Jim McDonald & Sons Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Do You Need to Replace or Repair Your Furnace?

Monday, March 15th, 2021

That’s a good question. You might have thought you’d get to this blog post and hear us just give you a one-word answer and call it a day, but that’s just not the case. In order to be a responsible HVAC provider, we need to tell you the truth. And the truth is, the decision to replace or repair your furnace depends on many factors.

Ultimately, the choice is yours. If you tell us that you’d rather pay for furnace repair in Sarasota, FL over a replacement, then we’re not going to argue with you. The only thing we will say is that it might be more cost-effective to go with the latter option.

Determining how much it will cost down the line is the main game we play when we decide between repairs or replacement. Today, we’ll try to simplify this decision and make it easier for you going forward.

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We Won’t Give Up on Your Old Heater: Here’s Why

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Look, we’d like to preface this blog by telling you clearly that if your old heater isn’t working well, we’ll always advise you to get it replaced. If it’s running up your heating bill, needing repairs every year, and overall just a big nuisance, then we won’t beat around the bush. However, if you’ve still got a few years left in your heater, we won’t ignore that fact either.

While replacement services can be great, many HVAC technicians will jump to replacement because it’s the easiest way for them to make the most money. It’s true, an amateur will just want to throw out your whole system and replace it with a brand-new one if they can. What’s important is that you know the kind of heating service in Bradenton, FL that you need.

If you know when your heater can keep chugging along, or when it should be replaced, then it’s harder for amateurs to take advantage of you and easier to work with pros like us!

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Everything to Know About Your Furnace’s Heat Exchanger

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Look, we know that here in Florida, the focus is usually on air conditioners. You only use your furnace for a tiny fraction of the year, so why would we spend an entire blog post about such a small component of your heating system?

Well, don’t let the heat exchanger’s size fool you, it’s one of the most important aspects of your furnace, let alone the safety of your home. While you might not use your furnace as much as your AC, a gas furnace that’s neglected can quickly become a safety concern if you’re not careful. We see this happen to furnaces in Lakewood Ranch, FL all the time, and we’d like to inform our customers about the importance of proper heater care.

So, want to know more about the most sensitive component of your heating system? Keep reading and we’ll tell you!

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Heating Repair Now Vs. Heating Repair Later

Monday, February 1st, 2021

If you looked at the title of this blog post and thought “what’s the difference? As long as my heater gets repaired, it doesn’t matter when,” then you’re in the right place. We’re talking to you!

There’s a misconception floating around that heating problems can be dealt with on your timeline as a homeowner, and that if you’re almost done with the winter heating season, you can just run your heater until spring comes and you’ll be set to get it fixed then. This, however, is a dangerous mentality to have.

Heating repair in Sarasota, FL might not seem like an urgent thing, but unless you know exactly what’s going wrong with your heater, it could get worse every time you turn the system on. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, a problem can compound into additional problems and get expensive very quickly.

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Our Seasonal Heater FAQ

Monday, January 18th, 2021

The mark of the new year means different things to different people. For some, it means buckling down and working hard towards a New Year’s resolution. For HVAC professionals, it means the last big cold fronts of the winter before the pretty colors of spring arrive. Homeowners often come to use at this time of year with persisting questions about their struggling heating system. We’re here to help!

You can’t afford to lose heating in Sarasota, FL. While our community might be much warmer than northern climates, a lot of our local homeowners don’t like the cold and can’t really handle it. When temperatures drop even slightly, it’s important that your heater can keep up with your demands and warm your home appropriately. If you have any questions about the functionality, the efficiency, or the efficacy of your heater, then we seek to answer them.

So, let’s get to some of the most common questions our community has asked us, and we’ll give you the answers you’re looking for!

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What’s That Smell?

Monday, December 21st, 2020

Uh oh, your furnace has never smelled like that before! Or maybe it has, you were just never around at this time of year to really take it in. Regardless of what the smell is, how bad it is, or how you feel about it, it could absolutely be a signal that something is wrong with your system.

Smells that come from a furnace system can range anywhere from common things to serious disasters and it’s up to you to call for help when you need it. We don’t live at your home, you do! This is why you need to call us when you think there’s something funky giving off strange smells from your system.

We’re the team to call for furnace repair in Bradenton, FL when it comes to strange smells in your system. Whether it’s a gas leak, a carbon monoxide leak, or something else causing the scent, we’ve got your back.

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Our Heater Safety Checklist

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Do you have a heater? Well, of course you do. But is your heater working safely and effectively? That’s probably a harder question to answer and if you’re struggling with a response then we don’t blame you. It’s hard for homeowners to understand just how safe their heaters are functioning.

That’s why we’ve taken the approach of giving you our personalized, homeowner heater safety checklist. With each of these points, you’ll be able to further understand how safe your heater is working, and how badly you need repairs from our team. HVAC in North Port, FL doesn’t have to be complicated when it comes to safe heater practices, and we can help you get to the point where you sleep soundly at night knowing your system is as safe as can be!

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Preparing Your Heater for the Drop in Temperature

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Here in Florida, the drop in temperature from fall to winter isn’t as severe as it is for our northern neighbors. However, if you think that you’ll get through the winter here without the need for a heating system, you probably haven’t been around here for very long. Things do cool down, especially at night, and not having a heater that works for your home could spell disaster.

Heating in Sarasota, FL is an important service that we offer. We want all of our customers to know that we’re ready and willing to help with any repairs, installations, maintenance, and replacement services you might need. And, for everyone else, we’d like to focus today on some tips that can help you turn your heater on for the first time this season. Whether you like it or not, colder temperatures are coming, and we can be your helpful guide to getting you ready for them.

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What Makes an HVAC Technician Worth the Price?

Monday, November 9th, 2020

So, you’ve read a few of our blog posts and seen our website. We’re definitely a dependable source for everything that has to do with air conditioning, heating, indoor air quality, and anything else in the HVAC world. We’re professionals just like the person you normally call to work on your HVAC problems, right?

Well, not necessarily. Every professional technician is going to be different. Some are more reliable, more certified, and offer more value than others. We want to help make sure you’re getting the most out of your professional HVAC technician, even if it’s not us.

So, buckle up. If you’re in the mood to really split hairs when it comes to HVAC in Bradenton, FL, then keep reading! We promise we’ll give you the most important reasons why we’re probably the best team in the area by a longshot.

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Don’t Gamble with a Gas Furnace: Safety Tips

Monday, March 16th, 2020

Gas furnaces are built for safety these days, but no amount of precision manufacturing can prepare a system for neglect. Furnaces, just like any other heating system in the country, break down and have trouble when they haven’t been tuned-up, cleaned, or functioning properly. The problem with a gas furnace is that, unlike other heaters, it can sometimes lead to pretty serious safety concerns that are not present in other heating systems.

When taking the time to seriously think about your heater’s condition and the quality of your HVAC systems, we want you to think very hard about how your gas furnace is doing. Do you need heating repair in Venice, FL? If the answer to that question is yes, then give our team a call and we can help you out. If the answer to that question is “no” or “I don’t know,” then we implore you to keep reading while we talk about why it’s so necessary to keep your gas furnace in working order!

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