Westshore Mechanical Blog

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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It’s Time for Furnace Maintenance

October 22nd, 2018

technician-inspecting-furnaceNow that the cold season is in full swing here in Grand Rapids, MI, that time has come again. Which time, you ask? Yes, the time for hot cocoa with marshmallows and warm blankets is on that list, but what we’re referring to is furnace inspection time!

Sorry if that doesn’t sound very exciting, but it’s something that every furnace owner should make time for every year. Furnace maintenance is the best way to keep your heating costs low and to extend the lifespan of your system. We’ll explain in more detail below.

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Common Heater Problems

October 8th, 2018

turtle-neck-man-experiences-heating-problemsWhen it gets cold, most people call it the “cold season,” or they simply call it fall and winter. In the HVAC industry, we call it the “heating season.” It sounds a little backward, but it makes sense when you think that the “heating season” is the season for turning on your heater.

Of course, we’re talking about the heating season because we’ve just entered it! It’s been half a year since most homeowners have turned on their heaters, so now’s the perfect time to pay attention to how they’re performing. We’ll give you a few tips on how to do that down below.

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Is High Velocity Air Conditioning for You?

September 24th, 2018

historic-homesWere you recently told that your home is too old to accommodate an air conditioner? What does that even mean, anyway? Older homes weren’t designed with as much space between the walls and floors, making it difficult to install central AC systems—unless you want to pay excessive remodeling costs. Luckily, the little-known high velocity AC system might be the perfect solution for you:

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4 Tips for Year-Round HVAC Efficiency

September 10th, 2018

worker-sealing-ductsThe cold season is coming up, and it’ll be time to switch on our heaters. There are plenty of tips and ideas for how to make the most of your HVAC system depending on the season, but why should we stop there? Wouldn’t everyone benefit more if they used year-round efficiency tips?

In this post, we’ll go over four tips to improve your HVAC efficiency for any time of the year.

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