4 Things to Check Before Turning on the Furnace

A furnace, also known as a heater, is a piece of equipment that can heat up an entire room or building. The need for heating is most in demand during the frosty months of winter. It’s a good idea to start thinking about getting your furnace ready while you’re still enjoying the final days of summer as the fall season approaches. Here Countryside Plumbing & Heating shares five things to check before you get your furnace primed for cold weather.

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How to Find a Good Plumber

Finding quick, superior service for any home repair or project can be tough. Many homeowners admit they value trustworthiness and reliability even more than low prices, particularly when it comes to plumbing. This is pretty huge considering plumbing costs are almost on par with the typical cost of central air conditioning services.

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Are Your Heating and Cooling Systems Ready for Spring?

Your home’s heating and cooling system plays a crucial role in maintaining good indoor air quality, or IAQ, in your home. Never has this been more important than during allergy and hay fever season–also known as spring. Protect your family members from pollutants and allergens by following these simple steps to “spring-proof” your HVAC units. Let our experts at Countryside show you how. Read more

Save Floor Space and Energy With Tankless Water Heaters

Our specialists at Countryside Plumbing & Heating have noticed a rise in the demand for tankless water heaters, particularly in recent years. Hot water tanks have long been a staple of water heating systems in American homes, but discerning homeowners recognize that they have several drawbacks. So what are tankless water heaters, and are they really the better option when it comes to heating your water? Read more

Improving the Efficiency of Your Heating System

As soon as HVAC systems show the first signs of problems, many homeowners start to think, “Who are the best heating and cooling contractors near me?” This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, asking for professional help is, of course, important. However, a lot of common heating problems can be avoided simply by keeping your heating system in excellent shape and running as efficiently as possible. Read more

4 Common Water Pipe Noises and Their Causes

Persistently noisy water pipes usually indicate a problem, which should be addressed by a plumbing professional as soon as possible. Countryside Plumbing & Heating, Inc. shares some of the most common causes of noisy water pipes. Read more

How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?

Tankless water heaters offer many benefits over traditional water heaters. It’s a fraction of the size of a typical heater tank and it’s simple to use. Plus, it eliminates having to fight for who gets to use the bathroom in the morning first.

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The Effects of Hard Water on Your Water Heaters

Having hard water in your home can wreak havoc in all sorts of different places. Any pipe, appliance, or surface in your home where hard water flows is at risk of damage. One appliance most affected by hard water is the heater.

Heating and Cooling News: HCFC-22 and R-22 Phaseout

Heating and cooling systems rely on refrigerants to cool homes and business establishments. The problem, however, is that most refrigerants have adverse effects on the Earth’s atmosphere. Constant use of such refrigerants has already depleted the ozone layer significantly. This is why the US has undertaken a drive to phase out harmful refrigerants, such as the R-22. Read more

Issues to Look for When You Start Your Heater for the First Time this Winter

When the weather starts to change and the temperature calls for a little help to warm up your home, there are some issues to look out for when you start your heater for the first time. Many of these issues can be found in furnaces, heat pumps, and other types of heating systems and are regularly a cause of concern. As your heater may have been out of commission for more than eight months there are problems that could have arisen or become worse in that time and it is important to watch out for these signs of malfunction in your heater.

Major Heating Issues to Look Out For

Here are some major heating issues to look out for when you are turning on your heating system for the first time before winter:

“My heating system smells funny”

When you first turn your heater on, there is a chance that there could be a strange smell that comes from the vents. This can be normal for some heater types when you first turn them on. In other circumstances – say, a smell that is quite strong or a smell that is not dissipating – this could be a sign that your heater has an issue that has developed or worsened while it was in storage or not being used. This can be not only hazardous to the operation of your heating system but also a sign that your furnace is emitting gas which is dangerous.

“My heater is making strange noises”

Another sign that your heater is malfunctioning is that there may be some strange noises when you first turn it on in the winter or it could be a noise that develops after being run for a short period of time. It is important to pay attention to these noises and make sure that the heater is not dangerous to be using. These noises could be a ‘clanking’, ‘thudding’ or zapping sound. These noises could be caused by mechanical malfunctions or even worse electrical malfunctions. In both cases this could be quite dangerous for use within the house.

“My heating bills are astronomical!”

This is not something that you will notice instantly unless you are measuring the power usage of your heater at the outlet, however an appliance that draws a lot of power is a surefire sign that the appliance is malfunctioning in some way. This may not mean that the heater is directly dangerous, though it could easily become that way if left unattended or unchecked. Be sure to check your power usage after you have just started using your heater in the winter to look for any spikes in usage that are incredibly irregular.

“My heater is not working!”

This one seems simple and fairly straightforward but it is something to watch for in order to make sure that your heater continues to work properly and poses no danger to you or your family. If your heater is not throwing off any heat or throwing off very little heat then this could be a sign that there is a serious issue with the heater and could lead to something much worse if you continue using the heater.
If some or all of these issues have occurred when you have been using your heater it may be necessary to stop using your heater and contact us in order to make sure that the heater is safe to continue using around you and your family. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the health, safety, and home comfort for your family.