Gowland's Heating & A/C Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating System Repair’

What Makes a Heat Pump Different From an AC

Monday, March 14th, 2022
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You may already know the big answer to this question: a heat pump operates like an air conditioner, except it can change the direction it moves heat so it can work as a heating system as well. This makes a heat pump an excellent two-in-one option for homeowners looking to change out their standard furnace/air conditioner combo. 

But we plan to go deeper into the heat pump differences in this post. We’ll examine three parts in a heat pump that help it work as both a heating and cooling system. In most ways, a heat pump resembles an air conditioner, with two sets of refrigerant coils, a compressor, an expansion valve, an indoor blower fan, and an outdoor exhaust fan. The following three components are only in heat pumps and are critical for allowing them to work the way they do.

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Could the Thermostat Be the Problem With Your Heater?

Monday, January 17th, 2022
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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.

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Why Does My Heater Cost So Much to Run?

Monday, December 6th, 2021
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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.

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Reasons You’re Getting Uneven Heating Around Your Home

Monday, November 22nd, 2021
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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.

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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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