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Does a Hot Summer Mean a Very Cold Winter?

furnace maintenance GreensboroThis summer has been a real scorcher. We’ve had temperatures in the upper 90s, not much rain, burned out grass, and even leaves falling from trees prematurely. But does a hot summer mean we’re in for a bitterly cold winter? You could say it’s one of those “old wives’ tales” that a hot summer proceeds a colder winter, but is there any actual science behind the theory? And what does that mean for HVAC companies performing heating repair in Greensboro, NC, in the upcoming season?

Research Does Not Support this Theory

Meteorologists have done extensive studies to test this theory, and have found that summer weather is in no way a predictor of winter weather. A hot summer could be followed up by a milder winter just as readily as a colder winter. Really, the only predictable aspect of weather is its unpredictability. The experts study the trends and attempt to predict the weather as accurately as possible, but as you’ve probably experienced on many occasion, they are not always right.

Be Prepared for Any Weather This Winter with Heating Repair in Greensboro, NC

Since we’ve determined that we can’t predict the weather for the upcoming winter, it’s best to be prepared for anything. Is your furnace ready to handle a cold winter? Do you have enough propane or heating oil to last you through the season? If you’re not sure of your answer to either of those questions, you need to call Berico right away.

Heating repair in Greensboro, NC, is best taken care of before the start of cold weather. Once the first chilly night hits and everyone starts turning their furnaces on, you may be one of many who find out that their furnace was not ready for winter. When that happens, your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) company will be busy responding to all the calls that come in and you may find yourself waiting in the cold for a technician to come out and repair your furnace.

Avoid a Major Mishap: Get your Propane or Oil Tank Refilled Before it Runs Out

The first touch of cold weather is also an unfortunate time to find out your propane or oil tank is empty. Not only will you have to wait for a refill, but you will be stuck paying whatever the current price is for heating fuel. And if your propane tank is completely emptied it is at risk for damage. Leaks can occur during refill and air and moisture can seep into the tank which may cause the inside of the tank to rust. If your oil tank runs dry it can cause damage to your furnace, such as failure to start up again once the oil is replenished.

Berico Can Help You Stay Warm this Winter, Whatever the Future Holds

We may not know if this winter will be frigid or mild, but making sure your heating system is ready well in advance is always best. Find out how you can be prepared for any weather and save money at the same time with a Comfort and Protection Service Agreement from Berico. A furnace tune-up and fuel discount is the winning combination. Call (336) 273-8663.

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Saving Money on Your Heating Bills This Winter

fuel deliveryAre you looking for ways to lower your utility costs this winter? When the weather gets cold it is necessary to heat your home in some way. Whether you use propane, natural gas, electricity, heating oil, or another energy source for home heat, there are ways to reduce the cost. From furnace maintenance to propane deals in Burlington, NC, there are plenty of ways to save.

  1. Schedule a furnace tune up. You may have heard that your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system needs regular maintenance. This not only prevents your system from breaking down, but it improves the efficiency of your furnace. An efficient furnace uses less energy, whether that’s electricity, propane, heating oil, or gas. When less energy is used, you pay less on your utility bills.
  2. Improve your insulation. Do you have some rooms that are too cold or perhaps near doors and windows? Does it seem that your furnace is running constantly? You may have cracks or leaks that cold air can get through. Sealing up cracks around windows and doors can really reduce your heating costs. For further cost reduction, consider having a specialist come in and better insulate your home. You may pay the cost up front for this service, but the money you save will make it worth your while.
  3. Switch from electric heat to propane or heating oil. If you’re using electricity to heat your home, you may find that propane or heating oil is much more affordable. Switching is easy and new customers often receive promotional discounts. You can also find propane deals in Burlington, NC, quite easily at certain times of the year. Paying for propane or oil at one time means you avoid rising monthly bills.
  4. Install a new furnace. Is your furnace getting old? If it’s 10 or 15 years old you could definitely save energy by purchasing a new furnace. New heating systems are much more efficient than systems that were made even 7 years ago. A high-efficiency furnace uses significantly less electricity, propane, oil, or gas, which saves you money on home heating bills. The cost of a new furnace can be recouped in just a few years of lower energy bills.

Get Propane Deals in Burlington, NC, through Alamance Oil

If you’re looking to save money this winter, you should already be looking for propane deals in Burlington, NC, this fall. Being prepared early is another great way to save money on heating costs. Alamance Oil offers $20 off a propane delivery when you become an automatic fill customer for the first time. If you’re not an Alamance Oil Customer, switching means your first 75 gallons of propane is free, along with a free tank swap out. Check out other specials and find so many ways to save. Don’t pay too much for home heat this winter. Save through Alamance Oil. Call (336) 226-9371.

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Best Types of Furnaces for Your Home

furnace repair BurlingtonAre you in the market for a new furnace? Maybe your old one is starting to fail, or perhaps you are building a new home and need to install a furnace for the first time. Whatever the reason you are considering a furnace installation in Burlington, NC, there are many different types to choose from. Finding the furnace that is best for you depends on a few different factors.

  • Do you have allergies? If dust is an allergy irritant for you, forced air systems with ductwork may exacerbate that issue. Try an air purification systems that can be added to help filter out allergens.
  • Does your home have ductwork? If there is already ductwork in place in your home, installing any type of forced air furnace is much easier and cost effective. Ductwork is necessary for furnaces and heat pumps. If it doesn’t have ductwork and you wish to avoid installing ducts, try a radiant heating option or a ductless mini-split system, though this type of system is rare in this region.
  • How cold does it get where you live? If you experience extremely cold temperatures, avoid a heat pump which does not perform well in those conditions. Consider a boiler or furnace that uses propane or oil. Propane and oil are said to offer a cozier heat that radiates longer.
  • Do you want the lowest possible heating costs? To keep heating costs as low as possible, propane, heating oil, and gas furnaces are very cost effective. Heat pumps are a very energy efficient and cost effective option as they transfer warmth more than they create it using heating fuel. However, when it does get very cold, a heat pump would need to be supplemented with another source of heat.
  • Do you want to save on installation costs? If you want to keep installation costs down, consider a ductless system such as a mini-split HVAC system. These are wall-mounted units that are installed in each room that connect to a very small outdoor unit. Installation is quick and not at all invasive. These systems are very visible and many homeowners opt for other options for aesthetic reasons.
  • Is it necessary to heat each room separately? If you want individualized heat and air conditioning for each room of your home, the ductless mini-split system is the best way to achieve this. Each room can be set to a different desired temperature. Each person can heat their room to their preference and parts of the home that don’t need to be heated can do without a unit. These systems do require more upkeep, such as monthly filter cleaning, so be sure to consult an HVAC professional to ensure you pick the right system for your home and climate.

 

Alamance Oil Offers Reliable, Affordable Furnace Installation in Burlington, NC

Trust your home comfort to Alamance Oil. Proper installation is key to the successful operation of the furnace you are getting now, as well as any future furnace you will have installed. Ductwork, vents, and the system itself must all be configured accurately. Once you choose the right heating system for your home, be sure to have your furnace installation in Burlington, NC, done by Alamance Oil. Call (336) 226-9371 for a free estimate today.

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Why is My Furnace Leaking?

Picture of a Leaky FurnaceUh oh. There’s water puddled around your furnace. You’re thinking, “This can’t be good.” There are a few possible causes for a leaky furnace from normal wear and tear to faulty installation. Some of the causes can be easily repaired. Others may mean you need a new furnace. Before you worry too much or start Googling new furnace installation in Greensboro, NC, consider the possible reasons for the leak.

Common Causes of Furnace Leaks:

  • Condensation. If the water is from condensation, the first question to ask is whether you have a high-efficiency furnace (90% or higher AFUE—Annual Fuel Efficiency Ratio). The easiest way to tell is that HE furnaces typically have a white PVC pipe for ventilation. High-efficiency furnaces do produce condensation due to their cool exhaust feature. That moisture is typically drained out unless the drainage tube is blocked or leaking. A standard efficiency furnace (with a metal exhaust pipe) would only have condensation if the flue pipe is the wrong size due to faulty installation.
  • Furnace humidifier issues. If the internal furnace humidifier isn’t working properly it can cause condensation to form. Moisture inside your furnace can cause damage, so it’s important that this be repaired as soon as possible.
  • Internal drain clog. Has your air conditioner been running? Does it share a drain system with your furnace? If so, it could be condensation from your air conditioner. An internal drain blockage could cause water from your AC to back up into your furnace.
  • Faulty secondary heat exchanger. This is the big one, the problem that could result in whole furnace replacement. If the water is not due to condensation, it could be coming from the secondary heat exchanger. This is a significant part and it may not be worthwhile or possible to repair it without a furnace replacement in Greensboro, NC.

When to Call your HVAC Service for Repairs

If you see moisture around or under your furnace, the best thing to do is call a professional HVAC service. Whether the water is from condensation that is not properly draining or from a problem with an internal part, the situation should not be ignored. Letting a moisture problem go on too long can cause significant damage to your furnace or to your home. Excessive moisture in your home can lead to mold and mildew growth that can permanently damage your home and aggravate allergy sufferers. Too much moisture in your furnace can do irreparable damage to the system itself, resulting in the need for replacement.

Don’t Wait. Call Berico and Save Yourself from Expensive Repairs or Replacement

At the first sign of a problem, especially when excess water appears where it shouldn’t, it’s best to contact your heating and cooling company. Your expert technician will thoroughly inspect your furnace, locate the problem, and repair it if possible. If replacement is necessary, you won’t find a more reliable company to do your furnace installation in Greensboro, NC. Call Berico at (336) 273-8663.

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The Best Time to Buy Propane in 2017

Photo of the amount of money you save with furnace repairDoes your household run on propane? Propane can fuel many appliances in your home from your furnace to your hot water heater to your clothing dryer. If you use propane, you will need your tank refilled from time to time. Wondering when is the best time of year to buy propane in Greensboro, NC? That depends on a few different factors:

  • The season you use the most propane. Do you use propane primarily to heat your home? If so, buying propane in the fall before the weather cools is a wise decision. If you use it all year for various purposes, then you may want to watch the prices and wait for the best time. You can also sign up for regular refills from your propane to supplier who can put you on a schedule for deliveries to ensure you never run out.
  • The size of your tank. Depending on the size of your tank and how much propane you use, you may need refills multiple times a year. Your propane supplier can help you find a delivery schedule that works for you, or swap out your tank for a bigger one.
  • Your budget. If getting the lowest price possible on propane is your top priority, one option is to watch the prices and order propane when you see the lowest price. Typically that will be during the summer or early fall when the demand for propane is low. If you wait until winter time when propane is in high demand, you will likely find that prices are higher. Be cautious with this method to be sure you don’t run out. A cold winter day is not a good time to suddenly find yourself with an empty tank. Then you will have to wait in the cold for a delivery, possibly pay emergency delivery fees, and accept whatever price you are offered. Regular refills from your supplier is a much less risky option.
  • How much propane you use. Depending on the amount of propane your household uses, the right time for a refill may not always be the same time each year. You may need it in the fall this year, and find that you don’t need another delivery until the following spring. If the winter is particularly cold, you may go through propane more quickly as your furnace battles the extreme temperatures.

Be Proactive and Buy Propane in Greensboro, NC, this Summer or Early Fall

It is always wise to be prepared. If you use the bulk of your propane for home heat in the winter, having your tank refilled in the summer or early fall gives you peace of mind. You can sit back and relax as the cool weather rolls in, knowing you are ready for whatever fall and winter brings. Late summer or early fall is also a great time to have your furnace tuned up and cleaned to make sure it will run efficiently when needed. A Berico Comfort and Protection Service Plan combines HVAC system maintenance and propane delivery at a discount. In one affordable package, you can keep your home comfortable all year. Call (336) 273-8663 to schedule furnace maintenance and purchase propane in Greensboro, NC.

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Why Does My Furnace Run Constantly?

furnace maintenance GreensboroDoes your furnace seem to be on more than it’s off? Are you beginning to wonder if there’s a problem? You’re probably right. Your furnace should not be constantly running. It’s a definite sign of a system malfunction and there are few common causes for this. If it seems like your furnace never turns off, you should definitely call a reliable HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) service for furnace repair in Burlington, NC.

Possible Causes for a Furnace that Won’t Turn Off:

  • Blower issues. Is the air coming from your vents warm or cool? If your furnace is running but you’re only getting cool air, you may have a blower issue. It’s possible that an electrical issue is causing your blower to constantly run, like corroded wires. Do not attempt to work on the electrical components of your furnace yourself. Stay safe and call an HVAC professional for repairs.
  • Dirty/clogged filters. If the air coming from your vents is warm, but the air flow is weak, it’s likely your filters are clogged with dirt and dust. Clogged filters keep the necessary air from getting into your furnace, resulting in failure to adequately reach your desired indoor temperature. Replace your filters with new clean ones and see if the problem corrects itself. If not, call for furnace repair in Burlington, NC.
  • Thermostat issues. Make sure your thermostat is set to your desired indoor temperature and that it is set to the “auto” setting, not the “on” setting. “On” tells your furnace to run constantly. “Auto” tells your furnace to run until the desired temperature is reached. It will then shut off automatically until the temperature falls below the set temperature, in which case it will turn on again. If your thermostat settings seem correct, but the furnace continues to run, it’s possible you have a faulty thermostat. Call an HVAC technician to inspect, calibrate, or possibly replace it.
  • Pilot light issues. Old furnaces sometimes have a pilot light that is supposed to stay lit throughout the cold season. If this goes out, you may find your furnace constantly running and blowing only cool air. You can relight your pilot following the instructions for you furnace. Most furnaces these days have electric start pilots that light automatically when the furnace calls for heat. It’s possible that somewhere within that mechanism there is an issue causing the pilot not to light. This can be repaired by your heating repair service.

Furnace Repair in Burlington, NC, is Fast and Reliable

When your furnace is blowing cool air on a cold winter night or it keeps pumping heat without mercy, your home can become quite uncomfortable. If you find yourself in this situation, you need fast action. Alamance Oil Company responds quickly and offers reliable solutions to your furnace problems. Don’t suffer from the effects of a furnace that’s gone rogue. Call Alamance Oil Company at (336)226-9371 right away for furnace repair in Burlington, NC.

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Steps to Follow Before you Turn On your Furnace

A photo of a thermostatAs fall approaches it’s time to start thinking about the condition of your furnace. It’s important to take the necessary steps to prepare your furnace for cold weather before the first chilly night. Don’t wait until it gets cold to change your thermostat to heat just to find out that it won’t come on or isn’t working properly. There are specific steps you can take on your own to prepare, as well as scheduling furnace maintenance in Eden, NC.

  1. Change filters. If you typically change your filters every 1-2 months, you’re already doing what experts recommend to keep dirt and dust out of your system and improve airflow. If not, now is a great time to do that. Dirty, clogged filters allow dirt and dust to get through but not the air that should be able to get through. Low air flow and a dirty furnace can cause problems with your system from decreased efficiency to furnace failure.
  2. Check carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Change the batteries. Most detectors have a test/reset button. Push this button and hold it down until you hear 2 beeps. If your carbon monoxide detector is monitored by your security system, contact your security monitoring center for testing. Why is this important? Because furnaces produce carbon monoxide that should be minimal and vented outside of your home. Your CO monitor will sound if your furnace produces more than it should or isn’t venting properly.
  3. Clean vents. Dust tends to collect around your vents, especially the intake vents. Use a simple duster to remove dust and debris from your vents before switching your furnace on for the first time this season.
  4. Clean around your furnace. With experience, you may be able to clean the inside of your furnace, but it is safer to leave that up to the professionals. You can simply remove dust and debris from the outside of your furnace to prevent it from getting inside when your HVAC company comes to perform maintenance.
  5. Schedule a furnace tune up with your HVAC company. The most important thing to do before turning on your furnace each season is to have your heating and cooling service come out to perform a tune-up. Furnace maintenance in Eden, NC, will help your furnace run more efficiently and prevent problems that could occur in the future.

Furnace Maintenance in Eden, NC, Saves You Money on Heating Costs

If you’re wondering if a furnace tune-up is worth the money, the answer from homeowners and HVAC experts alike is a resounding “Yes.” Just like your car or any other working machine, regular maintenance is necessary to keep it running properly. Your furnace needs to be cleaned, inspected, and sometimes repaired to keep it from breaking down. Furnace maintenance in Eden, NC, includes all of that and more. A well-tuned furnace uses less energy, saving you money on gas, electricity, propane, or oil. And you can avoid emergency and after-hours fees for unexpected breakdowns. Sign up for a Comfort and Protection Service Agreement and emergency fees are waived. You’ll also get a discount on propane or heating oil deliveries. Call Carolina Fuels and make sure your furnace is prepared well in advance for cold weather: (336) 623-9741.

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Best Ways to Prepare for a Warm Fall—it’s Coming

Warm Fall photoMeteorologists are predicting a warmer than usual fall for the east coast this year. You can expect to feel summer-like temperatures through September and into October, with higher than normal temperatures through November as well. What does this mean for household heating and cooling? It’s likely your air conditioner will be running for a greater portion of this year, with your furnace sitting dormant much longer than usual. AC maintenance in Greensboro, NC, will be more important than ever before.

HVAC Maintenance Improves Efficiency which Reduces Energy Usage

Knowing that your air conditioner will be working overtime to beat the heat, you may be dreading your electric bills. During the fall you’re used to getting a short respite from those high energy bills before the cold weather kicks in and it’s the furnace’s turn to do the work. But you can keep your electric bill lower by getting your HVAC system tuned up this fall. Maintenance involves cleaning, inspecting, lubricating, and repairing the working parts of your AC unit to achieve maximum performance. Typically, you would have your air conditioner tuned up in the spring and your furnace done in the fall. But this year, it would be wise to have your AC inspected in the fall as well since it may still have a few extra months to run. This is especially advisable if it has not had any maintenance yet this year. Avoid potentially high energy bills with AC maintenance in Greensboro, NC.

Thinking About AC Replacement? This Could Be the Year

Is your air conditioner showing signs of age? Is it running louder, switching on and off more, and failing to keep your home at your desired temperature? Are your electric bills skyrocketing? If any of these symptoms sound familiar, it may be time for a new air conditioner. New technology has made air conditioners extremely efficient. Up to 18 and 20 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) models are available that use a fraction of the electricity of older machines. If you’ve been wondering if upgrading your system to a more efficient model would be worth the money, this year the benefit would certainly outweigh the cost. Weather trends are likely to continue in the next few years, meaning a long term seasonal shift will take place, making warmer falls the norm. In this case, a new air conditioning unit will pay for itself in energy savings within the first few years.

A Comfort and Protection Service Agreement from Berico Helps You Prepare for a Warmer Fall

Maintenance agreements are the best way to keep your HVAC system in good working order. When you sign up, Berico puts you on a schedule for twice yearly maintenance and heating fuel delivery as needed. You never have to worry about running out of propane or heating oil because Berico times refills based on the amount you typically use and the weather each season. Your well maintained system will be less likely to break down, keeping your home comfortable all year long and your energy bills low.

Sign up for a Comfort and Protection Service Agreement today and be prepared for a warm fall. Call (336) 273-8663.

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Finding a Propane Tank Leak

Propane leak gadgetDo you have reason to believe your propane tank may be leaking? The most typical sign of a possible leak is the smell. Propane has an odor that has been described as “rotten egg, skunk, or dead animal.” This odor is added to the propane (which is typically odorless) for safety reasons so that you can detect a leak if it occurs. If you suspect that your tank or gas line is leaking, turn off all propane appliances and immediately contact your Burlington, NC, propane supplier.

How to Locate the Leak Safely:

There is a way to locate the leak yourself, if you are so inclined. Simply mix a solution of water and dish soap together and apply it liberally using a spray bottle or simply a sponge or rag. You will notice bubbles at the site of the leak, indicating that propane is seeping out at that location. The more bubbles you see, the faster the leak. You can also skip the soap step and call your propane supplier as soon as you smell propane. By allowing a professional to check your tank and gas line you can be absolutely certain that if there is a leak, it is properly detected and repaired. Do not use a lit match to detect a leak. That practice is extremely dangerous. You never want a flame anywhere near your propane tank or gas line.

What to Do if you Find a Leak:

If you detect a leak, it is best to call your propane supplier to repair the leak or replace your tank. Do not attempt to repair it yourself. If the repair is faulty and your tank or line continues to leak, you could lose an expensive amount of propane in a short period of time. It also jeopardizes the safety of your home and family to allow a leak to go unattended. Turn off all appliances in your home that use propane until your supplier can verify that it is safe to continue use.

Rely on Berico for All your Burlington, NC, Propane and HVAC Needs

Trust your propane tank, line, and furnace to Alamance Oil, your reliable Burlington, NC, propane supplier and HVAC specialist. One of the biggest advantages of being an Alamance Oil customer is that your furnace and propane tank are both maintained by the same company. Even your air conditioning can be maintained, making your propane supplier your whole home comfort service. When you can make one call for all your HVAC needs, you save time and money. Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t even have to call? You can sign up for a Comfort and Protection Service Plan that includes regular maintenance and propane deliveries on a predetermined schedule based on your typical propane usage. Propane deliveries and maintenance include tank inspection to detect any possible leaks or issues with your tank so that you can have worry-free home comfort.

Call Alamance Oil to inspect your propane tank today: (336)226-9371.

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Main Reasons your Home Air Conditioner is Frozen

frozen air conditioner photoSo you’ve started seeing ice forming on your air conditioning unit. You’re wondering how it’s possible for it to freeze in the scorching heat of summer. This is actually quite common and there are a few potential causes to explore. The good news is that this problem can be fixed by a specialist in heating and air in Greensboro, NC. Use this troubleshooting guide to help you identify the problem. Then take any necessary steps that can be done from your end or call Berico for assistance.

  1. Low air flow. Your air conditioner requires sufficient flow of air through the system in order to work correctly. The air that comes in and goes out passes over an important part called the evaporator coil. The coil is full of refrigerant that cools air down and transfers warm air out as it passes to keep your home cool and comfortable.

Possible reasons for low air flow:

  • Clogged filters. Check your filters and replace them if necessary. Consider changing your filters monthly to achieve maximum air flow.
  • Blocked or leaky ducts. Have a professional HVAC company check your ductwork for any blockages or leaks that may be interfering with proper air flow through your system.
  • Blower failure. If the blower is not properly moving air over the evaporator coil, it can cause ice to form.
  1. Low refrigerant. The evaporator coil must contain a very specific amount of refrigerant to properly cool incoming air and remove heat from outgoing air. If there is not enough refrigerant, it can cause your AC to freeze up.

Possible reasons for low refrigerant:

  • Leaky coil. If there is a leak somewhere in the coil, the refrigerant level will be too low to transfer heat out and cool down the incoming air.
  • Refrigerant line kinks or leaks. If there are any leaks in your system where refrigerant is getting out, or if there is a kink in the refrigerant line, it leads to an insufficient amount of refrigerant in the coil.

Trust Your Frozen Air Conditioner to Berico Heating and Air, Greensboro, NC

If you notice ice anywhere on your air conditioning unit, the only action to take on your own would be checking and changing your filters. Any other repairs should be handled by a professional HVAC service. Berico is a trusted name in heating and cooling services in Greensboro and the surrounding area and has been for decades. A frozen outdoor unit is a common problem with air conditioners, but it can be prevented with regular yearly maintenance. An AC tune up includes filter replacement, refrigerant charging, blower and ductwork inspection and repair, and more. A frozen AC unit is just one of many common problems that can be prevented with regular tune ups. Sign up for Berico’s Comfort and Protection Service Agreement and breathe easy knowing your system is in good hands. Call (336) 273-8663 for repairs or maintenance today.