MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for December, 2015

Should I Have Safety Worries about a Tankless Water Heater?

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Now is an excellent time to have a new water heater installed for your house. You’ve probably been using the same water heater for more the 10 or 15 years, in which case you should take advantage of the newer water heating technology. Switching from a standard storage tank water heater—the basic model that people think of whenever they think of water heaters—is an excellent way to save energy and have a system that won’t run out of hot water.

Since most of our customers have concerns about the safety of their family, they often asks if tankless water heaters have any safety worries. Although any large appliance in a home has some potential to create hazards, in general a tankless system is safer than storage tank system. We’ll explain further below.

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Should There Be Ice on My Heat Pump during Winter?

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Heat pumps have become more effective than ever at dealing with winter weather, supplying homes with excellent heating even when the temperatures outdoors drop below freezing. But on those cold winter days, you might notice that there’s frost developing on the coils of the outdoor heat pump unit. This looks worrying… is it something that should happen?

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Check on Your Furnace’s Pilot Light During the Winter

Monday, December 14th, 2015

If you have an older gas furnace, it probably uses a standing pilot light to ignite the burners. More furnaces have switched over to using either intermittent pilots, which only come on when needed, or electronic ignition systems, which don’t require a pilot light at all. But there are still plenty of furnaces that use a standing pilot light, and if yours is one, it’s important that you make a monthly check on the pilot light during the winter.

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FAQ: How Do Electronic Ignition Systems in Furnaces Work?

Monday, December 7th, 2015

If you know a little bit about furnaces, you probably know that few of them work from standing pilot lights anymore. For many decades, a furnace required a pilot light that kept burning through the heating season, so that when the gas valve to the burners opened up, there was a heat source to ignite the combustion gas. A failed pilot light meant a heater that wouldn’t turn on, and this was one of the most frequent causes of furnace failure.

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