You can keep your furnace running for years to come with the right care. B & D Plumbing, Heating & A/C provides reliable heating system services to get you through the cold Minnesota winters. We proudly serve the residents of the St. Michael and nearby areas.
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What are some common heating system problems?
When you adjust the thermostat, you expect the heat to turn on. If your heating system fails to respond, then your first thought may be that you need a new system. However, a simple repair could be all that is needed.
Common problems include dirty or clogged air filters, problems with the ignition controls, or malfunctioning fan motors. Most of these problems can be avoided with regular maintenance.
Troubleshooting tips for your furnace
No heat? Here are a few things to check before giving us a call:
The furnace filter - If it's dirty, it may block airflow and prevent your furnace from turning on.
The thermostat - Once you've verified the filter is not to blame for your furnace not turning on, check to make sure your thermostat is set to heat. If it is set to heat, also check the batteries if it's been a while since you've replaced them.
Breaker box - Still no heat? The power could be the issue. Check the electrical panel and make sure the HVAC breaker is switched on.
Furnace flame - The flame should be blue. If it is red, yellow, purple, or green, contact us right away!
Vents - If your furnace is running but you don't feel the heat, check the vents. They should be open and unobstructed.
All of these steps, and still nothing? We wish it weren't so! Give us a call and we'll send out one of our pros to help right away. If the issue cannot be fixed with repair, we will recommend replacing your heater.
How long do heating systems typically last?
The lifespan of your heating system largely depends on how well it is maintained. With regular inspections and tune-ups, you can expect your unit to last around 15 years.
A heating system that is largely neglected may fail completely before it reaches the 15-year mark. In addition, it will run less efficiently and ultimately cost you more in energy bills.
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How can you avoid problems in the future?
Make your heating system last longer with regular maintenance and tune-ups. Start by changing the filters every month. This will help improve airflow and reduce strain on your unit. We also recommend annual tune-ups.
When we come by for maintenance, you can expect us to start by cleaning your heating system. After the unit has been cleaned, we will make sure all connections are secure. With the blower unit adjusted, worn parts replaced, and all of the connections tightened, your system will not have to struggle to keep your house warm. In the end, it will last longer and you’ll avoid costly repairs.
How can your heating system save you money?
The same steps that help your heating system last longer also make it more energy efficient. Change the filters monthly, and schedule an annual tune-up. You can also make your unit more efficient by checking the ducts for leaks. If possible, have the ducts cleaned to remove debris. A heating system that is not properly sized for your home will result in problems down the road. If you have concerns that your heating system does not complement your home’s space, contact us to inspect your unit and provide you with a solution to the problem.