Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog

What Does a Refrigerant Leak Mean for My Air Conditioner?

May 20th, 2019

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There are a lot of different problems that homeowners may run into with their air conditioning systems. It is important that any and all problems with your AC are addressed as swiftly as possible in order to minimize the risk of serious damage to your system. Even “minor” issues can cause big problems if given the opportunity.

Now, that being said, not all air conditioning problems are on the same level. Yes, they are all deserving of prompt attention. However, something like a refrigerant leak needs to be prioritized immediately. A refrigerant leak can do very real damage to your system if allowed to persist. Here are some signs that your air conditioning in Altoona, IA, may be on the line with a refrigerant leak.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Going to Succeed This Summer?

May 6th, 2019

AC-technician-workingIt’s a thought that you may not really want to explore: What if my air conditioner does not make it through the summer season? Let us make it clear right off the bat, though. It is definitely in your best interest, should this concern arise, to consider it very carefully. Can we replace your air conditioner for you in the middle of the summer following a breakdown? Well yes, of course. Is it much, much more convenient for you to have it replaced before things devolve to that level?

Absolutely.

Your air conditioner is most likely to give out on you just when you need it most, and when it is working its hardest. This is likely to be at a very hot point in the year, when your HVAC contractor in Ankeny, IA, is quite busy. Don’t risk discomfort while you wait for an available technician to remove your old system and get a new one in place. Consider the following, and let us know if you think it’s time to get a new AC installed.

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What Can Air Conditioning Maintenance Do for You?

April 22nd, 2019

condenser-unitIn this day and age, when it seems like there is someone trying to sell you something everywhere you go, it makes sense to exercise some level of caution when making investments and buying into different programs. One investment that is without a doubt worth your money is routine air conditioning maintenance. And our Schaal Priority Maintenance Agreement and Guarantees are definitely worth your consideration! More on that below. We want to get right to the heart of the matter of maintenance first.

Before we even dive into the issue of routine maintenance and its various benefits, however, we want to get this out of the way—you need to work with a reputable HVAC company in Ankeny, IA, if you want to get the most from your maintenance service and agreement. Routine HVAC maintenance is not a job that you can handle on your own, and it is not one that every service company excels in. When you work with the professionals on our team, though, you can count on a job well done every time, every step of the way. And now, onto those benefits!

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What Those Furnace Sounds Might Mean

April 8th, 2019

covering-earsThings are certainly warming up out there, but you’re definitely not done with your heating system just yet. No, you may not need to be running your heater around the clock the way you were even just a few weeks ago, but chances are that you’ll need to take the chill out of the air here and there for a bit longer this year. That’s a lot easier to do when your heating system is in great working condition.

All of this is to say that it is not too late in the season to schedule professional furnace repair in Pleasant Hill, IA. We know, we know—you are fairly certain that your heater is going to make it through the season. We’re so close—why worry about it now? Well, because prompt service, regardless of seasonality, is always in your best interest and is best for your systems. If your furnace is making strange sounds, for instance,  it may be a matter of concern.

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Reasons a Furnace May Blow Cool Air

March 25th, 2019

furnace-wiringWith the most extreme of winter weather (hopefully) behind us for the year, it is safe to say that everyone is ready for things to start warming up once again. Just because you are ready doesn’t mean that ol’ mother nature is quite there yet, unfortunately. We’ve got some chilly weather coming our way still, and chances are that you are going to be running your furnace for a while longer yet, even if it’s more sporadic than it has been.

That is precisely why, even this late into the heating season, it is vital to keep your home heating system in the best working condition possible. This means more than just having your furnace tuned up annually and changing filters as needed. It also means taking prompt action when problems of any kind with your furnace surface. And even the best furnaces with the best of care will eventually require professional furnace repair in Urbandale, IA.

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Why Is Heating Maintenance a Job for the Pros?

March 11th, 2019

piggy-bankNo one can even begin to argue against the fact that the internet is a truly incredible resource. Just a few generations ago the idea that you could carry around a whole world’s worth of information in your pocket—on a device that you can use to make your phone calls, nonetheless—would be unthinkable. No—incomprehensible! For the immeasurable good that the internet does, however, there are obviously a lot of issues that stem from it and its use.

Not the least of these is simply giving individuals the false impression that viewing a few videos or reading a few blogs suddenly makes them experts. Let us make our stance on the matter clear right off the bat. Yes, there are plenty of projects around the house that you can handle on your own. Yes, there are instructional DIY videos online that will help you to complete appropriate projects. No, you cannot ever service your home heating system yourself! That’s always a job for a professional HVAC contractor in Ankeny, IA.

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What Makes the Gas Furnace So Popular?

February 25th, 2019

gas-jetsWinter has certainly made itself known this year. With cold temperatures tearing through the country at such extremes, there’s no doubt that you were thankful for the heater in your home this season. And there is a good chance that you have a gas furnace to thank for your comfort. Why? Because gas furnaces are probably the most popular of all home heating systems in use today. Why is that? Well, that’s what we’re covering in today’s post.

To put things simply, the gas furnace has many benefits to offer that other heating systems simply cannot compete with. Does this mean that there are not other great heaters out there? No, of course not. It does mean that, if you’re thinking about installing a new heater in your home, using a gas furnace is certainly worth considering. So read on, learn a bit about the benefits, and let us know if you have any questions about what a gas furnace can do for you.

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Is Your Heater Running on Borrowed Time?

February 11th, 2019

question-markNow that we’re getting into mid-February, some homeowners out there are no doubt starting to eagerly anticipate the spring season. Just because warmer temperatures may be visible on the horizon in the near future, however, does not mean that you can let a struggling heating system limp along through the rest of the winter. There is too much work to be done yet. By rolling the dice in that way, you are only putting your comfort at risk.

If you were training for a marathon and sprained your ankle a few miles out from the finish line, chances are that you’d have that ankle taken care of before you decided to give it another shot and cross that finish line. The same mindset should apply to your heating system. Our Ankeny, IA, HVAC professionals want to ensure that you understand the signs that your heater is giving you. It may be that repairs are needed, of course. However, considering different factors, it may become clear that a full heating replacement is your best option, even with spring close ahead. 

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Prepare for the Coming Extreme Cold!

January 30th, 2019

logoIn the next few days, we all will experience temperatures and wind chills that our homes’ heating systems in the Des Moines area are NOT designed for. -20 to -30-degree temperatures with wind chills into -40 and down to the -50s! Newer homes will struggle to maintain temperature and older homes will NOT maintain temperature—the temperature WILL drop while the heating system is working at full capacity. Here are some helpful tips to make the next few days a little more bearable.

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How Ductwork and Heating Problems Are Linked

January 28th, 2019

sealing-ductWhen you invest in a good heating system and you schedule routine heating maintenance, you may think that you’re in the clear and that nothing bad can happen in terms of your overall heating experience. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. Even the best heating systems on the market, even when expertly installed and meticulously maintained, can still run into trouble. Things are only complicated further by the fact that different components of the system at large, rather than the heating unit itself, may be to blame.

Case in point? Your ductwork. If you use a heat pump or a furnace to heat your home, then you are using a forced air heating system to distribute heat throughout your living space. That means that air is heated and then circulated throughout the house by air ducts. If those ducts are not in great working condition, then your entire heating system is compromised. Let’s take a look at some signs of trouble with your ductwork in Altoona, IA.

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