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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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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”

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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3 Common Boiler Repairs

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Boiler operated heating systems vary quite a bit from forced air systems like furnaces. Though there are some common issues that the two systems share, this also created a number of problems that are unique to boiler systems. Let’s take a look at some of the common repairs that boilers require.

Short-Cycling

Short-cycling is a common problem characterized by your unit turning on and off constantly. The most common cause of this is an oversized unit. If your boiler is too large for the size of your house, it creates a whole host of issues for your heating system. When your oversized boiler turns on, the excessive heat output causes the system to think it’s overheating. This causes it to turn the boiler off for safety reasons. The thermostat then tells it to turn back on, because the house is still too cold, and the cycle continues indefinitely. Call your HVAC technician if your boiler is experiencing short-cycling.

“Kettling”

Kettling is a unique issue to boilers in which the boiler will be very noisy during operation. Banging, gurgling, whistling, and other noises while the heat is on is characteristic of kettling. This is caused by the flow of water becoming restricted. This traps too much water in the boiler, where it begins to steam. This causes expansion and an increase in pressure on the boiler, which causes the noise. The common source of this restricted water flow is lime deposits in the boiler. If your boiler is making loud noises during operation, call an HVAC technician.

Pilot Light Won’t Stay Lit

Everyone’s pilot light goes out on occasion. If you find that your pilot light is frequently going out, however, you may have a problem. This is usually caused by a bad thermocouple. The thermocouple is essentially a heat sensor that is designed to detect whether or not a pilot light is on. Normally, the thermocouple shuts off the flow of gas if the pilot light goes out. This is to prevent gas from flooding the area around your boiler. If the thermocouple is broken, however, it will shut the gas off even when the pilot light is on. This suffocates the pilot light. You’ll need an HVAC technician to diagnose and repair this issue.

If your boiler is acting up, call FB Electrical Services. We conduct heating repair throughout the Brighton area.

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