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Is Routine Heating Maintenance Worthwhile?

January 21st, 2019

You depend on your heater to keep your warm and cozy during the winter, which as we know, can be quite cold here in Michigan. But, did you know that your heater also depends on you? Waiting until something goes wrong to schedule HVAC services in Rockford, MI can put a lot of strain on your system and consequently reduce its service life. Your heater requires annual maintenance to boost efficiency and reduce the need for repairs. Don’t let your heater down… be proactive and pick up the phone!

Routine heating maintenance is definitely worth your while, so it is important that these services are scheduled at least once a year, if not more. If you are not yet convinced, keep reading. Below, we have listed some of the benefits of investing in professional maintenance services. 

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Why Does My Furnace Smell Like This?

January 7th, 2019

rotten-egg-smell-badYour nose is like a mini HVAC technician, able to detect furnace issues that you might have otherwise been unaware of. Although it isn’t NATE-certified like our technicians here, your nose can pick up unusual smells coming from your furnace, which should prompt you to contact a professional right away. There are a number of potential issues that could cause certain smells, and they should never be ignored.

It is important to be aware of the various scents that a furnace in distress might give off. Although you can’t fix the problem yourself, identifying the issue can help keep you and your family safe this winter season. In today’s blog, we have given you a quick guide to different furnace smells and their potential causes. 

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Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cool Air?

December 24th, 2018

cold-manYou depend on your furnace for endless heat during the winter. Temperatures here in Western Michigan can dip well into the thirties, so as you can imagine, the last thing you’d want is for your furnace to blow cool air! If the air coming from your furnace is not an appropriate temperature, you definitely have a problem on your hands! If you’ve noticed cool air coming from your vents, it’s time to schedule your furnace repair in Rockford, MI.

There are a number of potential reasons as to why your system is blowing cool air, some being more significant than others. Only a trained HVAC technician can accurately diagnose and correct the problem. In any case, it’s best to schedule your repairs as soon as possible to avoid causing further damage to the system. Below, we have outlined some of the potential causes of cool air. 

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Don’t Leave a Dirty Filter in Your Furnace

December 10th, 2018

If you own a furnace, you know how satisfying it can be when it kicks on and provides you with all the heat you desire. So, when something goes awry, you might begin to panic. However, there are some things that you can do to avoid a furnace malfunction. No, we don’t expect you to understand the inner-workings of your system, but we do want you to be aware of the impact that one little component has on your entire furnace system – we are talking about your air filter.

Here at GRmetro Heating & Cooling, we can’t stress enough the importance of having your air filters regularly changed by an HVAC professional. Many homeowners minimize the importance of changing their air filters, so it might only be changed during their annual maintenance visit. But air filters need to be changed every 1-3 months to keep the furnace running efficiently and effectively. Failure to do so can result in some pretty negative side effects. If you are overdue for an air filter replacement, don’t wait any longer.

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Is Your Heater Short Cycling?

November 26th, 2018

servicing-furnaceIf so, then you have a  problem of some sort on your hands. The tricky thing about short cycling in particular, though, is that there are multiple potential causes of the problem, and not all of them are terribly serious. However, the problem could be serious, so just assuming it’s nothing to worry about can really come back to haunt you when you discover that real damage has been done. That is why, in today’s post, we’ll explore short cycling a bit more closely.

We’ll take a look at what short cycling is, when to be concerned, and what you may be able to do to resolve the problem on your own (in one particular scenario, anyway!). So read on, and remember that routine heating maintenance is the best way in which to keep any problems with your heater to a bare minimum. Let the heating technicians on our staff keep your heater in Grand Rapids in the best working condition possible, and we’ll also repair it when anything does go wrong.

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Dry Air Can Be a Problem in the Winter

November 12th, 2018

hello-winterFor most homeowners, the most pressing issue of the winter season is heating their homes. It cannot be stressed enough, however, that protecting your indoor air quality throughout the winter season should also be a priority. When we seal up our homes against the elements, be it the heat of summer or the chill of the winter season, it can make it difficult to maintain great indoor air quality. Remember too that you are already working with drier than usual air when the winter season is in effect.

Why is dry air a problem? Why is dry air a winter problem? And how can you best prevent problems with dry air from developing in your home? All this, and more, in today’s blog. Okay, we’ll give you a sneak peek: You want a whole-house humidifier. Nothing is more effective in terms of staving off the problems that low humidity levels can cause. We install and service great whole-house humidifiers in Grand Rapids.

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One Simple Step for Protecting Your Forced Air Heater

October 29th, 2018

man-holding-filterThe best thing that you can do for your home heating system, regardless of what type of system you may use, is to schedule routine heating maintenance with trained professionals that you can trust to do the job right. Heating maintenance must occur each and every year. If you don’t have your heater tuned up annually, then there is just no way in which you can hope for it to function at peak efficiency and performance levels. There’s one step you yourself have to take, though.

In addition to scheduling annual maintenance, and we hope that you’ll take advantage of all that our maintenance program has to offer, you also need to be changing your air filter regularly. Sure, we’ll swap it out for a new one during your annual tune-up, but once a year just is not enough. If you use a furnace or a heat pump to heat your home, then changing the air filter is integral in ensuring successful heating in Rockford, MI.

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You Know That Your Heater Is In Trouble If…

October 15th, 2018

dog-under-blanketIs it early in the heating season? Yes. Is your heater working its way through the coldest weather of the year already? No, of course not. Is it too early, then, to be talking about heating repairs in Grand Rapids, MI?

Absolutely. Not.

We sincerely hope that, by this point, you have already had your heater tuned up for the year. If you have not, however, we cannot recommend strongly enough that you do so ASAP. This is the best way in which to ensure that your heater is ready for all of the hard work heading its way. Even exceptional maintenance, unfortunately, is not going to make your heater 100% reliable.

That is why it is so important that you learn to spot some common warning signs that your heater is in trouble. After all, the sooner you have your system repaired when trouble arises, the better. Contact a member of our staff immediately if you notice any of the following red flags in your home.

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Is a Heat Pump a Reliable Heater?

October 1st, 2018

just-right-temperatureThe short answer to the question posed in the title of this post is: yes, absolutely. Heat pumps are among the most unique and revered of all heating systems on the market today. There are many different reasons for this, which we will get into below. One fact that we want to get out there right away, however, is that you are investing in more than just a heater when you purchase a heat pump. You are investing in a year-round comfort system, keeping you cool  all summer and warm all winter without the need for 2 separate systems.

That may sound too good to be true but, again, more on that below.

The other fact that we want to get out there right away is that, regardless of how great your heat pump of choice may be, regardless of who manufactured it, you are not going to enjoy the very best performance that it has to offer if you do not schedule your heat pump services with skilled, experienced professionals. That means that you’re in the right place, because you are reading this right now! Let us handle your heat  pump services in Grand Rapids, MI.

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Do NOT Forget About Heating Maintenance!

September 17th, 2018

furnace-technician-workingWait, I just scheduled annual heating maintenance last year. Why do it again this year? 

Well, first of all, that is kind of in keeping with the “annual” part of “annual maintenance,” right?

Secondly—it’s what is best for your heater!

It really does not matter what type of heating system you use in your home. If you value reliable heating in Grand Rapids, MI, then you need to schedule maintenance with trained professionals on a yearly basis. There is just no getting around it.

Well, I’m pretty handy, so how about I just—

We are going to have to stop you right there. If what you were about to say was anything at all along the lines of “take care of it on my own,” think again. The risks associated with DIY heating maintenance attempts are just too serious to take chances on. So, without further ado,  let’s take a look at precisely why professional heating maintenance is so important.

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