PRK Services, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating’

Signs That You Need a New Heating System

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Heating systems can last quite a while, provided that you take care of them really well. No heating system can last forever, though. Sooner or later, we all have to replace our heating systems with new ones. What’s important is that you be able to recognize when your current heater is on its last legs, so that you can have it replaced as soon as possible. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that your heating system desperately needs to be replaced.

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When to Replace Your Furnace

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Winter is upon us, and you’re probably relying on your furnace on a more or less daily basis to keep your home warm. If your furnace is already near the end of its life, the added stress of operating on a daily basis can be enough to cause it to break down. You don’t want to have your furnace break down on you in the middle of winter, obviously. So, it behooves you to be able to recognize the signs that your furnace is in need of replacement before it breaks down. Let’s take a look at some of those signs now.

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What You Need to Know About Boiler Kettling

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Have you ever noticed your boiler system giving off a deep, rumbling sound? If so, don’t worry. Your boiler probably isn’t going to explode. It is, however, in a bit of trouble. That rumbling sound is called “kettling,” and it’s a serious threat to the health of your boiler. If you don’t deal with it, you may end up having to replace your boiler. Let’s take a look at what causes kettling, and what you can do to stop it.

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The Advantages of Radiant Heating

Monday, October 19th, 2015

The days are getting colder, and if you aren’t already relying on your heating system on a daily basis you soon will be. For most of us, the advent of heating season simply means that it’s time to get our systems checked. For some of us, though, now is the time to install a new heating system before winter arrives. If you’re in the market for a new heating system, take a look at the advantages of radiant heating. Read on to find out more about radiant heating, and how it can help you.

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Why You Should Get Your Heating System Checked this Fall

Monday, October 12th, 2015

**Please Note: PRK Services, Inc. no longer offers duct cleaning services.**

Fall is here, and winter is coming soon. As we move towards the end of the year, more and more people are going to start turning on their heaters on a daily basis. Before you start relying on your heater, though, you should get it checked. If you want to make sure that your heater is up to the task of keeping your home warm, preventive maintenance is the way to go. Read on to find out why.

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Is Having a New Furnace Installed Worth the Cost?

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

**Please Note: PRK Services, Inc. no longer offers duct cleaning services.**

If you’re having problems with your existing furnace, you might want to consider replacing it with a new one. A furnace installation here in Highland Village can be provided by a number of qualified companies, and if your old furnace bites the dust, then your move is obvious. But installation can cost quite a bit, and before you embark upon such an operation, you have to ask yourself: is having a new furnace involved worth the cost?

The answer depends on two key factors: how much your old furnace is costing you and how much the new furnace will save. Repair bills are a fact of life with any appliance, but if an older heater just needs more and more repairs, then it may be more worthwhile to eat the cost of installation rather than wondering when your current furnace will fail again and what it might cost you in the bargain.

Similarly, if you find your monthly costs going up with an older unit, even if you’re not using it any more than normal, then a new unit could save you a great deal. When added together over time, the monthly savings of a new furnace could seriously offset the cost of installation, and maybe even pay for itself in the long run. This is doubly true if you want to add money-saving upgrades like zone control systems to the furnace, which provide greater control and more cost-saving functions at the expense of an additional start-up fee.

Again, it’s all a matter of balance, which depends on your individual circumstances and what you’re prepared to spend. You’ll need to weigh the functionality of your current furnace against the advantages of the new. Generally speaking, if your furnace is over ten years old and showing significant problems like the types mentioned above, you should think about a replacement. But is having a new furnace installed worth the cost? Only you can answer that. When you do, PRK Services, Inc. is ready to help. We handle Highland Village, TX furnace installation and can provide sound advice on the best means of addressing your issues.

Give us a call today or request an estimate online.

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Why Heating Maintenance Is So Important

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Heating maintenance isn’t quite the same as heating repair. A repair call means coming in to fix a specific problem. The technician may need to pinpoint that problem first, but it’s still addressing something specific, like “the heater is blowing cool air” or “the fan is making a weird noise” or “my heating bill is higher than the gross national product of Bolivia.” Maintenance, on the other hand, is a sort of general tune-up, designed to spot any problems before they get too large and prevent other problems from starting in the first place.

When it comes to heating, Denton, Texas has issues that benefit from maintenance, such as summer dust which can coat the inside of many heating systems. That’s just one of the reasons why heating maintenance is so important.

Most of those reasons boil down to saving you money. Obviously, catching a small problem before it becomes a larger one is an excellent policy. It always costs less to replace one loose bolt than to let the component it’s securing come loose and damage two or three other components in the bargain. Moreover, dust build-up can increase friction in moving parts, as well as caking the heads of burners and reducing their efficiency during the heating cycle. Those problems may not be immediately apparent, but can result in higher bills if they’re not addressed.

Perhaps most importantly, a regular maintenance session cuts down on overall wear and tear, which means your heater will last months or even years longer than it might if you didn’t schedule such maintenance. That’s enough to make any homeowner breathe a little easier, as well as cutting down on worries about unexpected breakdowns.

If you know why heating maintenance is so important, the next step is to contact a trustworthy service to carry it out for you. For heating services in Denton, reach out to PRK Services, Inc. We provide first-rate maintenance services as well as repairs and installation of new heating units. Pick up the phone and call us today to schedule an appointment. You’ll be glad that you did!

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How do Radiant Heaters Work?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Radiant heaters are an innovative and in many ways very smart way to warm your home. Here in Highland Village, TX, boiler technology is prominent, but we’re also a city interested in efficiency, making radiant heaters an excellent alternate option. How do radiant heaters work? The process is actually fairly simple.

Radiant heating itself means the heating radiated by warm objects. If you step inside a sunny room and feel the warmth on your skin, you’re experiencing radiant heat. The system itself means an installation in the floorboards, warming the room directly rather than with forced air. The technician installs tubes of liquid or electric coils beneath your floorboards, then connects them to a control system. The system then warms the floor, and through it, the furniture and people in contact with the floor.

The advantages here are subtle yet prominent. In the first place, it eliminates the problems of forced air heating. There are no drafts or cold spots and you’re not reliant on an uneven heating process. All of the energy goes directly into your body, either through the floor itself or through the furniture. That makes radiant heating extremely efficient – saving your up to 50% in heating costs over furnace or boilers according to the U.S. Department of Energy. And because they have comparatively few moving parts, they don’t often require repairs. The only downside is the initial set-up, which tends to cost more than other heating systems and can be extremely disruptive to your home as well. For that reason, radiant heating systems work best during the home’s initial construction, though those willing to add a system to existing homes will find that the savings in monthly heating costs will go a long way towards off-setting that.

In Highland Village TX, boiler technology and forced air furnaces can be replaced with radiant heating systems with a little help from PRK Services Inc. We can answer any question on how radiant heaters work, then install them for you with confidence and care. We also offer other heating services in Highland Village. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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Why Am I Not Getting Enough Heat from My Furnace?

Friday, October 18th, 2013

In Aubrey TX, heating repair services need to move quickly once you spot the signs of trouble. Our winter nights can get chilly and a functioning furnace is the best means to keep your home warm and comfortable. When problems arise, you want to deal with them quickly, particularly when it involves your furnace not generating enough heat. “Why is my furnace not generating heat?” you ask. A good technician can provide the answers before conducting an efficient furnace repair.

The problems with a lack of heat are obvious. The furnace will need to work harder to warm you home, raising your energy bills and creating more wear and tear on the system.  The causes depend on the exact nature of your furnace. In some cases, the problem can be traced to the thermostat, which can be set too low or misreading the temperature in your home. You may need to move the thermostat to a spot in the home that more accurately gauges the heat, or it may be necessary to replace the thermostat entirely.

Other problems can stem from a lack of overall maintenance. When air filters get clogged, they can restrict the flow of air, preventing heat from reaching the interior of your home. A clogged blower can affect the flow of air as well, as can a dirty burner which affect the heat and consistency of the flames that serve to heat the air in your furnace. In these cases, a regular maintenance session from a professional can alleviate the problem. He or she will clean the unit, tighten loose fittings and ensure that everything is ship-shape. It’s usually a good idea to schedule such a session in the fall, before the cold set in in earnest.

Regardless of the causes, if you’re asking “why am I not getting enough heat from my furnace,” then it’s time to call in a professional. PRK Services Inc. offers Aubrey TX, heating repair services. We will hunt down the source of your low heat and work overtime to restore it to full functionality. Call us to set up an appointment today.

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Denton Heating Maintenance Tips

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Even in a relatively warm climate such as Denton it is necessary to ensure a dependable, effective performance from your home heating system. It can’t be warm all the time, and when temperatures begin to drop you need to know that you can rely on your home heating system. In order to make this the case you must provide your heater with some basic, routine maintenance service to protect its condition and performance level. Call the Denton heating professionals on the PRK Services team today to get the performance you need from your home heating system. Contact PRK Services today.

There are a few steps that you can take on your own to get the most bang for your buck this heating season. Spending a few dollars at your local hardware store can actually help you trim down on the amount you pay in heating bills. Pick up some weather stripping and shrink wrap and get to work. Shrink wrap your windows and install the weather stripping in your doorways to prevent heat from leaking out of your home. One of the most basic ways to cut down on energy loss is simply to keep that energy inside where it belongs.

Cleaning out your air filters is one of the simplest heating maintenance tasks you can perform on your own. Make sure that you check your air filters regularly, and if they are dirty or clogged be sure to replace them immediately. If your air filters are dirty that means that your heating system is working harder than it should have to to force air through that filter. This puts unnecessary strain on your heater.

Of course, the most important maintenance tip anyone can give you is simply to schedule professional heating maintenance service. Only a qualified, licensed technician can provide the necessary maintenance service to guarantee the safe, efficient operation of your heater. Contact your local Denton heating service provider to schedule service.

When it comes to the operation of your home heating system, a little maintenance can go a long way. For Denton heating maintenance service, call PRK Services. We want to help you keep your home warm and cozy this heating season.

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