Trouble Ahead: Signs That Point to a Heating System Problem

February 19, 2019

The most obvious sign that your heating system has a problem is when it stops working altogether. If you had only known sooner, you wouldn’t be making an emergency repair call in the middle of the night. Here are some common warning signs that a heating system problem may be on the horizon. Your Furnace is More Than 15 Years Old Like many things in your home, furnace technology continues to improve each year. By the time your furnace is 15 years old, its ability to run efficiently has dropped a great deal, especially when compared to a more modern furnace. For example, most old furnaces can only heat at a single setting. Modern furnaces have low and high heating settings, burning less fuel over time. The same goes for the air handler in your furnace. Older models run at a single speed, while modern air handlers blow air at multiple speeds depending on demand. Loud Noises Every heating system makes some amount of noise as the burner ignites or circulating fans turn. However, when a system begins to fail, you may hear the high-pitched whining of a loose motor belt, the rattle of loose screws, or the scraping sound...

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5 Benefits of Regular Heating Maintenance

January 22, 2019

Whether you have a furnace or heat pump, maintenance is essential to the life and performance of your system. Scheduled maintenance will bring you peace of mind knowing that all the components of your unit will work when you need them most. 1. Your HVAC System Will Last Longer If you take care of your furnace, it should last 15 to 20 years. Preventative maintenance will lessen the likelihood that your equipment will break down unexpectedly. A professional HVAC technician can perform a routine inspection of your system to identify small issues that normally occur. Once they detect the issues, they can fix them before they turn into big problems. 2. Your HVAC System Will Operate More Efficiently If you neglect your heating unit, the components will wear down quickly. Consequently, all the equipment will work harder to produce the same level comfortable heat throughout the house. This results in an inefficient system that utilizes nearly twice as much energy and costs you twice. You’ll notice a significant spike in your energy bill each month. Regular heating maintenance solves this problem by keeping your HVAC performing at optimal efficiency. 3. You Will Spend Less Money on HVAC Repairs Preventative maintenance...

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4 Signs You Need Furnace Repair

December 14, 2018

Are you worried about the reliability of your Burbank furnace this winter? Furnaces have an expected useful life of about 15 to 25 years with proper preventative maintenance. If your furnace is nearing these ages and/or you have not had it inspected and repaired, you could experience a breakdown this winter. Here are a few of the common signs of an impending furnace failure. 1. You Feel Like You Are Always Repairing Your Furnace As furnaces get older, they need more frequent repairs. You may find yourself replacing the blower, heat exchanger, burners and pilot lights. These repairs can quickly add up and make you feel like your furnace is unreliable and near the end of its expected useful life. To determine if you should continue repairing your furnace or replace it, look at your repair bills over the last 12 to 24 months. If the repair costs are significant, you may want to have one of our professional furnace repair technicians at Certified Service in Burbank evaluate your current furnace and provide you with an estimate for a new energy-efficient furnace. 2. Your Furnace Is Always On If your furnace is constantly running, it’s a sign that it isn’t...

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Variable Speeds: Air Conditioners & Furnaces

October 10, 2018

People are always looking for ways to save money, and the best way to start is to review your current bills. The power bill is usually one of the first places to look, as a few lifestyle changes can cut down on energy use. That’s not to say your home must remain uncomfortable as you clearly want to maintain control over the temperature inside your home, but new technologies allow for the house to be comfortable while conserving energy which doesn’t have to be used. Variable Speed Compressor and Fan One new technology is the variable speed HVAC compressor and fan so instead of either being on or off, the system can run at partial speed and still maintain the ambient temperature in the home without using as much power. Late spring weather or even a rainy summer day may not need the full force of the compressor’s cooling efficiency, so running it at half power can still keep the ambient temperature comfortable and even. On a hot sunny day, it may be more efficient to run at full speed for maximum effective cooling. Likewise, the fan doesn’t need to run at full speed on most days. You still need...

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How is a Smart Thermostat Beneficial?

September 26, 2018

You may have been hearing about “smart” thermostats for a while now, but unless you were already on the lookout for something to replace your old manual thermostat, you also may not have made much of an effort to find out what a smart thermostat actually does – and more importantly, what it can do for you. Here are just a few of the benefits of adding a smart thermostat to the heating and cooling system in your own home. Smart Thermostats Learn From You After your smart thermostat is installed, you can go about your normal routine when it comes to setting the temperature in your home – your smart thermostat will take notice. Over time, this will allow it to predict and automate your heating or cooling routines for you, making it a cinch to maintain the comfort level you want in your home with little to no effort. Convenient Features Many smart thermostats come with an array of useful features that are not only convenient but helpful and informative for you as well. These include simple things, such as reminding or alerting you of maintenance related details – like letting you know when it’s time to change...

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How to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

August 30, 2018

Your heating and cooling equipment use a significant amount of energy to keep your Burbank home comfortable. Depending on how much energy your HVAC system uses, you can end up with utility bills that skyrocket, especially during summer and winter. Thankfully, you can make your home more energy-efficient with the following HVAC tips. Switch to a More Energy-Efficient HVAC System One of the biggest ways to use less energy in your home is to have a more energy-efficient HVAC system installed. Older heating and cooling system tend to use more energy than newer ones, partly due to wear and tear. These older systems also aren’t made to be as energy-efficient as newer ones. In some cases, switching to a different type of heating and cooling system can be a more energy-efficient option, such as replacing a furnace and central air conditioning unit with a heat pump that heats and cools your home using less energy. Have Routine HVAC Maintenance Done Ensuring that your HVAC system is in optimal condition with routine maintenance also helps make your home more energy-efficient. A well-maintained heating and cooling system operates more efficiently and uses less energy overall. Having routine maintenance done annually can reduce...

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What to Look for in an AC Company

July 9, 2018

Having an air conditioning or HVAC system is a priority during the warmer months, especially in the summer. When looking for an air conditioning company, you don’t just want to settle for the first one you find. There are certain things you want to look for when choosing an AC company. Below are some guidelines to get a great AC unit and have a positive experience with the company you choose to buy from. How Experienced the Company Is You want to work with an air conditioning company who has experience in their field. You want the experience getting your AC installed and maintained to be a positive one, so make sure the company you choose has years of experience. The installation will go quicker and smoother, and when an issue arises they will know what to do. The Cost You want to know the cost of the job as soon as you choose the air conditioning company you want to work with. Be wary of a company who gives you a quote in the beginning, only to add more costs later on. You can trust Certified Service to give you the right cost for the job. Reputation A company...

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Why Product Warranties are Important

June 11, 2018

New air conditioning and heating equipment typically come with a limited warranty. Beyond this, consumers have the option of purchasing an extended warranty from the contractor. A warranty is a product guarantee provided by the manufacturer. It’s a statement of promise or other representation of the ability, performance, and quality of the product. It gives the consumer a right to ask the manufacturer to deal with any defects arising according to their terms and conditions. Conditional Service While having a warranty for your air conditioner is a great way to protect yourself from manufacturing defects, the length of the warranty shouldn’t be the sole basis for choosing a brand as it does not guarantee quality or better service. At Certified Service, we have our warranties clearly state the manufactures conditions. We also clearly state who to contact for any repairs or replacements, whether commercial or from our full range of residential products. For instance, any consumers within the regions listed on our website can contact us directly for any AC repairs, Installation, Heat Pump Service, and Furnace Installation. Extended Protection An extension of up to five years of our limited warranty on the majority of our product can also be obtained if they...

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Which AC Unit is best for Your Business?

May 25, 2018

Different retailers have various air conditioner brands that one can purchase. However, other commodities might end up disappointing you. All one has to do is look out for an air conditioner with the best properties for your individual needs. Here are some of the qualities of air conditioners that will best suit you: Should Be Energy Efficient Based on the current state of rising electricity tariffs and the mercury levels, everyone ought to buy an energy efficient commodity. Best air conditioners always come with good star rated energy efficient ratings (SEER). What you should look out for is an air conditioner with a higher star rating. That means that the commodity will consume lesser electricity. Minimum to No Noise Highly rated air conditioners are the best since they are quiet or have minimum noise produced compared to the lower rated ACs. Manufacturers have to take the air conditioners on a noise test. Ensure your air conditioners are tested before you purchase them. This is to avoid any distracting noise in future. Air Conditioner Capacity This is always based on the size of the room floor. The larger the room, the more the cooling capacity needed. The Intelligent Cooling Ability Best...

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How Are Ducts Sealed and Inspected?

April 17, 2018

Your HVAC system works hard all year long to keep your home comfortable. The more it runs, the more wear and tear your ducts will endure, and when ducts get loose or develop gaps and holes, the more will go wrong with your air treatment system. This coming summer is expected to be one of the hottest on record here in Burbank, California. Compromised ducts will lower the efficiency of your HVAC system and allow dust, dirt, and pests to spoil the air quality in your home. To remedy this, your ducts must be inspected and sealed by a professional. Certified Service can ensure your AC, Heat Pump, Furnace, Thermostat, Coils, Fan Coil, and other air treatment systems are in good condition. Here’s how duct inspection and repair are done. Duct Inspection HVAC professionals will check to see whether debris is flowing in or out of your air vents. Using a probing flash camera, they will open your vents and check for signs of vermin, debris, and dust that’s come from somewhere down the duct system. There will inevitably be some dust near the register. But the amount and type of debris will be used to determine whether or not...

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