SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog: Archive for March, 2014

Reasons Your Furnace Is Raising Your Heating Bills

Friday, March 28th, 2014

If you’ve lived with your current furnace for at least a few years, you’ll know what to expect on your heating bill each season. You can expect a gradual rise in costs because of the price of natural gas, but if you notice a more abrupt increase in how much you’re paying each month, you may have issues with your heating system that need attention.

There are a number of reasons that a gas furnace can begin to dramatically raise your utility bills. We’ll look at the three most common and tell you what you can do to return those costs to their regular level. For the professional assistance you’ll need for a furnace that’s no longer working efficiently, call SPS Mechanical Inc. and our experts in heating repair in West Deptford, NJ.

Why your furnace may cost too much to run

  • It needs repairs: If your furnace has started to make a strange noise, or odd smells are wafting from the vents, then there may be a malfunction inside the furnace cabinet that is impairing it from efficient operation. The problem could also come from the thermostat, which will start and stop the furnace at the wrong time if it becomes miscalibrated.
  • It has fallen behind on maintenance: Your furnace requires annual maintenance from a heating technician to keep it in the best shape possible. If you let maintenance slide, the furnace will begin to age rapidly as its components wear down and dirt and dust begin to build up inside the cabinet. It’ never too late to start up maintenance again, however; if more than a year has passed, call up a heating contractor and enroll in a regular maintenance program.
  • It’s too old and needs replacement: Furnaces, with proper care, can last longer than their expected lifespan. However, they will begin to age beyond the point where repairs and maintenance will keep them working. If you can find nothing else wrong with your furnace when your heating bills start to go up, check on its age. If it has exceeded its manufacturer’s expected lifespan, then you should have it replaced. Contact HVAC installers and arrange for a new system.

Don’t think of rising heating costs as something you must simply tolerate. They are usually a sign that your furnace needs the help of heating technicians. Call SPS Mechanical Inc. for heating repair in West Deptford, NJ that will get to the bottom of why your furnace has started to elevate your bills.

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Heating Question: Is Spring a Good Time for Oil to Gas Conversion?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Here in Haddonfield, heating still means using oil furnaces for many people. Oil furnaces were in use for many years in this part of the country and for a lot of homes, their reliability has trumped the higher fuel costs that they entail. But with winter finally coming to an end, some homeowners are pondering an essential heating question: is spring a good time for oil to gas conversion? It almost certainly is.

The spring means you won’t need your heater as much or as often. It also means that, if you’re handling a lot of serious issues with your oil furnace, you may be thinking about an upgrade or a conversion already. Problems during heating season and concerns about next season could easily prompt a homeowner to consider the move now. With reduced use, you have the luxury of shutting your heater off for a few days to facilitate the conversion, as well as allowing you to schedule the operation during a time that’s convenient to you. In the winter, with your heater called upon for daily use, such flexibility usually isn’t possible. It’s also better to perform the conversion before the summer begins, when concerns about your air conditioner may take center stage and you’ll need to table an oil-to-gas conversion project for another time.

Oil to gas conversion makes all kinds of sense. Once it’s in place, you can save a great deal on heating expenses, as well as helping to promote a cleaner environment and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. With the cold weather ebbing away, there’s no reason to hesitate. If you are thinking about gas to oil conversion or need any other heating service in Haddonfield, call the experts at SPS Mechanical Inc. We have years of experience handling these kind of problems, and with us as a guide, you can expect your conversion to go smoothly and without a hitch. For an operation like this, you need to leave heating questions to the experts. Contact us today to set up an appointment and let us show you what a difference we can make!

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Saving Energy with a New Boiler

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

If you’ve decided to install a gas boiler in your home, you are making an investment in long-term performance and energy savings. Boilers have a reputation for longevity, easy maintenance, and relatively few repair needs. This long service life means a lengthy period of payback for your initial installment costs.

Boilers will save you money in other ways, although it will require some work from your end. We’ll look at how you can save on your energy bills with your new boiler in Gloucester County, NJ. Call SPS Mechanical Inc. today to talk to our boiler specialists and find out your options boilers and how you can make the most of a new installation.

The energy saving possibilities of a new boiler

A boiler will provide you an immediate reduction on your bills if you’ve switched from a gas or electric furnace. Since boilers do not use air ducts to send heat around your house, but instead pipes leading to radiators and/or baseboard heaters, they lose less heat during their heating cycle.

Boilers score much higher AFUE ratings than the majority of furnaces. Look for a boiler with the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR label. A boiler that qualifies for the ENERGY STAR label must have at least an AFUE of 85%, which is 6% more efficient than models that meet the federal minimum standard for federal efficiency, and 7% more efficient than the ENERGY STAR requirements for a gas furnace. You can also choose to invest in a high efficiency boiler that has improved heat exchangers that rapidly move the heat from the gas jets to the water in the tank. Talk to boiler installation technicians to find out which systems will work best for you.

To receive the maximum savings from your new boiler, it must be properly sized for your home: this also requires the work of professionals. Make sure you start out with an installation that will let your boiler deliver you the most energy-saving performance possible.

Although boilers have simple maintenance, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on scheduling it. Make sure you arrange an annual visit from a technician who can check to see that all the components of your system work well, and no repair need will impair its performance. Only a boiler in the best working shape will return the savings you expect from its AFUE rating.

Start with professional installation

Have experienced boiler installers involved from the beginning. They will assist you with selecting an efficient unit, sizing it, and then installing it properly so you will start out with high energy savings. Rely on the same team for maintenance as well.

SPS Mechanical Inc. has a team of expert installers ready to help you with a new boiler in Gloucester County, NJ. We are also available 24/7 for emergency repairs.

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Reasons Your Water Heater Isn’t Giving You Hot Water

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

It is difficult to imagine a time in the U.S. before running hot water. We only think about it when we see movies or television shows where people need to heat up large tubs of water with coal stoves or wood fires in order to take a bath. Hot water coming through our taps with only a turn of a handle is a luxury that we’d have a hard time living without.

But this daily necessity could disappear if your hot water heater malfunctions. One morning, you turn on the shower and find that no matter how long you wait, the water never warms up. When this happens, you’ll need trained water heater specialists to find out the trouble and fix it. With SPS Mechanical Inc., you can call for help with your water heater in Cherry Hill, NJ any time of the day or night thanks to our 24-hour emergency service.

Possible causes for loss of hot water from your water heater

  • Failed heating elements: If you have an electric water heater, failure of the heating elements inside the tank will lead to a loss of warm water. If you notice a drop in heating, don’t ignore it: it probably means one of the elements has burned out, and if the second also fails, you’ll only have cold water left. The heating elements can also lose their power because of a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse, so check the fuse box.
  • Burner or pilot failure: For a gas-powered heater, a burner unit below the tank contains the gas jets that ignite to transfer heat to the water in the tank. If the burner becomes dirty or corroded, it will struggle to draw oxygen to ignite, and eventually the jets won’t come on at all and the water in the tank won’t heat up. Failure of the standing pilot light or the electric ignition system will also mean the burner cannot ignite.
  • Faulty gas control valve: If the gas control valve malfunctions, it will cut off the gas supply to the burner, and no heat will be created.

Watch out for lowered heat as well

Your water heater can continue to provide you with warm water even when it’s malfunctioning, but the water will not be as hot. Pay attention to lukewarm water and don’t let it go, hoping that it will get better. It probably won’t and you may end up losing the water heater altogether.

Professionals experienced in heating and plumbing will need to assist you when you have trouble with your water heater in Cherry Hill, NJ. When you call on SPS Mechanical Inc., our technicians will arrive with a van filled with replacement parts so they can provide the fastest possible repairs to restore your hot water.

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