Westshore Mechanical Blog

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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Hard Water: Bad News for Water Heaters

January 14th, 2019

waterheater-maintenanceHard water is a scourge upon any home. It clogs pipes and shower heads, leaves chalky residue around your faucets, makes your skin and hair feel terrible, and ruins your glassware. It also can contribute to serious water heater problems.

But don’t worry: hard water isn’t an unstoppable evil, and your water heater won’t be corrupted just for touching it. But you will need to stay diligent.

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Some Other Options for Heating Your Home

December 31st, 2018

blue-question-markStatistically speaking, you probably own a gas furnace. They’re one of the most popular heaters in the country. Why? Because they just work! Natural gas is an inexpensive fuel source in just about every part of the nation, gas furnaces are easy to install, and they heat homes quickly. It’s hard to argue with that.

But just because it works for “everyone” doesn’t mean it works for you. There are plenty of good reasons to look at other systems, each with their own set of unique benefits. Here are some of them:

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Why Is My Furnace Leaking?

December 17th, 2018

technician-inspects-furnaceYou’re running your furnace. But before it can sufficiently warm your home, it suddenly stops working. That’s odd. So you check out the furnace and immediately notice a puddle of water around it. That’s even more odd! Your first thought might be, “Is this some kind of chemical leak? Is it dangerous?”

Actually, it’s probably just water, and it wouldn’t be unusual to see it coming from a high-efficiency furnace. You’re most likely encountering a problem with the condensate line or leak.

While water is harmless, the leak itself is not something you’ll want to ignore. Your best bet is to call for furnace repair in Grand Rapids, MI so they can come to diagnose and fix the problem. Keep reading and we’ll explain the possible reason for this problem and what it means for your furnace.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Boiler?

December 3rd, 2018

pressure-gauge-for-boilerIt’s truly a shame when a boiler goes past its prime. Boilers are efficient, break down less often, and they just tend to feel better than other kinds of heaters.

We could go on and on about why we love boilers, but in this post, we’re talking about what happens when they need to be replaced.

“Shouldn’t it be easy to tell when it needs replacement? It’ll just stop working!” What happens more often is the boiler will begin performing so poorly that the cost to keep running it is more expensive than just having it replaced. Allow us to explain some of the factors that lead to boiler replacement:

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Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

November 19th, 2018

sick-woman-blowing-her-noseEven with the latest air conditioner or the best furnace, there’s one thing that won’t fix itself on its own:

Air quality.

You could be living with poor indoor air quality right now and not realize it. Those with strong immune systems may not notice anything, except for maybe some stale or stuffy air. But when fall comes around and the cold begins lowering our immunities, that’s when you might realize you have an air quality problem.

In this post, we’ll talk about the negative effects of poor indoor air quality, their causes, and what you can do about them.

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Are Furnaces My Only Choice for Heating?

November 5th, 2018

family-warming-hands-on-radiatorNo, there are plenty of other heaters available!

It’s no secret that furnaces are one of the most common heating systems in Grand Rapids, MI and in the country. Statistically speaking, you most likely have a furnace in your home, too! For those who have only owned a furnace their entire lives, they may not realize that there are other options out there. And, since each system is different, that could mean they’re missing out on some benefits that a furnace isn’t able to provide.

You might find that your furnace is still the best choice, but just to be sure, we’ll go through several heating options and their main differences.

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