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Clicking Sounds From Your Furnace: What Might Be Wrong

Monday, January 4th, 2021

woman-listeningIf you’re reading this, it’s probably not because you heard a few clicking sounds from the furnace when it started up. That sound is normal: it’s the ignition starting on the furnace, and it’s no reason to be alarmed. But the furnace shouldn’t be making clicking noises at other times, or clicking consistently or loudly. This is one of the most common warning signs that a furnace has a malfunction and needs attention from repair pros. 

There are several possible sources for these clicking sounds, and this is one reason professionals are always essential for handling repairs. Only trained HVAC experts can accurately diagnose the problem so it can be properly fixed. The list below will give you an idea of what to expect, but please don’t use it to attempt a DIY repair—that can be dangerous!

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Can My Furnace Become Dangerous?

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

furnace-isolated-whiteThe simple answer is: yes. But we want to assure you that it is uncommon for modern residential furnaces to create hazards in a home. They are built with multiple safety features to allow them to run as safely as possible. If you are diligent about scheduling maintenance inspections and tune-ups for the furnace each fall and always respond quickly to any signs of a malfunction to call for furnace repair in Durham, NC, you should have little reason to worry about safety hazards from your gas furnace.

We still have to discuss what can go wrong, however. This will help you in case you detect signs of furnace trouble. Never hesitate to call us when you think something may be wrong (and always shut down the furnace at the furnace switch before calling us). 

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Reasons Your Furnace Won’t Heat the House

Monday, January 20th, 2020

gas-furnaceGas furnaces are built for reliable, powerful performance. Few home heating systems are more dependable.

But no natural gas furnace is immune to malfunctions and user error. You may discover the furnace falling behind on its job this winter. The blower is running, warm air flows from the vents, but the house isn’t warming up to the levels you expect.

Don’t raise the thermostat to make up the difference. The furnace has a problem somewhere that needs to be addressed. It may be simple and you can correct it on your own. Or you may need to call our technicians for furnace services in Garner, NC. We have 24/7 emergency repairs available so you can always get the help you need for home comfort.

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Rust and Your Furnace: What You Should Know

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Furnace-standardIt’s important to us as HVAC professionals to see that our customers have equipment that operates safely. Whenever we’re called for furnace repair in Durham, NC, we take every precaution to ensure the heating system is fixed so it won’t create health hazards. We also do extensive inspections during maintenance to detect any fault that can lead to combustion dangers or gas leaks.

And one of the main signs we look for in a furnace is rust. Checking for rust is one of the main reasons you want experienced technicians handling regular maintenance on your gas furnace.

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At What Age Should a Furnace Be Replaced?

Monday, November 25th, 2019
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This is one of the most common questions people ask about heating equipment. Nobody wants to have their furnace die on them for good during the middle of winter. Getting ahead of permanent furnace breakdown is a smart idea. But how long does a furnace last, and what age is the right time to consider replacing one?

There’s no definitive answer. We’ve seen furnaces fail after only five years, although in those cases the system wasn’t receiving the care it needed or it was poorly installed in the first place. You can expect more years than this if you have annual maintenance for the system and always promptly arrange for repairs with furnace repair experts in Raleigh, NC as soon as you notice the trouble.

If you’re diligent about furnace care, what’s the service life estimate?

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Changing the Furnace Filter: The Basics on How to Do It

Monday, December 24th, 2018

man-hold-furnace-filterOne piece of advice we stress when it comes to heating efficiency and effectiveness is regularly change the furnace air filter. (In most HVAC systems, the AC uses the same filter, so this advice applies throughout the year.) A clean furnace filter is necessary to ensure a furnace doesn’t waste energy, has proper airflow, and won’t collect dust and dirt inside the cabinet that may damage it.

You may not know how to change the filter, but it’s not difficult. Here’s a brief guide to the best practices when it comes to keeping a clean filter.

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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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