Your heater or furnace is a complex machine, and there’s a potential for many things to go wrong, especially if it’s not been well-maintained. Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has over two decades of heating experience, helping residents throughout San Luis Obispo.
Whether you need 24 hour heating repair service, a new heater installation, or routine maintenance, you can always count on our certified professionals.
Call us today at (805) 928-5526 for an estimate or to book an appointment.
San Luis Obispo Heating Repair
As the seasons change, temperatures drop, providing warmth is an important element of a comfortable home or office. Regardless of what heating system you’re using, maintenance is a vital component in prolonging the life of your system and ensuring it runs smoothly and efficiently.
Whether you need maintenance on your current heating system, repairs, or an entirely new system installed, you can trust the HVAC professionals at Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning. Our technicians are experts in heating and can diagnose and repair any heating system problem quickly and efficiently.
And, it doesn’t matter when you experience heating problems because our certified team of professionals will be there to rescue you when you need emergency heating repair no matter what, day or night.
Signs of a Failing Furnace
Some furnace problems are obvious, like when the system won’t turn on at all. At the same time, others may leave you scratching your head, wondering if it’s the furnace’s “personality” or if it’s an issue that needs professional repair.
Modern furnaces are robust machines designed to run reliably for decades, but nothing lasts forever. And experts agree that it’s better to replace your furnace before it fails. So, let’s look at the signs that your furnace may be ready for the scrap pile.
Starting & Stopping
Your furnace should undergo a regular on/off cycle where it turns on and runs until it reaches the desired temperature, then powers down until it’s ready to do it again. This cycle typically takes 15 to 20 minutes. So, if your furnace constantly starts and stops (called short-cycling), there’s a problem. Often, short-cycling results from a failing motor or a faulty sensor. If this happens, call a professional HVAC expert to diagnose the problem and determine whether a repair will fix the issue or if it’s time to replace the system.
Orange Burner Flame
You should get into the habit of regularly checking your furnace’s burner flame. A healthy burner flame burns bright blue, which means it’s getting the correct amount of oxygen and gas for optimal performance. However, if the flame is orange, yellow, or any other color than blue, there’s a gas leak, which could cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
Sometimes, these leaks result from a cracked heat exchanger, and if that’s the case, you must replace your furnace.
Every furnace will wear out eventually. If your system exhibits rust or visible damage, consider replacing it.
Rising Gas Bills
It’s normal for you to experience higher gas bills during winter when relying on your heater more. However, suppose you notice unusually high utility bills and have not changed your usage habits. In that case, it could mean that your furnace is losing efficiency, using more energy, and costing you more money. Sometimes, a tune-up can bring your gas bills back in line; in other cases, replacing the system is the solution.
The average furnace requires more repairs during the last few years of its life. So, if you’ve noticed that you’re calling a technician every season to get your system working, and the repair bills are adding up, it’s time to consider replacing your furnace.
The average lifespan of a furnace is between 15 and 20 years. So, if you’re unsure whether it’s time to replace your system or not, call one of our experts for an inspection and consultation.
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Our 24 Hour Heating Repair Service
For all your heating-related problems, it’s essential to know when to call for emergency repairs and when to wait to book an appointment. There are two main types of emergencies: immediate and non-immediate. Immediate emergencies include when your furnace or heater stops running and cannot be restarted or if you have a cracked heat exchanger or broken pipes. You should also call for immediate repairs if you smell gas in your home.
Non-immediate emergencies include when your furnace or heater is running but not providing adequate heat or if you have problems with the thermostat. In cases when you’re not getting sufficient heat, you can usually get by for a day or two, adding clothing layers to keep warm or using an alternative heat source like an electric heater until a technician arrives.
At Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, our certified technicians are always ready to help with your heater problem regardless of the time.