GRmetro Heating and Cooling Inc Blog

What’s Wrong With My Electric Furnace?

January 30th, 2023
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Searching online to troubleshoot your furnace can be hard, especially if you have an electric furnace.

Since gas furnaces are more common, you might get duped into reading a blog that’s focused on troubleshooting a gas furnace without even saying “gas furnace.”

That’s pretty unfair, and we understand this is a stressful situation if you’ve got a malfunctioning heating system.

We’ll be as specific as possible when talking about heating repair services in Grand Rapids, MI. Electric furnaces, while similar to gas furnaces in a few ways, are very different and run into their own problems. You might be encountering a malfunctioning system that is leaving your home cold and uncomfortable.

This blog is dedicated to describing some of the more common problems with electric furnaces, and how homeowners can understand what’s wrong and how important it is to call for expert services.

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The GRMetro Gas Furnace FAQ

January 16th, 2023
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Being a homeowner can be tough when you’ve got so many questions. Who do you trust to give you all the answers to the questions you’re looking for?

You might scour the internet trying to find the right blog post, news article, or even just a Wiki that can give you the information you’re looking for, and there’s a possibility that you’ll leave empty-handed. We get it.

Well, the good news is that you found a reputable HVAC team that knows what they’re talking about. Our blog post is specifically for potential customers that might have questions and want a licensed, certified technician to give them the answers they need.

So, if you’ve ever wondered questions like “how a furnace works” in Grand Rapids, MI, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ll answer some common questions that come from our customers, and we’ll leave a link at the bottom where you can contact us for more help.

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“Will My Furnace Ever Freeze Up?”

December 19th, 2022
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That’s a very good question, and if the answer were a simple “yes” or “no” then we wouldn’t write a blog that centers around it.

Since the answer is a bit more complicated than just “no,” we’re going to go into detail about one often overlooked part of a furnace’s operation, and why you might always want to defer to an expert when investing in central heating repair in Kentwood, MI.

Furnaces need some amount of warmth to operate correctly, and your basement also requires a bit of warmth in order for it not to be a burden to your house. Finished or unfinished, basements are always going to be cooler than the upper stories of a home, but they shouldn’t be freezing cold or below that. A basement that’s that frigid, while a furnace operates down there, is usually a sign that something is wrong.

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The Power of an Indirect Water Heater

December 5th, 2022

Have you ever looked at your heating system and wondered if that same system could heat the water in your home? It makes sense, most heating systems from gas furnaces to electric heaters are extremely efficient at creating heat that can be used.

It almost seems redundant to use a separate heating apparatus to keep hot water in our homes for personal use. Luckily, you’re on the right track to figuring out what an indirect water heater does!

In this post, we’re going to go into detail about what an indirect water heater is, how it works, and some of the benefits that come from investing in this kind of water heater. Note that it’s not going to be perfect for every homeowner, and there are now tankless models that can make indirect water heating less popular than it used to be–but it’s still a viable option for people who want them. Without further ado, let’s talk about indirect water heaters in Grand Rapids, MI!

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Does Your Heat Pump Need a Filter Change?

November 21st, 2022

For many newcomers to this industry, we need to talk about air filters. Unless you’ve stumbled upon an article about heat pumps recently, or you grew up with your parents or friends showing you the air filter in their furnace, you might not even be aware that your heat pump has a filter to begin with. Don’t worry, we won’t shame anyone. Sometimes things aren’t exactly spelled out in an easy way for homeowners.

Well, let’s get started on the right foot by first talking about air filters–what they do, why they’re there, and why you should definitely replace yours if it’s been a while. Heat pumps and other forced-air heating or cooling systems rely on heat pumps to keep the sensitive interior components intact. If your air filter goes for a long period of time without being changed out or cleaned, you might end up requiring heat pump repairs in Walker, MI more often than someone with a system that’s had a filter changed regularly.

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Maintenance Isn’t Just About Efficiency

November 7th, 2022

We talk a lot about heating maintenance on this blog. It’s a valuable tool for homeowners to achieve maximum efficiency, performance, and safety throughout the winter months. But we often try to frame it in a way of savings, because money is a common denominator that we all need to think about when it comes to our heating systems. However, the savings that you’ll achieve pale in comparison to this one benefit that heating maintenance gives you: safety.

Heating maintenance in Wyoming, MI is often centered on gas furnaces. They’re the most common heating appliances in the country and they’re extremely effective at what they do. But there’s no beating around the bush—they burn gas to heat a home. That means that, while they’re designed with many failsafe and safety precautions, they can become unsafe over time and endanger your family.

Maintenance is a great idea for customers who haven’t had their system looked at by a pro in years.

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Three Important Benefits to Furnace Maintenance

October 24th, 2022

So, heating season has arrived and you’ve found yourself eyeing our maintenance plan. It all looks good, but there’s just one pesky thought in the back of your mind… Do I really need this?

Well, the answer to that question isn’t quite so simple. While we’d argue that yes, you do need maintenance on a yearly basis, you might not see the effects of skipped maintenance until several years down the line. Neglect doesn’t cause problems immediately, but it causes gradual deterioration over time, which could be a big problem for your furnace eventually.

This blog post is going to dive into furnace maintenance in Grand Rapids, MI. We’ll talk about what it is, why it’s important, and the three most valuable benefits that come from it. Don’t forget, your furnace relies on you to keep it safe, functioning, and efficient. You are the master of your own destiny!

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It’s Time to Change Your Furnace Filter

October 10th, 2022

It’s that time of year again! We like to give our customers a “PSA” on the importance of an air filter change, especially when the temperatures start to shift from hot to cold. We’re getting some chilly nights these days, which means our furnaces are running to keep our homes warm and comfortable. If you’ve got a furnace system, or some other forced-air heating system, then you’re going to want to change your air filter soon.

Dirty furnace filters in Georgetown, MI can be the cause of a lot of different problems. The increase in strain can cause problems for the interior components of your furnace, while the extra energy used will allow for the system to become inefficient. We’re going to go over the various different ways a dirty, unchanged air filter can cause problems below. Make the right choice for your home and change out the air filter when the time is right.

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Dual Fuel Heating: An Innovative Solution

September 26th, 2022

If you’ve never heard of dual fuel heating, or you’re just now learning about this term, then you’re in luck! Our team specializes in dual fuel heating solutions, and this blog post is going to be an informative guide on how to best invest in one, and when one might be good for your home. Not every house is going to be good for a dual fuel heating system, and not every budget can afford this kind of upgrade, so it’s important to do your research before making a huge commitment.

Dual fuel heating systems in Kentwood, MI are revolutionary new ways to approach heating in a northern climate. We combine the power of a gas furnace with the efficiency and versatility of a heat pump to give your home year-round temperature control. It doesn’t matter how hot or cold it gets, your home will always be comfortable and efficient.

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Are You Dealing With a Refrigerant Leak?

September 12th, 2022

Refrigerant leaks can be a nuisance to deal with. They’re problems that can make strange noises, they can impact your energy bills, and they can even lead your air conditioner to start pumping out lukewarm air. For the price of electricity these days, a malfunctioning air conditioner can make anyone’s blood boil, which is why we want to address one of the most common problems that occur in AC units.

Air conditioners rely on refrigerant in order to cool the space in your home. Without proper amounts of refrigerant, what we would call the “charge” of refrigerant, the system might not be able to adequately cool your home to the proper temperature. And, for customers with heat pumps, these systems can also suffer from refrigerant leaks since they use the same type of cooling, just in reverse to heat a home.

For everyone who is experiencing a refrigerant leak, you can call our team for AC repair in Walker, MI.

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