Raleigh Heating & Air Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating Repair’

Heating Issues: What’s That Smell?

Monday, January 29th, 2018

dog-under-blanketNorth Carolina is certainly not known for its extreme winter weather, we’ll give you that. However, residents here know that temperatures can and do drop down well below what could possibly be called “comfortable” levels during the winter season. Your AC system may do the lion’s share of the work in terms of temperature maintenance in your home, but your heater is actually very important as well. That is why you really don’t want to wait when it comes to any necessary heating repairs in Cary, NC.

Now, investing in good equipment and having that equipment installed and serviced by trained professionals is definitely the best way in which to ensure that your heating system functions as reliably as possible. It is not enough too make your system 100% reliable, though. In fact, no system can truthfully make that claim. One symptom that you may notice, and which may indicate the need for heating repairs or even a dangerous situation, is a strange odor coming from that heater.

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Lingering Heating Repairs from Last Winter? Get Them Fixed Now!

Monday, October 10th, 2016

It’s a good rule to follow that the moment you notice anything wrong with an important appliance, you arrange to have it repaired. This is true for cars, vacuum cleaners, computers, lawnmowers, etc. And it applies to a home heating system as well, although many people often forget that and let their heating system close out the winter with one or more signs that it’s suffering from a malfunction.

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Odors from Your Gas Furnace: What They Could Mean

Monday, February 1st, 2016

There are a variety of ways that your gas furnace can warn you that it has a malfunction. (Aside from the obvious, like the furnace simply not working at all. That’s usually a pretty clear indication something’s wrong.) One of the warnings to special attention to is odd, often unpleasant odors coming from the vents when the furnace is running. Sometimes these smells are only minor issues, but others are emergencies that require professional repairs as soon as possible.

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Are There Furnace Problems I Can Fix Myself?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

A question we often receive from customers—and one that every professional HVAC company encounters—is whether there are any “do-it-yourself” tactics for repairing a malfunctioning furnace. Although this is a well-intentioned question, and we fully understand that people are always looking for places where they can save money on home repairs, the answer to “Can I fix the furnace myself?” is a flat NO.

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Why NATE Certification Is Important for Heating Repair

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

What should you look for in technicians when you need to have effective heating repairs done for your home? There are a number of signs to watch for: many years of experience, good customer reviews, a wide variety of other comfort services, proper licensing, and parts and labor guarantees.

Raleigh Heating & Air offers all of these things when it comes to heating repair in Raleigh, NC. But we also offer NATE certified technicians, which is one of the best ways to tell that you will receive a quality job that will ensure your heating system continues to operate for many years after the repairs are finished. Give us a call the next time you encounter troubles with your home’s heater—or if you want to have a new heating installation.

What does NATE certification mean?

The letters NATE stand for “North American Technical Excellence.” NATE was founded in 1997 in Arlington, VA as a non-profit certification organization governed, owned, operated, supported, and developed by the HVAC industry. In fact, it is the only HVAC certification recognized throughout the industry.

For a heating and cooling technician to receive NATE certification, he or she must past a rigorous test in one or more specialty areas. The tests cover not only technical knowledge, but also customer service in the field. According to the official NATE website, these exams “represent HVACR topics pertinent to contractors, educators, manufacturers and utilities alike.” NATE recommends that service technicians have at least two years of experience and education before attempting to pass the exam.

How long is NATE certification good for?

This is an excellent question, since customers will want to know if a technician’s certification is still meaningful. As of the beginning of 2014, NATE certifications are good for two years after testing. When this period ends, a technician can maintain certification either through completing 16 hours of additional training in his or her specialty field within the following two years, or by retaking the exam. You can ask to see your technician’s current certification if you want proof that it is current.

At Raleigh Heating & Air, we are proud of our NATE-certified technicians and the service they provide for heating repair in Raleigh, NC. When you call on us to take care of your home’s furnace, heat pump, or ductless heating system, you can feel assured that you will receive top-quality as recognized throughout the heating, cooling, and ventilation industry.

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Should There Be Rust on My Furnace?

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

People expect to encounter problems from rust on appliances that use water. But a furnace, whether gas or electric, does not use water to provide heat, so homeowners do not expect rust to begin to develop along one of these heating systems. However, it can happen, and with an old enough furnace it probably will. To answer the question, “Should there be rust on my furnace?” requires explaining why rust can develop in the first place and what it means.

We can skip to end a bit here however and explain that you don’t want rust on your furnace, and if you see it, it’s time to call Raleigh Heating & Air to discover what is wrong. Whenever you need professional repair for your heater in Wake Forest, NC, give us a call. We’ve served Wake County and the surrounding areas for more than two decades and have helped many homeowners receive quality heating for the winters.

Corrosion and The Furnace

Rust is a type of corrosion, the result of a chemical reaction between water and metal in the presence of oxygen. Corrosion of any kind severely weakens metal and will eventually cause it to flake away; it is not something you ever want to occur to valuable home appliances.

But how does this start in a furnace? There are a number of ways. For a gas furnace, corrosion will begin because of a reaction between the combustion gases and metal. Combustion gas changes into a vapor after heat transfer, and this vapor is then vented out the furnace flue. This combustion vapor in contact with metal in the furnace will lead to corrosion over time. If you have a very old furnace, such as one that has been in service for more than 20 years, signs of rust usually mean the furnace has reached the end of its lifespan and requires replacement.

However, the corrosion process will occur faster if the furnace is not venting correctly. If you spot corrosion on a newer furnace, you need to call for repairs to look into the exhaust system and see if it can be fixed. It’s also important to see if the heat exchangers have rust, since this can lead to cracks across them, which is a significant hazard that may lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

There are ways that water moisture can reach your furnace that will affect electrical furnaces as well. An increase in humidity inside the ventilation system can trigger rust, and this might be due to damage to the ductwork. It’s also possible for the air conditioning unit (often installed above the furnace) to begin to leak condensation, and this combination of water and chemicals will create corrosion on the furnace when it starts to drip down on it. Call heating and cooling specialists to handle these problems as soon as you detect them.

Raleigh Heating & Air is here whenever you need us to take care of the heating repair in Wake Forest, NC necessary to keep your furnace working safely and effectively.

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Heating Tip: Signs of Furnace Problems

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

A high quality, professional installation and regular preventive maintenance service can keep the furnace in your Raleigh home operating very efficiently and effectively for years to come. Along the way, though, you are bound to notice a problem or two with your furnace. No mechanical system is perfect, and even impeccably serviced furnaces have issues every now and then. Some furnace problems are more serious than others, and you should always contact a professional service provider if you suspect trouble with your furnace. At Raleigh Heating & Air, though, we still believe it is good for homeowners to have some basic information about common furnace problems.

One of the most obvious problems that your furnace may exhibit is a lack of effective heating power. There are a number of factors that may cause this problem. Not all of them even have to do with the furnace itself. For instance, your thermostat may not be reading the temperature in your home accurately. This will cause it to regulate temperatures improperly. Your ductwork could also be inefficient, damaged or otherwise compromised, allowing heated air to escape or lose energy before reaching its destination.

It is very likely that at some point you will notice some odd noises coming from your furnace. Again, there are a number of possible causes of this issue, and only a professional service technician can diagnose it with certainty. It may be a problem with a slipped fan belt, an issue with ball bearings or you may just need the moving parts of your furnace lubricated. The only thing you can be certain of is that running a furnace that is in need of repair will eventually damage the system.

If your pilot light keeps going out, you should call for professional help immediately. It may just be that you have a faulty sensor or thermocouple that needs to be replaced. This issue may also indicate a dangerous gas leak, though. A professional technician will be able to ensure the safe operation of your furnace.

For more information about common furnace problems in Raleigh, contact Raleigh Heating & Air. We can make sure that your furnace is operating as efficiently and effectively as possible. Call today to schedule service.

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