Don’t Ignore These Furnace Sounds

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenThere are certain noises that after a while, are fairly easy to “tune-out.” If you live on a busy street, for example, you may get used to the noise of cars whizzing by and the honking of horns. What you should never get used to though, are noises coming from your furnace that you’ve never heard before.

The reason for this is because those noises are a very clear indicator that something is amiss with your furnace, and you need to pay attention. By calling our technicians as soon as you notice something is up, you can help make sure that your furnace operates as it should and is able to provide you with efficient and effective heating throughout the years.

Not only this, but managing furnace problems ASAP protects the safety of your household. This isn’t to say, of course, that furnaces are dangerous by nature. But when you don’t care for yours properly, then it can become dangerous. We’ve uncovered below some of the noises you should always pay attention to when it comes to your furnace.

Troubleshooting a Failed Furnace

furnace-with-pipesWhen your gas furnace doesn’t come on during a cold winter day, that’s a problem. It may be a big problem. Or it could be a small oversight. You can depend on our expert technicians for the HVAC service in Lawrenceville, GA to restore your furnace to working condition. But before you call us, there are a few basic troubleshooting steps to go through to make sure you don’t have a minor issue you can correct yourself.

Please note: we’re not advocating for you to attempt a “do-it-yourself” furnace repair! Troubleshooting doesn’t involve getting out the toolkit and opening the furnace panel. Don’t go beyond the simple steps listed below to see what’s wrong with your furnace. You only want experienced pros like us to service a gas-powered heating system. We’re licensed and insured, so you can expect the best and safest repair help from us.

Why You Should Worry If Your Heater Has a Cracked Heat Exchanger

furnace-burnersGas-powered furnaces are not inherently dangerous appliances. This is something we want to clarify right away! We aren’t looking to panic you just because you choose to heat your home with a gas-powered furnace. But like any other powerful appliance in your home that uses gas, hazards can happen if it’s not well cared for.

When a gas-powered system isn’t well cared for, you risk one component failure in particular you never want to have—a cracked heat exchanger. This is most likely to happen with an aging heater (10-15 years old or older). For this reason we recommend looking into a replacement once your furnace has reached about a decade. Routine maintenance will help you avoid this problem, but it’s still a problem you should be aware of.

How to Prep Your Heater for Cooler Weather

tech-inspecting-furnaceFall is officially here and even though our temperatures haven’t quite cooled down enough for consistent heater use, now is the time to think about whether or not you’re well prepared for when temperatures do drop. Fortunately, you have plenty of time to arrange for routine maintenance for your residential heater. This is a job that requires the professional touch of trained and experienced HVAC professionals, which is what we are here for!

Don’t delay scheduling your heating maintenance inspection and tune-up–make sure your heating system is ready to go when the drop in temperatures does occur, no matter how brief or mild our winters may be in comparison to other parts of the country. Read on to learn more about this service.

AC Installation: Should You Go Ductless?

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Temperatures are just beginning to mellow out a bit. Perhaps you’ve already stopped using your air conditioner on a regular basis for the season. How’s that AC doing? Is it in good shape or is it aging and requiring a lot of repairs?

If it’s the latter, you may be in the position of considering an AC replacement. If you are, we encourage you to consider going ductless! There are a number of benefits to doing so, which we’ll cover below.

Do You Believe This Harmful Refrigerant Myth?

insulated-refrigerant-line-behind-ac-systemThere aren’t too many homeowners out there who really understand how air conditioners work. This isn’t a bad thing or something you’re expected to know a lot about—after all, that’s what the professionals are here for!

However, because many homeowners aren’t well-informed, they can be led astray by amateur repair people or handy people claiming to be HVAC pros. In fact, one of the most common things these folks tell homeowners is that refrigerant is something that gets “used up,” like gasoline from a car, and must be refilled (what we in the industry call recharged) once a year during maintenance or more often. And this is a refrigerant myth that could potentially harm your air conditioner. Read on to learn how!

6 Noises Your AC Should Never Make

woman-listening-closely-holding-hand-to-earWouldn’t it be great if our air conditioners could send us a little warning when something is amiss? Like, we could get a text message to our smartphones telling us when a motor bearing needs lubrication or replacing, or when we have a refrigerant leak?

To be honest, this technology probably isn’t too far off in the future. But for now, we have to rely on other means to know when our air conditioners are suffering. Of course, you can limit the risk of sudden air conditioner problems by staying on top of your AC maintenance each year. But it’s also a good idea to know the signs of AC trouble to begin with. One of the most common signs of AC problems is loud and unfamiliar noises.

What noises are we referring to, exactly? Read on as we uncover what they are.

Don’t Ignore These Signs of AC Disrepair!

two-techs-checking-on-ac-outdoor-unitIt’s easy, especially this late in the summer season, to ignore small signs that something might be amiss with your air conditioner. But the fact of the matter is, this is when your air conditioner is most likely to break down, because this is the time of the year it runs the most and essentially works the hardest.

This is particularly true if you skipped maintenance this year. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your system to ensure proper, efficient functionality. It also allows us to spot small repair needs before they become bigger ones! But this doesn’t mean you can’t spot small repair needs on your own—and when you do, the next best step is to give the pros a call. Read on to learn more about these signs.

AC Tune-Up Time: It’s Never Too Late

two-techs-working-on-ac-outdoor-unitDid you have air conditioning maintenance this past spring? If not, you may think it’s too late. After all, just about any professional HVAC technician will tell you its best to have this service done then (our team included). The reason for this is because it’s before you actually need your system the most.

But, that doesn’t mean it’s ever too late for your AC maintenance. We’d rather have you schedule it “late” than not at all. Your air conditioner and your utility bills will benefit from this. The only time it’s “too late” for AC maintenance is if it’s completely broken down and is beyond repair. But an annual AC tune-up (or biannual, if you have a heat pump) will help prevent those repairs, plus offer the following benefits:

Tips for Preventing AC Repair Needs

hvac-wall-vent-near-floorIf you’ve lived in the Lawrenceville area through even just one summer, then you know your air conditioning system goes through a lot of work, right? Fortunately, these systems are durable and designed to handle the heat—when they are properly cared for, anyway.

If your cooling system isn’t properly taken care of, you can find yourself paying a lot more for your air conditioner to keep you cool than you should have to. You might also find yourself facing repair needs you weren’t expecting. We’d like to help you avoid that! The tips we’ve shared below will help you not only prevent AC repair needs, but will help boost the efficiency of your AC system as well.