Heating Repair Archives

heater repairWe normally recommend that homeowners have their heating system serviced before the start of the heating season. However, if you have skipped this service, there is a greater chance you may need to call for a repair at some point. With cold weather soon heading to the New York City area, many homeowners will find that they need heater repair for various furnace issues. Don’t panic if you find yourself among these homeowners, many heater problems are easily resolved.

If you smell gas, you need to leave your house right away and call the local fire department or gas service provider from a safe location. For heaters that are making strange noises or tripping your circuit box, you should call for heater repair service right away. However, for some other problems such as reduced performance or failure to turn on, it is useful to check a few things out before calling for repair.

Reduced Performance

Many heater problems are caused by dirty or clogged air filters. A dirty filter reduces airflow to your heater and causes it to work harder to keep your home warm. Check your air filter, and replace if dirty. If this resolves your heating problem, then a heater repair may not be needed. If this does not resolve the problem, you may need to have the system’s burners adjusted by a service technician.

Your Heater Will Not Turn On

For a heater that is not turning on or blowing cold air, your first step should be to look at your thermostat. Many times, the thermostat could be set too low or be malfunctioning and preventing your furnace from starting up. If the thermostat is not the culprit, then you should call for heater repair. Your heater may need a repair or replacement of its pilot or ignition control system, which is a common repair.

Wear and Tear Repairs

Just like an automobile, your heater has moving parts such as blower fans and motors that experience wear and tear over time. If your system is regularly maintained, these parts are normally cleaned and lubricated. Without preventive maintenance, these parts will be more likely to produce more friction than normal, and cause them to fail sooner than if the system were regularly maintained.

What may originally start as a small inexpensive heater repair if fixed right away, can quickly grow into a more expensive one if ignored. If you know your system is in need of repair, do not put it off any further. Doing so may cause a dangerous situation that puts both your family and home at risk. Don’t panic, contact us for fast and reliable heater repair.

Furnace repair, check filters, wrap pipes – just a few things that may be on your “to-do” list before the chilly weather sets in. Fortunately, certified and professional HVAC technicians in NYC can help with your furnace or boiler issues and get you ready for the season. However, if it is determined during an inspection or service call that your furnace is unfit for use, it will disconnected from its power source until furnace repair or replacement occurs.

furnace repairThis means your furnace is being “red-tagged,” leaving you with an unexpected interruption in heating service. Cracks in the heat exchanger are the most typical cause that warrants a furnace being red tagged because this can cause gas leaks, fires, and even explosions. Now, you will have two options: furnace repair or replacement.

Furnace Repair vs. Furnace Replacement

Whether you have been red-tagged or not, you may be facing the same decision about whether to repair or replace your furnace due to old age or inefficiency and need guidance from a specialist. Once you select a professional HVAC technician in NYC to inspect your heating system, they will be able to offer you an expert opinion as to whether you should repair the unit or invest in a replacement furnace. Beyond age and efficiency, other considerations include:

Warranty Information – Units under manufacturers warranty will typically opt for repairs, and our team of certified HVAC technicians citywide can help you through the claims process and obtaining of parts.

Parts Availability – Depending on the age and model of your device, locating a new parts can be difficult and time consuming, particularly with older units.

Reliability and Repair History – If you have been needing furnace repair consistently the past few years, it may be time to give up that unit and invest in a new, energy-efficient furnace for your home or business.

After you have reached a decision, your HVAC professional will expertly install or repair your unit.

Prevent Costly Repairs with Regularly Scheduled Maintenance

Furnace repair services are inevitable at some point, but what many homeowners do not realize is that preventive maintenance is the key to keeping their entire HVAC system operating optimally. Particularly with gas, electric, or induction furnaces safety and functionality are essential. Keeping up with regular preventive maintenance provides an HVAC professional in NYC the opportunity to spot potential problems before they inflate and cause major furnace issues that lead to red tagging and system failures.

When the furnace fails to provide the warmth you need, everything else stops until you address the heating repair. Problems range from easy to complex. Homeowners can handle some issues. Others are better left to the professionals.

Prevention

A good maintenance program helps to prevent the inconvenience and cost of a heating repair. Regular filter changes prevent problems. A system with a clean filter operates more efficiently.

The HVAC unit circulates the air in your home through cycles. The dust in the air becomes trapped in the system. The filter catches most of the debris; however, some of it gets trapped in the blower. The combination of a clogged filter and blower causes poor heating. heating repair in new yorkThe symptom is weak, slow air at the vent.

Avoid calling for a heating repair by vacuuming the system before the weather turns cold. To avoid injury, turn the power off at the breaker and leave it off until after replacing the cover. Use a utility vacuum with a long hose to clean the unit. Put the cover back in place and screw it down. Turn the breaker on.

System Fails to Power on

We love to serve our customers; however, there are some things you can check before calling us. You may discover a simple fix and save some money. Start by checking the thermostat. Is the temperature called for three degrees higher than the actual temperature? Now check to see that the switch is set to “heat.” Look at the fan switch; it should be on “auto.” It is common for a heating repair technician to “fix” the problem at this stage of the service call.

If everything is as it should be, the next stop is the breaker-box. Reset the breaker or replace the fuse if necessary. This should allow the unit to operate. The breaker is the modern alternative to the fuse. Both are for safety. When a circuit draws too much amperage, the safety activates by breaking the circuit. This prevents fires and further damage to the system.

Observe the functionality of the unit after resetting the breaker. If the circuit breaks again, diagnosing the problem is more complicated. A technician will check the same things you did. Tell him about the blown fuse or breaker. He will isolate the problem by following a step-by-step procedure until finding the failed component.

Get ready for the cold weather by checking your unit. There is less pressure before Jack Frost arrives; maintenance is easy. If you need us, we are available to help with your heating repair.

Heating repair calls come in every day and we’re always happy to give advice over the phone or to pay you a service visit. Here’s some of the most important information you should know if you’re having trouble with your gas furnace.

Noisy Operation

Noise from your furnace can be caused by slipping blower belts or a shaft bearings; usually a high pitched or shrieking sound. Belts may need to be replaced and bearings need to be lubricated. A rumbling sound though less frequently a cause for heating repair we do sometimes hear lower pitched rumbling sounds caused either by a poorly adjusted pilot light or dirty gas burners. We recommend calling in either case, to have the pilot or the burners adjusted.

Not Enough Heatheating repair

Heating repair calls often enough come in with the simple complaint that there’s just not enough heat. This can be caused a dirty air filter, dirty burners or some kind of obstruction, especially at the vent leading into the furnace. Replacing your air filter can solve a lot of problems, as can checking to make sure nothing is obstructing any of the intake or outbound vents. Again, if you suspect your burners are dirty, you should call and a heating repair technician can adjust and clean them, usually the same day.

No Heat At All

This one can be a bigger issue, with many possible causes. Often it’s either the thermostat has stopped working or it’s set to low. There can also be problems with a circuit breaker or similar electrical malfunction, or the gas line is interrupted or closed. There can also be problems with electronic ignition systems, intermittent pilots or traditional pilot lights.

You want to first check the level to which your thermostat is set. If it’s set to an appropriate temperature you should try moving it up a few degrees. You may also want to clean the contacts on an older analog thermostat, but that won’t help much with newer models. Check the gas line, and for blown fuses or thrown circuit breakers. If you have a traditional standing pilot light and you know how to light it, you can check that, too. For other electrical or ignition problems we recommend calling for heating repair.

On and Off

If your furnace is going on and off too often it could be as simple as a dirty filter (check that first). It could also be as complex as a problem with the motor for the fan or, again, the thermostat. Fan motors can be lubricated, but in most cases we recommend a visit so that we can check the belt tension and lubricate the motor at the same time. We might also check your thermostat heat anticipator.

Always On

In most cases this is a problem with the fan and the fan control or with the thermostat. If you can’t switch the fan off from the thermostat, then most likely we’ll need to replace the entire unit. We’ll also investigate any other possible problems with the blower assembly.

These are among the most common heating repair complaints we hear about. Of course, we’ll be happy to discuss your own furnace, be it a gas or oil furnace or a heat pump.

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