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Signs You Need Repairs for Your Radiant Heating

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

One of the best things about radiant heating is the warm floors. But what happens when you put your bare foot down one day and feel that the floor isn’t as toasty as usual?

You may have a need for radiant heating repair in Elk Grove Village. Because radiant heating is either under your flooring or behind your walls or ceilings, it can be hard to detect when there’s an issue. Here are some signs to look for when it comes to potential problems that can develop with your radiant heating.

Hydronic Radiant Heating

With a hydronic system, either hot water or steam is used to heat your home. Here are some of the signs that can indicate a problem has developed:

  • Leaking – the tubing for hydronic radiant systems is very durable, so when a leak develops, it is usually due to damage to the tubing or poorly-done plumbing issues. Not only can leaks cause a loss of heating, they can cause serious water damage if left unattended, so if you detect a leak in the area of your hydronic radiant heating, call for help right away.
  • Not enough heat – leaks can be a culprit of decreased heating, but so can air lock and scaling in the tubing. Air lock develops when an air bubble gets trapped in the tubing; air bubbles do not allow the water to pass, which will reduce the heat in that area of tubing. Scaling is the build-up of minerals on the inside of the tubing; if the build-up is significant enough, it can restrict the amount of water passing through the tubing.

Electric Radiant Heating

Electric radiant heating uses electric cables to generate heat. As with hydronic radiant heating, certain kind of problems can develop:

  • Tripping breaker – every electrical radiant system has certain requirements, including correctly-sized breakers; should the breaker be undersized or faulty, you’ll have problems heating your floor.
  • Uneven heating – like the tubing of a hydronic radiant system, the electrical cables of an electrical radiant system can be damaged. Dropping a heavy object can damage wiring, as can broken tiles that may cut into a wire. When any part of an electrical cable is damaged, it affects how that cable will heat.

Properly repairing radiant heating in Elk Grove Village takes skill and expertise. This is why, if you are experiencing any kind of problems with your radiant heating system, you should call for expert help.

Service King has helped multiple customers with their heating systems, so if you are having problems with yours, call us today!

Some Common Repairs Your Furnace May Require

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Furnaces are one of the most commonly-used home heating systems, and with an average lifespan of 15-20 years, it is likely you will need to schedule your furnace for repair at least once during its lifetime. There are some furnace repairs our technicians see more than others when it comes to furnace repairs, and we’ll outline some of them below. But no matter what your particular heating repair issue in Elk Grove Village might be, the trained and certified technicians at Service King can help you.

Common Furnace Repairs

Here are some of the more common furnace repairs we see at Service King:

Problems with the Blower

The blower in your furnace pushes the hot air generated by the heat exchanger into your home. The blower has a motor, a fan belt, ball bearings and other small components that can develop problems that will affect the blower’s operation. Some typical issues that can develop with your blower are issues with frayed or corroded wiring, dried out ball bearings, worn or broken belts and loose or broken fan blades. Anything problems that affect the fan’s ability to move the air in your system correctly can create issues with air flow in your system.

Ignition Issues

There are 3 ways your furnace can ignite:

  • Standing pilot
  • Intermittent pilot
  • Hot surface ignition

Standing pilots are pilot lights that are on constantly; intermittent pilot and hot surface ignition are both types of electronic ignition and are only on when igniting the system. Today’s furnaces are no longer manufactured with standing pilots as electronic ignition is more energy efficient, but there are many furnaces that have standing pilot lights. Some of the common problems that can develop with ignition are problems with the thermocouple (standing pilot lights), lack of electronic spark (intermittent pilot) or a cracked probe (hot surface ignition). Each type of igniter can develop its own set of problems, but the results from each can be no heat. If your furnace is having problems igniting, call for a technician.

Low Air Flow

As mentioned above, low air flow can be caused by problems with your blower, but a secondary cause of low air flow is a dirty filter. Your furnace’s air filter should be changed every 3 months to remain effective and not become clogged. A clogged air filter can seriously restrict your system’s air flow, resulting in less air being delivered to your home and more stress on your heating system.

Furnace problems only get worse over time, so if you are in need of heating repair in Elk Grove Village, call us today to schedule an appointment.