ACI Northwest Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Common End-Of-Season Electric Heater Repair Needs

Monday, April 15th, 2019

heater-ventAs Mother Nature has proven time and time again, weather can be unpredictable. Sure, we’re officially in the spring season, but does that mean we’ve seen the last of our heater usage? Well, no. Still though, many homeowners are looking forward to warmer temps and as a result, getting ready to shut down their heaters for the season. But, what if repairs are needed for your electric furnace in Coeur d’Alene, ID? Can you just ignore them for now and wait until next fall to take care of them?

We really wouldn’t recommend it. Ignoring any type of heating system problem can cause it to turn into a much bigger issue, leaving you with a broken down heater next fall when you need it the most. Or depending on the circumstances, it could at least be malfunctioning. But, how do you know if you have repair needs that require attention now? Read on to learn some of the sins of a heater malfunction.

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Factors to Consider with a Furnace Replacement

Monday, April 1st, 2019

checklist-animationSpring may officially be here, but we’re still dealing with cooler temps for now. Hopefully, your heater has served you well this winter and you’re still keeping warm and comfortable in your home. If it hasn’t, or if you’ve decided this is its last winter, you may be considering a replacement. This is a huge investment and it’s important that you consider it carefully. When you contact our team for any sort of furnace service in Spokane, WA, you can count on us to help you make an educated decision.

We believe that selecting a new heater doesn’t have to be complicated or scary, so long as you work with an HVAC pro who is aware of your home’s specific needs. Keep reading for our brief guide on selecting a new heater. And don’t hesitate to reach out for more information!

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Take Note of These Common Furnace Repairs

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

technician-looking-over-furnaceIf you’re like many Coeur d’Alene homeowners, there’s a good chance you’ve been using a furnace for your winter heating needs. This is, after all, the most common type of residential heating system across the nation. This also means, of course, that our team sees a lot of them and is pro at repairing and servicing furnaces.

Our prompt repair team will get your malfunctioning heater back in good working order. Of course, this means you’d have to know you have repair needs to begin with, and some furnace repair issues can be tricky to spot at first. We’re here to help you detect these problems early on so that our team can get to you ASAP before the problem grows worse and you’re stuck with a completely broken down heater when you need it the most. Read on for a list of warning signs, and if you notice any of these, give us a call!

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Boost Your Heating Efficiency and Spend Less

Monday, February 18th, 2019

gas-powered-furnace-systemWhen it comes to heating in Spokane, WA, you need a system that will perform as effectively and efficiently as possible. Considering that most of our year is cool, you don’t want to be stuck without a fully functioning heating system in place. You also don’t want to be stuck paying for much higher energy bills than you should be. One way to ensure this isn’t the case is by scheduling annual maintenance for your heater, which we hope you did in the fall. Another way is by following up on repair needs ASAP.

We have some good news, too. Boosting your heating efficiency doesn’t just require you to invest in what can be costly HVAC services. There are simple things you can do around the house to boost that efficiency (and therefore, the cost effectiveness) of your heater. Keep reading to learn more!

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Signs It Is Time to Replace Your Furnace

Monday, February 4th, 2019

technician-looking-over-gas-powered-furnaceBefore winter starts each year, we encourage—well, we urge—our customers to schedule furnace maintenance with professional HVAC technicians. The reason for this is because a maintenance tune-up helps our technicians spot small problems before they grow into much bigger emergency needs. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a broken down heater right when you need it the most, right?

Just like any other large appliance or piece of equipment, though, your furnace won’t last forever—even with maintenance! So, at what point do you stop depending on maintenance tune-ups and furnace repair in Spokane, WA, and instead choose to replace your furnace altogether? This is a question we’re going to answer below, and it’s probably the biggest question you’ll ever have to face with your furnace system. Fortunately, you aren’t alone in making this decision—our team is here to help you make an informed choice.

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One Simple Way to Improve Your Heater’s Efficiency

Monday, November 12th, 2018

stagnant vent on wall near floorOne simple way to improve your heater’s efficiency is… to use your ceiling fan!

Sure, this may seem counter-intuitive. After all, aren’t ceiling fans used for cooling? Well, actually…

Ceiling fans cannot be used to actually cool the air in the room where they are installed. People do leave their ceiling fans on in their homes all day during the summer thinking this helps, but really the room they come home to isn’t any cooler than when they left it.

So wait, does this make ceiling fans pointless? No, not at all! Read on…

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Don’t Underestimate the Danger of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Monday, October 29th, 2018

gas jets of a furnace ignitingDo you have a gas-powered furnace in your home? We wouldn’t be surprised if you do. It is, after all, the most popular heating system found in homes throughout the country, particularly in areas like ours that get significantly colder than other states during the winter.

Furnaces are cost-effective, and a great choice for most homeowners. But, while they are not dangerous in nature, when you use natural gas in your home you do run the risk of toxic gas leaks and combustion problems. The main concern in avoiding this is taking good care of the heat exchangers.

A cracked heat exchanger in your furnace is never something you should ignore. If you suspect you have one or have been told you have one, please be sure to shut off your heater and call for Coeur d’Alene, ID heating services ASAP.

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When Is It Time to Replace Your Heater?

Monday, February 19th, 2018

cute dog under the warm grey blanketIf it were up to you, your Spokane, WA heating system would last forever. You’d be able to get by with repair after repair and never need to replace it. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case. Sooner or later, you will need a new heater. But how do you know when that time has come? You certainly don’t want to wait until it just shuts down on you all together, in the middle of one of our coldest winter days.

Fortunately, our team is here to help you make an educated decision on the matter. You can contact us any time when you think your furnace or heating system is reaching the end of its lifecycle. Our team will look at a variety of factors, help you decide if you can get by with another repair for now or if replacement would be more economical, and suggest system models that fit your lifestyle and needs.

Without further ado, some signs that it is, in fact, time to replace that old heater:

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Furnace Repairs to Watch Out for This Winter

Monday, November 27th, 2017

furnace repairs watch for winterThere are few appliance problems that are more annoying than that of a broken down furnace in the dead of winter. When you live where we do, it’s vital that you have a fully functional and efficiently working furnace in your home. To accomplish this, you want to make sure that you, first, schedule routine maintenance for your heating system. This is typically best to be scheduled in the beginning of fall, but regularity is more important that time of the year.

After ensuring you’ve had maintenance completed on your heater, you’ll want to make sure you stay on top of any needs for Spokane Valley, WA furnace repair. There are two calls we receive pretty frequently during this time of year—the first is about a furnace that won’t start up, and the second is about a furnace that won’t stop running. Keep reading to learn more about what’s going on inside your furnace if you’re experiencing either of these issues.

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Can Furnace Repairs Be Prevented?

Monday, October 16th, 2017

male technician working on the inside of a furnaceWe would imagine that in the middle of winter, the last thing you want to do is waste time scheduling repairs for your furnace system. You may be surprised to learn that a large portion of the furnace problems we see during the heating season are actually preventable. Furnace issues are understandably frustrating, and in some cases if they’re ignored they can even be dangerous. We want to help you prevent the most serious of Spokane Valley, WA furnace repair services (although, we are the team to call when you need them!)

We can’t go any further without first mentioning the benefit of preventive heating maintenance—it is essential to prolonging the lifespan of your furnace, lowering your heating bills, and possibly preventing repair needs altogether. Keep reading for our tips on how to prevent your furnace from breaking down or performing poorly.

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