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Get Heat Back with Simple Furnace Repair Tips

2 Jul

Suffering through a cold night isn’t something that one would want to experience. When your home’s furnace has a problem, it’s often a smart idea to call the professionals immediately. However, before you spend your money, it wouldn’t hurt to try a few things first to get your heating system going again.

  • Furnace Doesn’t Heat. The most basic problem that furnace owners face is when a furnace just doesn’t warm anything. This can probably be traced to a wrongly-set thermostat. If it is at the temperature that you want, the problem can be traced to it being faulty or the pilot light is out. Just relight the pilot light if it has gone out, but for a broken thermostat, you’ll need professional repair service.
  • Noisy Furnace. Furnaces are supposed to be quiet. If you start hearing clanking noises inside your furnace, there’s definitely something wrong in there. It’s usually in the furnace motor, so all you have to do is to check it to see if the belts need replacement or any of the parts need lubrication.
  • Furnace Turns Itself On or Off. This problem is often due to a dirty filter. All you’ll need to do is to replace your air filter or to clean it. Do this regularly to avoid the reoccurrence of the problem.

 

Signs and Symptoms that May Call for AC Repair

2 Jul

Everyone might love a hot summer when out on the beach or on the road, but the high temperature isn’t as well-appreciated inside the house. For this reason, it’s important for homeowners to learn how to identify the signs of a failing air conditioner before it’s too late and their home becomes every bit of an oven as the outdoors.

Poor Airflow

You don’t have to check your air conditioner for you to know if the air in the room isn’t as cool as it’s supposed to be. If you think that your AC is putting out less and less cool air, it might be too old to function properly, in which case a replacement is necessary. Otherwise, something might be wrong with the blower.

Water Leaks

Air conditioners shouldn’t be leaking; they have special drain tubes that prevent moisture buildup (caused by condensation in the coils) from accumulating underneath the unit. So if you notice that your AC has a water leak or is constantly wet, call an HVAC contractor or repair professional immediately to have the drain tubes repaired.

Noises and Odors

If there are strange smells coming out of your AC, there might be microorganisms (usually fungi or mold) thriving inside it, so be sure to clean it out before calling a contractor for further inspection and maintenance. Strange banging noises on the other hand, might be coming from an improperly installed fan or mechanical components smashing against each other.

Why Gas Furnace Repair Isn’t a DIY Task

5 May

If you made the switch from an electric furnace to a gas furnace, you can expect a drop in your utility costs because it is generally cheaper to run gas furnaces than electric furnaces. However, keep in mind that gas furnace use is not trouble-free; it’s typical to run into problems with your gas furnace when you use the system frequently.

However, unlike an electric furnace where some problems can be solved without professional help, any problem you experience with your gas furnace most likely requires qualified HVAC specialists. The reason for this is because gas furnaces present a few hazards to those who are unfamiliar with how they run.
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A Look at Maintaining the HVAC Unit

18 Apr

Toledo, Ohio is a city that rarely experiences temperatures above 90 degrees, so one can expect HVAC units to be used extensively in its households. An effective HVAC system helps such households live well and comfortably, and this is why HVAC maintenance is a habit that every Toledo household should adopt. There are different things that can help homeowners save their units (and their wallets) from ruin.

One of the most important maintenance acts to help save the HVAC unit is by checking the condition of the filter. The quality and condition of the filter will determine if the HVAC unit is going to work well. It is important that homeowners choose filters that can effectively sift microorganisms. It is also important to regularly change the filter every 1-6 months.

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Spring Cleaning is Perfect for Furnace Repairs

3 Apr

The winter season is thankfully ending, and many families are now busy with spring cleaning. From sprucing up the home to maintaining cars, spring is the perfect time to check on any damage winter may have wrought, and get everything feeling and functioning like new. It is also the perfect time to have home furnaces repaired after keeping the home warm for the duration of the cold winter.

 

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Signs You Need a New Water Heating Equipment

16 Mar

Spring may be here, but that doesn’t mean you can manage without water heating equipment. After all, even as temperatures begin to rise, you need hot water for the shower, laundry, cooking, and others. You may have been thinking that you need a new water heater, but how do you know for sure? Here are a few red flags to watch out for.

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Understanding the Colorful World of Furnace Wiring

5 Mar

Understanding a furnace’s wiring allows you to install a thermostat with ease. At plain sight, it’s a jungle of colored wires connected somewhere in the system, but the confusion brought about by these wires should be minimized, knowing what the colors stand for. Thermostat installation relies on this information to help integrate the controls to the HVAC system.

Today’s thermostats require more wires due to their expanded array of controls. The most basic thermostats, mechanical ones with a tube filled with mercury designed as an automatic control, require a pair of wires to be attached to it. The common colors for this are red-heat and white, but both wires are designed only to provide heat. Continue reading