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Furnace Repair and Troubleshooting

No one wants to wake up to a cold house in the middle of winter due to their furnace calling it quits. Today’s furnaces and heat pumps are quite reliable, but require maintenance to perform in tip-top shape. Every once in a while furnace repair is necessary. There are a few things you can double check before calling an HVAC company for repair to troubleshoot your furnace.

Troubleshoot before calling for Repair

The best place to start if your furnace isn’t working is to make sure the power to it is turned on. This may sound obvious, but usually furnace power switches are in a low or hidden area inside the HVAC closet and can get turned off by something falling or shifting in the closet. Save the hassle and expense of a service call by checking this first. Be sure that your thermostat is turned on to the heat function and the temperature set above room temp. It’s possible a family member turned it off and/or forgot to turn it back on.

Checking your breaker box should be the next step. If you power to the furnace has been tripped, a quick flip of the switch might bring the heat back. Next, if your furnace is gas, check that the gas valve is on and that the pilot light is lit.… Read More

Carbon Monoxide – Symptoms, Detection and Prevention

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is known as the silent killer. It’s an odorless gas that is impossible to detect and can cause flu-like symptoms or even death. This may sound like the next blockbuster horror movie in theaters, but unfortunately it  is a reality. There are ways to protect yourself and your family from CO poisoning.  Read on to learn more about Carbon Monoxide and how to guard against it.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

CO is a gas that is produced during combustion when fuel is burned. You can find Carbon Monoxide  in the fumes of car exhausts, stoves, grills, lanterns, fireplaces, furnaces and so much more. When equipment is outdoors or adequately ventilated, CO naturally dissipates, causing no harm. Carbon Monoxide can build up to toxic levels in enclosed areas, and the damage can be fatal. Nearly 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning each year. More than 20,000 emergency room visits and 4000 hospital stays are annually attributed to this deadly gas.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms

Identifying the onset of symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning can save a life. Often confused with the flu, common CO poisoning symptoms can include headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting and chest pain. More significant amounts of CO can cause confusion and unconsciousness. The very young and the elderly are more susceptible. CO poisoning while sleeping can be fatal.… Read More

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3 Signs You Might Need Furnace Repairs or Replacement

As we enter into fall and look forward to winter, out HVAC home system switches from air conditioning to heat. The furnace has been sitting dormant all spring and summer and is expected to get to work as soon as that first cold day hits. Hopefully, this is a seamless transition in your home. There are a few things to look out for that indicate that your furnace may need repairs or even replacement. Knowing the 3 signs ahead of time can help you know when furnace repairs are needed saving you the hassle and inconvenience of the system stopping during a cold spell.

You may need Furnace Repairs if…

Does your Furnace have a hard time starting? If your furnace seems to struggle to start up, this can be an indication of a problem. It could be as simple as faulty wiring or a more complicated issue like a mechanical part inside. Once the furnace has started, strange noises such as banging, rattling, squeaking or hissing can mean something is wrong. Now would be a good time to call for an inspection.

Is your heating bill going up? Small increases in your energy bills often slip by unnoticed. A good way to determine if your heating bill has increased is to look a few years back and see if there is a consistent increase over the years.… Read More

4 Home Winter Preparation Tips

Winter can be tough on your home in many ways. Frigid temperatures affect the interior and exterior. Snow and sleet storms create wear and tear. And closing up our houses tight can cause other issues that can affect your family’s health and wellbeing. There are things you can do to help ease the pain the colder seasons cause. Small efforts in winter preparation can save your pocketbook, your health, and ward off disasters.

Window and Door Preparation – If we could see air with the naked eye and watch it continually seep through our windows and doors, we might realize all the money and energy wasted. By removing screens and replacing them with storm windows and doors, less heat will slip through the cracks. Sealing edges inside and out with caulk is an addition step that keeps hot air in and cold air out.

HVAC Maintenance – Your furnace has been resting all summer long. As temperatures plummet, it fires up and is expected to run smoothly all through winter. As with any machine containing multiple moving parts, your HVAC system requires maintenance. Scheduling an annual tune-up not only keeps things running well all season but can increase efficiency and reduce energy bills. Avoiding a very cold morning is also an added benefit.

Carbon Monoxide Detection – Many of us have heard about the dangers of CO poisoning, but how many of us take the necessary steps to stay safe?… Read More