At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating Repair’

3 Qualities to Look for With Professional Heating Repair

Monday, February 26th, 2018

heating-repair-serviceWe’re approaching the end of heating season, as winter enters its last few weeks and spring looks to return before too much longer. This is the part of the year where heating repair calls are the most common. Most homes in the area have been running their heaters on a daily basis for several months, and all of that strain inevitable takes its toll. A good heating repair service is invaluable during the last stages of winter, and if your heater runs into trouble, you want to make sure you contact the right service to help.

It can be difficult sometimes to determine which service is the right one, however. There are a number of them in the area and most of them will do a decent job. When it comes to your heating system, however, “decent” just isn’t good enough, and while only you the homeowner can ultimately decide which service will work best for you, there are a few guidelines you can look for that can help separate the merely decent services from the really good ones.

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Cracked Heat Exchangers Require Heating Repair Services

Monday, January 15th, 2018

cracked-heat-exhcangersWith winter in full force and cold weather now the norm in our neck of the woods, your furnace is going to be seeing daily use for months to come.  You can’t always anticipate when a breakdown will occur, but they’re reasonably common this time of year and some of them can be quite dire.

Take the issue of a cracked heat exchanger, for example. It’s a dangerous situation that can actually shut your heater down, and if it happens to your system, you need to call in a repair service immediately.  It’s especially prevalent in older systems where the warranty has expired and wear and tear have taken a huge toll. Here’s a quick look at what it all means.

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Beware of Low Air Flow in Your Furnace

Monday, December 18th, 2017

low-air-flowWinter is almost here, and chances are you’ve been running your heater on a regular basis by now. That’s only going to become more frequent as 2017 draws to a close and low temperatures become a daily part of life. It’s very important to pay close attention to your heater and watch for signs of any trouble. If problems crop up, now is the ideal time to get them treated: before winter begins in earnest when you can schedule repairs at a time that is convenient to you, instead of having to run around to fix a broken heater in the middle of a cold spell later in the winter.

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Heater Repair Services Offer Benefits

Monday, December 4th, 2017

heating-repair-serviceWinter is almost here and most of us are using our heaters on a daily basis by now. That increased use means increased strain on the system as well, and that means an increased risk of a breakdown as the weather gets cold. A servicing session can catch many problems before they begin, and if you haven’t had your heater maintained in the last twelve months, now is an ideal time to schedule a session. But no system is fool-proof, and sooner or later your heater is going to require the services of a professional.

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Watch for Signs You Need Heater Repair Services

Monday, October 9th, 2017

heating-repair-serviceWe’re firing up our heaters more often these days, as the weather grows cooler and fall slowly turns to winter. If you have a problem with your heating system, now is the time to do something about it: when you still have several weeks before the cold temperatures really hit and you can schedule a repair session to deal with the issue at your leisure. That beats waiting for the problem to cause a breakdown – usually in the midst of a cold front – forcing you to scramble for repairs and possibly costing you a great deal more in the process.

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3 Causes of Furnace Burner Malfunction

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Furnace burners provide the source of heat for most gas-fed furnaces in the Draper, UT area. Fed by natural gas, they spread the heat across the heat exchangers: shaped pieces of metal which can effectively distribute the heat to the air above them. The heated air can then be blown through the vents with your fan. They’re vital parts of the system, but because they do the lion’s share of the work, they’re one of the components that suffers from breakdowns and other issues the most often.

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Check Your Furnace for Low Air Flow

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Most homes in the South Jordan, UT area used forced-air furnaces to stay warm during the winter. Furnaces heat the air in their chamber with a series of burners and a heat exchanger, then blow the heated air through the system of ducts in your home. Chances are, you’ve already used yours on a regular basis this fall, and that usage will only increase as time goes on.  That makes now an excellent time to check for problems with your furnace, especially low air flow, which is something that can have serious implications if it isn’t addressed properly.

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Have You Spotted Problems with Your Heating System?

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Temperatures in the Slat Lake City, UT areas are getting cooler by the day, and chances are you’ve run your heating system at least a few times already this year. You’ll likely have need of it every day once winter officially begins, which means that now is a good time to keep an eye out for any problems it may be experiencing.

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Get Your Cracked Heat Exchanger Fixed Now

Monday, September 12th, 2016

September is the month when the air starts to cool here in Salt Lake City, and while you still may be running your air conditioner on a regular basis, it will soon be time for your heating system to take over. Now is the time to check for any problems that may have developed or become worse over the summer. Cracked heat exchangers, in particular, are serious problems that need to be replaced before you start to use your furnace this fall. Cracks usually form in older heat exchangers which have undergone a lot of wear and tear over the years, but any system may exhibit signs of stress. The sooner you address it, the better off you’ll be.

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What Is a Flame Sensor?

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Safety mechanisms are very important on heating equipment, particularly with combustion heating equipment. Without safety mechanisms, dangerous situations can develop, putting you, your family and your home at risk. There are safety mechanisms for every stage of your heater’s cycle, and today we’re going to talk about flame sensors. However, if you experience any issues with your heater, and need heating repair, call the people who can help you day or night: At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air.

The Flame Sensor

In a combustion heating system, jets of gas are lit in the burner. The heat from the burner warms the heat exchanger, which in turn provides the warm air for your home. The burner is a powerful component, with anywhere from 4-8 jets, depending on the size of the furnace. For the furnace to operate correctly, all the jets in the burner must combust equally. The flame sensor’s job is to monitor the flame of the last burner to ensure that the jets are operating as they should. Like a thermocouple, the flame sensor is constructed of metals that generate an electrical voltage when heated. When the flame of the last burner is burning correctly, the flame sensor allows the system to keep the gas flowing until the set temperature of your home is achieved. Should the last flame of the burner be too hot or too cool, or not lit at all, the flame sensor will close the main gas valve, discontinuing the flow of fuel.

Common Problems with a Flame Sensor

The most common problem with flame sensor is that they become dirty. A layer of dirt on a flame sensor can block the sensor from properly reading the flame; this can result in a shutdown of your system. Should the flame sensor shift position, it may not be close enough to the flame to get a proper reading. Lastly, flame sensors can corrode, in which case replacement is necessary.

When the safety devices of your system malfunction, they can cause myriad problems, so it’s best to call a professional for heating repair in Salt Lake City. At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air has the trained and certified technicians you need, so call us today!

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