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Heating Repair | Heating Furnace Repair

Your Furnace Needs Attention.  But Exactly What Kind?

heatingChances are you’re here because you’re having a problem with your furnace.  If so, you’ll be glad to know:

  • We service & repair most makes and models of home furnaces.
  • We provide emergency service repair service.
  • Once we’ve diagnosed the problem, we’ll present you with a guaranteed upfront price quote…yours to approve before we continue working to resolve the problem.
  • We’re so confident in the quality of our furnace repair work that we guarantee your 100% satisfaction.
  • The truck our technician arrives in is loaded with furnace parts and other materials.  The goal is to start and finish our work without having to leave or send out for additional parts.

Once the problem is diagnosed, we’ll also recommend what we consider your best course of action.  If, for example, yours is an older system and prone to frequent repairs, it might be time to consider replacing it.

Ultimately, our job is to do what’s best for your home, family, and budget.  And we promise to act on all three priorities, all the time.

Common Furnace Repair Problems

Short of a complete loss of heat, how can you tell if something’s wrong with your furnace or some other heating system component?  These are the most common warning signs:

Heating utility costs keep climbing.

If your heating bills are rising faster than gas and electric rates would seem to warrant, it’s a clear sign your furnace has lost some of its efficiency.  Maybe it hasn’t been cleaned and inspected recently and the filter is clogged.  Or maybe it’s something more serious, including general wear and tear.

More frequent repairs.

The more times you contact a professional to fine tune or repair your furnace, the more you need to ask yourself: “Is it worth it?”  Keep in mind that the average lifespan of a furnace is 10 – 15 years. That means, sooner or later, you’re better off replacing than repairing it.

Not responding to changes in thermostat settings.

heating-2Some of the most common furnace problems are miscommunications between the thermostat and the furnace. Walk around your house a bit and check out all the rooms controlled by your main thermostat. Are some more comfortable than others?  Do you have to adjust your thermostat up or down, depending on where you are?  If so, you may have a thermostat problem.

What color is your burner flame?

There’s only one color for the gas flame in a well-functioning furnace:  blue.  If, however, the flame is yellow or flickering, not only is your furnace burning incompletely, there’s also an increased likelihood of a carbon monoxide build-up.  Other signs of carbon monoxide production include:

  • Streaks of soot around the furnace
  • No upward draft in your chimney
  • Excessive moisture on the windows, walls, and other cold surfaces
  • Excessive rusting on flue pipes, pipe connections, or appliance jacks
  • Water leaking from the base of the chimney, vent, or flue pipe
  • Rust on the vent pipe visible from outside

Is the furnace making a racket?

Your furnace should be like a good book:  seen, felt, but not heard.  If, on the other hand, you’re hearing noises that sound like banging, rattling, popping, or squealing, something’s wrong and needs to be addressed…it’s not going to quiet down on its own.

Indoor air is dry and dusty.

Modern furnaces are able to clean the air and add moisture for your greater comfort; those are talents, if you will, that eventually erode and disappear in older, run down furnaces.  So if you’re having trouble sleeping, prone to bloody noses and itchy skin, feeling the sting of static electrical shock, and so on, it’s either time to add a whole-house humidifier into the mix OR replace your furnace for one that can provide more complete comfort.

“Calling Furnace Doctors!”

We hear you and we’re ready to respond.  So pick up the phone or send us an email, whichever you prefer.  And let Furnace Doctors do what we do best…figure out why you’re enjoying less than complete indoor comfort, and then do whatever it takes to restore it.