Are you struggling with furnace problems? Make sure your furnace is ready for winter with timely service from Chris Wilson Plumbing & Heating Repairs Inc. We serve homeowners throughout Seaside, CA and surrounding areas. Our team is committed to ensuring your peace of mind. No matter the problem, we will get to the bottom of it with a professional diagnosis and accurate solutions.
Your 24/7 Emergency Furnace Repair Contractor
When your furnace is on the fritz, you need a company you can rely on for quick service done right the first time. At Chris Wilson Plumbing & Heating Repairs Inc, we’re ready for your call 24/7. Whether your furnace is making funny noises or just not getting the job done, we’ll diagnose the problem and get it fixed quickly.
When to Call Your Furnace Technician
How do you know when it’s time to call for professional furnace repairs? Look out for these signs:
- Short cycling - If your furnace runs for less than 3 minutes at a time before shutting off, this may signal a faulty heat exchanger or thermostat.
- Irregular flames (gas units) - If the burners on your furnace have uneven rows of flames, this may point to a dirty burner or cracked heat exchanger.
- Unusual sounds - If you have a forced-air system and hear rumbling, whistling, or popping sounds when the furnace is running, there may be a problem with one of the components.
- Cracked heat exchanger - This can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and needs immediate attention from a gas furnace professional.
Ways You Might Be Making Your Furnace Work Too Hard
Shocked at how high your utility bills have been lately? Sky high bills might not be the only problem you’re facing. When your furnace is working too hard it can break down. Here are some of the ways you might be overworking your furnace:
- Not using a programmable thermostat or turning down the thermostat when you’re not at home. Not only will a programmable thermostat help lower energy costs, it will keep your furnace from working too hard and prolong the lifespan of your furnace.
- Allowing cold air to enter your home. If your house is drafty, your furnace will likely be overworking to try to keep the house warm while cold air enters. Consider adding insulation and use weatherstripping to close gaps in the doors.
- Cranking up the thermostat. If you want to set your home to 70, don’t set it to 75 in hopes of making your home reach its ideal temp of 70 faster. This is a misconception and will only make your furnace work harder.
- Blocking the vents. If you want to put your new sofa right where your furnace vent is located, that’s all well and good. But you’ll sacrifice the quality of heat in the room. If you want even distribution of heat, blocking the vents with furniture will be a hindrance. Set on keeping your furniture where it is? Consider other heating options like hydronic or radiant heating.
Is It Better to Repair or Replace Your Furnace?
Installing a new furnace is expensive and inconvenient, and it’s why most of us would rather repair it than think about getting a new unit. But sometimes, getting a new furnace installed makes more sense than repairing your old unit, and here are reasons why.
- Age: If your furnace is over 15 years old, it’s considered past its prime and it’s time to think about a replacement sooner rather than later.
- The frequency of Repairs: If you’re repairing your furnace more and more frequently just to keep it running, you’re better off getting a new unit that’s more reliable and efficient.
- Cost of Repair vs Replacement: Most experts agree that if your furnace is older, and you’re looking at a repair that’s 50% or more than the cost of a new unit, it makes more economic sense to get a new furnace that will last longer and operate better.
If you’re unsure if you should repair or replace your furnace, or if you have questions about getting a new furnace installation, call our expert technicians today for a consultation.
How Can You Make Your Furnace More Energy Efficient?
Here are some tips on keeping your furnace healthy and working efficiently:
- Switch to a programmable thermostat for greater temperature control
- Schedule annual heating maintenance
- Change the filter regularly
- Make sure your home is well insulated
- Allow natural sunlight into your home if possible