Vogt Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Blog

How to Care for Your Heater This Late in the Season

March 26th, 2018

technician's hands working on heaterFor the most part, our weather stays pretty predictable throughout the year. However as we transition into spring, we can be surprised by really warm weather, or a couple more weeks of chilly weather. If the former happens, you’ll probably be tempted to shut off your heating system for the season and not give it another thought. However, if you have any heating repair needs that require attention, delaying them could be a big mistake!

Ignoring any sort of heater problem can cause it to turn into a much bigger issue, leaving you with a broken down heater next year when you need it, or, depending on the circumstances, a malfunctioning air conditioner as well. But how do you know if you have heater problems that need addressing? Keep reading below to learn some of the symptoms of heating system problems.

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The Best Furnace Upgrades

March 12th, 2018

Your furnace gets the job done, for the most part. But for a system you use for so much of the year, and one that is such a major necessity, you’re not sure whether you really get the most from your heating equipment.

Whether you want accurate temperatures, better air quality, better control, or energy savings, we’ve got some suggestions for you. Check out these furnace upgrades that local customers love!

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Our Best Advice for Home Humidifiers

February 26th, 2018

dripping-water-dropsDry air only adds more trouble when temperatures outside of the home are nearly unbearable. Thankfully, you have your home heating system to keep you warm, but can it do anything about the dry air? The answer is…not much. It doesn’t actually add any moisture back into the home and can, in fact, take away from humidity levels a bit.

Dry air leads to dry skin, chapped lips, increased instances of illness, and general discomfort. That’s why many homeowners purchase a separate humidifier to keep the home as comfortable as possible. Looking for some advice on what to purchase or how to care for it? We’re here for you.

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4 Signs a Boiler Is Failing

February 12th, 2018

boiler-pressure-gaugeIf you have a good, strong boiler heating your home, count yourself among the most comfortable people in the area. Boilers are incredibly popular overseas, but many homes in our area are outfitted with older furnaces that simply do not do a sufficient job of heating a home. A boiler delivers hot water through pipes and under floors to quickly heat up a room and the objects in it, making it one of the most effective and efficient means of home heating.

However, that doesn’t mean a boiler is invincible. Boilers are quite durable, and it may be true that they typically do not require much in terms of maintenance. They do break down eventually, though, just like any other system. It’s important that you be able to read the signs, so you’re not stuck with a malfunctioning system when you really need it!

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How NOT to Thaw Frozen Pipes

January 29th, 2018

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Use extreme caution when attempting to thaw a pipe with a space heater!

Frozen pipes in Minneapolis can be a nuisance. Some of us may be used to this occurrence in the winter months, but that doesn’t mean we are prepared or patient when it does happen. We want the pipes to be thawed out fast, but that may mean some improper methods are sometimes used to get them that way.

There are some methods you can use to get the pipes to thaw faster. However, there are some methods we’d like to warn you against. Here are some of the things you should never do while attempting to thaw a pipe in your home.

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Which Drain Cleaning Products Work Best?

January 15th, 2018

plunger-basicClogged drains can quickly become a mess you just don’t want to deal with, so you want a solution fast. You may have heard about a new product to unclog drains, or you might go for the old standby chemicals. But we have some warnings about these. Often, it’s better to leave drain cleaning to a qualified professional who already has the right tools on hand.

Otherwise, the best drain cleaning products are often things you already have! Check out our list of the best drain cleaning products, and which ones you should avoid, in today’s guide. Contact our plumbers for fast drain cleaning in Minneapolis, MN.

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How to Run Your Heater Efficiently

January 1st, 2018

green-home-energySometimes, the only way to get better efficiency from a heating system is to replace it. Most furnaces only last about 10-15 years, while boilers can last a few years longer. Before your heater gives out for good, though, you might notice efficiency dropping. It may seem normal that a system drops in performance levels with time, but a well-installed system should be able to keep up about 95% of its original efficiency levels when properly maintained.

Keep your bills low without losing any of the performance you expect from your heater. Follow our tips and you may notice your bills drop as soon as next month!

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Steps to Take for a Broken Garbage Disposal

December 18th, 2017

checking-disposal-drain-plumber-womanThank goodness for garbage disposals. Many of us have lived without them before, and it is certainly a pain. Garbage gets fuller and smellier faster, so you have to take it out more frequently. Washing dishes means a lot of back and forth to the trash can. And you have to clean out drain covers you use to catch food debris…yuck!

As great as the garbage disposal is, though, you may not feel so grateful when it breaks and you’re stuck without the powerful processing you needed. Often, this happens right in the middle of cleaning, when you’re using it, which may lead to a clogged sink. Will you have to call a plumber? Or can you handle it on your own?

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Why Does the Furnace Only Work in Some Rooms?

December 4th, 2017

woman-shivers-cold-scarfYou come home from work, greeted by the heat you always expect from your furnace. The kitchen is warm, the bathroom is warm, but when it comes time to go to bed, you make a chilling discovery. There is no heat, or very little heat, making its way into the bedroom.

Before you take out the portable heater or resolve to spend nights with the doors open huddled under plenty of blankets, you should know that this could be a major problem. As long as there are air vents in the room, your heater was designed to heat it, and a lack of air circulation could cause some problems with the unit. So what’s the deal?

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What Are the Best Heating Systems for Cold Climates?

November 20th, 2017

natural-gas-furnace-burnersLooking into purchasing a new heating system? Our team is here to help. Sometimes, a technician simply recommends the most convenient system to install in a short period of time. If you have time to make an informed decision, though, check out our guide to the best heating systems for cold climates like ours.

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