Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Maintenance’

Cleaning Your Home’s Boiler Heating System

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Cleaning your boiler is an important step as a homeowner to keep your heating system working properly. Regular boiler maintenance can lower your heating costs and extend the lifespan of your system.

Because boilers are constantly working and responsible for heating your home and providing hot water, dust and grime build-up can clog the pipes and tubes — lowering your boiler’s efficiency. In this post, you’ll find how to clean your boiler, including the inside, in three easy steps. Let Oasis do the work for you! Call us today to sign up for our yearly maintenance plan which includes a deep cleaning of your boiler heating system.

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Heating Maintenance You Need Before Winter Hits

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

We’re starting to experience colder and rainy weather as we head into the final month of the year. Do you have confidence that your heating system will be able to work at its best through the coming winter? No matter your answer to that question, if you haven’t scheduled a professional inspection or tune-up for your heater, now is the time to take care of it. It isn’t too late!

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Heating Repair in Alexandria, VA: How Do I Know When My System is Struggling?

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

When it comes to heating repair, Alexandria VA residents know better than to wait. When winter comes, we need reliable heating systems to keep our homes warm and cozy, and a problem with your heater could turn your home into an icebox. Even if it still runs, a problem can reduce its efficiency, costing you money in higher bills. If you can spot the signs of a problematic system, you can summon a trained professional before the trouble gets worse. “How do I know when my system is struggling?” Here are three possible answers.

  • Higher bills. As intimated above, when your system is struggling, it has to work harder into order to heat your home. That translates into more energy expended, which translates into higher heating bills. If your bills are going up, despite the fact that you haven’t run the heater any more often than normal, you may need to contact a professional to look at the unit.
  • Low air flow. If your air flow is lower than it should be, or if the air isn’t flowing at all, you’ve probably got a problem. It could be caused by a breach in the ducts, by a blockage somewhere in the system, or by a fan motor that isn’t functioning the way it should.
  • No heat. It may be that the air is flowing just fine, but the air being blown is lukewarm or even cool. The problem depends on the kind of heater you have: an electric furnace may have problems with the heating coils, while a gas furnace may have an issue with the pilot light or the thermocouple. Regardless of the possible causes, you should shut the furnace off and contact a service professional as soon as possible.

If you know when your system is struggling – either for these or other reasons – contact Oasis Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc, for help. We’re experts in heating repair, Alexandria VA homes are a part of our service area, and our trained professionals are standing by to help. Give us a call today to make an appointment.

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Why You Need to Schedule Maintenance for Your Furnace

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

When it comes to keeping homes warm during the winter, the furnace has been the most popular choice for many years. Even with other advances in heating technology over the last few decades, gas-powered furnaces remain the most common type of residential heaters. If you home has a gas line, then it’s almost a certainty that you have a gas-powered furnace to take care of your winter warmth.

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Prepare Your Home for the Arlington, VA Heating Season

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

The winter months in Virginia offer a lot of great things, but if you find yourself in a home without a functioning heater, you won’t find much to feel  happy about. It’s important that you start preparing for the upcoming heating season before you need to depend on your heater to keep you comfortable. Unpleasant surprises and sudden emergencies are the last things you want to experience during the coldest days of the year.

OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc. has a few tips for how to get your home ready for the Arlington, VA heating season. If you want quality professional assistance, you can always contact one of our trained technicians.

Winterize your home

If you haven’t installed storm windows, get that done as soon as you can: they can stop significant heat loss. Check to see that the insulation in the attic is in good shape, since heat rises and the attic is a perfect place for it to escape. Get weather stripping placed around outside doors. Do everything you can so that your home retains the heat that your system will put into it!

Test run your heating system

This is a good technique to avoid a shock when you first need your heater to keep you warm. During a warmer day, switch on your heater and see if anything seems amiss: unusual smells from vents, bizarre rattling or grinding noises, or weakened heating. If anything needs repair, you can get it done before the cold arrives. If the heater doesn’t turn on at all… won’t you be glad you didn’t wait until winter to find that out?

Schedule a maintenance check

The best defense against winter breakdowns is to have your heater receive an inspection and tune-up before it has to take on the heavy work. You should have maintenance done annually, usually in the fall, so your heater will perform at its best and with lower risk of malfunction. A technician will come to your house and check connections, wiring, piping, and the power source, and then make necessary adjustments. The technician will also discover anything that may require repair. After a maintenance visit, you’ll have peace of mind about your heater’s operation for the winter.

Complete your winter preparations in early fall: don’t procrastinate until the first unexpected cold snap. Take advantage of OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc.’s maintenance contract and find out what we can do for you.

 

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3 Reasons to Schedule Furnace Maintenance Today

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Your furnace is usually located out of the way of your living space, so you may not think about it much until it needs repairs. But here in Fairfax, you’re bound to use your unit throughout the coming cold months, which means your furnace will see a lot of wear and tear this season. This is why it’s important to schedule regular furnace maintenance with a licensed contractor once a year. A heating expert will inspect your entire system and look for any problems that may need repair. Some parts may also be cleaned or adjusted as needed, an important step in owning a heating system. Still not convinced? Here are 3 reasons that the technicians at OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc. recommend scheduling furnace maintenance today.

  • Performance: Your furnace may not be performing as well as it should, but this won’t always be immediately evident to homeowners. During a maintenance visit, a technician uses specialized tools to check a few important processes with your furnace, including testing the airflow and checking the power. If one of these factors is not quite right, your unit may take longer to heat your home. Maintenance ensures comfort for you and your family, and keeps parts from failing due to electrical issues, inadequate airflow, and other common problems.
  • Efficiency: A well-maintained furnace is also more efficient than one that does not receive regular maintenance. You can keep your unit more efficient by changing the filter regularly and calling for repairs at the first sign of trouble. But a maintenance technician can check for dirt and debris in the unit and even ductwork problems which may harm the efficiency of your unit. The low cost of furnace maintenance can actually save you money over the years.
  • Longer Lifespan: Regular maintenance may even increase the lifespan of your unit. If a part of your furnace is not working properly, it can wear down quickly, causing your unit to fail prematurely. Maintenance is simply the best way to ensure that no component needs urgent repair.

To schedule furnace maintenance in Fairfax with a reliable, friendly technician, talk to one of the experts at OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc. today!

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How a Furnace Tune-Up Keeps Your Furnace Safe

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

A question that heating professionals often hear is whether natural gas furnaces are safe or not. It’s understandable that people might worry about the safety of a gas furnace, since CO poisoning is a major health concern. However, the modern gas furnace is manufactured with safety as the uppermost concern. Gas furnaces have multiple safety features that help to protect homes from dangers due to combustion and toxic gases.

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3 Reasons to Take Care of Heating Maintenance Now

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

It’s still quite warm here in Arlington, so when we bring up the topic of heating your home, you might find it hard to even imagine. You’re probably focused on making sure that your air conditioning system will make it through the rest of the month without running up your bills (or breaking down). You absolutely should take good care your AC—but there are many excellent reasons why you should also turn your thoughts to the heating system during this time of the year. Now is an ideal point to arrange for an annual heating maintenance visit from our technicians. Here are just 3 of the many reasons:

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We Answer Some Questions about Heating Maintenance

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

The official start of fall is September 22, and that’s why we’ve already started to recommend our customers schedule their seasonal heating maintenance. Right now is a great time to get on our work calendar for a tune-up and inspection of your furnace or other residential heater. This way you’ll head into the cooler weather with confidence that the heating system will work as it should, with low chance of malfunctions and high chance of saving you money on energy bills.

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Why You Need to Remember to Schedule Heating Maintenance This Fall

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

There are a little more than two weeks left in the summer, and even though the average temperature during the day is still hot, it won’t be long before the cooler weather sets in. It’s time to start planning ahead for fall and winter with heating maintenance. September is a good time to arrange an inspection and tune-up for your home’s heating system, since that gives you plenty of time to beat out the cold weather and schedule any repairs the heater may need.

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