Posts Tagged ‘Heating Repair’

How to Get Your Home Ready for the Heating Season

Monday, October 1st, 2018

gas-burnersThere is a lot to do between now and when the temperature starts to consistently drop. You don’t want to be left out in the proverbial cold when it comes to the heating season, do you? You want to make sure that your home is as prepared as possible for the advent of the heating season. Fortunately, we’ve collected some important tips below that will help get your home ready for the next few months. Read on to find out how to keep your home cozy and warm during fall and winter. (more…)

Things You Should Check Before Calling for Heating Repair

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

modern-thermostatIt can be especially frustrating to have your heating system stop working just when you need it the most. Before you call for professional repairs, though, you should know that there are a number of possible reasons why your heating system may not be working. Some issues might even be fixable without professional services. You should check the following areas before you call for professional heating repair services. (more…)

Watch for These Common Heating Issues

Monday, November 13th, 2017

heat-pump-repairWe’re in full-on heating season now, and that means that it’s time to be extra-vigilant for any warning signs that your heater is having issues. You’re probably using your heating system on a daily basis to keep your home warm. That means more strain on the system, which means a greater chance for parts of the system to break down. The faster you can identify problems with your heater, the faster you can have them repaired and the more damage you can prevent. Have a look at some of the most common heating problems you’re likely to deal with this winter, and how to identify them. (more…)

“It’s Getting Too Hot in My House!” When the Heater Won’t Shut Off

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The main comfort goal during the winter season is to keep a home cozy and warm. You need to have an effective heating system to achieve this. Of course, there’s such a thing as too warm. A heating system should maintain a proper balance of comfort in a house, usually between 72°F to 78°F. Keeping the setting on the thermostat steady between these temperatures will help to maintain a pleasant environment without wasting money. (more…)

How Preventive Heating Maintenance Reduces Heating Repair Needs

Monday, February 16th, 2015

People today hear a lot about preventative care in many arenas: our own healthcare, our cars and our homes. A big part of preventative care for your home is scheduling annual heating maintenance. Contrary to certain perceptions, an annual maintenance visit for your heating system isn’t a quick inspection; it’s a comprehensive appointment that features a number of tasks that add up to a full tune-up for your heating system. If you’ve been looking for a way to help reduce the incidence of repair your heating system may develop, call the professionals at Comfort Central, Inc. today in Asheville and schedule a maintenance appointment.

Ways Heating Maintenance Helps Prevent Repair

There are a number of benefits heating maintenance can provide for you and your home, but one of the most important is helping to prevent repair. Here are some of the ways maintenance achieves this:

Cleaning and Adjusting

Your heating system is a mechanical device, and like most mechanical devices, there are a number of parts and components that help the system do its job. To do the job optimally, these parts need to be clean and positioned correctly, and there are three culprits that can inhibit the components at any time: dirt, dust and wear. How? Dirt and dust coat everything, creating a layer of filth that interferes with operation; wear and tear can cause components to tire or even shift position, requiring an adjustment. During a regular maintenance appointment, the technician will clean and adjust all the components of your system so that they work as they should.

Lubrication

All the moving parts of your heating system need lubrication in order to move freely; without proper lubrication, they can grind, which is very bad for the component. Lubrication can get gunked up with dirt and dust, or just simply wear off from usage; during a maintenance appointment, lubrication is applied to all the moving parts, so you won’t have to worry about these kinds of problems.

Inspection

Before any work is started during a maintenance appointment, your technician will thoroughly inspect your entire system. This inspection allows the technician to detect any existing or developing problems. If the problems are small in nature, they may be remedied during the appointment; if the problem(s) requires a full appointment, you’ll be notified.

If you’ve been looking for a way to reduce heating repair for your heating system, schedule an appointment for preventative maintenance today with our HVAC team in Asheville!

Repairs That Radiant Heating Systems May Need

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The kinds of repairs you may see with a radiant heating system will depend at least partly on the kind of radiant heating system you have. There are two ways in which radiant heating can heat your home: via electricity or via hydronics (hot water). The best way to review the kinds of repairs you may see with either system is to look at each system individually.

Electric Radiant Floor Heating

Electric radiant floor heating consists of either electric cable set into cement or installed directly to subflooring or electrically-conductive matting through which the electric cable is weaved through electrically-conductive plastic matting, and the matting is installed directly to subflooring. A couple of the more common repairs you can see with electric radiant heating are:

  • Cold spots – if some part of the electric cable in the radiant heating system fails, it can result in cold spots on the floor. The cable may have sustained damaged or simply worn out, but it will likely need to be replaced in order to restore heat to that section.
  • Electrical overload – your electrical box may need to be upgraded in order to accommodate the electrical needs for the radiant heating. If it isn’t, you may experience tripping circuit breakers that won’t allow electricity to flow for your heating.

Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating

A hydronic system heats by using a boiler to heat water that will travel through PEX tubing as either hot water or steam; this hot water or steam then releases heat as it travels through the PEX tubing. Common problems that can ensure are:

  • Problems with the boiler – boilers are durable, but at some point your may need repair. If the boiler isn’t working properly, your radiant heating won’t work properly.
  • Issues with the circulating pumps – the circulating pumps are the mechanisms responsible for pushing the hot water from your boiler through the tubing; circulating pumps can malfunction due to broken seals or a build-up of mineral deposits.

Radiant heating repairs don’t have to be big, scary problems, especially when your heating repair service in Hendersonville is handled by the experts at Comfort Central, Inc. Having a problem with your radiant heating? Call us today!

Why You Might Get Low Airflow from Your Vents

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

There are some problems that are specific to forced air systems. One of these problems is low airflow from your vents. Low airflow can be caused by a few problems, but it is important to remember that no matter what the reason is for your low airflow, you should hire a trained technician to detect the problem. If you are experiencing low airflow in your system, call Comfort Central, Inc., and schedule an appointment with one of our trained experts for quality heating repair service in Arden.

Some Reasons for Low Airflow

Issues with Ductwork

Your ductwork is an integral part of your heating system, but it can often be overlooked and even forgotten because it isn’t as visible as other parts of your system. Two common problems that develop with ductwork are:

  • Dirt and dust build-up
  • Air leaks

Dirty ductwork can restrict the airflow in your system. One of the results of restricted airflow is a decrease in the volume of warm air that is delivered into your home; a second problem is that greater stress is put on your heating system. Faulty ductwork is ductwork that has cracks, corrosion and/or disconnections, all of which can result in significant air loss. When your heating system loses air in the ductwork, you can experience serious air loss.

Clogged Air Filter

Your furnace comes with a standard air filter to help reduce the amount of debris, dust and dirt that enters the system. It is recommended that homeowners change the air filter every 3 months so that the filter is effective. When an air filter is left inside a furnace for too long, it can become clogged, and instead of filtering the air, it blocks air from flowing.

Fan Problems

The fan in your system is responsible for blowing the warm air through your ductwork and into your living spaces. Should a problem develop that slows the fan’s motion, the result will be low airflow in your home. Common fan problems are worn fan belts, motor malfunction and bent or loose fan blades.

Low airflow in your system is a sign that it is time for heating repair in Arden. If you are experiencing low airflow, call Comfort Central, Inc. today.

How Do I Know When I Need to Schedule Heating Repair?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Just as your car will turn on a sensor light when something is wrong, your heating system will also signal to you that it needs repair. It is always better to attend to repairs right away rather than wait, even if your system is still operational. Fall offers a great time of year to test your heating system, and if needed, schedule heating repair in Asheville. Comfort Central, Inc. has NATE-certified technicians available to help you with any and all heating repair needs; if you are experiencing problems, call us today.

Signs It May Be Time for Repair

There are a few signs it may be time to repair your heating system:

  • No heat – clearly, this is the most obvious sign that something is wrong with your heating system. It may be tempting to dig around and see what the problem is, but it’s best to leave that to your technician.
  • Strange sounds – clanging, banging and booming are not typical sounds of a heating system. As the homeowner, you will know better than anyone what a ‘normal’ sound is for your heating system and what isn’t, so if you do hear something odd, don’t ignore it.
  • Strange odors – do you smell an odor coming from your system that isn’t typical of the heating cycle? Again, don’t ignore it – call for a technician.
  • High energy bills – are you seeing high energy bills, even though your system usage hasn’t changed? This can be indicative of a struggling system, because struggling systems need more energy to work.
  • Poor performance – is your system having a hard time reaching your desired temperature? Are there hot and cold spots in your home? Poor performance can be an indicator that something is taxing your system.

No one enjoys scheduling repair for their heating system, but allowing a malfunctioning system to operate may cost you more time and money than originally planned. Take advantage of the fall and schedule needed heating repair in Asheville with Comfort Central, Inc. today!

When is it Time for Heating Repair?

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

When winters get cold in towns like Hendersonville, heating repair becomes a necessity, not a luxury. When the heater runs into problems, it’s always preferable to call in an expert sooner rather than later. But how can you tell when you heating system is in trouble? Knowing that is the key to knowing when heating repair should take place.

For layman, there are five basic signs to let you know that there’s a problem. Each one has a number of possible causes, but most can be fixed by the attentions of a trained service technician. They roughly break down as follows:

  • Low air flow. Low air flow can be caused by fan problems, blockage in the ducts or a similar obstruction in the heater itself.
  • Failure to turn on. A failure to turn on completely usually suggests a problem with the electrical system, possibly stemming from a faulty component such as the pilot light or thermocouple. The thermostat may also have problems: failing to detect the proper temperature and thus keeping the system from turning on.
  • Lack of hot air. If the air is blowing, but it remains lukewarm or cool, there’s likely a problem with the burner or electric coils.
  • Strange noises. Strange noises could indicate a simple “stretching” or “groaning” resulting from a change in temperature as the hot air floods the system. But if the noise continues or sounds like metal grinding on metal appear, there’s a big problem and you need to turn the heater off until it can be fixed.
  • Higher energy bills. Wear and tear can reduce the efficiency of individual components, forcing them to work harder. If you’re paying higher bills even though you’re not using the heater any more often than normal, it’s time to call in a repair service.

If the answer to “when is it time for heating repair in Hendersonville?” is “right now,” then call upon the experts at Comfort Central for help

Uneven Heating and Hendersonville Heating Repair Needs

Monday, October 21st, 2013

During the winter in North Carolina, you’ll expect your heater to give you an even level of comfort throughout your home each time it comes on. Unless you have zone controls installed, where you can choose to shut off the heat in specific parts of the house, you should find the rooms in your home at similar levels of warmth.

But what if you discover strange cold spots while the heater is on? Some rooms might feel freezing cold, while others will stay toasty. Does this indicate the need for serious repair, or a warning that the heater is about to die?

First, don’t get too worried—no matter the dilemma, a professional HVAC company should be able to fix the trouble. In Hendersonville, NC, heating repair specialists from Comfort Central will get you the service you need.

Another reason not to get worried: there may be simple explanations for the uneven heating. First, check your thermostat to make sure you have it set correctly. If it is placed too low, then the heat won’t spread as evenly and it will leave some rooms icy. Then look over the room vents to see that they are open and unobstructed. If furniture has been shifted, it might be blocking the vents. Also consider the insulation in your home and the seals around doors and windows; without proper winterizing, heat will easily escape from some rooms.

If none of these scenarios are the problem, then you may have to consider professional attention for your heater. If you have ductwork to distribute hot air through your home, then the problem could be with the ducts. Breaks along the metal can cause heat to start escaping. If you have radiant baseboards installed, then breaks in the baseboard fins can cause some locations to receive less heat. For zone heating, the problem may stem from one or more malfunctioning thermostats.

Finally, it is possible that the wrong sized heater was installed initially. If this is the first time you’ve used your heater since installation, uneven heating can point to a heater too small for your needs. In this case, you’ll need to have a larger heater installed as a replacement.

It can be difficult to determine the exact cause of uneven heating in your home, considering the multitude of ways it can occur. After you’ve exhausted the simple possibilities, you should call experts from an experienced company to come to your house to check for heat leaks and heating system malfunctions. Comfort Central can handle your Hendersonville, NC heating repair needs with our NATE-certified technicians.