ACI Northwest Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating Repair’

Don’t Ignore End-of-Season Repairs

Monday, April 26th, 2021

As seasons change from winters to summers, homeowners start to use appliances that have been sitting idle for a long time. To their disappointment, they may find their air conditioner or heater malfunctioning. This is due to the lack of usage accompanied by an absence of seasonal maintenance or repair.

It is best if you don’t avoid end-of-season repairs if you want to transition peacefully between the seasons. In the long run, you will thank yourself for going the slightly extra mile.

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5 Sounds You Shouldn’t Heat From Your Heater

Monday, March 1st, 2021

You have some great sweaters and some pretty cool socks that keep your toes warm. But the truth is that you are using more of these items to keep you warm when you are in the house. While there is nothing wrong with layering up to reduce demand on the heater, there is a bigger problem on your hands if this clothing is the only thing keeping you warm. This means you need a heating repair in Cheney, WA.

You can come to our team for the repair services you need. All you need to do is reach out for professional help if you notice warning signs like the sounds we’ve listed below.

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Maintenance or Repair: Which Does Your Heater Need?

Monday, October 12th, 2020

mother-and-child-researchingThis part of the United States is definitely starting to get its fair share of cooler weather. While our Southern neighbors are still encountering wild heatwaves, we are already enjoying cooler temperatures and even some rain. Fall is most certainly here!

In the midst of getting your autumn decor and Halloween decorations out of storage and enjoying some nights with a movie, you will also want to make sure that checking on your heater is at the top of your to-do list. If you need to schedule heating maintenance or heating repair in Spokane, WA, you will want to get it taken care of ASAP so you can enjoy a season of comfort, not stress.

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Do Ductless Systems Have Unique Repair Needs?

Monday, March 18th, 2019

close-up-view-of-ductless-systemWhen customers ask about options for new heaters and even new air conditioners today, we’re fast to recommend the ductless system. Reason being, these systems are extremely efficient and very effective in their operation. Rather than function by using a network of air ducts connect to an indoor air handler (like a traditional central air conditioner), a ductless system has an outdoor unit to which you can connect up to 4 indoor air handlers. These air handlers are mounted up high on the walls of the rooms where they’re installed, and can be controlled independently from one another.

There are a variety of advantages to going ductless in your home. But it’s important to remember that these systems are not immune to the need for heating repair in Spokane, WA, especially if you don’t have yours professionally installed or maintained. Given that, we’re going to discuss some unique needs that can come up for your ductless system, if you neglect it.

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Why Does the Furnace Keep Tripping the Circuit Breaker?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

If your heating system trips the circuit breaker, it’s typically a pretty easy fix. All you have to do is find the breaker that leads to that area and reset it. In an older fuse box, you’ll have to replace the fuse. And you may want to label the various parts so that you know exactly where each one leads, which you can find out by testing each one individually.

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My Heater Won’t Work: What Can I Do?

Monday, January 25th, 2016

At ACI Northwest, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. But we know that, even if you have the best technicians working with you, you don’t want to call them over to fix your heater if it turns out you could have repaired it on your own.

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How a Clogged Air Filter can Cause Furnace Problems

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The air filter is a relatively small part of the overall structure of a furnace. It is basically just a woven mesh, stretched over a frame and installed in the air return duct. Despite its small and simple construction, however, the air filter plays a very important role. Let’s take a look at how the air filter works, and why neglecting yours could lead to problems with your furnace.

The Role of the Air Filter

There is a lot of dust and other debris that is frequently circulated through the ductwork of a home. If that debris is allowed to infiltrate the furnace, it can cause all sorts of havoc with the system. The air filter is there to prevent that from happening. As the air from the ducts flows into the furnace, any airborne debris is captured in the fibers of the filter. The air itself passes through the filter and into the furnace, now free of harmful debris.

There is one problem with these air filters, however: they have no way to rid themselves of the particles they capture. This means that if they are not cleaned or replaced every few months, they can become so clogged that they restrict the flow of air into the furnace. That’s where things start becoming problematic.

Furnace Issues

There’s one very big problem resulting from clogged air filters that you should be aware of: short-cycling. This is when your furnace keeps turning itself on and off over and over again throughout the day. When the air filter restricts airflow into the furnace, heat becomes trapped inside the unit. When that happens, the internal temperature of the furnace rises to dangerous levels. This activates the limit switch, a safety device that monitors the temperature of the furnace. The limit switch shuts down the system to prevent it from damaging itself by overheating.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t solve the original problem. When the furnace cools off enough to start again, the clogged air filter causes it to overheat again and the short-cycling repeats indefinitely. This puts the entire system under a lot more strain than it is designed to handle, increasing the likelihood of a breakdown. If allowed to continue for a long enough period of time, short-cycling may damage the furnace beyond repair.

If you notice your furnace short-cycling, call ACI Northwest immediately. We provide furnace repair services throughout Sandpoint.

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Common Heat Pump Repairs to Look Out For

Monday, December 9th, 2013

In a Spokane winter, a heat pump is one of the best choices for home heating. Heat pumps work as both heaters and air conditioners, and they have enough heating efficiency to get through a Washington winter. They are also dependable and sturdy, but they can suffer from a number of repair needs that will cut down on their effectiveness.

This list contains some common repairs that heat pumps may require. Contact ACI Northwest, 24/7, if you need have any of these repairs done. We have 85 years of experience behind us to make sure you have only warm days ahead of you, so look to us for professional heating repair service in Spokane, WA.

  • Leaking refrigerant: Heat pumps operate through the process of heat exchange, and this requires a chemical compound called refrigerant. Refrigerant shifts heat from outdoors and moves it indoors. During normal operation, refrigerant does not get used up. However, if a leak develops along a refrigerant line, it will cause the heat pump to lose its ability to draw heat from outside and bring it inside to warm your home. You will need a technician to seal the leak and recharge the refrigerant.
  • Broken reversing valve: One of the main differences between a standalone air conditioner and a heat pump is the reversing valve. This valve changes the direction of refrigerant, allowing a heat pump to switch between heating and cooling. A broken valve will cause the heat pump to become stuck in one mode, and it will need to be replaced. If your heat pump will only give you cool air, then you probably need to have professionals replace the reversing valve.
  • Burned out compressors: Compressors are at the heart of a heat pump, since they are responsible for sending refrigerant through the unit and carrying out the heat exchange. However, compressors work in a way similar to a piston motor, and can wear down the same way that motors do. If you start hearing grinding noises from your heat pump and notice a loss of heating power, then the compressor may be at fault and will need to be replaced.

ACI Northwest has NATE-certified heating technicians ready to help you with your heating repair in Spokane, WA, whether it’s a malfunctioning heat pump with leaking refrigerant or burnt-out motors in a gas furnace. Contact us any time of the day or night.

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Can Hard Water Affect My Boiler?

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Hard water refers to water than contains high amounts of minerals, usually calcium and magnesium. Here in Hayden, ID, our water treatment system is very good, but it still lets traces of hard water through sometimes. If you live outside the city proper or get your water from a private source, the chances of hard water increase considerably. That can affect more than just your drinking water, to the point of interfering with certain appliances in the house. The boiler you use to heat your home, in particular, can be vulnerable. “Can hard water affect my boiler?” you ask. The short answer is “absolutely.”

Most boiler water needs to be filtered before it can be used, and boiler feedwater requires different characteristics than potable drinking water. That’s a fancy way of saying that hard water isn’t something to just casually dismiss when it comes to your boiler. The mineral deposits in the water will coalesce on the interior surface of the boiler, causing scaling and build up throughout your heating system. That results in innumerable problems. The boiler could suffer from corrosion on the sides. The build-up could interfere with flow through the pipes, retarding the heating process considerably. In some cases, it can also serve as unwanted insulation against the heating, forcing your boiler to work harder in order to heat the water to the temperature it needs to be.

You can prevent this by ensuring that the water you use has been purified and adheres to the standards your boiler requires. You can contact a trained technician to deal with any existing deposits and to help ensure that no hard water is used in your system. At ACI Northwest, we can remove the deposits created by hard water and ensure that the problem doesn’t recur in the future.  Our service area includes Hayden, ID, heating repair is a specialty of ours, and we conduct all our operations with your complete satisfaction in mind. If you’re asking “can hard water affect my boiler?” give our Hayden, ID heating repair technicians call to set up an appointment today. You’ll be glad that you did.

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Why Professional Heating Repair Service is Important

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

In Spokane, heating repair needs to take our wet weather into account as well as our need for warm, cozy homes. Mold and mildew can wreak havoc with your heating system, and a well-maintained unit can do wonders for keeping both moisture and chills at bay. When trouble arises, it can be tempting to attempt repairs yourself, using a few trips to the hardware store and a couple of instructional videos from the Internet. This is invariably a mistake. Not only can professional heating repair service keep your unit functioning as effectively as possible, but it can actually save you money and heartache in the bargain. Here are a few reasons why professional heating repair service is important.

  • Experience. If you try to correct a heating issues yourself, you’re more or less flying blind. You need to pinpoint the source of the problem, then figure out what needs to be replaced or repaired. Even the most enthusiastic layman probably hasn’t dealt with a serious furnace repair issue more than a few times in his or her life. A professional, on the other hand, handles such issues every day. He or she knows what to look for, and can move swiftly to enact repairs without wasting a lot of time and effort hunting down the culprit.
  • Security. Along those lines, if something unexpected arises, a professional repair service can roll with the punches. Licensed service personnel are insured in the event of a catastrophe, and if the repair takes a turn into new obstacles, they can adjust their efforts accordingly. If you’re working on your own, you have to face those obstacles without anything to fall back on.
  • Cost. Heating repair could involve resources you’ve never used before and may never use again: lengths of duct, specific tools and the like. Professionals carry such equipment as part of their regular duties. For the layman, it means making purchases out of hand for items they may never have further need for, and which they probably need to learn to use regardless.

If you understand why professional heating service is important, then don’t wait. Call upon the Spokane heating repair service technicians at ACI Northwest for your heating issues. We can take the worry out of the process and are completely dedicated to your satisfaction.

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