Westshore Mechanical Blog

What Makes a Heat Pump Different from an Air Conditioner?

July 15th, 2019

cold-and-warm-houseThe simple explanation for what makes a heat pump different from an air conditioner is the standard pitch for a heat pump: “It’s an air conditioner that can also work as a heater!”

You probably already knew that because you’re thinking about installing a residential heat pump in Grand Rapids, MI. Replacing that old air conditioning system with a dual-function system that takes care of summer and winter weather sounds great.

But this brings up the question about what separates a heat pump from an air conditioner. How can an air conditioner be designed to also provide heat?

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Always Book Early for an Air Conditioning Replacement If You Can!

July 1st, 2019

old-air-conditioning-unitSometimes, you can’t control when you need to have a replacement for an important appliance. If the laundry machine suddenly dies on you and repairs won’t get it back in shape, you have to arrange to get it replaced ASAP.

But in most cases of essential home appliances and systems, they’ll provide you with warnings that they’re near the end of their service lives. You can plan on the replacement ahead of time so it’s convenient and you won’t have to deal with an emergency breakdown.

Booking a replacement for your home’s central air conditioning system as early as you can is one of the best examples of this. We urge you to call us when you think you need a replacement so you can get on the schedule.

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It’s Not Too Late for an Air Conditioning Tune-Up

June 17th, 2019

air-conditioner-with-toolsWe recommend our customers have a tune-up and inspection for their air conditioning system once a year during spring. That way, their AC will be in top shape for handling another hot summer.

However, it’s always better to have air conditioning maintenance done later than not at all. If you haven’t gotten around to scheduling your air conditioner’s professional tune-up yet, don’t worry. The big heat of summer hasn’t struck yet, and you’ll still receive the main benefits of a well-maintained air conditioning system.

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Air Conditioner False Alarms Caused by a Dirty Filter

June 3rd, 2019

air-filterThe air filter in your HVAC system … It saves your system from developing some serious repair problems. But if you don’t change it out frequently, it can just as easily develop some serious repair problems. You can’t live with it, and you can’t live without it.

If you’re experiencing any of the following AC repair problems in Grand Rapids, MI, hold off on calling for repairs so soon. Try changing the air filter first and save yourself a service call.

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Furnace Not Blowing Air? Here’s Why

May 20th, 2019

One of the most frustrating furnace problems you can encounter is a furnace that simply does not blow out hot air. You might run the furnace for an hour only to realize that it’s not heating your home up at all. Upon putting your hand up to the air vents, you might not feel any air. Or, if there is air, it might not be warm.

Not having warm air is bad, but the real reason this problem would be considered frustrating is because there are so many potential causes for it. Without a proper inspection from an expert of furnaces in Grand Rapids, MI, you’ll be left confused and in the cold.

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4 Frequently Asked Heat Pump Questions

May 6th, 2019

blue-question-markA heat pump is an HVAC system that can provide both heating and cooling to a home. All you have to do is flip the switch and it will reverse its flow of refrigerant, thus allowing hot air to come inside instead of going outside. It’s a level of convenience that is unmatched by other systems.

Heat pumps come in two different types: the traditional kind that uses ducts—much like your average central AC or furnace—and ductless models, which have no need for those ducts.

All of this makes heat pumps very versatile systems that can work well in nearly any home. At the same time, it can actually just make things even more confusing for the average homeowner.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of four of the most commonly asked questions to try and reduce any confusion.

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Westshore Mechanical Wins 2019 People’s Choice Award

April 24th, 2019


The results are in…

Westshore Mechanical has won Grand Haven Tribune’s 2019 People’s Choice Award for Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company!

The People’s Choice Award has been held annually for several years. The community is asked to vote for their favorite services in a number of categories, including everything from hair salons and coffee shops to heating and cooling specialists.

This year, the Grand Haven Tribune saw a 15% increase in participants. That totals out to over 32,000 nominations and 96,000 total votes cast! Westshore Mechanical managed to stand out above all odds and win the award.

We took the #1 spot in our category, ranking just above French Heating and Cooling Inc and Upgraded Heating and Cooling.

Of course, we couldn’t have done it without the help of our loyal customers. We thank you for choosing us as your top heating and cooling service provider.

We’ve also been given the honor of being included on the website’s “Best Of Directory,” where users can find by searching through categories.

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The Most Common Boiler Problems

April 22nd, 2019

boiler-pressure-gaugeDon’t let that headline mislead you—boilers are still one of the most reliable and efficient heating systems on the market. Since they have far fewer moving parts than forced-air heating systems, they typically don’t need as many repairs.

However, boilers are not impervious to problems. Recognizing the signs of an issue and having it promptly repaired is the key to ensuring a long life for your boiler. Here are some of the most common ones:

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How Long Should My Furnace Last?

April 8th, 2019

service-tech-at-furnaceWe’ve performed furnace services in Grand Rapids, MI since 2004. Since that time, we get a handful of questions, including this one:

How long should my furnace last me?

If there was a straightforward answer to this question, we wouldn’t be writing a blog post on it. So, to answer your question, we’ll ask you a few questions:

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Do Ductless HVAC Systems Need Fewer Repairs?

March 25th, 2019

ductless-heating-repairWhen you think of a central AC or furnace, you might think of words like “bulky” or “cumbersome.” Not only do you need to make room for their respective units, but they also require significant lengths of ductwork.

On the other hand, ductless mini-split systems look far more streamlined and high-tech. Despite the size of their air handlers, they can fit seamlessly into any room, they barely make noise, and they don’t need ducts.

With these perceptions in mind, it almost seems as if the ductless system is too sleek and shiny to ever need repairs. But that couldn’t be true, right?

As far as repairs go, there are a couple of benefits and drawbacks that need to be explained.

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