In a world full of mechanically operated parts in various industries, something to consider when it comes to maintenance and tune ups – “The Law of Moving Parts” that states, that moving parts will wear out…and like Murphy’s law, will wear out at the worst possible moment, leaving you in the cold without heat. No one wants to be without heat in the dead of winter or even in the milder cooler temperatures. Heat is a basic need for survival and heating units are a great luxury we often oversee and down play on importance. It’s important to have your heating unit maintained on a regular basis.
The obvious benefits to heating tune-ups include safety, saving money on utilities, and sleeping comfortably.
Expert Air believes in going above and beyond with all services. We want you to trust us with your home equipment for a/c, heating, and HVAC services, so we check your equipment like it was in our own homes.
See a snippet of our tune up/check-up for the level of thoroughness and just how you can benefit from this regularly practiced maintenance proactiveness.
- Inspect, test and calibrate controls and safety mechanisms
- Safety controls are designed to shut down equipment when unsafe conditions are detected to prevent fires, gas leaks and other dangerous situations as well as to protect the equipment from catastrophic failure. Testing and calibrating these controls ensure safe operation of your equipment.
- Lubricate motors and bearings
- Lubrication prevents friction in motors which can increase electricity usage and cause equipment damage.
- Measure amperage and voltage of blower
- Improper voltage and amp draw increase operating costs and can shorten the life of the system components.
- Measure and record temperatures and system performance factors
- An accurate record of vital data can indicate potential problems and help prevent equipment breakdown.
- Check and adjust fan switch, pilot and pilot assembly
- An improperly adjusted fan switch and/or pilot assembly can result in excess energy usage and equipment malfunction.
- Inspect and clean burners as needed
- Dirty burners can cause improper combustion reducing equipment life and increasing energy usage.
- Inspect heat exchanger for deterioration and cracks
- Heat exchangers can deteriorate and develop cracks with age. These cracks can result in dangerous carbon monoxide leakage.
- Measure and record carbon monoxide levels
- High levels of carbon monoxide can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Testing ensures proper emission levels and can help to identify heat exchanger cracks not detectable through inspection alone.
- Inspect gas line and flue pipe for possible leaks
- This ensures proper exhaustion of toxic gases and fumes.
- Test and calibrate thermostat
- Ensures that the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly.
- Check & clean air filter/replace at customer's option*
- A clogged filter reduces airflow, which can cause a breakdown. It can also result in dirt and other filtered residue cycling back into your home.
- Conduct overall system assessment
- This includes items such as general system configuration and ductwork/heating pipes to check for wear, damage, improper installation and other potential issues.
- Review findings, make recommendations and discuss any concerns
- It's important that you understand the condition of your heating and cooling equipment including items that may pose either immediate or future risks. You should also understand your options regarding home comfort, energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
- Inspect expansion tank
- Inspect water feed valve
- Measure and record boiler pressure and temperature
- Check aquastat
- Inspect low water cut-off
- Check for backflow device
- Inspect & oil pumps
Tune up may not be the correct avenue for your heating needs. If your heating unit is over 20-years old, it is recommended to replace with a newer product. At our evaluation, our NATE-certified technicians will give you the best recommendation based on current industry standards, overall pricing, and overall time of benefit. If the repair today will only be good for one to two years, but a new unit that will last substantially longer, we want you to have the clearest idea of available options. For additional information regarding tune-up, repair, or replacement for furnace, boiler, or any heating component, contact Expert Air today.
Heating components are required for the overall heating products that you find in your home. Being in the know on issues, concerns, and overall safety issues is what Expert Air is here for. Your furnace is a crucial part to the overall heating experience.Occasionally equipment has unknown kinks at the time of manufacturing that can be dangerous to consumers. Over the last decade, certain furnaces have been recalled due to faulty parts including issues in design, error in modification, or improper installation. Industry changes occur constantly, from tweaks, recalls, and new product manufacturing. Research shows that consolidated furnaces that were produced between 1983 and 1994 (11-year span) by Consolidated Industries (now bankrupt) should no longer be used. Consolidated Industries manufactured the machine under numerous name brands such as Amana, Coleman, Kenmore, Premier, Sears, and Trane.
Well known and trusted name brands can too have defects. With over 30-years since the manufacture date, are you wondering why no one told you about this? The official issue with the consolidated furnace is a faulty steel control rod. The information should have been disclosed to the public much sooner than now. Whether this delay is from manufacturer having their hands tied legally or if the law needs to be changed in general, is unknown but issue stands that for decades you may have been at risk. If you still have the product in your home, we strongly advise an immediate call to Expert Air today for a replacement of a different type of product.
Defective Furnace Could Lead to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
It’s important to have your equipment notated or to review it at this time, because the risk of defective furnaces is a risk of health, life, and property. Risk includes fire and/or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a silent killer for it is a colorless, tasteless gas with no smell or obvious sign to alert you to its presence. A faulty furnace doesn’t properly vent the carbon monoxide to the outside of the home. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
For our customers in the Houston and surrounding area, the models involved in the recall are below
Goodman Manufacturing Company, (Franklin Electric) of Houston, Texas
- HBA 040 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC)
- HBA 060 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC)
- HBA 080 ND 4(X, RX, XC or RXC)
- HBA 100 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC)
- HBA 120 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC)
- HCA 040 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC)
- HCA 060 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC)
- HCA 100 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC)
- HCA 120 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC)
- HCA 140 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC)
- HCC 040 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC)
- HCC 050 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC)
- HCC 060 ND 4(X, RX, XC or RXC)
- HCC 075 ND 4(X, RX, XC or RXC)
- HCC 080 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC)
- HCC 100 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC)
For more details on specific models involved in this recall, please visit the CPSC’s Web site at http://cpsc.gov
Furnace repairs always seem to occur when you need your furnace to be working. Don't let the inconvenience of repair get you down, Expert Air has certified NATE-technicians ready to repair your furnace, no matter the time of day. We provide service for all types of furnaces, electric, duel fuel, gas, boiler, oil, or heat pump.
Don't ignore malfunctioning heating. Beyond uncomfortable, your home can become unsafe in colder temperatures. A properly functioning heating system is a must. Here are some warning signs to look out for:
- Furnace does not turn on
- Furnace turns on but does not blow air
- Furnace is working but the air is not as hot as it used to be
- You can feel uneven temperatures in different areas
- The energy bill is still rising, even though you decreased the furnace usage
- Furnace keeps turning on and off
- Furnace is making odd noises
- You smell gassy smell emitting from the furnace
If you experience any of the red flag warnings above, contact us today. Expert Air NATE-certified technicians repair all major brands and types of furnaces. We will get you back to warm and toasty as soon as possible.
We’re at a tough time of the year, comfort-wise. You may be tempted to call it a season for your heating system when daytime temperatures are sneaking up into the 70’s and, occasionally, even into the 80’s. Then night falls, though, and all of a sudden we’re back down into the 40’s. The balancing act will ease up a little over the course of the next few weeks, when warmer temperatures really settle in. That should have you thinking about any necessary HVAC replacements on the horizon.
If you are thinking about replacing your heater at the end of this season, or your AC prior to the onset of the summer season — or especially both — then you should really consider the installation of a heat pump in Houston, TX. They really do make a lot of sense for homeowners in our area. We’ve discussed them before, but let us give you a quick reminder of what a heat pump brings to the table.
Year Round Comfort, and Just One System
The reason that we say to consider a heat pump especially if both your heating and air conditioning systems are ready for replacement is due to the fact that the installation of a heat pump covers all of your bases. Heat pumps are widely renowned for their unique ability to both heat and cool homes. The key to this ability lies not just in its exploitation of heat transfer via the refrigerant cycle, but also its ability to reverse that cycle.
Evaporating and Condensing Refrigerant
An air conditioner, as well as a heat pump, has an evaporator coil and a condenser unit using coils to disperse heat. The difference between the two is that an air conditioner uses those coils in the same way at all times. Refrigerant evaporates in the evaporator coil, which is located indoors. That draws heat out of the air. The refrigerant then travels outdoors to the condenser, and its heat is released outside. The heat pump functions this way, as well, but only in the summer. In the winter, a component called the reversing valve allows for this process to be reversed.
Not only is the directional flow of the refrigerant reversed, but the operation of the coils is reversed as well. By evaporating refrigerant in the outdoor unit, and condensing it indoors, the heat pump is able to use existing heat in the air outside in order heat a home with incredible efficiency. It’s not the same as opening up a window on a winter’s night to let “heat” in, of course. After evaporating outdoors, the refrigerant is also compressed in order to boost its thermal energy. This process requires just a fraction of the energy that creating new heat would, though.
A few weeks back, we talked a bit about how ductless heating works. Today, we want to take a closer look at the ductless mini split in order to help you to decide if this is the right HVAC system for your home. The ductless mini split may not be ideal for every homeowner, but there are plenty of reasons to account for their increasing pop ularity.
As is the case with any HVAC system, a ductless mini split is only as good as the services it receives. Should you decide that you’d like to use a ductless mini split in Houston, TX, it is important that you have that system installed and serviced by qualified professionals. The technicians on our staff are available to ensure that you get the most from your ductless mini split.
We live in an area where winter is far less severe than the summer season. Do not let that convince you that your heater is not as important as your AC, though. You may need your heater less, but you will be very thankful that you have a great one in place when the temperature drops.
The question, then, is not whether or not you need a heater. It is which heater you should use. We recommend that you consider the use of a furnace in Houston, TX. There are many reasons why the furnace is so popular, after all.
In addition to being very efficient, furnaces are also quite affordable in terms of upfront costs. Chances are that, living in Texas, you are already using a forced air cooling system. If so, you can utilize a furnace to heat your home while using the same ductwork that you rely upon in order to distribute cooled air throughout your home in the summer. This convenience, along with the fact that furnaces are just simpler to install than something like a hydronic heating system, can add up to quick savings right off the bat.
There are those that will criticize forced air heating, at least in relation to radiant heating, for the way in which it can result in cold spots, energy loss via air leaks, etc. The truth of the matter, however, is that a properly sized and professionally installed furnace can heat a home with exceptional quality. It is true that forced air has its drawbacks. For instance, hot air can rise toward the ceiling of a home. All heaters have their drawbacks, though, and it is necessary to weigh the pros and cons of any heater. If you want to heat your swiftly and effectively, a furnace really is tough to top.
Schedule your furnace services with the professionals at Expert Air Cooling And Heating.
Some people think that bigger is inherently better when it comes to a home comfort system. This really could not be further from the truth, though. While it is true that an undersized heating system is going to struggle to heat your home effectively and consistently, the fact of the matter is that an oversized heater will really not serve you any better.
Choosing an appropriately sized heating system is more complicated than you may think. Many factors must be considered, not simply the square footage of your home. When you schedule your heating installation in Houston, TX with our team, you can count on not only getting a great heater, but one that fits your home perfectly.
A Small Heater Is a Big Problem…
If you’ve got a heavy car with a small engine, that car isn’t going to be able to make it up a steep hill very well, is it? Well, your heater is going to have much the same trouble in heating your home if it is too small. Simply put, an undersized heater just is not up to the challenge of heating a home successfully.
Cold spots may develop in your home, as the heater struggles to generate enough heat for distribution throughout. Your heater is also going to run much more than it should have to in its efforts to heat your home. That can leave you paying more for too little performance from your heater. The added strain also increases the risk of operational problems.
…and an Oversized Heater Is, Too.
Okay, you may be thinking, so I’ll spring for the biggest heater I can find! Well, that doesn’t really work, either. If you never have to tow or transport anything very heavy, you wouldn’t buy a truck designed for commercial use, right? You’d just be wasting your money on potential that you’ll never need. This is similar to buying an oversized heater for your home.
Winter can really take its time in coming to Texas, but come it shall. You want to be able to live comfortably during the chilliest time of the year, which is why it is important that you have a great heating system in place. To ensure that this is the case, you should really do a bit of research.
The furnace is probably the most common of all home heating systems. Even if you know that you want to use a furnace, though, there are decisions to make. For instance, will you use a gas or an electric furnace in Houston, TX?
GAS VS. ELECTRICITY
For the most part, homeowners tend to favor natural gas over electricity when it comes to the furnace. Don’t get us wrong, there are a whole lot of electric furnaces in use today. Natural gas does have a couple of benefits, though.
Unlike propane or oil, natural gas is piped directly into the home. That means that there is no need for on-site storage. Of course, you don’t have to store electricity, either.
What it tends to come down to be the affordability of natural gas. While electric furnaces are actually extremely efficient, being as that they don’t lose any heat to flue gases, they can still cost more to run than natural gas. This is due to the fact that electricity is just more expensive to purchase.
Unlike the Northeast or the Midwest, we tend to ease into the heating season in this part of the country. Winters are relatively mild, and we are not immediately plunged into frigid temperatures once fall blinks past. Because of this, you may still be thinking about having a new heating system installed in your home.
If this is the case, then you should definitely take your time and get to know your options. While the furnace is probably the most popular of all home heating systems used today, there are plenty of homeowners that still prefer using a boiler to heat their homes. There are many reasons for this. Read on, and let us know if you are ready for a boiler installation in Houston, TX.
Efficiency, Reliability and Longevity
Forced air systems are great at delivering prompt warmth when functioning properly, but even the best forced air system is susceptible to a few issues that boilers are not. First of all, there is always the risk of energy loss via duct leaks. When you use a boiler system, be it a hydronic heating system or one using baseboards or radiators, you don’t have to worry about that. There is no ductwork, so you don’t have to worry about leaky ducts!
Secondly, there is the fact that boilers have fewer moving parts than furnaces or heat pumps do. Sometimes, simpler is just better. When there are fewer moving parts in a system of any kind, it means that there is less likelihood of operational problems developing.
That leads into the next point of consideration. Boilers just last longer than forced air heating systems do. They are simpler, and their heat distribution systems are more durable than ductwork. When you invest in a boiler, you really are making a long term investment.
Cold winter weather has not really struck quite yet here in Texas. Sure, it’s chillier than it’s been, but it’s still fairly mild for the most part. It will only get colder from here on out, though, and you may want to start thinking about ways in which you can heat your home more successfully this year.
If you use a forced air heating system, such as a furnace, heat pump, or hybrid heating system, we strongly urge you to consider the use of a zone control system in Houston, TX. A zone control system helps you to use your forced air heating — and cooling — system with greater convenience and efficiency. Let us zone your home for you.
How Does Zone Control Work?
A zone control system comprises a few standard components. There are electronic dampers, which are installed in the air ducts and which are wired into a central control panel. Then there is the panel itself, as well as multiple thermostats that are also wired into it.
These thermostats are installed in different areas, or zones, of the home. When you adjust one of them, the dampers respond, allowing you to maintain different temperatures in different areas of your home. This offers a few unique benefits.
Benefits of Zone Control
The greatest benefit of zone controlled heating and cooling is the fact that you can cut down on energy costs while actually improving comfort in your home. You don’t have to worry about heating or cooling unoccupied areas in your home to the same extent that you would occupied ones. By taking greater control over temperature maintenance, you can reduced energy costs, as well as wear and tear on your system. Just remember that your zone control system must be expertly installed and serviced.
It is not quite winter here in Texas just yet. Despite what the calendar may say, the chilliest time of the year is yet to come. That doesn’t mean that you should not be giving your heating system some thought, though.
You may have already run your heater here and there in order to take the chill out of the air. Before you really put it into regular rotation, though, you need to have that system cleaned up for the coming season. Schedule your heating maintenance in Houston, TX with a member of our staff today.
- Better Efficiency. Should you ever wonder whether or not a pre-winter heating system cleaning is worth it, remember that it can help your heater to operate more efficiently all winter long. This is one investment that is sure to give you the return that you’re looking for. If your heater is full of dust, dirt, soot, etc., there is just no way in which you can really hope for that heater to function at peak efficiency levels. Let us help you to heat your home more affordably with a thorough cleaning.
- Improved Reliability. Not only will a good cleaning help your system to work more efficiently, but it can also help your heater to function more reliably as well. We may not have the extreme winter weather that they get in the northeast, but that doesn’t mean that you should take any chances with the overall performance of your home heating system. Routine maintenance and cleaning is a must if you want your heater to be there for you when you need it most.
- Greater Comfort. A clean heater simply works better than one that does not receive the necessary attention on an annual basis. The buildup of dust, dirt, and soot that can drive up energy costs can also drive down the overall performance quality of your home heating system. You deserve great comfort, and our team can ensure that you get it.
Schedule your heater cleaning with Expert Air Cooling And Heating for a job well done.
If you hear your heater come on when your house gets chilly, and if that heater seems to only cycle back down once your home is warm and comfortable, you may assume that your your heater is working just fine. In truth, though, this may not be the case at all. Not every problem with your heating system will leave it entirely inoperable.
Leaky ductwork is one of those problems that may not cause your system to break down entirely, but which can still cause very real problems when you try to heat your home. Fortunately for you, we can resolve these problems successfully. You just have to learn to spot the signs of trouble in the first place, so that you can schedule service with our team.
Are Your Heating Bills on the Rise?
If so, leaky ductwork may be causing your heater to work harder than it should have to in an effort to heat your home effectively. Now, the air that leaks out of your ductwork isn’t going to result in a 100% energy loss. It will most likely wind up in areas where it is not really needed. That means that your system is going to have to work overtime as it attempts to heat those areas affected by the duct leak.
Is Your Home Heating Unevenly?
Before long, temperatures in the 60’s during the days and the 50’s, 40’s, and even the 30’s at night are going to be the norm. While our winter season is definitely mild compared to many other areas in the country, you are still going to need a great performance from your heater if you want to get through the season comfortably. An important part of securing that performance is using a good thermostat.
While the thermostat may not be the most major component of your heating system, the fact is that it plays a huge role in the overall performance of the system. It is the means by which you regulate the operation of your heater in Houston, TX, after all. Here are a few tips to help you use your thermostat and your heater successfully.
Do you have trouble maintaining even, comfortable temperatures throughout your home? If so, you need to have the problem resolved before the chilliest weather of the year hits. Not only is your comfort at risk, but the efficiency with which your HVAC system operates, as well.
The good news is that our heating professionals can figure out precisely what is causing your uneven heating in Houston, TX. Once we have, we can go about resolving the issue in most cases. Call today, and get the great heating performance that you deserve.
If your boiler system is zoned, or if you have a zoned forced air heating system, the problem may be with the zoning equipment itself. The solutions to the problem will vary. With a forced air heating system or a boiler system, faulty thermostats could be to blame. If you use a forced air system, you could also have an issue with unresponsive damper in your ductwork. If you use a hydronic heating system, though, you could potentially have a leak in your heat distribution system. If this is the case, you really need to have the problem resolved immediately. Typically, forced air systems are more likely to encounter problems with cold spots.
The insulation in your walls and in your attic is there to prevent unwanted heat transfer. If you experience hot spots during the summer season along with cold spots in the winter — especially if these problems develop in the same spots — it is very likely that you are dealing with subpar insulation. We can replace insulation that is not of the right R-value or that has been compromised by pests.
If your heater is not well-maintained, it is not going to function at peak performance levels. This is just a fact. Problems resulting from subpar maintenance can manifest in a few different ways, including with uneven heating. That is just one of many reasons why scheduling professional heating maintenance is so important.
A lot of homeowners use forced air heating systems, like heat pumps or furnaces, in order to heat their homes. This means that they also use air ducts in order to distribute heated air throughout those homes. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing so, using ductwork can create the opportunity for certain heating problems to strike.
Properly designed and installed air ducts can limit this risk, but will not eliminate it entirely. Eliminating the need for ductwork entirely will, though. That is why you may want to consider ductless heating in Houston, TX.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the new month, and with November’s arrival comes decidedly chillier temperatures. Mild winters may be the norm in this part of the country, but colder nights are well within the forecast. If you are planning to replace your heating system this year, you shouldn’t wait much longer before doing so.
There are a lot of different reasons to consider replacing a heating system in Houston, TX. Read on to learn about some considerations you should make. If you are ready to invest in a new heater, we’ll make sure that your system is a good fit and that it is expertly installed.
Plan Your Budget
Being realistic about what you can comfortably afford in terms of a new heater is important. You don’t want to invest in a cheap, inefficient system just to save a few dollars. That will come back to haunt you in the future, with energy bills so high they’re scary. However, you also don’t want to overextend your finances. We’ll keep your budget in mind, and help you to get the most for your money.
Choose Your System Carefully
There was a time when homeowners though of furnaces and boilers as their only heating options. Explore our site a bit, and you’ll see that this really is not the case. Don’t be afraid to branch out. Hybrid heaters, geothermal systems, ductless mini splits, heat pumps — all of these systems have unique benefits to offer.
Enroll in a Maintenance Plan
Now that you’ve decided to replace your heater, you want to do everything possible to ensure that your new system works properly for as long as possible. Enrolling in our maintenance program right away is the best way to do so. The benefits of routine heating maintenance really cannot be overstated. Contact us with any questions that you may have.
When you live in as warm a climate as we do, your attention is obviously going to gravitate toward keeping your home cool for much of the year. However, you learn pretty quickly that winter temperatures can still get pretty cold, even in Texas. That is why it is just as important to have a great heating system in place as it is to have a dependable AC.
Just because you use your air conditioner more than your heater doesn’t mean that you should overlook your heating system. If you are thinking about investing in a new heater, give the use of a hybrid heating system in Houston, TX some serious consideration. It’s a great way to enjoy reliable heating along with outstanding energy efficiency and a versatile performance.
What Is a Hybrid Heating System?
A hybrid heating system is a system that uses 2 different fuels in order to guarantee that your home is kept warm when necessary, but designed for peak efficiency. For the most part, a hybrid heating system will use a heat pump in order to heat your home. However, a gas furnace will also be present in order to pick up the slack when the heat pump is not the right system for the job.
Heat pumps absorb heat from the air outside, and use that heat in order to heat one’s living space. Because we have generally mild winter weather in this part of the country, using a heat pump can more or less get you through the entire season comfortably. Even when a heat pump is capable of heating your home, though, there is a point when using natural gas to do so may actually be more efficient.
As temperatures drop, the heat pump will have to use more electricity in order to heat your home. Because of the cost of electricity, even a relatively small increase in consumption can wind up being more expensive than using natural gas. A hybrid heating system will automatically switch over to the gas furnace when that is the best option, switching back when the heat pump is able to improve upon efficiency once more. Plus, the heat pump doubles as an AC in the summer!
There is no denying just how popular forced air heating systems are, from both gas and electric furnaces to very efficient air and ground-source heat pumps. Make no mistake about it. A forced air heating system can keep you comfortable in an affordable and effective manner. That doesn’t mean that forced air heating is perfect, though.
Like anything else, forced air heating systems have both their pros and cons. Determining if forced air heating is right for you demands that you consider them all, and choose your system carefully. Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding the use of forced air heating in Houston, TX.
When it comes to prompt heating, forced air heating systems really are at the top of the list. There are plenty of reasons to consider radiant heating, of course, and many homeowners prefer the even, comfortable heat that they generate. However, they simply take longer to bring temperatures up than forced air heating systems do. Heating air directly and circulating that warm air throughout the house allows homeowners to heat their homes swiftly.
Additionally, forced air heaters tend to be more affordable than radiant systems, and they also feature an easier installation process. This is especially true if you, like most other homeowners in our area, already use a central air conditioning system. If so, a furnace can share those very same air ducts. Not to mention, a heat pump can handle both your heating and cooling needs, in one convenient system!
When you use air ducts in order to distribute heat throughout your home, there are a few potential drawbacks to consider. First of all, keep in mind that leaky ductwork is one of the leading causes of energy inefficiency. The good news is that a well-designed system and professional duct repair/sealing services can resolve the problem. However, it often takes homeowners a while to realize that there is a problem to begin with, and they wind up wasting energy in the meantime.
Chances are that you are still running your air conditioning system pretty regularly at the moment. While our days are still pretty hot, though, it won’t be too long before nighttime temperatures are dipping into the 50’s, and that means that you’ll have need for your heater pretty soon. Even if you are not using your heater very regularly, instead just taking the chill out of the night air, it is important that you know it is functioning properly.
There are a number of warning signs that may alert you that all is not well with your home heating system. Ignoring these warning signs will only give problems with your heater in Houston, TX the time that they need to worsen. Make the smart decision, and contact us the moment that you suspect there is a problem of any kind with your home heating system.
- Blowing Cool Air.If your heater is blowing cool air, there is obviously something very wrong. Shy of not turning on at all, this may bet the most obvious sign that there is a problem with your system. You may have leaky ductwork drawing in cool air from different points in your home, or there may be an issue with your burner. Electrical problems could also be to blame if you use an electric furnace in your home.
- Making Strange Sounds. If your heater is making strange sounds, but is otherwise functioning normally, you may be tempted to ignore the problem. We strongly urge you not to do so. Grinding, screeching, and rattling noises may not seem like a big deal if the system is still pumping out heat, but it likely won’t be much longer if you do not have the cause of the strange sounds resolved professionally.
- Emitting Odd Odors.As is the case with strange sounds, odd odors may not strike you as being that big of a deal, so long as your heating system is still warming your home effectively. Just keep in mind that you may have wiring posing a fire risk, or even an issue with gas leak in the house. Any irregularities with the operation of your home heating system should be evaluated and handled by qualified, trained professionals.
Expert Air Cooling And Heating is here to get your heater back on track.
Living in Texas means that we don’t get the extreme winter weather that folks up in, say Minnesota have to deal with. That being said, if you think that we don’t have any cold weather to contend with during the winter months, you’re in for a rude awakening. It can get quite chilly in this part of the country, so you need to know that your heater in Houston, TX is up to the challenge of efficiently and effectively heating your home throughout the winter season.
In order to do that, you’ll need to have your heater tuned-up by a professional heating maintenance technician. It doesn’t matter what type of heater you use to keep your home warm. Furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, geothermal heating systems: they all require maintenance. Schedule yours with a member of our team, and know that your comfort will be protected during the coldest time of the year.
Quality Maintenance Requires a Professional Touch
There are certain maintenance tasks that you can handle on your own throughout the season, including changing your air filter as needed. If you think that this is all there is to heating maintenance, though, think again. Having your system tuned up by a trained professional is a must if your heater is to operate safely, let alone at peak performance levels.
During maintenance, your technician will go over your heater with a fine toothed comb. Yes, filters will be replaced. However, electrical currents will also be measured, controls tested, gas flow checked and combustion evaluated, and much, much more. That is why maintenance is as important for your safety as it is for your heating budget.
Now, we realize that you are not going to be running your heater, at least not regularly, much right away. However, you really don’t wait for the cold weather to arrive before realizing that your system is not ready to do the job. The longer you wait, the busier your heating technicians will get, and the more likely you are to overlook your system’s maintenance needs entirely. Schedule heating maintenance with us, and live comfortably throughout the coldest of winter weather.