Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘gas furnace’

It’s Spring, But You Still Need to Repair Your Heater if Necessary

Monday, April 16th, 2018

technician-looks-at-gas-furnaceThe changeover to spring doesn’t mean the permanent arrival of warm weather, no matter how much we’d like that. But warmer days are here, and the heater in your home will put in less and less work over the coming weeks until it finally turns off for the middle of the year, not coming back to work until fall.

But your heater still needs TLC in spring! If you have reason to believe your heater has a malfunction of any kind, don’t choose to “wait it out” until the warm weather arrives so you won’t have to worry about it. Have professionals repair the heater as soon as you can arrange for it. There are a number of reasons why prompt heating repair is necessary even with warm weather right over the horizon.

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What Does a Booming Sound Mean in My Furnace?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

shocked-by-loud-noiseIt can be a sudden shock when your furnace turns on during these last cold days of the season and it makes a loud boom sound. You expect to hear a distinct noise when the gas jets on the burner assembly ignite each time, but when the sound becomes something that makes people jump, it can be alarming.

Why does this happen, and does it mean a serious problem with the gas furnace? We have some answers below.

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Keep Repairing the Furnace? Or Replace It This Spring?

Monday, February 19th, 2018

old-basement-furnaceAs you count down the days until the end of winter—whether the official date in March or just the first day of wonderful warm weather—you should give some thought to the furnace that’s been providing you with indoor warmth. Has it struggled this winter to do its job? Have you needed to call for repairs to keep it running? Have you had it for longer than a decade—or for so long you can’t remember how old it is? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, we recommend you consider replacing the furnace when spring arrives and you no longer need its heat.

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Why the Burners Aren’t Lighting on Your Gas Furnace

Monday, February 5th, 2018

gas-energy-flamesIt’s not a fun situation to turn on your furnace during a cold day or night only to have nothing happen. The burners don’t ignite, and there’s no heat. There’s probably no danger in this situation, since modern gas furnaces are built to prevent an accumulation of unburned gas if the burners don’t come on. But you still have a non-working furnace and a freezing house.

What’s the problem? And is there anything you can do about it on your own? Let’s roll up our sleeves and take a look …

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Furnace Repairs You May Need in the New Year

Monday, December 25th, 2017

crossed-wrenchesAre you looking forward to 2018? Or maybe you’re feeling hesitant about it, wondering if you’ll get done all you want to? We understand: approaching a new number on the calendar is intimidating.

We won’t be able to help you get that novel written, or start construction on a new addition to your house, or help you begin a new career. But we can handle an important issue that might make the start of New Year a hassle, and that’s a wonky or busted furnace. With all the plans you’re making, you don’t want a failed furnace making life miserable! Thankfully, you have us for your heater repair in Raleigh, NC. When you’ve run into problems with your furnace, our experts are on call 24/7 to come to your assistance.

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Replacing an Old Furnace with a Heat Pump: Good Idea or Not?

Monday, December 11th, 2017

sun-and-snowflake-badgeThe furnace is the ol’ workhorse of home heating. There are more furnaces in houses in the U.S. than any other type of heating system. Furnaces have held this top position for decades because, simply put, they get the job done. A well-maintained furnace can last more than 15 years—even longer for an electric model—and they can combat the most intense cold conditions.

Yet, when it comes time to make a big change in an HVAC system, some homeowners have switched from a furnace to a heat pump. A heat pump is an electrically powered system that operates on the same principle as a split system air conditioner, and uses the same set of ducts to distribute air. The difference between a heat pump and an air conditioner is a heat pump can work as both a heating and cooling system by switching the direction of operation.

If you’re considering replacing your furnace this year, a heat pump might be on your list of possibilities. But is it the right choice?

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Should My Furnace Be Leaking Water?

Monday, February 20th, 2017

large-furnaceHomeowners who have boilers to provide heat to their homes know that water leaking from the system is always a possibility. But if you, like the majority of homeowners in the area, use a gas furnace to provide heat for the winter, you won’t expect to see water leaking out of it. After all, a furnace generates heat through gas burners that create hot combustion gas. Water shouldn’t be involved.

But furnaces can leak water—and that isn’t normal. If you spot water starting to pool around the base of your furnace during the winter, you’ll need to have it professionally repaired. You can rely on our experts to fix your furnace in Raleigh, NC or in the surrounding areas. Our technicians are NATE-certified to see that the job gets done fast and gets done right the first time.

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Burning Smells from Your Furnace: What They May Mean

Monday, December 12th, 2016

We’re at the point of the year when furnaces are going to start coming on in homes all around Raleigh, putting in their first full day of work since the early spring. Furnaces that received a timely inspection and tune-up from a professional should be off to a good start.

But wait… is that burning you smell from the vents when your furnace starts running? Is something already broken? Is it an emergency? Should you call for help right away?

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Don’t Delay: There’s Still Time for Heating Maintenance

Monday, November 28th, 2016

We’re closing in on the official first day of winter, and you can already feel the coolness in the air. The true cold hasn’t arrived yet, but it can be expected at any time. So… have you arranged for a professional inspection and tune-up for your household heating system yet? If you haven’t, don’t worry that it might be too late—it isn’t! But you want to contact our offices right away to sign up for our Comfort Club maintenance program and get on the schedule.

Below is our guide to how maintenance helps the different types of heating systems.

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Cracked Heat Exchanger: How a Furnace Might Become Dangerous

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Last week we wrote a post about how to protect your family from carbon monoxide, which is a concern that any home that uses natural gas may have.

In this week’s post, we’re going to examine one of the ways that a gas furnace can malfunction and create a CO poisoning hazard in the first place: a cracked heat exchanger.

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