Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating Repair’

Why You Need Professional Heating Repair

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Of course, there is never a good time to have a broken heater on your hands, especially during the winter here in Minnesota. However, scheduling repair services right away is going to be your best option. We understand that making an appointment might not always be convenient for your busy schedule or for your budget, but letting heater issues go unattended for an extended period of time will only make matters worse.

Sure, there are going to be plenty of amateurs willing to service your heater, but we are here to tell you that sometimes an attempt to save money can end up costing you more in the long run. You might be leaning towards hiring an amateur or even attempting to fix the issue yourself, but this can actually make the problem worse. Now, we aren’t questioning your skills as a ‘handyman’, but we are saying that heating issues can be quite complex. It is always best to hire a professional for your heating repair in Columbus, MN. In case you aren’t yet convinced, we’ve provided some of the many reasons why hiring a professional is always the best option. Keep reading below. 

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Here’s What Could Happen If You Skipped Furnace Maintenance

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

male technician working on the inside of a furnaceTemperatures around here are mild for now. In fact, if it weren’t for the occasional rain we’re sure you’d be quite content in shorts and sandals. However, for those who are new to the area or even those who are experienced with how fast and how hard winter weather can hit, now is the time to think about your heating system.

What kind of shape is it in? Do you need furnace repair in Shoreview, MN? Have you scheduled your fall heating maintenance appointment yet? This last question is particularly important. Furnace maintenance should be scheduled at least once a year, to fend off repairs, extend the life of your heating system, and more.

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Get Heater Repairs Taken Care Of before Temperatures Fall

Monday, September 12th, 2016

It’s nearly fall, and that means that your heater is almost ready to be back in action. However, you won’t get much from it if your heating system is in need of repair. If your heater started malfunctioning during the last cold spell, it could not have gotten better on its own. Get any heating system repairs taken care of right away, before the temperatures begin to drop!

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Don’t Delay: Repair Your Heater Today!

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Summertime may be within arm’s reach, but you’re still using your heating system for a little longer if you’re in the Oak Grove, MN area. However, if you’ve noticed problems with the performance of your heating system, you may be tempted to wait to schedule repairs. After all, you’ll only need it for a little while longer before you’ll want to turn on your AC system.

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Why Can’t I Feel Any Heat from the Vents?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

If you own a home in Ham Lake, MN you understand how vital proper heating is to the comfort of your home and your family. So when you can’t feel any heat, it’s only natural that you want to solve this situation quickly. We encourage you to give us a call for heating repair at the first sign of trouble so that small problems don’t become bigger ones. However the factors listed below could be affecting what you feel coming from your vents.

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What Does This Noise from My Heater Mean?

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Hearing a noise from your home heating system can be startling. You’re enjoying a nice relaxing night indoors, when all of a sudden a pop or a bang or a slight rattle catches you off guard. What could this noise mean? And do you have to call a technician, or can it wait?

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Coon Rapids Heating FAQ: Why is My Gas Furnace Making That Noise?

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Have you recently noticed a loud banging or explosion noise when you turn on the gas furnace in your Coon Rapids home? This can be caused by a few different things, but it’s important that you call a heating technician at Air Mechanical to look at your furnace any time you hear strange noises. We’ll send someone to your home as soon as we can to investigate the issue.

Gas furnaces have special concerns due to the combustible fuel source. Improper ventilation, issues with the pilot light, and burner problems can all be hazardous situations. One problem that is not as common but can be easy to detect is a delay in the ignition of the burners. A delay in the ignition of may be an indicator that not enough gas is getting to the burners.

One sign that you have a delay issue is if when you turn on the furnace you hear a loud banging sound.  You may also hear what sounds like a small explosion when you turn the furnace on.  If you hear these sounds or any other unusual sound, it is an indicator that gases within the furnace are not being transferred to the right compartments. This means that excess gas can build inside the chamber, creating the loud banging noise when the furnace is fired up.

In addition to being a sign of problems with your furnace, a delayed igniter is a safety issue because it can lead to a dangerous situation for anyone near the furnace or trying to light the pilot light. The accumulation of unburned gasses in the chamber can result in instantaneous or extremely hot fire.  For these reasons, if you believe your furnace has an ignition delay, it is important to call a technician as soon as possible. A technician should be able to tell why the gas doesn’t ignite when it should and will remedy the problem accordingly.

Contact Air Mechanical for all your Coon Rapids heating repair needs!

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Saint Michael Heating Repair Service: Inspecting Your Furnace Heat Exchanger for Leaks

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Like all the heating and cooling components in your Saint Michael home, your furnace needs regular maintenance and annual checkups performed by certified HVAC technicians. Here are some things that a professional heating maintenance technician can do to make sure your furnace is functioning safely.

One of the main concerns with any type of furnace is the potential for carbon monoxide gas leaks, which can be fatal if not detected. The heat exchanger is designed to prevent dangerous flue products from leaking into the home; therefore, it is important to inspect the heat exchanger for any cracks or excessive corrosion.

There are a few methods for introspecting a furnace heat exchanger for leaks and potential repairs (again, best performed by a professional HVAC technician):

  • Visual Inspection of the Furnace Heat Exchanger. Use a strong flashlight to visually check the heat exchanger thoroughly for cracks or open seams, particularly in areas that are susceptible heat or mechanical stress. Some seams may have been joined improperly during manufacturing, so be sure to check all joints. Also check for rust or corrosion in areas exposed to any type of moisture. Make sure you can gain access to all the parts of the heat exchanger. If you see any cracks, holes, or severe deterioration, your heat exchanger needs a professional repair. Ultimately, you may not be able to see all the parts of your heat exchanger, so further testing is recommended in addition to a visual inspection.
  • Flame Test. You can also observe the flame after the furnace is first turned on to detect potential damage to the heat exchanger. Turn off the furnace for at least five minutes, and sit close enough to the furnace to observe the burner flame. Have someone turn up the thermostat, and watch the flame for any changes in color or irregular patterns in the flame. If the flame makes any sudden changes, this could mean that the heat exchanger is damaged. Keep in mind that like the visual test, the flame test cannot determine damage to your heat exchanger alone.

In addition to increasing efficiency and lowering your heating bills, inspecting your furnace will ensure that your heating system operates safely throughout the winter. Along with having your heat exchanger inspected,  we recommend that you test all the carbon monoxide detectors in your home on a regular basis, as well as changing the filter every month and cleaning out the ventilation system.

If you need further assistance, or suspect any leaks in your furnace, you will need to schedule an appointment with a Saint Michael HVAC technician. Keep your home warm and safe this winter.

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Circle Pines Heating Repair Question: What is a Gas Furnace Draft Hood?

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

As every Circle Pines HVAC contractor knows, a draft hood is a necessary part of any gas burning appliance. For a gas furnace in particular it ensures steady air flow to the burners to avoid flares or the pilot light being put out by fluctuation in temperature and air flow.

What the Draft Hood Does

The draft will change in the chimney as exhaust vents towards it – especially when going from cold air to hot. A draft hood is placed above the upper most part of the gas furnace to draw air into the chimney and makes it possible to draw more or less air through the chimney as necessary to create a constant flow.

This makes it possible for the burner to enjoy consistent air flow without any wind gusts or sudden temperature spikes or drops. Hot air, if not put through a draft hood would create a strong air flow through the burners.

A draft hood cools the air as it is released by the burners from 500 degrees F to between 300 degrees F and 350 degrees F. The cooling needs to be carefully calibrated to avoid condensation build up in the chimney however – a problem that occurs when the temperature gets too low.

Maintaining Pressure

The draft hood is a part of a larger system designed to maintain air flow to the chimney. For every cubic foot of gas burned, the furnace needs to have 15 cubic feet of air for combustion and another 15 cubic feet of air for dilution. A draft hood and the rest of the ventilation system make it possible to put a furnace that has many thousands of BTUs in the basement of your home and still supply it with enough air to burn gas and dilute the exhaust before it enters the chimney.

For all of these reasons, if you see your pilot light flickering irregularly, notice a backflow of exhaust or a burning smell in your furnace room, it’s important to call a professional who can inspect and repair the problem before it becomes any worse. Not only can gas burner exhaust contain high levels of carbon monoxide, it can be bad for the device and the chimney if it doesn’t vent properly.

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Furnace Repair Guide: Furnace Air Temperature

Friday, January 20th, 2012

When your furnace turns on every day and warms your Chaska home, just how hot is the air being blown through your vents? It’s a common question and while it varies depending on the type of furnace you have and the length of your ductwork, normally, the air is about the same temperature in most homes.

The Heating Process

When you turn on your furnace, it ignites fuel (gas or oil) or heats elements (electricity). A blower fan blows air through the heat exchanger and then into ductwork that distributes the heated air to vents around your home. When the combustion occurs and air is first heated, the temperature is between 140 degrees F and 170 degrees F.

This is extremely warm and could be dangerous to anyone if they got too close to it or it was blown directly into your home. However, as the heated air is distributed into your home it starts to cool. In some cases, it loses a significant amount of its energy in the ductwork.

This is intended, of course, because the temperature would be much too high if it was distributed directly to your rooms. That’s why high velocity ductwork often requires regulation to avoid overheating of the air. Cooling like this is normal and results in a better, more evenly distributed airflow.

When Something’s Wrong

To know something is wrong with your heating system, you must first understand what temperature air normally is when distributed through the vents. This will vary depending on which room you are in and how big your home (and furnace) are. However, if you notice a sharp drop off in comfort level in your home, it takes longer to heat rooms when cold or if that heating is suddenly uneven, it may be time for someone to inspect your furnace and check for potential problems.

A technician will then check to see if the air is being heated to the target 140-170 degrees F or if heat is being lost in the air handler or ductwork. There are a number of issues that can contribute to lost heat in your heating system – the easiest way to be sure the problem is solved properly is to call a Chaska professional when you notice the problem.

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