AllTech Services, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Sounds You Don’t Want Your Furnace Making

Monday, December 10th, 2018

woman covering her ears, set against a white backgroundIt’s, of course, something you never want to happen, but sometimes it is just inevitable. Your furnace breaks down with no warning. It goes from seemingly performing great all day and night to either stopping or not turning on at all. Of course, the risk of this occurring is less if you invested in heater maintenance this fall. But even with this service, the need for heating repair in Fairfax, VA may come up.

And usually, the first sign that this is the case is strange or loud noises coming from your furnace. It might be accompanied by unusual heating performance, but not always. Sometimes the strange noise is literally the first indication something is amiss. But what causes those noises? We’ll get into that below, along with why you don’t want to hear them and what they may mean. First, we do want to stress how important it is to call a pro for this service, both for repair effectiveness and your safety. We are sharing this information with you below so you’ll be better informed and will know what to expect when a pro enters your home to do a heating inspection.

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Are You Having a Furnace Startup Problem?

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Young woman shivering during the winter seasonThat time of year is here again—it’s time to start using our heaters on a regular basis for a few months or more.

Let’s say you get up one morning though, and your furnace isn’t running—so you go to the thermostat and turn up the heat. You wait … and nothing happens. You panic. Is your furnace completely broken down? Do you need a new one?

We’ll be honest, if you have an older system and/or you have skipped your maintenance appointment, this is a possibility. However, there could be a number of reasons a furnace would fail to startup or turn on for another cycle. Yes, you should call for professional heating services in Ashburn when this occurs, but in the meantime we’ve shared some information below on what might be going on.

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Consider Your Options in the Search for a New Heater

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

animated checklistIn our previous post, we talked about how the end of winter is no time to ignore heater repairs. Doing so can allow them to worsen to the point you may even be stuck with a broken down heater next fall. Of course, there’s also the chance that you’ll find your aging heater can’t take any more repairs, and that it’s actually time for Sterling, VA heating replacement, instead.

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The End of Winter Is No Time to Ignore Heater Repairs!

Monday, March 19th, 2018

technicians gloved hands repairing heaterTemperatures in our neck of the woods are still chilly enough for homeowners to be using their heaters on a regular basis. But spring will be here soon enough, and the warm weather that comes with it can hit hard. You’ll find yourself switching from using your heater to using your AC system regularly in the blink of an eye.

This makes now the perfect time to consider if you have any Sterling, VA heating repair needs that you should take care of as we reach the official end of winter. Sure, air conditioning maintenance is certainly something to think about and get on your schedule right away, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your heater, no matter how late in the heating season it is.

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Common Heater Troubles to Keep an Eye Out For

Monday, January 16th, 2017

common_heater_troublesWhen you live somewhere that can get as cold as it does here in Virginia, you know that your furnace or other heating system is going to be put under a lot of stress. Wear and tear are increased during our long winters, and serious problems can occur more easily.

Even if you’ve had your heater professionally maintained recently, you should keep your eyes open for any problems that can crop up. Keep reading for some of the most common issues we receive calls for.

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What Is Causing My Home’s Uneven Heating?

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

alltech_unevenheating_12-30-16When it comes to using our heating systems, one of the most troubling issues we can run into is a system that doesn’t actually properly heat our homes. But what if your heater is heating your home, just leaving some cold spots in certain areas?

There are a few reasons this might be occurring, and we’ve highlighted the most common below. Remember, no heating work should be attempted on your own. For your safety and for your home’s protection, rely on a trained heating professional, such as a member of our staff.

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Examining the Impact of a Faulty Thermostat on Your Heating System

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Your thermostat serves as the “brain” of your HVAC systems, enabling you to choose when your heating or cooling unit turns on and what temperature your home will be. Ideally, your thermostat will never interfere with the performance of your furnace. The components in your heater will function as they’re supposed to regardless of what temperature you set your thermostat at, after all.

However, problems with your thermostat can impact your ability to control your furnace, and as such can be just as aggravating a problem as a malfunctioning heater. Keep reading to learn more about how a faulty thermostat can affect your entire heating system.

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Is the Filter in Your Furnace Dirty?

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Temperatures have begun to drop and soon enough winter will officially be upon us. There’s no denying it’s on its way, but it is imperative that we prepare for it. The best way to prepare your home is to make sure that your heating system is well maintained and ready to function as it should. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to schedule a tune-up.

Remember, however, that while annual heating maintenance is enough to help protect your heating system, leaving your air filter changes for annual tune-ups is not. Your filter needs to be changed often in order for your furnace to work effectively, efficiently, and successfully. Depending on the amount of pollutants in your indoor air, the air filter should be switched out every 1 to 3 months.

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Reasons Why Your Heater May Be Blowing Cold Air

Monday, November 14th, 2016

When winter hits full force, there’s no denying that your heating system will become the most vital appliance you have within your home. And so long as it is well taken care of, you likely expect it to effectively keep you warm when you turn it on.

However, if your furnace comes on and the air coming from the vents is only lukewarm, or cool, then it cannot possibly be efficiently heating your home, and it’s time to call in the professionals. Our team is standing by and ready to safely discover what’s wrong with your furnace to provide you with the best solutions. In the meantime, here are a few reasons this may be occurring.

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Is Your Furnace Making These Ominous Sounds?

Monday, November 7th, 2016

It goes without saying that your furnace is an integral part of your home, offering reliable heat and comfort during the chilly months of winter. In towns such as ours, furnaces offer a strong defense against our winter temperatures. Whether you have a gas furnace or electrical system, you need it to function on demand.

Of course, part of making sure it does this is by scheduling routine maintenance, but also by ensuring that you spot signs of trouble before they become much larger emergencies. Odd noises, in particular, are one of the biggest signs of problems. If you hear any unusual sounds coming from your heater, you should shut it off and call us for repairs right away. Keep reading for a list of noises that your furnace should never make.

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