DC Cheek Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Duluth’

Why Is a Cracked Heat Exchanger Such a Problem?

Monday, November 16th, 2020
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Are you utilizing a gas-powered furnace for your heating needs? It’s a great choice for homeowners throughout Duluth and the surrounding communities! It’s actually still the leading heating system found in homes throughout the country, especially in areas like ours that may not have a need for a powerful boiler but still needs effective and efficient heat for our chilly winter nights.

They’re cost-effective, and a fantastic choice for many people. However, when not properly cared for, furnaces can present dangers you might not think about. This is going to be the case for any appliance that utilizes natural gas. They are not dangerous by nature, but skipping maintenance or neglecting an aging system can certainly lead to problems. One of these problems is a cracked heat exchanger.

Heat exchangers are something you should know about, and never ignore if you suspect you have an issue with one. If this is the case, turn off your heater right away and give us a call.

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Beware This Common AC Problem

Monday, September 7th, 2020
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Have you been told by a general handyperson that the refrigerant in your air conditioner is low, and that it needs to be refilled? Perhaps they told you that it needs to be refilled —what we in the industry call recharged every year during AC maintenance.

Unfortunately, this is a little misleading. Yes, refrigerant leaks and problems are something we check for during your annual maintenance appointment. But refrigerant should not actually be leaving your system on a regular basis. In fact, your air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant during installation to ideally last its entire lifespan, theoretically.

While refrigerant loss is a relatively common AC problem, that does not make it “normal” or a problem you can delay fixing. Read on as we uncover how you can tell if your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant, and why this is such a problem!

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Can Drain Clogs Be Prevented?

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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If there’s anything that’s more frustrating than a drain clog that stops whatever you’re doing–whether it’s taking a shower, cleaning up after cooking, or even trying to use your sprinkler system outside–we’re not sure what it is!

But it’s pretty much inevitable that every homeowner will deal with a drain clog at some point–unless of course, they take preventive measures to avoid them! But what are these measures exactly? Read on to find out!

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How to Spot a Cooling System in Disrepair

Monday, May 4th, 2020
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Your household’s central air conditioning system is one of the most important features of your home in regards to comfort and quality of life. It’s also one of the most specialized. As a homeowner, there’s a number of tasks you can take on, like fixing a leaky faucet or tightening a nail in a piece of furniture. But when it comes to your air conditioning needs, repairs require specialized knowledge and training.

Just like the vehicle you drive, or any other large piece of equipment, your air conditioner needs routine maintenance to keep working as it should. It’s a lot easier, not to mention cheaper, to address problems when they’re just starting out than waiting until months later when you can’t ignore them because your AC broke down. Maintenance helps you avoid large repair needs and keeps your cooling costs down, but of course, there is still a chance your system will need repair. How can you tell?

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Have You Scheduled AC Maintenance Yet?

Monday, April 20th, 2020
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We get it—when an HVAC professional suggests maintenance for your air conditioning system, it can be an easy recommendation for you to dismiss. Unless something is wrong with your cooling system right now, like you noticed a sudden loss of cooling power, you may be tempted to put off maintenance, particularly if your air conditioner has been working “just fine.”

The fact of the matter is, though, that just like maintenance for your car, routine AC maintenance is vital to the performance of your cooling system as well as repair prevention. An as a trusted resource in your community, our team has the responsibility to share with you why regular maintenance is so important, and when you should schedule it.

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It’s Time! Schedule Your Cooling System Tune-Up Today

Monday, March 9th, 2020
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It can be easy for our customers to dismiss the need for air conditioning maintenance. Unless something is terribly wrong with your cooling system after all—like, say, you noticed a sudden loss of cooling power—you can be very tempted to put off a tune-up, particularly if your AC has been working “just fine.”

The thing is, “just fine” isn’t always good enough! Just like maintenance for your vehicle, routine cooling system maintenance is essential to the system’s performance, longevity, and overall efficiency. It’s also the best way to prevent the worst of repair needs. What does maintenance do, though? Read on as we uncover some of the truths of maintenance, and please give us a call when you’re ready to schedule your next tune-up!

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