Archive for January, 2014

3 Signs that You Need to Have Your Fireplace Repaired

Friday, January 31st, 2014

There are few better ways to keep back a dreary winter day than with a cheery fireplace in your home. And despite what you might hear, fireplaces are no more dangerous than any other heating system you can have in your home—provided they receive the proper care and maintenance. It’s particularly important to have repair needs taken care of as soon as possible to avoid injury from fire or gas leaks.

Fireplace repair is a specialized task, and it requires technicians with the proper training to handle it. For your fireplace repair in Waterford, MI, look to Davison Heating & Cooling.

3 Warning Signs That You Need Fireplace Repair:

  • Excessive creosote build-up – Creosote is the shiny black substance that appears in wood-burning fireplaces along the bricks and inside the chimneys. Creosote will start to develop from normal wood-burning, but if it builds-up rapidly, it probably means the fireplace isn’t venting properly. Creosote is a major fire hazard because it is highly combustible and could cause flames to break out in upper areas of the house. If the creosote layers are thick, you should have your fireplace looked at by professionals.
  • Smoke/exhaust entering your home – A fireplace in excellent condition should send smoke and exhaust straight up through the chimney. If the smoke begins to waft into your home, you may have a venting problem (such as blockage in the chimney) or a broken flue damper. Also pay attention to unusual smells, which can indicate dirty gas burners or carbon monoxide. Although CO is naturally odorless, suppliers often lace the gas with chemicals that create a distinctive smell so homeowners can more easily detect leaks. Make sure you do not attempt to make any repairs to the gas line on your own.
  • Cracks – The masonry of your firebox is where the combustion of fuel occurs in a gas fireplace, and it is designed to withstand intense heat. But it can crack, especially if water moisture starts to get into bricks. These cracks can allow the fire to escape from your fireplace, so have repairs done to fix the cracks.

Don’t Let a Fireplace Go Without Repairs

People tend to think of fireplaces as durable, almost indestructible fixtures, and so they often allow seemingly “little” problems like a few cracks to go without repairs. But this is a serious mistake, since a fireplace without proper care can turn dangerous. Keep your fireplace in the same level of repair as you would any heater in your home: with regular inspections and maintenance.

For excellent fireplace repair and other heating system services in Waterford, MI, Davison Heating & Cooling has the team to take care of you. Contact us today for a safe fireplace for tomorrow.

When Is a Good Time to Have My Fireplace Serviced?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Although a fireplace in your home is no more dangerous than any other heating system—provided it receives proper care—there are precautions you need to take with one. Your fireplace will occasionally require service, and there are a few signs that you should look out for. Davison Heating & Cooling can bring you the service you need whenever you think your fireplace requires help.

Here are some times when you should look into having service for your fireplace in Grand Blanc, MI:

  • When smoke and fumes start entering your home: Key to having a safe fireplace in your home is venting. If your fireplace does not effectively remove smoke, fumes, and other exhaust from the hearth, it needs to be serviced immediately to discover the problem. Animal nests blocking the chimney, cracked flue liner, stuck damper, broken gas line… all of these problems can contribute to a dangerous, and at the very least unpleasant, flow of exhaust into your home.
  • The gas or electricity won’t come on: If you have a gas-powered fireplace or an electric one, at the first sign of trouble with getting the power to come on you need to call for service. This is especially true for gas fireplaces, since you should never undertake tampering with a gas line on your own, and there is a potential for leaking of carbon monoxide into your home.
  • During warmer weather: Although we won’t have many warm days for the next two months, it’s much easier to schedule service on a warmer day when you don’t plan to use your fireplace. You’ll also find repair technicians from heating companies easier to get ahold of during these slower times.

Schedule regular maintenance service as well

You should also have your fireplace serviced at least once a year with regular maintenance. There’s a myth that fireplaces only require maintenance every five years; for optimal performance and safety, you need to have maintenance done annually. Call Davison Heating & Cooling for proper maintenance for your fireplace in Grand Blanc, MI. Our technicians will make sure your fireplace is burning fuel properly and venting safely so that you have your warm hearth whenever you need it.

3 Tools Commonly Used When Repairing a Fireplace

Monday, January 20th, 2014

For all our technological advances in the realm of heating and cooling, sometimes the old fashioned ways are still the best. Case in point: the fireplace, a fixture stretching back to the dawn of civilization and which continues to provide warmth and comfort today. Fireplaces are an eminently reliable form of heating, and they don’t normally need a lot of repair. When they do, however, they usually require the attention of an expert. Fireplace repair services can help homeowners get their fireplace functioning again. But how do they do it? And more specifically, what kind of equipment do they use?

You can count on Davison Heating & Cooling to fulfill your heating service needs in Waterford.

 

Here’s a list of 3 tools commonly used when repairing a fireplace.

  • Chimney brushes. Chimney brushes are used to clean the chimney or soot, dirt and creosote, which is often a necessary step before fixing cracked mortar and other fireplace problems. Chimney brushes work the same way they have for centuries, with either long flexible handles for scrubbing at the top and bottom, or lines used by two people to run the brush up and down the chimney itself.
  • Helical piers. Helical piers are used to deal with tilting or toppling chimneys. Each pier consists of a length of steel with a large screw in the middle. It helps shift support for the chimney to different parts of the soil, which stabilizes it until formal repairs can be made.
  • Hydraulic jacks. Hydraulic jacks are commonly used to help lift cars off the ground to change the tire. Different types of jacks can also be used to lift the chimney off the roof and help level it if it’s leaning.

Fireplace repair isn’t a light undertaking, and it helps to get a consultation from someone who can help.

In Waterford, MI, fireplace repair services can be provided by the experts at Davison Heating & Cooling.

We have the skills and experience to correct your fireplace problem, as well as providing routine maintenance to keep such problems from recurring. We can discuss the tools commonly used when repairing a fireplace, but more importantly, we can put them to good use. Pick up the phone and call us today to make an appointment!

The Benefits of Maintaining Your Fireplace

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

During the winter, there are few joys greater than a roaring fireplace in the center of your home. Fireplaces not only provide a cozy glow, they can be an effective addition to your heating system, especially wood pellet stoves.

But no matter the type of fireplace you have installed in your home, you need to give it the same regular maintenance you would any heating system. Here are some benefits you will gain from keeping good care of your fireplace in Burton, MI with fireplace maintenance from fireplace professionals.

Contact Davison Heating & Cooling for your maintenance needs. We’ve served fireplaces of all kinds since 1998.

The advantages of fireplace maintenance

  • Keep it safe: Fireplaces aren’t any more dangerous than any other heating system you can have in your home… provided that they receive the proper maintenance. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you will eventually have creosote develop in the hearth and chimney. Creosote is a shiny black substance that comes from the incomplete burning of wood, and it is highly combustible. If too much creosote builds up in your fireplace, it can catch fire and lead to flames escaping out into your home. If you have a gas-powered fireplace, maintenance is important to make sure there aren’t any gas leaks or issues with ventilation that will let toxic carbon monoxide seep into your home. Regardless of the type of fireplace you have, maintenance will make sure that any exhaust exits your home properly.
  • Keep it effective: A dirty fireplace may not be immediately dangerous, but it won’t be as effective at delivering heat to you. Clogs and rust can develop along the gas burners in a gas fireplace. Electric fireplace inserts will be likely to break if they don’t receive maintenance. Pellet stoves need cleaning to make sure they produce the proper level of heating.
  • Keep it beautiful: Finally, keeping your fireplace maintained is an important part of keeping it a pleasurable part of your house. Free of soot and other debris, your fireplace will stay a beautiful place in your home where your family and friends will enjoy gathering—even when they don’t need the warmth.

Although cleaning out ash and debris from a fireplace is something you should do on your own regularly, anything more complex will require the services of trained fireplace experts. Call Davison Heating & Cooling to schedule the regular maintenance on your fireplace or other heating services in Burton, MI that will keep your home cozy for the rest of the winter.