Your home’s heating system is a complex array of equipment that includes a furnace, ducts, and thermostat controls. Keeping this system in good working order is vital in order to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. If your heater unit, fans, or ducts are in need of repair, call on the experts at Reliability Home Services.
Our company provides prompt, courteous service for customers in Dundalk and throughout the surrounding areas. We will give you an accurate repair or replacement estimate, and we will be more than happy to conduct a complete system inspection prior to making suggestions concerning parts replacement or system upgrade. Allow Reliability Home Services to perform all of your Dundalk heater services.
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What are some common causes of heater and furnace failure?
The wear and tear of mechanical parts is the most common cause of operations failure of your home’s heating system. Worn out belts and bearings can cause overheating of the moving parts because of the stress put on the system. Fan motors that become loose or begin to wear down the shaft integrity can lead to serious problems with hot air flow.
Ignition controls and pilot lights are often the cause of a furnace failure. An ignition control is a hot surface filament that ignites a gas burner. A pilot light is continuously in operation but can go out if there is a clogged feed line. If the ignition system fails to operate, the furnace cannot turn on when commanded to do so by the thermostat.
The thermostat senses room temperature and uses this information to switch on auto-heat controls. If the small computer chip in the thermostat is malfunctioning or if there is a loose connection, your heating unit will not operate.
What are some warning signs of system malfunction?
If your air-flow is cool, it means that the furnace is not heated. This could be caused by a lack of natural gas pressure. It also might be an indicator that the electrical connections in the heater have become worn.
If your heater does not operate at all, it may be because of a faulty thermostat control. If the heater operates, but produces a whining sound, it usually means that a fan or the fan motor is in need of repair. If you can detect a metallic smell or burning odor, it means that some of the moving parts in the heater furnace are being overworked and are losing structural integrity.
Self-repair of the system is not an option for most homeowners. Besides, performing the work yourself can result in an invalidation of the system’s warranty. Instead, let the professionals at Reliability Home Services perform a multi-point inspection of the system in order to pinpoint the exact cause of your heater’s operations failure.
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How can you lower your heating bills?
There are four easy ways to lower the cost of heating your home. The first is to make sure that the heating vents are kept clear of debris and are not blocked by furniture. If you suspect that the ducts are full of dust or grit, have an expert come by to inspect them.
Secondly, make certain that there are no gaps in the heating ducts. This can be difficult because of the confined space. A heating service specialist can quickly analyze the air-flow and determine whether heat is escaping through tears or gaps in the duct system.
Have your service company replace your heating furnace’s air filter on a regular basis; this can save as much as 10% on your home heating costs.
Lastly, consider replacing your existing furnace with an Energy Star unit. Today’s modern heating furnaces and heat pump systems are far more efficient than models produced as recently as a decade ago.