FB Integrated Solutions Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Is Your Heater Experiencing Any of These Electrical Problems?

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Other parts of the country may be warming up and getting ready to use our air conditioners, but we’re still relying on our heaters to get us through more than a few chilly nights. So if yours begins to malfunction, you may start to panic. This is understandable, but know that if you’ve had your system maintained before the heating season began, it may likely not even be an issue with the system itself.

Instead, you may be in need of Newton, MA electrical wiring services for some component of your heater. Keep reading to learn more about how your heater can be impacted by electrical issues.

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Furnace Heat Exchangers: What Happens When Something Goes Wrong

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Gas-powered furnaces are extremely efficient and reliable sources of heat. Some homeowners worry about the safety of these appliances, but the truth is that today’s are built with much better technology that significantly reduces the risk of gas leaks and similar problems. However, one component of your furnace that you do need to be aware of is the heat exchanger. Cracks along this component are a concern and require the immediate attention of a professional, such as any member of our team.

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Tips for More Efficient Heating

Monday, February 1st, 2016

We may be entering February, but if last year taught us anything, it’s that winter can throw us a few curve balls, even when the end of the season ought to be in sight. There is plenty more cold weather ahead of us, and likely some more snowfall to go with it. You need to know that your heating system in Boston, MA is not only to heat your home effectively, but also that it will do so efficiently. You don’t want to wait around in discomfort while you look forward to the start of spring, after all. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to help you enjoy efficient heating in your home.

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Why Choose a Nest Thermostat?

Monday, November 9th, 2015

When it comes to your HVAC system, your thermostat is the central hub, of sorts. It is with your thermostat, after all, that you take control of your heating and air conditioning system at large. What if your thermostat could do more than simply adjust temperatures, though? What if it could become an integral part of the way that you interact not just with your HVAC, system with your entire house? That is precisely the sort of interaction that you can expect when you utilize a Nest thermostat in Needham, MA. Of course, if you hope to get the most from your new Nest thermostat, it is important that this device is installed by a trained professional. Contact FB Electrical Services Inc. to ensure that this is the case.

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Am I in Need of Heating Repairs?

Monday, October 26th, 2015

When winter makes its way back to the area, will your heating system be up to the challenge of keeping your home warm and comfortable in a reliable manner? If you are ignoring any signs of trouble with your heating system, or if you failed to schedule heating repairs for problems that developed late last season, then the answer is probably ‘no.’ There is no good time for your heating system to break down once you’ve put it into use for the year, so delaying any necessary heating repairs in Needham, MA is never a good idea. As soon as you have reason to suspect that there is a problem with your heater, give us a call. FB Electrical Services Inc. is here to get your heater back on track.

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Why Schedule Heating Maintenance Now?

Monday, October 19th, 2015

It’s been a fairly warm autumn so far, which may lull some homeowners into a false sense of security when it comes to their home heating systems. Regardless of how warm it may be from one day to the next, it is still vital that you schedule routine heating maintenance if you hope to protect your comfort this heating season. As we saw last year, the winter weather is quite unpredictable, and a warm autumn surely does not mean that a mild winter is guaranteed. Below you’ll find 3 examples of ways in which routine heating maintenance in Needham Heights, MA can benefit you. When you are ready to schedule any heating services, remember to call upon the pros here at FB Electrical Services Inc.

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When Should I Call for Emergency Heating Repair in Boston?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Anytime you notice something strange happening with your heating system, you should probably call a professional to look at it. Better to be overly cautious than to have your heater suddenly break down on you. However, there are some conditions which need to be dealt with without delay. As soon as you notice these emergency conditions, you need to call a professional immediately. Let’s take a look at some of the times that you should call for emergency heating repair.

Short Cycling

When your heater keeps rapidly turning itself on and off over a long period of time, that’s called “short cycling.” It is the result of the internal temperature of your heater getting too high. This activates a safety device installed on the heater, called a “limit switch,” to shut down the system to prevent damage from overheating. This is only a temporary measure, however. As soon as the system has cooled down a little, it will restart and overheat again, locking it into an endless start/stop cycle. This kind of behavior can seriously damage the heater, by putting it under increased strain and subjecting it to a heating cycle much shorter than that for which it was designed. This increases the likelihood of breakdowns and other problems that could otherwise be avoided. If you notice that your heater is short cycling, turn it off right away and call a professional to look at it.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas produced by combustion systems that burn natural gas, the most common kind of home heating fuel. While all systems that produce carbon monoxide as a byproduct are designed to dispose of it safely, there is still a slight risk that it could be vented into the house by a malfunction.

Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless, and invisible, which is part of what makes it so dangerous. The only way to detect it is to use a carbon monoxide detector (which we highly recommend) or to begin experiencing the symptoms. Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and seizures. Too much exposure to carbon monoxide gas is invariably deadly, so if you experience a sudden onset of these symptoms while your heater is running, get out of the house! Once you’re safely outside, call emergency services and then call a professional. Your heating system almost certainly needs to be repaired or replaced.

If you think you may need emergency heating repair, call FB Electrical Services. We provide emergency heating repair throughout the Boston area.

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Benefits of Zone Heating in Boston

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Central forced air heating is by far the most popular kind of home heating system in the country. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s without its issues. Central forced air heating often relies on a single thermostat, which is normally installed close to the center of the home. Due to the differences in room cooling rates, and the fact that the thermostat can only measure the area directly around itself, this can lead to very uneven heating across the house. Central heating is also incapable of heating just one or two rooms of the house, which leads to wasting a lot of energy on areas that aren’t even occupied. Zone heating solves for these problems, making your heating system more efficient and comfortable. Let’s take a look at how zone heating works, and why you may want to install it.

What is Zone Heating?

Zone heating, also called zone control heating, is a system of dampers installed in the ductwork of your home. The dampers are basically large valves that can open and shut to direct air flow. A damper is installed at each room junction, effectively splitting the house into a number of isolated zones. A thermostat is installed in each room with a damper, allowing that room total control over the air flow into it.

What are the Advantages of Zone Heating?

Zone heating is often installed to remedy the two problems mentioned above. Normal central air heating is inaccurate in which rooms it heats, so zone heating isolates each room to allow precise control over their climates. Central air heating causes a lot of uneven hot and cold spots, due to its reliance on a single thermostat. Zone heating compensates for this by installing many thermostats, ensuring that each room can be set to the comfort level of whoever occupies it.

By solving these two issues, zone heating saves energy and makes the rooms in your home more comfortable to be in.

If you’re interested in installing a zone heating system in your home, call FB Electrical Services. We provide zone heating services throughout the Boston area.

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How a Lack of Airflow Leads to Heating Repair

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Air flow is obviously a very big part of forced air systems. Without air flow, the entire system doesn’t work. It’s just producing heat and not sending it anywhere. It is precisely that issue that can cause a great deal of damage to your heating system. There are a couple of different ways that your heating system can be prevented from circulating air, but we’re going to focus on one: the air filter. Let’s take a look at what the air filter does, and how it can create air flow issues that lead to heating repair.

The Air Filter

All forced air heating systems have an air filter installed in their air handlers, to protect the system from any dust and debris that might be carried through the ducts. The air filter itself is a woven fiber mesh, stretched over a frame and inserted into the air return. It is designed to capture any harmful particulates that come into contact with it, while allowing air to continue flowing into the system.

The problem occurs when the filter is not cleaned or replaced every couple of months. If not regularly cleaned or replaced, the filter becomes so clogged with debris that it actually restricts the air flow into the system. This leads to a dangerous issue called “short-cycling”


When a clogged air filter is restricting air flow into the system, it deprives the system of the air it needs to maintain a safe temperature. The air moving through the system is being warmed by the heater, but the heater is also being cooled by the air. Without that airflow, the heat the heater is producing becomes trapped in the system. Eventually, the temperature rises past a safe level and the system shuts down to prevent overheating. Once the system cools off a bit, it starts up again and overheats again, and the cycle of on/off continues indefinitely. This places enormous strain on the heater, shortening its lifespan and increasing the risk of a more immediate breakdown.

If you think your heater might be having a problem with your heater, call FB Electrical Services. We provide heating repair throughout Boston.

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Is a Furnace a Good Heating Option for My New Home?

Monday, January 5th, 2015

It depends on your individual circumstances, but the answer is very likely “yes.” Furnaces are the most common form of home heating in the country, and for good reason. There is a very wide variety of different furnace types available, each suited to a different environment. They are relatively easy to install and repair, and almost every HVAC company you encounter will have technicians who can service them. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages that furnaces provide over other heating systems, and whether one would be a good fit for your needs.

Furnaces are Versatile

Furnaces can be found in any home in any geographical location in the country. Part of the reason for this is that they can cope with virtually any environment. A properly sized furnace can keep a home warm whether it’s a bit chilly outside or it’s several degrees below zero. This is due to the most common fuel source for furnaces: natural gas. When natural gas burns, it puts out an incredible amount of heat compared to the amount of fuel consumed. A natural gas furnace is more than capable of keeping up with the heating demands of any home.

Natural gas isn’t available in every location, however. Usually, a gas line has to be installed by the city in order for a gas-powered furnace to operate. That’s no problem, however, as furnaces can use many different kinds of fuel to provide heat. Electric furnaces are becoming more popular, as they can work anywhere that electricity is readily available. Though electric furnaces are not quite as efficient as natural gas furnaces, they are still able to provide for any heating needs.

Furnaces are Everywhere

It may seem like circular reasoning, but furnaces are a popular choice precisely because they are so common. If a part of the furnace breaks, a replacement can usually be easily found or ordered. Some other heat systems are so specialized that it takes weeks to get a replacement part. HVAC companies make sure that they can service furnaces, because they are often the most common heating systems in the area. If you install a furnace, you can be sure that anything you need for it will be much easier to obtain than with other systems.

If you’d like to install a new furnace, call FB Electrical Services. We service furnaces throughout the Boston, MA area.

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