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Heating FAQ in Cheyenne, WY,
and Surrounding Areas

Our team at Marv’s Plumbing and Heating services both residential and commercial properties in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and the surrounding areas. We understand there are a variety of questions you could have when it comes to your water and home heating systems.

Cheyenne WY Heating FAQ

Water Heaters

Your water heater is a very important aspect of your home or business because it allows for you, your family, employees, and customers to have access to hot water, in addition to preventing your pipes from freezing during the colder months of the year some common questions regarding your water heating system include:

  • What are the benefits of tankless water heaters? Tankless water heaters are becoming increasingly popular when compared to conventional heaters for a few reasons. One reason being tankless heaters never run out of warm water because they heat water as it flows through the system. Another benefit is that these heaters do not store water, so you won’t be paying extra for the water you don’t use.

  • What is an electric heat pump and how does it work? An electric heat pump is a unit that heats and cools your property. In the warmer months, the pump transfers heat from inside your property to the outside, and in the colder months, it moves heat from the outside to the inside. This works because of a refrigerant that is pumped by the compressor through indoor and outdoor coils. An electric heat pump is a popular option because of its energy efficiency.

  • Why is it harder to get warm water in the winter? It’s more difficult to get warm water in the colder months because the colder water that is entering your tank causes the already hot water to lose heat. Sediment build-up is also a common reason why your heater may not be functioning properly.

  • When is it time to replace my water heater? Generally, a gas water heater lasts about 8-12 years and an electric one lasts about 10-15 years. Tankless water heaters usually last the longest but if you are experiencing rust-colored water, less hot water, or flooding around your heater it is a good idea to get a professional’s opinion. Unfortunately, there are cases where water heaters begin to fail prematurely but our team of experts at Marv’s will help you find a replacement that fits your needs.

  • Why am I smelling rotten eggs in my water? No one wants to smell rotten eggs when taking a shower but this smell does sometimes happen when your heater creates hot water. The combination of hydrogen, sulfur, and bacteria is what causes this unpleasant odor. Although it is not dangerous, it can be solved by replacing the magnesium anode rod or by purifying the water in your heater.

  • What is a conventional water heater? A conventional or storage tank water heater is a traditional system that is commonly found in many households. Theses heaters consist of an insulated tank that stores hot water until it is used.

  • What is a heat pump water heater? Heat pump water heaters are also known as hybrid electric water heaters and essentially capture heat from the air or ground and transfer it to your water. While these are more expensive, they are significantly more energy-efficient but they don’t always work well in especially cold climates.

Heating Systems

Your Cheyenne, Wyoming heating system allows your residential or commercial properties to stay properly heated keeping yourself and others comfortable indoors. It can be inconvenient when your heating unit is not working properly which is why our team at Marv’s Plumbing and Heating wants to answer all of your home and business heating questions.

  • What should I consider when choosing the best heating system for my home? Choosing a new heating system for your home can be intimidating. Today, there are more options than ever and it is easy to get lost in all of the information. The most important factors to consider when purchasing a new heating system is the size of the space you need to be heated, the fuel sources available, and the needs of your household. A professional opinion never hurts when it comes to choosing the right heating system, and our team is always here to help guide your decision.

  • What are snowmelt systems? Snowmelt systems are also called “heated driveways” and are a great way to avoid the shoveling, salting, and snowplowing that comes with heavy snowfall. This system works by installing tubing underneath your driveway, steps, or porch so that heated water can pump through them. This water is mixed with antifreeze and melts away the snow.

  • Are a boiler and furnace the same? While both are used as a heating system, a boiler and furnace are not the same. The main difference is that a boiler uses warm water to heat your space and a furnace uses warm air. Both the heat and the way it is circulated is different.

  • What are the benefits of a boiler system? A boiler heating system works by converting water to hot water or to stream throughout your pipes to radiators that heat your home. The water is then re-routed back to the boiler to be reused.

    • Boiler systems are becoming increasingly popular for a few reasons.
    • These systems are a clean form of heating that doesn’t involve dust particles and allergens.
    • Because a boiler system uses a radiator, it is not forced through ductwork and out of a vent. Households who use this system enjoy a fresher type of heat that is dispersed more evenly.
    • There is a personalized element to boiler systems that other heating systems do not have. User-friendly programming allows you to disperse heat differently throughout your home based on living space and usage patterns.
  • How often should I check my air filter? It is usually a good idea to check your air filter every month but certain higher efficiency filters can last for a few months. Locating the area of your air filter is the first step. In most cases, there is a removable filter access door in your basement, attic, or utility closet. If you are unsure about the area or where it is located, one of our technicians can help you find it. When you air filters are dirty, replacing it with a new one is a straightforward and simple task.

What are some common commercial heating problems?

There are many reasons your commercial heating system is having problems. Some of the most common includes cracked heat exchanger, ignition or pilot problems, and broken thermostats.

Instead of guessing, it is a good idea to hire a professional to thoroughly inspect your property and find a solution.

What are the benefits of a humidifier?

Heat alone created through your furnace system can leave your air feeling dry. This dryness can cause irritation in your skin and leave allergens floating in the air. An effective humidifying system will alleviate this problem and will help you maintain a proper level of moisture in your home.

Why should I hire a professional to maintain my heating system?

Whatever system you have, regular maintenance and cleaning will increase its lifespan, give you the best functionality, and help you to avoid serious future problems and repairs. We generally recommend annual maintenance, especially when preparing for the winter months.

How should I prepare for the colder months?

When it is cold, your pipes and heating system are at risk for freezing and malfunctioning. It is important to get both your pipes and heating system inspected professionally before the season’s storms hit. In this inspection, our trained technician will ensure that your pipes are properly insulated and that your heating system is in working order.

Why do I need to repair my thermostat?

Think of your thermostat as the brain of your heating system. It controls the internal temperature of your property, and, if broken, can cause serious discomfort for whoever is inside of your property.

The good thing about a broken thermostat is that the repair is usually affordable, simple, and fast. In some cases, you may be able to solve the issue by simply resetting the system or turning it on. If this is not the case, a professional will be able to give you an accurate diagnosis and repair it quickly.

Why has my AC suddenly stopped working?

If your AC system is not working at all, it could be because of a few common reasons including:

  • Dead thermostat battery – a dead thermostat battery may be the root of your AC problems. If your air temperature controller is not working, your internal temperature won’t be either. The good thing is that this is an easy fix that just requires replacing old batteries with new ones.
  • AC circuit breaker – a faulty AC circuit breaker is another common cause for an AC unit suddenly stopping. When checking this, be sure that it is in the “on” position.

If both of these are not the cause, a professional will be able to provide a thorough inspection to tell you exactly what is going on.

What size of AC unit do I need?

When selecting an AC unit, it is important to consider a few factors:

  • The size of your property – how big is your property? A common reason why people complain about their air conditioner’s functionality is due to it being too small to fit the needs of their property.
  • How many people are using it? – If you have a large family who will be using your unit often and in different rooms, be sure to select a unit that fits these needs.

If you are still unsure about what size of AC unit you need, our experts at Marv’s are experienced in repairing and maintain all types of systems. They will be sure to recommend the best option for you.

What do I do if my heat pump is covered in ice?

If your heat pump is covered in ice, it can cause your AC unit to overwork and prevent proper heating and cooling on your property. It is important to call in professional help asap in this case as you risk damaging outdoor coils, fan blades, and the compressor.

What are traditional water heaters and what are the benefits?

Traditional water heaters, also known as storage tank heaters, are most common in older homes that have not undergone many renovations. This type of heater is essentially a tank that holds about 30-50 gallons of water and stores it is used. Once you turn on the hot water, a pipe coming from the tank will deliver it to your destination. This type of heater is cheaper; however, it does take longer to heat large amounts of hot water as it has to re-supply. This heater comes in both gas, oil, and electricity.

What are the benefits of solar water heaters?

Solar water heaters are energy efficient and can be cost-effective in the long-term. These heaters use the sun to heat your water supply. The main drawbacks of this option are the initial installation price and inconsistent sunlight.

What are the benefits of heat pump water heaters?

These electric heaters work similarly to your refrigerator. In this system, heat is extracted from the air using a refrigerant and transfers it to your water. The benefits of heat pump water heaters are that they dehumidify your home and also keep it cooler in summer months. On the other hand, this system will hike up your heating bill in the winter.

How do I know when I need professional heating services?

If you suspect that something is wrong with your heating system, it is usually a good idea to get professional service as soon as possible. There are many reasons why it is acting differently, and catching a minor repair is always better than a serious one in the future.

Keeping on top of your heater’s functionality will not only get you the most out of your system, but it will also save you money and prevent hazards to your home and family. Our experts at Marv’s are able to perform an inspection quickly to restore your ease of mind and get you back to your daily routine.

We hope these frequently asked questions helped you find what you were looking for. If not, our team at Marv’s Plumbing and Heating is just a phone call away to answer any and all of your heating questions. Call us today to speak to one of our informative associates or to schedule an appointment with one of our industry professionals.

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