ACI Northwest Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Furnace Repair’

Repair or Replace Your Furnace?

Monday, February 17th, 2020

question-mark-on-blue-backgroundWhen you have a furnace for your home heating system, it is easy to see why they are so popular. From their energy efficiency to their heating power, these systems are well-known for being great providers of comfort, because they are!

Now, when you have a furnace, you will need to make sure it is taken care of with regular maintenance and timely repairs when needed. Even with careful care, however, there will come a day that your system needs to be replaced.

The issue that we want to raise is this: do you know how to tell the difference between a furnace that needs furnace repair in Spokane Valley, WA and one that should be replaced? We’re asking because it is pretty important. You don’t want to waste money on a failing furnace that needs an upgrade but you also want to avoid too early of a replacement.

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Do You Have a Cracked Heat Exchanger?

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

gas-jets-of-furnace-ignitingYou’ve noticed that lately, you haven’t been feeling all that hot. There have been headaches, nausea, and just overall fatigue… and you aren’t sure why. That is, you aren’t sure until your CO detector starts going off.

A gas leak within your home is a serious and dangerous problem. And it is also one that can originate within your furnace. We don’t want you to be afraid of using your heater when we say this–as long as it is well taken care of you should be alright. However, if you own an aging furnace and you haven’t scheduled maintenance or repairs in a while, we need to talk! Why? Because the incident described above is avoidable with a timely furnace repair in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

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Start the New Year Right with a Fixed Furnace

Monday, January 6th, 2020

gas-jets-of-furnace-ignitingWe are all in the process of seeing through our New Years Resolutions as best we can. But we can bet that there is one resolution that you may not have thought to add to your list that you really should: Resolve to ensure your home comfort.

Yes, it might seem goofy, but it is an important resolution to make. Why? Because it will help you remember that waiting on getting those furnace repairs done isn’t a good idea. Let’s start 2020 off right by making sure that you can enjoy the beginning of the new year in warmth and comfort thanks to our team’s effective services for furnace repair in Spokane, WA.

The question you may be asking now is, what in your furnace potentially needs fixing?

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 Is Your Furnace Ready for Winter?

Monday, November 25th, 2019

furnace-burnersIt is still only Fall, but the weather is already quite chilly. Most of us are probably used to Washington’s cool temperatures and rainy days during this time of year but that doesn’t mean we have to shiver our way through it. When you have the benefit of a reliable heater on your side, you have the peace of mind of knowing that no matter how cold it gets during the day you’ll be kept comfortably warm.

At least that is true if your furnace isn’t in need of repairs.

If, however, you just thought of that strange noise or odd behavior that your furnace has exhibited lately, it may mean that you are in need of furnace repair in Spokane Valley, WA. We strongly suggest setting up an appointment to get your system checked and fixed soon too because delaying for too long can worsen the issue immensely.

Before you make that call though, it might be beneficial to know what signs are indicators that you need those repairs.

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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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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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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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Don’t Ignore These Furnace Noises!

Monday, October 24th, 2016

ACI NorthwestWith temperatures now down to the 50’s during the day, there is definitely no denying that fall is here and winter is well on its way. As such, you’re very likely beginning to use your furnace on a regular basis. As you begin to use your furnace, pay attention to the noises that it is making. True, all furnaces make noise, but there are some sounds that are not related to the normal operation of your heating system—and you should heed warning.

When odd sounds come from your furnace, they are typically the early signs of developing problems within the system. These issues can lead to expensive repairs or even premature system breakdown, which nobody wants—particularly in the dead of winter. So as our weather gets colder, pay attention to your furnace and give our repair professionals a call if you notice any of the following furnace noises.

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Why the Size of Your Furnace Is So Important

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Pricing a furnace for new installation or replacement can be difficult, since furnaces come in so many different sizes and efficiency ratings. If you’re in a hurry to find a new heating system, you may look for the smallest system, since it costs less to purchase, or you may decide to buy the largest in hopes that it will be most effective. But this can cause major trouble for your system and your heating bills, which is why it’s so important to work with a trained professional.

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A Question from Valley Ford: Why is My Furnace Turning On and Off?

Monday, December 26th, 2011

One of the most annoying things your furnace can do is to constantly keep turning on and off. This on-off cycling keeps your Valley Ford home from heating up properly. This action – called short cycling – also requires more electricity and drives up utility bills.

Short cycling is caused by an overheated furnace, which triggers safety mechanisms and shuts down the furnace. After a brief interval and cooling down, the furnace starts up again the cycle keeps repeating itself. Not only is it an annoyance, it can also signal more serious problems. A leaking heat exchanger can cause a furnace to overheat – and produce deadly carbon monoxide gas.

If a furnace is working too hard and overheating, it is usually because of airflow in and out. Your home’s ventilation system needs to be clear of dirt, dust, and debris. The more blockage in your ductwork and vents, the more friction is created, slowing down airflow and ultimately ending with an overworked furnace that continues to cycle on and off. And a blocked exhaust vent, such as a chimney or dedicated exhaust vent, can also cause a furnace to work harder. Check for things like leaves or bird’s nests.

The blockage may also be coming from a clogged furnace filter. You should clean or replace your furnace filter after a visual inspection reveals any type of build-up of dust or dirt. Do this at least every three-six months.

If you have a two-speed fan on your furnace, it is recommended that you run the fan in low speed during the cold months and high speed in the warm months. The reason? Warm air is lighter and takes less force to move.

There are other measures to take to prevent short cycling but these usually require a professional heating and cooling service technician to correct the problem. If in doubt, call your local heating and cooling contractor and schedule a furnace inspection. Don’t make your furnace work any harder than it was designed for – and keep your home’s occupants comfortable and safe.

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