Snellville Heating, Air and Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

How Long Can You Expect Your Heating System to Last?

Monday, February 7th, 2022

Furnace-standardJust as there is no such thing as “the last pair of shoes you’ll ever need to buy,” there’s no such thing as the “last central heating system you’ll ever need to install.” A heater, whether it’s a gas furnace, electric furnace, heat pump, or ductless mini split, wears down over time. Quality professional maintenance done each year will help the system last for as long as possible, but you’ll one day need to have the unit replaced. 

We handle heating system installation and heating repair in Buford, GA, so we know a great deal about the life expectancies of heating systems and the factors that can affect them. We can provide you with some general information about your heater’s estimated service life, but when it comes time to make a decision, we recommend calling us for a professional opinion. 

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Why Your Electric Furnace Isn’t Turning On

Monday, January 10th, 2022

heating-elementMany homes in our area don’t have access to a natural gas line and must rely on electricity to power most of their home appliances. For all-electric houses, an electric furnace is the most common option for winter warmth. Electric furnaces don’t have the same high heating capacity or speed as their natural gas-powered cousins, but they have advantages such as lower installation costs, longer service lives, and no worries about gas combustion or gas leaks.

If your reliable electric furnace and suddenly turned unreliable, not coming on when you need it to, you may need to call us for furnace repair in Lilburn, GA. Although electric furnaces don’t have the same potential safety hazards as gas furnaces, they still need the work of professionals to fix them. 

Below are some of the reasons your electric furnace may be failing to turn on.

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Too Late for Heating Maintenance? Not in Georgia!

Monday, December 13th, 2021

girl-welcomes-winterWe have a winter chill in the air and days that are dropping into the 50s. The long-sleeved shirts and jackets are coming out, and in many homes central heating systems are turning on. Yes, it’s almost officially winter… 

So does that mean that if you didn’t already arrange for heater maintenance in Suwanee, GA that it’s too late? Not at all! In fact, you might consider yourself to be just in time. Remembering to get it done at all already puts you ahead of many homeowners who let this vital yearly service slip their minds.

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Don’t Set Your Thermostat Too High This Winter—Here’s Why

Monday, November 15th, 2021

advanced-thermostat-on-hot-dayHow high can you set your home’s thermostat? If your thermostat and heating system are like most, the upper setting is 90°F. That means, in theory at least, you could turn your house into a hot day at the beach even during the middle of winter. That probably doesn’t sound appealing to you, but a nice 80°F may sound ideal. You can lounge around in your shorts in perfect comfort. In January!

But … please don’t do this. Our recommendation for winter thermostat settings is to lower the thermostat, not raise it. As the temperature outdoors drops, you’ll feel tempted to push up the thermostat setting higher each time you feel too cold, and then lower it when it gets too hot, but this isn’t the best practice for energy costs and the performance of your heating system. We’ll explain more below.

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The Cracked Heat Exchanger Is a Serious Gas Furnace Problem!

Monday, November 1st, 2021

furnace-testingWe never want to alarm our customers, but it’s an important part of our job as HVAC experts to let them know about potential harmful problems that can occur. The more you know about possible hazards with your gas furnace, the better you’ll be able to recognize when you need to call us for professional furnace repair in Conyers, GA

Before we go deeper into today’s topic—the cracked heat exchanger—we want to assure you that gas furnaces are designed to high safety specifications and under normal conditions aren’t dangerous for homes. With the proper steps, such as annual heating maintenance and prompt repair attention, you can enjoy warmth from your gas furnace in safety.

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Is It Time to Think About Heating Maintenance Yet? You Bet!

Monday, September 6th, 2021

hands-opening-heating-cabinetLast year, we called October the “Unofficial Maintain Your Heater Month.” We made it unofficial for a good reason: September is also an excellent month to arrange for regular heating maintenance in Lawrenceville, GA. It’s the month when fall officially begins, and most people’s thoughts turn from summer the moment the calendar flips over to September, even if the weather is still warm.

If you want to get a head start on a professional inspection and tune-up for your home’s heating system, we encourage that. September is when business for HVAC companies starts to slow down as fewer people need help with their air conditioners and the weather hasn’t gotten cold enough for heating emergencies. You’ll find it easy to schedule a convenient appointment for our technicians to give your heating system the attention and service necessary for a safe and warm winter.

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Don’t Leave Your Heater With Lingering Repairs at the End of Winter!

Monday, March 8th, 2021

furance-checked-by-technicianWe know you’re excited to enjoy the warm weather of spring, and it’s not far away now. In this excitement, you might ignore signs of trouble with your furnace, heat pump, or other central heating system. “So the furnace is making some odd sounds. No big deal. It will soon be warm and I can worry about getting it fixed later.”

Please don’t do this! Heating repair in Braselton, GA is always a service you need to arrange as soon as you detect something amiss with your central heater. We know how tempting it is to procrastinate with warm weather starting to show up, but you shouldn’t leave a repair issue unresolved at the end of the winter. We’ll explain why.

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Reasons Your Ductless System Isn’t Heating Well

Monday, February 8th, 2021

ductless-wall-unitUsing a ductless mini split heat pump for your central heating and cooling is a great way to solve uneven temperatures in a house or provide central comfort in a house that doesn’t have space for ducts. Ductless systems also have fewer repair issues because they use smaller motors and don’t suffer from problems connected to ductwork wearing down.

But a ductless mini split can still need heating repair in Athens, GA if it isn’t delivering the comfort you want during this winter. There are several possible reasons for poorer heating from a ductless system, and we’re going to look at several sources. You’ll likely need our professional help to fix the problem, so unless the issue ends up extremely simple, rely on our team to diagnose and fix the malfunction.

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Can a Gas Furnace Become Dangerous?

Monday, January 11th, 2021

furnace-oldIf you use a gas furnace to warm your house, you may have wondered if there’s a chance the furnace could become a hazard. The simple answer is “yes,” because that’s true for any use of natural gas.

However, this isn’t a reason to panic or immediately think of switching to a different type of heater. The chance of your furnace becoming dangerous is small, and with precautions you can keep it to almost nothing. The modern gas furnace is built with safety features and made to high standards to make them safe for homes—they wouldn’t be allowed in homes at all if they were routinely dangerous.

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Why You Have Uneven Heating on Different Floors

Monday, December 28th, 2020

red-arrow-heat-flow-diagramHeat rises. That’s a basic fact of physics, nothing will change that. It’s the reason that the second floor of a house tends to get hotter than the ground floor. It can be a problem in both summer and winter, trying to cool down the house or avoid the upper floor from overheating. 

However, an effective HVAC system for a home, particularly a newer home with good insulation, can strike the right balance and keep the second floor from getting too hot and create a good, even distribution of comfort through the house. 

You, however, aren’t currently enjoying this situation. At least not if you’re reading this intently. Your house has previously not had a serious problem in winter with a boiling second floor. But now it’s become such a sauna where going outside in the cold seems like a better option. Why is this happening?

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