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Why Does My Heater Smell Like Something’s Burning?

Monday, November 14th, 2022
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You’re peacefully enjoying autumn in Georgia: the heat and humidity have gone down, and you’re relaxing while watching a football game or gathering with family for a fall celebration. It’s chilly enough to turn the heat on for the first time. Suddenly you realize that it smells like something is burning! Do you need to call for emergency heating repairs?

We have good news for you. A burning smell when you first turn your heat on for the season is pretty common, and you can take a few simple steps to clear things up. You only need the help of a heating professional if these easy remedies don’t solve the problem. 

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Does My Furnace Need Repair?

Monday, October 17th, 2022
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Most of the time, we only think about our heating systems when they’re not working. As long as you are cozy during cold weather, it’s easy to ignore your furnace. But wouldn’t it be better to avoid having your heater break down entirely?

There are two things you can do to avoid having your heater stop working in the winter. First, take to heart a couple of tips on how to decrease the likelihood of a furnace problem. Then, pay attention to some particular clues of problems starting to brew. This way, you can get them repaired before they become severe enough that you end up with a freezing-cold house.

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7 Reasons to Schedule Your Heater Maintenance Now

Monday, October 3rd, 2022
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With the heat of summer just passing, and the beautiful, mild autumn beckoning you to spend time out of doors, you might not want to think about winter yet. But no matter how hard you try to ignore it, winter always gets here eventually, and you don’t want it to arrive before you’re prepared for it.

Scheduling a fall inspection for your heater should be at the top of your autumn to-do list. Here are seven reasons why it’s not only important, it’s also best to do earlier in the season. 

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“Help! My Furnace Burners Aren’t Lighting”

Monday, February 7th, 2022

furnace-jetsIsn’t it great to know that whenever you need warmth and comfort in your home during the winter, all you need to do is adjust the thermostat and your furnace just switches on and starts sending heated air through the ductwork into the various rooms of your home?

Except, what about when this doesn’t happen as it should? Nobody can guarantee that a furnace will work without malfunctions throughout its entire service life—after all there is natural wear and tear to consider. Of course, routine professional maintenance will definitely reduce the risk of sudden repair needs. In fact, maintenance can help prevent up to 85% of the repairs your furnace may ever need!

But maintenance or not, a furnace can surprise you every now and then—and burners that won’t turn on is certainly an unpleasant surprise. So what’s going on when this occurs? Read on to find out!

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Does a Dirty Air Filter Really Hurt My Furnace?

Monday, January 24th, 2022

dirty-air-filterIf you’re utilizing a furnace for your home comfort in the winter, then you know just how nice it can be when the system kicks on and provides you with all the heat you and your family need. But if something goes amiss with your heater, it can be panic-inducing. Sure, we don’t have to worry about temperatures that get too arctic in our climate, but compared to our summers, our winters get pretty darn cold!

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid too big of a furnace problem. We don’t expect you to understand fully how a heater works, and we don’t even recommend making repairs on your own, but there is one little thing you can and should be doing to keep furnace performance at its best–and that’s changing out the air filter every 1-3 months.

Homeowners often minimize, or just don’t know, how important it is to change their furnace air filters on a regular basis, thinking they really only need to be swapped out each year during furnace maintenance. But failure to change out this filter can have some pretty negative consequences.

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What Happens During Professional Heating Maintenance?

Monday, January 10th, 2022

animated-checklistLiving in Georgia, we’re known a lot more for our hot and humid summers than we are for our chilly winters, but that doesn’t mean the colder months don’t pack quite the punch! That said, it stands to reason that you really want your heater to work as effectively and efficiently as possible while keeping your family comfortable. This means that you’ll want to schedule routine professional heating maintenance each year. We typically recommend this service in the fall, before the cooler temps arise, but this is definitely a case of “better late than never,” even if you’re reading it right smack in the middle of winter.

There are some very basic heating maintenance tasks you can do on your own, and that you should do on your own. This includes replacing the furnace or heat pump air filter every 1-3 months, in addition to ensuring that the space around your heater’s outdoor unit is clean and clear of debris and clutter.

This is just the beginning, though. A much more thorough maintenance session is required if you expect your heating system to continue to operate as powerfully and efficiently as it is meant to. Read on to learn more!

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How to Avoid Letting Last Year’s Heater Problems Haunt You This Year

Monday, December 27th, 2021

woman-looking-shocked-with-hands-covering-mouthThink about last winter.

You’re probably wondering, “why?” Nothing special happened–we didn’t have a surprise blizzard or anything.

We want you to consider the small things that might have happened though. Maybe your heater was making a weird noise. Or you noticed that your heating bills seemed to be a little bit pricier than the year before. Maybe you brushed these things off, figuring you’d deal with them later.

Well… it’s later now! Our hope for you is that you are able to take care of your heating repair needs before you need your system the most this year. It is, after all, officially winter, however relatively mild our winters are. If you haven’t already scheduled professional heating maintenance, now is the time to do so–give our team a call! And in the meantime, keep an eye out for lingering problems like the ones we’re about to mention below, and give us a call if you notice any of these symptoms.

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Why Your HVAC Air Filter Matters

Monday, December 13th, 2021

clogged-air-filterThere’s a pretty common misconception when it comes to the air filter inside an HVAC system. Many homeowners assume that this air filter is in place to protect their indoor air quality. While these air filters certainly don’t hurt your indoor air quality, their purpose is actually to protect the interior components of your HVAC system itself from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and harm its sensitive components. The air filter, then, needs to be changed on a regular basis–more on this below!

A dirty air filter can create a number of problems for your HVAC system, as it reduces airflow and causes the system to run longer to try to do its job. Read on to learn more!

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Tips for Boosting Heating Efficiency

Monday, November 15th, 2021

checklist-with-red-markerIf there is anything that Snellville residents have in common, it’s their need for fully efficient air conditioning. So to talk about heating services may seem a little out of place for us. Still though, there’s no denying that when it does dip into chillier temperatures, we need efficient heaters too. Sure, you can buy a high-efficiency furnace or heat pump, but you’re still at the mercy of everyday efficiency drains. What are those? Well, things like a lack of insulation, drafty windows and doors, and lack of proper maintenance.

If there’s anything else Snellville residents have in common, it’s their desire to save money. Read on as we explore what can impact heating efficiency how you can do just that.

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How to Tell if Your Heater Needs Repair

Monday, November 1st, 2021

vent-low-on-wallIt’s the time of year where you’re starting to use your heating system more and more. This should be causing an increase in your comfort, but what if all you discover is that you’re not as comfortable as you think you should be? Let’s say you’re running your heater a reasonable amount of time, but it doesn’t seem to be improving your home’s temperature? This definitely means that something is amiss.

If this sounds familiar to you, you’re right to be concerned. There’s a good chance that something is wrong, internally, with your heater. When problems like this crop up, it means it’s time to give our professional a call. Our trained technicians can accurately identify the source of your heating system problem, and address it in a timely manner. Read on to learn what you should be on the lookout for.

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