Service King Plumbing & HVAC Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating’

The Problem of Furnace Short Cycling

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Furnace short cycling is a behavior in which your furnace turns itself on and off every couple of minutes. Though it may seem like a minor quirk, it’s actually a very serious threat to your system. If left unchecked, it can result in a whole slew of problems and the eventual breakdown of your furnace. Let’s look at why short cycling happens, and what you can do about it. (more…)

Should I Replace My Furnace?

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Heating season is here, and that means it’s time to make sure that your home heating system is in good shape. Sooner or later, though, there will come a time when your furnace won’t be able to get you through another winter. When that happens, it’s a good idea to know the signs. That way, you can have your furnace replaced before winter arrives. You don’t want to have your heating system break down on you in the middle of winter, after all. Let’s take a look at the signs that you need to have your furnace replaced. (more…)

Furnace Problems You Should Know About

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Gas furnaces remain the most popular home heating system types in the country, and quite a few people are going to start relying on them to keep their homes warm this heating season. Along with all of that added use is the increased chance of furnace problems cropping up. If you’re one of the millions of people who own a gas furnace, you need to keep an eye out for these problems. Let’s take a look at some of the issues that can affect a gas furnace, and what to look for this season. (more…)

How Zone Control Can Keep You Warm This Heating Season

Monday, October 19th, 2015

This heating season, a lot of us are going to be relying on centralized forced air heating systems to keep warm. That’s all well and good, but if you’re one of those people, you should be aware of some of the drawbacks. Centralized forced air heating systems offer a one-size-fits-all kind of heating solution. They can’t modulate their output from room to room. Every part of the house gets the same level of heat, or none at all. This is a problem, because not all parts of the house warm up or cool off at the same rate. Differences in insulation between rooms means that hot and cold spots are often created in homes that use central heating. Energy is also wasted on rooms that don’t require heating, such as empty rooms. Fortunately, you can address these problems with a zone control system. Let’s take a look at zone control, and how it can help you. (more…)

Boiler Kettling, And What to Do About It

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Boilers have a reputation for being among the sturdiest heating systems in existence. This is because they have fewer moving parts, which means that there are fewer ways for them to break down. Despite this strength, though, they are not perfect systems. Boilers can still develop problems, some of which pose a threat not only to the boiler but to the surrounding area. One of those problems is kettling. Let’s take a look at what kettling is, and what you need to do about it. (more…)

Consider Radiant Heating Installation This Fall

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Summer is over, and people are starting to get their homes ready for the heating season. For some homeowners, that means looking for a new heating system entirely. If you’re one of those people, you should take a look at radiant heating. Radiant heating systems are a great alternative to traditional forced air systems, with many unique advantages to offer. Read on to find out why you should consider installing a radiant heating system in your home this fall. (more…)

3 Common Boiler Repairs

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Boilers are among the most enduring home heating systems in existence. Their relative lack of moving parts, compared to systems like furnaces, provides fewer ways for boilers to wear out or break down. A well maintained boiler can last decades longer than other heating systems. However, despite their sturdy natures boilers are still susceptible to the occasional problem. Let’s examine 3 of the most common boiler repairs.


One of the biggest threats to boilers is long term exposure to hard water. Hard water is characterized by an unusually high mineral content, and is found in many areas throughout the United States. As the hard water flows through the boiler system, it deposits small amounts of minerals on the walls of the pipes. Over time, these mineral deposits will build up to the point that they restrict the flow of water through the pipes. This is especially problematic for the heat exchanger. As water is prevented from moving through the heat exchanger quickly enough, it begins to evaporate and produce steam. This causes a massive increase in pressure, which the heat exchanger wasn’t designed to handle. This causes a deep rumbling noise, known as kettling, as the heat exchanger struggles with the steam. The boiler has safety measures in place to shut it down before any serious damage occurs, like the heat exchanger rupturing, but you should still get your boiler checked by a professional as soon as possible if you notice it kettling.

Failed Circulator Pump

The circulator pump is the part that is responsible for actually distributing hot water throughout the house, similar to the way that an air handler circulates warm air from furnaces. It is often a water-lubricated system, which makes sense considering its role. If a circulator pump is installed incorrectly, however, or somehow gets air into the system, it can lock up and stop pumping water. If your boiler is on, but you aren’t getting any heat from it, you may have a malfunctioning circulator pump.


As with any water-based system, leaks can be a major problem for boilers. The severity of the problem depends on the location of the leak, but there are a few areas that are more common than others. Valves that aren’t closing properly can cause pressure issues during operation, while failing seals can let air bubbles into the system. If you see water leaking or pooling around your boiler, you should call a professional immediately.

If your boiler is having problems, call Service King. We provide quality heating services in the Algonquin area.

Reasons Your Heating May Be Insufficient

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Have you started noticing that your heating bills have gone up significantly, yet you haven’t changed the way your heat your home? Or have you noticed that you aren’t getting the amount of heat you need to stay comfortable? There can be a few reasons why your heat may have become insufficient, and it’s important to pinpoint the reasons for this so that your heating in St. Charles, IL does the job you need it to.

Reason #1: Poor Insulation

Insulation is tremendously important for the energy efficiency of your home. The job of insulation is to slow the transfer of heat; during the winter months, insulation helps keep your heat indoors while also forming a barrier to the cold outside. In the summer, insulation stops heat from moving into your home from the outdoors. If you have concerns about the level of insulation in your home, make an appointment with an insulation expert.

Reason #2: Dirty Ductwork

If you have a ducted heating system, your ductwork is the delivery system for your hot air. It’s recommended that your ductwork be cleaned every 3-5 years to remove any build-up of dust and dirt, and also to ensure that no corrosion or disconnections have developed. Dust build-up in your ductwork can significantly impact your heating, so if it’s been more than 5 years since your last duct cleaning, it is time to call for an appointment.

Reason #3: No Maintenance

It’s strongly recommended that you schedule maintenance for your heating system annually. Maintenance for your heating system is a full tune-up of the system, in which your heating unit is cleaned, adjusted and lubricated as needed, as well as tested and thoroughly inspected. Maintenance helps improve overall performance and energy efficiency and keeps your system in good working order.

Insufficiency can mean discomfort and higher energy bills. If your heating system isn’t running as efficiently as it should, call Service King today and speak with one of our trained experts for professional heating service in St. Charles.

How to Save Money on Heating Your Home

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

As we move into the thick of the winter season, a lot of homeowners find themselves looking for ways to save money on heating. Simply being sparing with the heat is hardly an option in areas where the day’s forecast is below zero. Fear not. There are a few options available, for those who know what to look for. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to save money on heating your home this winter season.

Zone Control

A zone control system is designed to divide your home’s ductwork into a series of zones that can be individually climate controlled. This is done by installing a damper, basically a large valve, in the ducts leading to each room. A thermostat is connected to each of these dampers, allowing each room to set its own temperature settings. When the thermostat in an individual room puts out a call for heat, it opens the damper so that warm air can flow into the room. Otherwise, the damper remains closed.

There are many advantages to using zone control for your central heating system. Normal central heating systems waste a lot of energy heating rooms that either don’t need it or are not occupied. This is due to the reliance on a single thermostat, which can only detect temperature changes in its immediate vicinity. By installing a thermostat in each room, zone control eliminates that tendency to waste heat on rooms that are already at a comfortable temperature. The thermostats can also be locked so that only the one in the room you are currently occupying will call for heat, further lightening the load on your heater.

Heat Pumps

A heat pump is a heating system that does not burn fuel to create heat. Rather, it heats a home by moving thermal energy from one place to another. This is done through a unit installed on the outside of the home, which leeches thermal energy from the surrounding air and sends it inside to heat the air. Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient, using only electricity to operate. If you’d like to invest in a more efficient heating system, a heat pump is one of the best options on the market.

To schedule an appointment or if you’d like to know more about how you can save money on heating, call Service King today. We provide professional heating services in Bartlett, IL.

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