SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog: Archive for November, 2015

Why Your Heat Pump Won’t Heat

Monday, November 30th, 2015

A heat pump is not much good at all during the winter if it won’t actually provide heat for your home. If your heat pump seems to be having trouble blowing warm air through the house, there are a couple of different possibilities. First, you may have a refrigerant leak somewhere in the system. Second, your reversing valve may be stuck. Read on for some of the signs that either one of these is the case, and what you can do about it.

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Signs That You Have a Boiler Problem

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Boilers are known for being remarkably hardy systems. Compared to furnaces or heat pumps, they last quite a long time and with a smaller number of problems. This is largely because they have fewer moving parts, which means there are not as many ways for them to break down. They are not invincible devices, however. Your boiler can still develop some nasty problems, several of which can cause a complete system breakdowns. It’s important that you be able to identify when your boiler is malfunctioning, so that you can call for repairs as soon as possible. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some signs that your boiler has a problem.

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What Does it Mean When There’s Ice on My Heat Pump?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

With winter upon us, you’re probably using your heat pump to keep yourself warm on a daily basis. If you are, you may notice that ice occasionally builds up on the outside part of the heat pump while it’s on. This isn’t automatically a problem, but it can certainly become one under the right circumstances. Let’s take a look at why ice forms on the heat pump, and when you should call for repairs.

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What Is Boiler Kettling?

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Have you ever heard your boiler making a deep, rumbling sound while it was on? If so, you may have a kettling problem. Boiler kettling is a pretty big threat to the health of your boiler, and can cause quite a bit of damage if you let it continue. Let’s take a look at why boiler kettling happens, and what you can do to stop it.

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Furnace Short Cycling, And How to Address It

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Have you ever noticed your furnace turning itself on and off every couple of minutes? If so, your furnace is short cycling. Short cycling is a serious problem that can shorten the life of the furnace, as well as make it more likely for a full system breakdown to occur. Let’s take a look at why short cycling occurs, and what you can do about it.

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