Gowland's Heating & A/C Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Make October Less Spooky With Heating Maintenance

Monday, October 11th, 2021
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Ah, the spookiest time of year is here! We hope the only frights you encounter are the safe, fun kind found in movies, costumes, and decorations. There’s one October fright we don’t want you to deal with, and that’s having a heating system that isn’t ready for the approach of cold weather. 

We can help you make your heating in Gretna, LA much less spooky and scary. All it takes is for you to join our Residential Club Agreement (if you aren’t already a member) and schedule your regular fall heating maintenance appointment.

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My Furnace Is Making Weird Noises! What’s Wrong?

Monday, February 15th, 2021
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You hear a rattling sound coming from your furnace, and it worries you. Is there a major malfunction with it that’s about to cause the heater to fail entirely? Or maybe create unsafe conditions?

Then you try the handle to the panel of the cabinet and discover it’s not latched properly. Click, it’s back in place… and the rattling sound stops. Great, that was all that was wrong!

Yes, it can be that simple. It isn’t always, however. This example was a basic “fix,” if you hear any odd sounds from your home’s furnace, whether it’s a gas or electric model, it might be a problem requiring furnace repair in Kenner, LA from our professionals. If you don’t see an obvious reason for the odd noise, please don’t attempt to investigate it further to do a DIY fix. Call our experts to take on the detective work and do whatever repairs are necessary. 

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Is Your Heater About to Fail? 4 Ways You Can Tell

Monday, February 1st, 2021
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You don’t want a failed heating system to catch you by surprise during one of the colder days of the season. You’ll have to call for repairs for the system, or in some cases a full heating replacement. Although you can always count on our heating technicians to get to you fast—we’re available at your convenience, not ours!—we can’t be there instantly. If you want to avoid an emergency call for your heating in Kenner, LA, you have two tactics. First, always schedule heating maintenance in fall. We’ve covered this recently. Second, know what signs to watch for that your heating system is tottering. We’ll cover that here.

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Reasons the Furnace Isn’t Lighting

Monday, January 18th, 2021
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When you need the gas furnace in your house to run during winter, the least you expect from it is to turn on. This means the electronic igniter (or pilot light in an older furnace) causes the gas burners to light and create the combustion of gas that will eventually warm up the air moving into your house.

But you may discover one day that the furnace isn’t coming on. The burner won’t light. No matter how you set the thermostat, you don’t hear the whoosh of the burners igniting or see the familiar blue light from inside the furnace. Obviously, this is a problem, and you may need to call our technicians for furnace repair in Slidell, LA. But let’s first look at the possible reasons your gas furnace isn’t lighting.

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Why Your Heater Isn’t Evenly Heating the Whole House

Monday, January 4th, 2021
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In an ideal world, a heating system would always send out an even amount of warmth to each room in a house. Just an adjustment on the thermostat, and all the rooms would enjoy a comfortable (and energy-efficient) level of comfort.

We don’t live in that ideal world, but a good heating system that had a proper professional installation should still be able to get close to this scenario. Yes, there will be some temperature fluctuations, such as rooms with east or west-facing windows getting extra heat or places with doors to the outside experiencing some drafts. But a central heater is supposed to make sure everyone has the comfort they need.

So if your home is currently dealing with cold spots, you may require heating repair in Slidell, LA. In some cases, you might even need to replace the heater.

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A Cracked Heat Exchanger in a Furnace Is a Serious Situation

Monday, December 21st, 2020
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We never want to be alarmist about home heating systems, but it’s important to make sure our customers know about potentially harmful issues that can crop up in natural gas furnaces. 

Modern gas furnaces are built with safety uppermost in mind, so they rarely present dangers to homes. If they did, they wouldn’t even be permitted in homes! However, we want you to be aware of a situation that may occur with your gas furnace if it doesn’t receive regular maintenance and prompt heating repair in Marrero, LA. It’s the cracked heat exchanger. 

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Watch Out for These 4 Early Season Heating Malfunctions

Monday, December 7th, 2020
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It may end up being a fairly warm December in New Orleans, but we can’t depend on having warm weather throughout the winter. Our heaters need to be ready to go when the cold spells sweep through. The best way to ensure that your residential heating system is in great shape for the season is to have maintenance done for it. Nothing is better for avoiding heating repair in Covington, LA than preventive service to inspect and tune-up the heater.

We’d love to tell you that maintenance will prevent all repairs. Of course, that’s not true. No matter how well you care for your furnace or other heating system, it may malfunction on you—and those malfunctions could appear early on. Below we’re going to examine four heating problems that might crop up at the beginning of winter. If basic troubleshooting doesn’t solve the issue, don’t attempt any repairs on your own. Call us and we’ll be there to fix the problem.

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HVAC Winter Maintenance Tips

Saturday, November 28th, 2020

With the kids back in school and fall and winter holidays quickly approaching, now’s the perfect time to do some routine maintenance on your heating and cooling system.

Learn how to prepare your air conditioner for a long hibernation as well as tips for waking up your heating system without any problems. The last thing you want is to have your furnace break down in the middle of winter.
Heating and cooling accounts for around half (48%) of the total energy use in a typical home, easily making it the largest energy expense (U.S. DOE).
By putting a little effort into making sure your HVAC system is working properly, you will significantly reduce your HVAC system’s energy consumption. Make the switch from cooling to heating as smooth as possible. Below are some insightful tips on fall HVAC preventive maintenance.

Fall HVAC Preventive Maintenance Tips!

1) Consider Replacing Your HVAC System – You should consider the age of your heating system and your current energy bills before you do anything. Heating systems that are more than 10 years old are only 40-60 % efficient. If your HVAC system is on its last legs, seriously consider replacing the entire HVAC system. Today, gas furnaces available in the market boast of efficiency ratings that are as high as 97%. Learn why you should probably replace your cooling and heating systems at the same time.

2) Clean or Replace Air Filters – Dirty HVAC filters restrict airflow and reduce the entire efficiency of the HVAC system. If you have not cleaned or changed the air filters of your system for a while, now is the perfect time to do it. This should be done every 1-3 months.To be safe, inspect your air filter every 30 days to see if it is dirty and clogged. Check your owner’s manual for the best air filter to use in your system. Choose an air filter with a minimum MERV rating of 7. Make sure to have plenty of back-ups so you don’t have to run to the store every month or two.

3) Clean and Unblock All Vents and Registers– Go around your home and make sure all of your return and supply vents and registers are clean and clear. Double check that none of them are blocked by rugs, furniture, or closed off in any way. Learn why you should never close any of your vents and other common HVAC misconceptions. While you are checking to make sure nothing is blocking your vents, take some time to clean them of any dust that may have gathered around the area. Cleaning your vents helps prevent the dirt and dust from entering your HVAC system and circulating around your home.
4) Professional HVAC Inspection – Have you serviced your heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system for the Fall period? Whether you are a homeowner or a property manager, you will need to find a reliable HVAC professional to help you service your HVAC system. A well maintained and serviced HVAC system is highly efficient in both its functionality and energy consumption. A professional contractor should inspect your HVAC system at least twice a year, once in the fall for the heating system and once in the spring for the cooling system. The inspection is meant to detect any potential problems and ensure that the HVAC system is working as efficiently as possible. The HVAC inspection involves checking filters, inspecting electrical switches, belts, contacts, motors, safety switches, gas pressure, and refrigerant levels.

5) HVAC Maintenance Agreement – An HVAC maintenance agreement, such as our Maintenance Value Plan (MVP), is a great way to keep your system at peak performance. Having an HVAC maintenance agreement not only gives you the advantage of priority service in the event of system failure, but also ensures that your checkups are done on schedule. This agreement will help you save a lot of money in the long run.The demand for HVAC systems increases as winter approaches. Therefore, you should always have your system inspected by a licensed HVAC professional contractor! Let us know if we can be of assistance or answer any of your questions. 

Gowland’s Heating & A/C values “Relationship over revenue!” Call us today to schedule your vital heating maintenance service in New Orleans and the surrounding area.

 

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If You Haven’t Scheduled Heating Maintenance, Now’s the Time

Monday, November 23rd, 2020
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We know that it’s easy to put off certain important tasks until later, and heating maintenance in Slidell, LA is one important task that too many people let slide until near the end of the year. We understand: the weather is warmer here and cold temperatures don’t start to set in until deeper into the fall and the early winter. 

So if you haven’t yet arranged for your annual heating maintenance visit from one of our technicians, you haven’t yet missed out—but now is definitely the time to have it done. The sooner you have this annual job completed, the more you’ll benefit from it.

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