November is off to a pleasant start with warm weather. We know this won’t last forever, and so right now when you don’t need to run your home’s heating system is a great time to call us and schedule your annual heating maintenance in Covington, LA. It’s close enough to winter for maintenance to have the maximum effect, and you won’t have to worry about missing out on warmth while our technicians inspect and tune-up your heater.
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One of the important steps to prepare your home for the winter is to ensure that your natural gas furnace is working safely. We don’t want to alarm you into thinking your gas furnace is some sort of ticking bomb that’s a major menace to the health of your family. Gas furnaces are built to strict safety requirements and rarely pose any danger to homeowners.
However, there is the chance that a gas furnace will create combustion dangers (flames escaping from the cabinet) or leak carbon monoxide. The threat from CO is one we recommend all homeowners to take seriously if they use natural gas in their homes in any way. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and highly toxic gas. According to the CDC, at least 430 people in the US die from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning each year. Even smaller exposure will lead to health problems.
What can you do to boost your winter safety with your gas furnace? Check out our safety tips below.
When you start to experience discomfort in the winter in your house even though your heating system is running, it’s easy to imagine the heater itself is at fault. Heating system malfunctions can cause a heater to turn off early, produce lower levels of heat, go through rapid cycling, or other problems.
But sometimes the problem lies outside of the heater and in another part of the HVAC system: the thermostat. You might not have thought of the thermostat as a part of the HVAC system, but it definitely is—it’s where you get to interact with your home’s heating, cooling, and ventilation, and in the cases of programmable and smart thermostats, it serves as a central brain controlling when to heat and cool the house.
Below we’ll list some of the ways a thermostat could end up making heating trouble in your home. In most of these situations, you can call our team for the repair necessary to fix the thermostat. In some cases, we may need to replace the thermostat.
When the winter season starts, you’ll want to feel comfortable and cozy inside your house. What won’t make you feel comfortable is a shock when you look at your utility bills and see how much they’ve jumped. You’re expecting to pay more to make your house comfortable after the mild weather of fall, but why has your heater become so much more expensive to run?
We’re glad you’re asking yourself this question (and that the question brought you to this blog) because it means you know something isn’t right. Your heater is costing you too much to run and you want to find out why. You may need heater repair in Madisonville, LA, or some other service from our technicians to lower your comfort costs. Below, we’ll look at some common reasons for heaters to become money-drainers.
You have a central heating system in your house so you can have heat distributed throughout the living space. Getting warmth in each room is the purpose of one of these systems. So if you start using your heater this season and discover not all the rooms are as warm as they usually are, you’re correct in thinking something is wrong. Uneven heating can signal several problems, from minor to severe, with your HVAC system.
To help you enjoy the best heating in Madisonville, LA, we’ll look at the reasons you may have uneven heating as the weather starts to cool down. Our technicians can help figure out what the problem is and offer professional solutions that will restore your home’s ideal comfort.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.