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Signs that you need professional furnace repair

It’s a cold winter night here in Hayward, and you’re a few weeks into using your furnace for the season. Suddenly, it stops working, leaving your home without heat. Or, maybe you see your energy bill spike. Or, something smells weird or you’ve been hearing strange sounds coming from the furnace. Why is the blower fan constantly running?

Truth is, there’s a lot that can go wrong with a furnace, and that’s why ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing offers professional furnace service to homeowners in Hayward and much of the Bay Area. In this blog post, we break down some of the most common signs that indicate that it’s time to have an expert ABC technician look at your system.

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When something goes wrong with your furnace, call ABC for professional furnace service

Out-of-control energy bills

You think your furnace is running great. Your home is cozy, but you haven’t been doing anything excessive temperature-wise and you’ve been smart about turning it off during the day. Then, you open your November energy bill and your costs are much, much higher than you expected, and certainly far above where they were the previous year. If your heating use didn’t change, then what happened?

A mechanical or airflow problem with an otherwise great-functioning furnace can cause your system to work harder to heat your home, burning far more energy in the process. Take the system’s air filters, for instance: as they become clogged with dirt and dust, the furnace has to double its efforts to circulate the home through your vents into your living spaces. A mechanical issue could also cause constant cycling for the furnace, or a blower that runs continuously.

These energy bills can start to add up. Address the issue head-on by giving ABC a call for professional furnace service. You may also want to consider getting a new furnace: most furnaces last between 12-15 years, and an aging furnace can encounter performance issues as time goes on.

No heat, or limited heat

You turn up the heat in your home, but, after time passes, you notice that the thermostat isn’t changing. The furnace sounds like it’s running, but there’s no hot air coming out of the vents. This could be a sign that something is wrong with your furnace, or that it needs to be replaced through our furnace installation.

It’s possible that your furnace just has a clogged filter that is restricting airflow to your home’s ducts. However, the problem could be more serious. It might have a mechanical issue that is preventing it from operating properly, or that the thermostat is having issues connecting to the furnace. Listen for any noises or patterns. One common effect of a clogged filter is a furnace that keeps cycling on and off continuously, never really heating the space or sending heat through the vents.

Then, give ABC a call for professional furnace repair. Our experienced technicians will diagnose the problem and provide you with an upfront, honest estimate for how much the repair will cost. We’ll get heat going in your house in no time.

Strange noises or odors

As you might expect, any strange noises or odors coming out of your furnace and your home’s air ducts may indicate a serious problem. You shouldn’t be hearing any rattling, rumbling, grinding, or squeaking. Such sounds are a sign that something is wrong mechanically with the system, and ignoring them (if you can even sleep through them!) could be a mistake that could end up destroying the entire furnace for good. The best thing to do is to call ABC for emergency service. We don’t charge you anything extra for work on weekends or holidays, and our friendly techs are always willing to help you find the source of any obnoxious furnace noises—and provide you with the professional furnace repair you need.

Odors are another problem. It’s not uncommon to have odor problems as a result of dirty air ducts—our indoor air quality testing can help with this—but a burning smell or any smoke coming from your vents is obviously not a good thing. Turn off the system immediately and call ABC for emergency, professional furnace repair.

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Worried about other signs of furnace trouble that we didn’t cover here? This infographic has some handy tips on other signals of furnace problems. You should also note that you can prevent most of the furnace issues listed here by scheduling your annual furnace tune-up with the professionals at ABC. Our technicians will make sure your furnace is in great shape for the winter ahead, which reduces the changes of weird noises, smells, bills, or performance.

If you need professional furnace service and repair, give ABC a call at (510) 471-8181, or contact us online. We look forward to helping make your home warm and cozy again!

Furnace repair versus replacement

When your furnace dies for good, the furnace repair versus replacement debate is settled. You’ll need to get a new furnace. That’s an easy decision. However, what if it’s possible to fix your current furnace? Are there any advantages to choosing to upgrade to a new system when your current furnace technically still works?

In this blog post, we’ll weigh in on the furnace repair versus replacement debate that all homeowners have at some point, and discuss some reasons that changing to a new furnace makes sense.

How do I decide between furnace repair versus replacement?

As we discussed last month, decisions about furnace repair versus replacement often come down to the age of the system. As a furnace ages, the money you spend repairing it has diminishing returns. After all, furnaces become less energy efficient and more likely to break down as they age. If your furnace is more than 10 years old, it’s time to start thinking about replacing it. If it’s more than 20, you should probably make the switch.

Here are some other things to consider when debating furnace repair versus replacement:

  • Your future energy costs: An older furnace uses more energy than a new one, both because of age and because the technology used to construct new systems has improved significantly in the past decade. You can better energy efficiency out of your furnace with a furnace tune-up, but even that only goes so far. Every winter that you run your old system, you’re losing out on potential energy savings. Take that into your cost consideration.
  • Your future repair costs: Not only are older furnaces more likely to break down after years of heavy use, but the manufacturer’s warranty that protects them has usually expired by that point. This means you’re paying for any needed repairs out-of-pocket. If furnace repairs are adding up, consider how saving on repair factors into your buying decision.
  • Your future home comfort: In addition to being inefficient and more likely to break down, older furnaces often have difficulty heating like they once did. This can result in cold spots, inconsistent heating, and constant, noisy running. If your home’s comfort matters, take that into consideration when you’re debating between furnace repair versus replacement.

How to decide between furnace repair versus replacementHow do I get started?

ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing offers both heating repair and heating installation services. We recommend starting with furnace repair. Give us a call, and we’ll send a technician out to inspect your system and determine what the problem is. From there, we’ll give you an upfront, honest quote for how much it’d take to repair the system. This may factor heavily into your furnace repair versus replacement decision, so it’s good to have that upfront.

From there, you may decide that you want to get a new furnace. We can help with that, as well. We offer a free in-home estimate on new furnaces, and we’ll measure your home to help you find the perfect new system. As a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer, our technicians are furnace installation experts, each with years of experience. They’re also equipped with the training and tools to do the job right.

Ready to get started? Give ABC a call at (510) 471-8181, or contact us online. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you resolve the furnace repair versus replacement debate.