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October 13, 2017

Commercial HVAC

Major winter storms are still months away, but as the weather changes, it’s important to pay attention to your property’s HVAC units, furnaces, and related systems. Inspecting them now will pay off later, when it’s too cold to check it. Pre-season maintenance is also important as it can help to avoid a system failure in severe hot or cold weather when you need it most, and it can also keep your energy bill from getting out of control. Hiring an HVAC company to inspect and do maintenance on your system every fall and spring to keep your systems running efficiently will keep costs down in the long run, especially if it’s a larger commercial building. They’ll do things like inspect and clean the wiring and mechanisms of the unit, which is bit more challenging for the average businessowner.But you can prolong the life and increase the efficiency of your system if you follow this maintenance plan:

Check and replace your air filters often

The most important thing you can do at home is inspect your air filter. Dirty air filters make your HVAC system less efficient and cause undue strain on its working parts. Set a reminder each month to check your air filter and replace it if it is dirty or clogged. We recommend changing your filters every 30 to 90 days, although depending on the environment, they may need to replaced sooner.

Listen for unusual noises

One more passive things you can do is to keep an ear open for odd noises when your system is running. Often times, noises in your system are created by register blockages, debris in the vents, or loose bolts on the furnace or registers. If you hear any odd noises, try to locate the source. If you can’t find the source, check out this list of common HVAC system noises, what they mean and how to fix them. If this does not solve the problem, go to tip seven.

Keep your heating systems free of debris

If you have an outdoor unit, it is important to keep the system free of debris. Check your unit every week or so for leaves, pollen, dirt, sticks or other debris. Clear the debris from the top and sides of the system using gloves and, if necessary, a hose. This allows for maximum airflow to the fan and increases your unit’s efficiency and lifespan. In order to ensure the cleanest system possible, try to remove anything that blocks air flow to the system, leaving about two feet of space around the unit.

Use fans to give your system a break

Another passive way to keep your system healthy is to use fans when possible to give your system a break. On hot summer days, use ceiling fans and portable fans to circulate air through the house and help your HVAC system bring the temperature in your home down quicker. On cooler days, instead of programming your thermostat, open your windows and turn on your fans to circulate the cool air into the house and keep temperatures comfortable. Giving your system a break when you can will lengthen the life of equipment and save you money on your energy bills.

Know when to call a professional

Though often times unseen, a lot rides on your business’s heating and air conditioning system. Chief among them is operating expenditures that impact your business’s bottom line. With a regularly scheduled preventative maintenance program we can proactively catch minor problems before they escalate into costly major issues. In fact, a preventative maintenance program can pay for itself, if not save your business money every year. We have found that on average for every $1 spent on a preventative maintenance program a business will save $3 on excessive energy consumption and repair costs yielding a potential savings of 33% in your HVAC system operating expenses. We will check your system for problems, adjust loose bolts and wires, and address any other issues you may have. Heating systems are composed of sensitive equipment which requires maintenance to improve performance and efficiency. This fall, make it a priority to schedule professional fall HVAC maintenance. Our trusted HVAC professionals will provide essential cleaning, care, and inspection to ensure your heating system can handle the important job of keeping your systems in perfect order for the cold months.

Have a question about fall HVAC maintenance? Check out our commercial HVAC maintenance programs here.

March 28, 2017

Spring has been a mixed bag to say this least so far in Pennsylvania. With snow, ice, rain, and sun all coming at us in March, it’s tough to know exactly how to prepare for the months ahead. Luckily, we’ve got the expertise to help with all of your home’s most vital systems. From heater repairs to keep you comfortable until the weather really warms up, to end-of-season maintenance to ensure your equipment will be ready to go next fall, to air conditioning services to get things ready for the hotter months ahead, our services are efficient and affordable, so your home will be ready for mother nature’s changing moods.

Heating System Repair Service

Don’t put off heater repair services until next year. Not only will you likely need your heater at least a few more times this year, but putting off current repair needs could lead to larger, more expensive problems down the road. Making sure your home’s systems are in order at the end of the season makes sure you won’t be hit with a surprise repair needs when you need your heat the most.

Electric Heater Repair

Electric heaters come with their own set of maintenance needs. Make sure your HVAC service provider is familiar with electric heaters and capable of making the necessary checks and repairs to keep your system running smoothly.

Gas Heater Repairs

Gas heaters are some of the most popular options for home heating in Pennsylvania. Clean, efficient, and relatively inexpensive, they provide homes with reliable, low-cost heating on demand. Since they’re s good at what they do, gas heaters tend to get a lot of use, and with extended use comes maintenance needs, just like with any other machine. RD HVAC techs are some of Pennsylvania’s most trusted experts on gas heater repair. Our years of expertise helps us to diagnose and fix issues quickly, so you can get back to having a fully-functioning unit in no time.

End of Season Heater Maintenance

This is a frequently overlooked task for many homeowners, but it’s one that should be performed every year. Before shutting off your heat for the final time until next fall, you should have a trained and licensed HVAC expert inspect your equipment and ensure everything is ready for the long months of dormancy ahead. This will put you in the best position next fall to switch the system back on and get top notch results. These checks can also identify potential long-term issues and give you the chance to tackle them early.

Cooling System Check-ups

It’s easy to forget with this blustery weather that warmer days are just around the corner. Don’t wait until that first burning afternoon to learn that your AC is on the fritz. Start-of-season inspections can identify any routine maintenance that needs to be done, find warning signs of larger problems before they become a catastrophe., and can tighten things up to ensure the most efficient use of your home’s energy when the AC seasons fully kicks in.

Call our representatives today and schedule a convenient service call to get your home’s heating and cooling systems looked at, and learn why R&D Heating, Cooling, and Electric has earned its reputation as one of the most trusted HVAC companies in the region.

November 17, 2016

Coming home to a cold house on a chilly Pennsylvania day can be a stressful and aggravating experience. While many tasks involving HVAC equipment should be handled by licensed professionals, there are a few easy troubleshooting methods that could save you some time and frustration.

If your heater isn’t turning on

Make sure Your Thermostat is set to Heat

Yes, it sounds obvious, but if you’re not looking for the small stuff like this, it can be easy to overlook. It’s easy enough for someone to accidentally set the thermostat to the wrong setting without noticing.

Check Your Filters


Dirty and clogged filters can sneak up on you, especially if you haven’t been paying attention to regular furnace maintenance. Dirty filters not only cost you money in the form of lost efficiency, they can also lead newer equipment to shutting down altogether. If you can find your filter, pull it out and replace it if it’s clogged with debris. The new component will not only get your system running again, but will improve its efficiency and help remove irritants from the air.

Make Sure You’ve Got Power

Check your thermostat to make sure it’s on. If it isn’t you may need to replace its batteries or trip the breaker to get the unit up and running again. Similarly, check your circuit breaker to make sure your heating equipment is getting electricity. Even gas systems still often need a power supply for their sensors and fans.

One last place to check for power is the furnace switch – this is a separate switch located on or near the furnace that controls power to the equipment. Make sure this has not been switched to off.

Anything beyond these basic troubleshooting steps may require some more in-depth knowledge of your home’s gas systems and your furnace’s particular configuration. If you’re comfortable working with this kind of equipment, you can find how to light your pilot light (For older furnaces) or find model-specific troubleshooting guides in your furnace’s owner’s manual. Always remember, working with this equipment can be dangerous, and HVAC technicians go through extensive training to be able to work on and repair these essential home systems.

Call A Professional

If you’ve gone through the troubleshooting methods outlined here and your home’s heating system still won’t turn on, call the experts at R&D Heating, Cooling, and Electric today. Our trained professionals will be able to diagnose and repair your furnace quickly and at a fair price. We provide emergency services as well as easy, affordable financing options so you won’t be left in the cold.