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Your heating system is essential to keeping your home or business comfortable and safe this winter, and at Sanks Mechanical, we recommend a seasonal heater tune-up to all of our residential and commercial customers in Philadelphia, PA, and throughout the surrounding areas. Routine maintenance is the best way to avoid unexpected heating troubles and save money over the long term. We have highly skilled and experienced HVAC technicians that carry out tune-ups on gas and electric furnaces, air-sourced and geothermal heat pumps, mini-splits, steam and hot water boilers, and all of the other heating technologies that are used in this region. Our tune-up service includes a comprehensive cleaning, a multipoint inspection, correction of any wear and tear, and calibration of your thermostat. We’ll also discuss the condition of the heating system with you and answer any questions that you may have.

What You Can Expect from a Heater Tune-Up

Dirt and grime accumulate over time, which negatively affects air quality and will eventually lead to additional wear and tear. During your heater tune-up, our technician will clean all aspects of the system where that build-up occurs, including the blower, fan blades, coils, and drain line. As we clean the system, we’ll inspect all of the components for any imperfections and other indications of wear. We’ll also lubricate all of the moving parts and tighten all of the electrical connections. If you have an electric system, we’ll test the starter and heating element or heat pump, and if you have a gas system, we’ll test the pilot light and burner. We’ll test and calibrate the thermostat, replace or clean your air filter as needed, and finally, initiate the system and ensure that airflow is optimal. If we believe that any proactive repairs are required, we’ll discuss those with you and explore your options and time frame.

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Heating Maintenance Services

Heater Tune-Up Benefits

Perhaps the most obvious benefit of a heater tune-up is that you significantly decrease the likelihood that you’ll need repairs during the upcoming winter. That in and of itself provides great peace of mind, but what many home and business owners don’t realize is that a tune-up often pays for itself because the system is more efficient and thus less expensive to run on a month-to-month basis. Regular maintenance also lowers your total cost of ownership because it extends the life of your heating system, and routine maintenance is a requirement of most HVAC warranties.

Signs You Need a Heater Tune-Up

Sanks Mechanical recommends scheduling your heater tune-up in autumn prior to the heating season. But we can perform tune-ups in the middle of winter as well and encourage you to schedule an appointment right away if you can’t remember the last time your system was inspected. There are also some warning signs that your heating system needs professional attention. These include any unusual noises or strange smells. A sudden spike in your heating bill could indicate that your system is operating inefficiently. Reduced airflow, cold spots in the home, or having the need to turn the thermostat way up are all indications of a problem. You should also be mindful of reduced indoor air quality and faster dust accumulation than usual, and if you have a gas system, check it on occasion to ensure that the pilot and burner flames are blue. If they’re yellow or another color, it’s time to call us.

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Types of Air Conditioners We Service

Our AC technicians are highly skilled and experienced. Their continued education has prepared them to work on the latest cooling technologies used in the Greater Philadelphia area, and we work on all makes and models no matter how new or old. This includes central air conditioning systems, air-sourced, and geothermal heat pumps, and ductless mini-splits.

Furnace Replacement Service

Furnaces

Gas and electric furnaces are the most often used home heating systems in Philadelphia. These systems offer excellent warmth even during the coldest winter temperatures in addition to being incredibly efficient.

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Baseboard Radiator

Baseboard Radiators

Baseboard radiators are an example of a hydronic system, which uses pipes to warm and distribute water throughout a home. Heat from hot water is dispersed throughout the home by the use of metal fins.

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Heat Pump Installation

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are a more and more common option because of their great efficiency and capacity to heat and cool a home. The three primary types of heat pumps are those with an air source, a ground source, or a water source.

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Boiler

Boilers

Steam or hot water can be used to heat a home using boilers, which are hydronic heating systems. Baseboard radiators are one example, but other options include convectors and radiant floor or wall heating systems.

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Heater Maintenance Plans

Sanks Mechanical offers service maintenance plans that ensure your system gets the maintenance it needs while helping you save money in the process. You can opt for a plan that covers just your heater or also your cooling system and indoor air quality equipment. As a plan member, we’ll call you to schedule, and should you ever need a repair or replacement, we’ll give you a 10% discount on all parts and labor.

Heater Replacement

If your heating system is old or if it requires an expensive repair, it may be better to replace it. After inspecting your system, we’ll provide you with our professional assessment, answer your questions, and help you explore your options. If you choose to move forward with replacement, we’ll help you choose the best system for you and your home and then install it with precision. In addition to old age, common indications that you need a new heater include frequent repairs, uneven heating, and rising heating bills.

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