see and hear many times are SEER, AFUE and HSPF.
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is an annual measure of an individual unit's efficiency. The higher the number, the less energy use.
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency is an annual measure of a furnace’s efficiency, based on the percentage of fuel it can convert into usable heat.
Heating Seasonal Performance Factor measures the heat pump efficiency based on a ratio of the heat output to electricity use during an average heating season.
Technicians with Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. will conduct load calculations to determine the proper size of a system for a home. These calculations take into account the home’s square footage, shape and orientation, number and location of windows, insulation levels, and more.
Common Heating & Furnace Issues
Increased Utility Bills
The most energy is used when a heating system is starting and in use. An oversized system will short cycle and use more energy, while a too-small system will be in near constant heating mode.
Shorter Lifespan Of System
Just as a system too large for the home, a smaller system will be subjected to stress, wear, and tear as it tries to keep up with the demands of the home. Over time, it will wear out and break down from the stress, needing more and more heater repairs before eventual replacement.
Using a system too large for the home may mean one or two rooms are always hot, while others rarely see a temperature increase. Conversely, too small of a system won’t be able to properly heat and cool the space.
A furnace too large for the home will short cycle, meaning it will move through the operating cycle more quickly. This constant cycling will stress and wear the mechanical parts of the furnace, leading to a shorter lifespan for the system.
Also called radiant heating, floor heating systems are efficient and nearly hypoallergenic as allergens aren’t circulated as with forced air systems. Floor heating distributes the heat in a uniform manner and comes in three types. The efficiency of these types is increased through proper insulation and having a well-designed and maintained system.
Air-Heated Radiant Floors
Using a traditional furnace to pump heated air through the floors is more efficient during the nighttime. These systems can be combined with solar systems, but only provide warmth during the daytime hours, often when homes are unoccupied.
Electric Radiant Floors
This type of radiant flooring is often retrofitted into single rooms, such as a bathroom or kitchen. Heated wires are installed into the flooring and radiate heat upward.
Hydronic Radiant Floors
Hydronic radiant flooring uses heated water forced through tubing installed under the floor. This type is commonly installed in new homes still under construction and is more energy efficient than other types of floor heating.
Older homes in the area often have boilers that provide hot water or steam for warmth via steam radiators and/or baseboard radiators and radiant flooring systems.
Steps you can take to make sure the boiler is ready for the winter include:
- Regularly check for leaks and/or damage.
- Ensure there is adequate ventilation around the boiler, and that external vents, flues, and air bricks are free from obstruction.
- Sooty black marks are a common sign of combustion issues which will release carbon monoxide into the air. If you find these marks, call us immediately for heating repairs.
Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. offers maintenance services for residential boilers. If it’s been awhile since a professional has looked over and checked your boiler, give us a call today.
Like boilers, many homes have gas furnaces providing heat during colder months. Whether a single or two-stage furnace or one with variable speed, we depend on our furnace during the winter.
Single stage furnaces run at maximum capacity regardless of the outdoor temperature. This mean every time your furnace turns on, it’s working as hard as it can to heat the home. A single stage furnace is considered the least energy efficient of the three.
A two-stage furnace uses the three positions from its fuel valve. When the control board senses the home is cooling off at a relatively slow pace, it will partially open the valve to allow heating. On a sub-zero January morning, the valve will open completely and the two-stage furnace runs at full capacity. Most two-stage furnaces have an output of 60 percent to 65 percent when running at the lower or partial valve opening.
A variable speed furnace uses technology and sensors to decide when it needs to turn on, and at what speed. Using data from the home’s HVAC system it can adjust the amount of air circulation and steadily increases the furnace’s motor to full speed, rather than the traditional sound of a furnace turning on at full blast.
Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. technicians are trained and experienced in all furnace maintenance, whether your home has an older single stage furnace or you’re looking to upgrade to a variable speed furnace.