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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.

Heating repair, heating maintenance and unforeseen furnace issues can ruin even the most pleasant winter afternoon. There’s just nothing more pressing than being cold in your own house.

Scheduling a heating maintenance inspection is always a good idea, but there are a lot of simple heating maintenance tasks and look-sees that you can take care of yourself. You’ll spend a lot less time waiting and a lot less money. Here are a few things you should know to get going.

heating maintenanceGet the right furnace filter, read the manufacturers specifications, and make sure you change it every month or every six weeks at the longest. Some newer thermostats will even tell you when to change the filters. Remember: if you change your filters often enough you’re furnace should keep running and performing just as you expect it to and help avoid a costly heating repair.

Every furnace is connected to an electric power supply that runs the blower and other moving parts. You need to make sure that this power supply is completely disconnected before doing any of your heating maintenance or repair tasks. You don’t want the motor coming on while you’re working. Check how to cut the fuel and how to get the pilot light re-lit, and cut both fuel and electricity to be safe.

An important and often forgotten during heating maintenance is to vacuum the furnace fan and the easily accessible areas of the furnace. It’s good to do at the beginning of the winter, but particularly important if you live in an urban area or if you notice dust around your home. Dust will collect anywhere, including on fan blades, so you may also want to experiment with slightly finer filters if you notice a build up inside the fan housing.

If the furnace blower is powered by an electric motor and a V-belt you’ll want to check that belt for fraying, dryness or cracks. Replacing a furnace belt and checking the alignment of the motor pulleys at the same time will give you a quieter furnace and mean you’re not replacing belts as often. They’ll wear out much faster if they’re not aligned correctly, but you may need to loosen the pulleys to align the belts correctly. Newer furnaces won’t need any of this kind of attention.

Heating maintenance for oil furnaces should be a similar process. You’ll also want to replace the oil filter and you may even need to bleed any air out of the fuel line. In such a case, you’ll either need to check the owner’s manual or give us a call. Oil furnaces tend to leak oil a little if you don’t look after them, so keep an eye on the fuel lines and any pipe connections for oil.

Periodically check all your outside vents and chimneys. Blockages from snow or debris can create a significant number of problems every year and those can include dangerous situations with carbon monoxide leaking into a house. You’ll want to be sure there aren’t any cracks in your outside venting, or around the connections with walls or roofs.

Heating maintenance for older gas furnaces can also be actually prevented by regularly oiling the motor and the blower shafts. A couple drops should do it every year. Newer models should be OK without the oil but check your manual. And if you haven’t got one, give us a call.

Whatever type of system is heating your home, consider updating your thermostat this year, too. We can show you models that will not only save you energy and money year round but that will keep your home warmer and safer all winter long.

Residential Heating Repair For the Do-It -Yourselfer

Residential heating repair is best done by a professional however, there are some tasks a do-it-yourselfer might want to handle. Because the safety and comfort of your family is so important, knowing and working with a trusted residential heating repair company is going to be paramount.

Familiarizing yourself with the basic functions of your furnace and taking care of basic heating maintenance will help prepare you to notify the heating repair technician when the time arises.

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Check that your furnace is cycling through start-up to shut-down using only your thermostat as a control. Measure the temperature of the rooms, this should match the upper end of your thermostat range, and the temperature of the return air near the cold air register or grate. This is often placed in a hallway and is usually larger than the vents where the heat comes out. The temperature in this area of your house should be nearer to the lower setting on the thermostat.

Older thermostats with liquid mercury switches may need to be cleaned and leveled, but in most cases, we recommend replacing them with a modern digital thermostat.

A residential heating repair technician will inspect visible wiring and all electrical connections. Prior to the visit you should also inspect them for signs of burning, any unraveling tape, loose wires, or missing covers.  While your at it, check the condition of the connection pipes and chimney for signs of rust or gaps. You should also check that the technician will have easy access to all of these areas as they are sometimes used for storage or simple accumulations of debris.

Now we get to the important questions and answers that only an experienced residential heating repair technician can provide.

It’s important to review these because you’ll want to get the most out of the visit, whether it’s for heating repair, a heating inspection, or something more involved, like a new furnace installation.

You’ll want to ask about how energy efficient your existing model of furnace is, and how that compares with the latest heating units on the market today. Be sure to ask how much you might save in gas, oil or electric bills. Your technician should be able to give you a good idea.

During the visit you should learn  a lot about the particulars of your own furnace but be sure to inquire about the models and manufacturers recommended by the technician and ask what their experience is with them.

Finally, you should ask the heating repair company how long they’ve been in business and if they provide 24 hour heating repair. Do they offer to keep a record of your furnace or heating system on file? In a real emergency situation, it helps to know the people you’re expecting to actually show up!

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