Westshore Mechanical Blog

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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Common Venting Issues in High-Efficiency Furnaces

March 11th, 2019

If your furnace is having some issues, the first thing you might do is lurk around on the internet a bit in search of some helpful advice (that’s why you’re reading this blog post, right?).

However, it’s important to understand which kind of furnace you have. After all, a high-efficiency furnace is going to work a bit differently than your conventional furnace, so you can expect it to have some unique issues, especially in regards to its ventilation. In this post, we’ll go over how the two systems are different and which problems are unique for high-efficiency furnaces.

Of course, if you find yourself overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to call up an expert of furnace repair in Grand Rapids, MI to come check out the furnace right away.

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It’s Never Too Late for Furnace Maintenance

February 25th, 2019

furnace-maintenanceA common question we get asked is whether there’s such a thing as being “too late” to get maintenance for your furnace.

Given that a major reason for getting maintenance is to prevent repair issues, you might be able to say: Yes, it is too late if you’ve experienced a repair issue already!

However, the real answer is “No!” If you’ve missed your annual appointment for maintenance, it’s better to be late than to try and put it off until next year. We’ll explain why that is.

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Boiler Problems Explained

February 11th, 2019

technician-working-on-boilerBefore forced-air heaters like furnaces and heat pumps became as advanced as they are today, the nation heated itself with a different kind of system: the boiler.

To this day, many would say that the boiler is still unmatched in its comfort and heating abilities. Not only that, but these systems do have less moving parts, making them less prone to needing repairs.

With that being said, boilers are not invincible. They will unfortunately need repairs from time to time. At the very least, we can let you in on what those symptoms are and explain what they mean.

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Radiant Heating vs Forced-Air Heating

January 28th, 2019

radiant-heatingWhen it comes to heating systems, most of what you’ll see are forced-air heaters. These consist of systems that use air as the medium for transferring heat. We know them in our homes as furnaces and heat pumps.

On the other hand, you have radiant heating systems. Even though radiant heating is only used in less common systems like boilers and radiant heating systems, many insist that radiant heating is superior to forced-air heating.

Most HVAC contractors in Holland, MI are happy to install either for you. We’ll go even further by explaining the pros and cons between each, and we’ll help you decide which is better for your needs.

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