Troubleshooting Tips for Furnace Repair

furnaceIf your furnace isn’t working properly, the experts offer some tips for troubleshooting before calling for furnace repair.

 

Atlanta, Georgia – During this winter, it’s possible that your furnace may stop working properly. Fortunately, there are many things homeowners can do to troubleshoot their furnaces before calling for their heating and cooling technician. Phil Montgomery, owner of Alpharetta HVAC company Mr. Cool Mr. Heat, offers some tips.

“If your furnace won’t run, there are several things homeowners can do to repair it on their own,” says Montgomery, whose Atlanta heating company has more than 40 years.

First, check the power. Look for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers. A simple blown fuse or tripped breaker may be to blame.

Second, check if the switch has accidentally been turned off. Simply turn on the power switch to see if that solves the problem.

Your motor could simply be overloaded, but this as well may be a simple fix. Wait thirty minutes, then press the reset button. This step may need to be repeated.

Two other issues that will cause the furnace not to run include a pilot light that needs to be lit and a gas valve that needs to be fully opened.

“Another problem homeowners can help fix is if not enough heat is reaching the home,” says Montgomery. “Again, there are some pretty easy steps homeowners can take before calling for furnace repair.

The first step is always to check the thermostat. It simply may be set too low, so Montgomery recommends raising the setting by five degrees.

The next step is to check the filter. If it becomes too clogged, not as much air will be able to get through. Replace the filter regularly. Montgomery recommends checking the filter once a month.

If your home isn’t getting warm enough, check the blower assembly. It’s possible that it has become clogged and needs to be cleaned. In the same vein, registers could be blocked or closed. Be sure the registers in each room that need to be heated are open and that they are not being blocked by curtains, furniture or anything else.

If the pilot light won’t light, check two things. First, check to see if the pilot opening is blocked. If that is the case, clean the opening. The other issue could be no gas is reaching the pilot light. To correct this, be sure the pilot button is fully depressed, then open the gas valve completely. If the pilot light won’t stay lit, the light may be set too low. Adjust the pilot to ensure the flame is  two inches.

“If your unit turns off and on over and over again, first check your filter,” says Montgomery. “A dirty filter can cause your unit to cycle off and on, failing to keep the home warm for long periods of time. Additionally, the motor could need lubrication.”

If your furnace is noisy, there are some ways homeowners can troubleshoot the problems before calling for a repair technician.

Access panels could be loose, so homeowners should tighten and be sure the panels are fastened correctly. Belts could be stuck, worn or damaged. In this case, replace worn or damaged belts, or spray squeaking drive belt with a belt dressing. The motor could be in need of lubrication.

“These are all pretty simple things homeowners can do on their own to fix furnace issues,” says Montgomery. “If at any point, you are unable to fix these issues on your own, or if your furnace issue doesn’t fall into one of these categories, immediately call a professional. A licensed technician can repair your furnace issue quickly and safely, ensuring your family’s comfort all winter long.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atlanta HVAC Expert Offers Gas Leak Tips

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If you have any appliances in your home that run on natural gas, follow these safety tips from an Atlanta HVAC expert.

  Atlanta, Georgia – Do you have appliances that run on natural gas? Do you know what to do if there is a natural gas leak at your home? If not, be sure to follow these tips from an Atlanta air conditioning expert.

 “Appliances that run on natural gas are very cost effective,” says Phil Montgomery, who owns Atlanta HVAC company Mr. Cool Mr. Heat. “It efficiently operates your appliances, and keeps your energy bills down. But, if there is ever a leak, it can be extremely dangerous.”

 It is important to have any appliances that run on natural gas inspected each year. This will prevent leaks from happening in the first place. A heating and cooling expert can inspect your furnace or other gas-run appliances to be sure there are no leaks. Scheduling routine maintenance checks will give you peace of mind that your appliances are working properly. If you’ve had to call for furnace repair frequently, make sure the technician is always checking for any places gas could be leaking out.

 There are several signs that you may have a gas leak. The first is a strange odor, similar to the smell of rotten eggs. A blowing or hissing sound, dead or discolored vegetation in and otherwise green area, and bubbling in wet or flooded areas are other signs of a gas leak. Additionally, homeowners should look for dirt or dust blowing from a hole in the ground, and be on the lookout for flames in case the leak should spark.

 If at any time, you smell something strange or see any of these signs, it’s best to leave the area and call your gas company. The company will send out a technician who will inspect the area and find the source of the leak.

 Do not use any electrical devices, including light switches or phones as these could spark and ignite the gas. Do not use any open flames or try to locate the source of the gas leak yourself. Do not start vehicles, attempt to shut-off gas valves or appliances, or re-enter the area until you have been told it is safe. If at any point the natural gas ignites, do not attempt to put out the flame. Let it burn until a properly trained technician can handle the situation. Burning gas will not explode.

 If you fear your natural gas pipeline may have been damaged in any way, leave the area right away. Do not use motorized equipment, including cars, near the area. Stay away from the area until you are cleared to re-enter.

 Natural gas appliances are energy efficient and overall, very safe. However, in the event of a gas leak, it’s important for homeowners to understand what to do. Following these tips can keep you and your family safe.

 

 

 

What To Know Before Using Your Atlanta Furnace

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Before you use your Atlanta furnace for the first time this winter, there are a few things you should know first.

 Atlanta, Georgia – Fall has officially arrived, and before we know it, winter will be here and we’ll be reaching for our thermo stats to turn on our Atlanta furnace and heating units. But before you do, there are a few things you should know. Phil Montgomery, owner of Mr. Cool Mr. Heat offers some tips for homeowners.

“Safety is the most important thing to remember before using your furnace,” says Montgomery. “Be sure you have a working smoke alarm installed near the home’s bedrooms and living areas. This will be sure to alert residents in case of a fire. Also, if your home has a gas furnace, a carbon monoxide detector is also a necessity. An improperly working furnace can release the odorless and colorless gas, and breathing in the fumes can be extremely harmful, even fatal.”

The next step is to be sure you have a new, clean filter in your furnace. A clean filter will be sure your furnace runs as efficiently as possible. Failure to change the filter often can result in the unit overworking and eventually breaking down, leading to furnace repair.

If your furnace has a pilot light, light it. Many newer furnaces will not have a pilot light, but older ones will, and homeowners may choose to extinguish it during the spring and summer months. Direction for properly lighting it will typically be printed directly on the furnace. Be sure to follow the direction exactly as printed.

Before turning on your unit, be sure there are no flammable objects near it. Next, turn the furnace to on and set your thermostat to your desired temperature to keep your home comfortable. As the furnace runs, listen to it. If you hear strange noises, such as squealing or knocking, turn it off and immediately call your Atlanta Heating and Air conditioning technician. You should do the same if you see smoke coming from the furnace.

“The first time you use your furnace this winter, there may be a burning smell,” says Montgomery. “As long as the smell if faint, it is completely normal. This is due to dust that has accumulated burning off. It should go away quickly, but if it doesn’t turn off your HVAC unit immediately and call one of our technicians.”

By taking a few precautions before using your furnace this winter, you can ensure your family will stay comfortable even when the temperatures begin to drop.