AZ Air Conditioning and Heating Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating Repair’

Check your Heater Before Calling for Repairs

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Heating breakdowns always seem to happen when you least expect them, and with winter officially here in Los Angeles, CA, you can’t afford to wait around for a repair service. But just because your heating system won’t turn on, that doesn’t mean that the problem requires a professional technician. While laymen should never attempt to repair a faulty furnace themselves, you can always check your system for basic fixes that require no training to resolve. They could help you avoid a service charge from bringing a technician to your home for no reason.

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Improve the Efficiency of Your Heater

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

We don’t think about our heaters nearly as often as we do our air conditioning systems here in the Los Angeles, CA area. Winters are so mild here that our heaters rarely get a serious workout, and heating bills tend to be very low when compared with other parts of the country. That doesn’t mean we should pay more than necessary for reliable heating, however.  You can take steps to improve the efficiency of your heater, which will not only lower those monthly bills, but can help prevent wear and tear on your system too. Here are a few suggestions on the best ways to do that.

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Check Your Vents to Find Problems with Your Heater

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Most heating systems in the Burbank, CA area are forced-air furnaces, which generate heat from a centralized locale and then blow it into your home with a system of ducts. It’s a simple and effective way to keep your home warm in a mild climate like ours. Moreover, by checking the vents periodically, you can spot the signs of a problem with your heater. And while only a trained professional can diagnose an issue accurately, you can give yourself a leg up by checking the vents and looking for any of the following issues:

Strange Noises

Strange noises mean anything that you don’t normally associate with the normal functioning of your system: groans, hums, whistles or any other unusual sound. They tend to carry through the ducts, which means you can often hear them if you listen at the vents. Strange noises tend to start and stop in sync with the starting and stopping of your furnace.

Low Air Flow

Low air flow can be caused by breaches in the ducts, a clog or blockage, or a problem with the fan motor, among other issues. It lowers the system’s efficiency, and the hot air sitting in your furnace can cause components to overheat.

Low Heat Levels

Sometimes, the air flow can be just fine, but the air feels cooler than you might expect. This usually means a problem with the burners or some kind of breach that introduces cool air into the system. This can cause the same problems that reduced air flow does: adding strain to your system, which raises the possibility of a breakdown somewhere else (as well as causing your monthly bills to spike).

If you notice anything odd about the air coming out of your vents, shut the system off and call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating right away!

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How to Respond to a Heating Problem

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

The good news about living in Burbank, CA and other towns in Southern California, is that a heating problem rarely proves a disaster. Unlike the East Coast, where a broken heater can be actively dangerous in cold weather, we can usually get through by dressing warmly and keeping an eye on the elderly and similarly vulnerable residents.

But what’s the proper procedure for responding to a heating problem? Only a trained technician can diagnose and correct the specific problem, but you can do a great deal to help out your own cause in the interim.

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Why Isn’t My Furnace Turning On?

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Our furnaces see a lot of activity during this part of the year, and while Los Angeles, CA isn’t exactly in a deep freeze, we still need our furnaces to keep our homes warm. It can be a big shock to fire up your furnace, only to see nothing happen. The good news about a furnace that won’t turn on is that you know that something’s wrong. The bad news is that, unless the issue is a mis-set thermostat or the circuit breakers kicking in, you’re going to need a trained technician to properly diagnose the problem and make repairs. Here’s just a few of the reasons why your furnace won’t turn on, to give you a sense of the potential complexities involved.

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Beware of Low Air Flow in Your Heater

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Here in Los Angeles, CA, most people rely on forced-air furnaces to provide heat for their homes: blowing air through the same series of ducts that your air conditioner uses in the summer time. With our recent cold weather placing a renewed emphasis on reliable heating, you should learn to watch for signs of trouble with your furnace, including those times when the air doesn’t seem to flow from the vents as quickly as it used to. It seems like a minor problem, and certainly doesn’t elicit attention like, say, a lack of hot air would. But in truth, you should beware of low air flow in your heater, because it can cause some serious issues.

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Common Heating Myths That Cost You Money

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Winter is here, in practical fact if not on the calendar, and in Los Angeles, CA that means we’re finally setting our air conditioners aside and concentrating on heating. Unfortunately, we tend to ignore many of the potential problems that heaters can experience thanks to our famously mild winters, which means that we often pay more for our heating than we should. That can include accepting as facts a number of common heating myths that cost you money. We’ve provided a brief breakdown of some of them to help you avoid them.

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3 Signs that You Need Heating Repair

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Things are still pretty warm these days in Southern California, but cooler weather will be here before you know it, and with it comes the need to fire up your heating system for another winter. Owing to the lengthy period where it sits unused, your system may be in need of a repair, and while a good maintenance session can spot general signs of trouble, you can help the process out by watching for specific signs that your heater needs some professional attention. Here are 3 signs that you need heating repair, which you should look for before the cool weather begins in earnest.

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What to Do Before Calling for Heating Repair

Friday, December 12th, 2014

It’s a pretty easy thing to panic when your heating system starts acting strangely. You may be tempted to immediately call for an HVAC technician for something as simple as an odd noise coming from your heating unit. Honestly, that’s never a bad response if you’re not sure what’s going on with your heating system. Better safe than sorry, after all. Before you pick up that phone, though, here are a few things you should do first.

Check the Thermostat

The thermostat is the equivalent of the central nervous system for your heater. It is responsible for turning your heater on, determining how long it should stay on, etc. etc. This makes a malfunctioning thermostat one of the more damaging problems that a heater can face. If the thermostat isn’t working properly, chances are the rest of the system won’t work, either.

Check the display on your thermostat before you do anything else. Is the information on the screen correct? If the thermostat is set to “heat” or “fan” and the temperature is correct, your thermostat is probably fine. You’ll need a professional to confirm that, of course, but at least you’ve eliminated the possibility of a setting being wrong.

Check the Pilot Light

If you have a gas burning heater, especially an older one, you very likely have a standing pilot light as an ignition mechanism. The standing pilot light is an ever-burning flame located underneath your heating unit. It is usually open to the elements, and thus often blows out. If you know that you have a standing pilot light, check and see if it’s still light. If not, that’s likely the source of your problem. Without the pilot light, your furnace won’t be able to start.

If you try to restart the pilot light and it’s not staying lit, then you likely have a problem with your thermocouple. The thermocouple is the sensor that keeps the pilot light lit after initial ignition. Call a professional, just to be sure.

If you’re experiencing problems with your heating system, call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating to schedule professional heating service in the Los Angeles area.

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