Crown Group Ohio Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating System Repair’

End of Winter Question: How Long Can You Expect Your Furnace to Last?

Monday, March 14th, 2022
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When the end of winter comes around, it is a perfect time to check up on your home’s furnace to see how long you can expect it to last. You might find out that the heating system was already on the verge of breaking down before you checked it, or you could discover that your furnace will most likely last until next winter season.

Either way, the general rule of thumb is that a gas furnace will work well for about 15 years, but an electric furnace will last about 20 years—if you maintain the heating system properly with annual professional inspections and tune-ups. That’s really the best way to make a furnace last for as long as possible: don’t fall behind on maintenance every winter.

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Does Your Heater Stay on Too Long and Make Your House an Oven?

Monday, February 14th, 2022
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Now and then, especially during winter, we get calls from our customers complaining about their heating problems. Most complaints stem from heaters that won’t turn off immediately.

When a heater fails to turn off, it can be frustrating. There are many reasons why your heater is malfunctioning, and knowing the cause will help you resolve this issue soon enough.

Faulty Thermostat

When you notice your heater is turning off, you should first investigate the thermostat. It is usually the most common reason for this complaint. If your heater has been running for quite a long time due to cold weather, it can be the reason it’s still on.

Problem With Primary Controller

One of the major components of your heater is its primary controller. If it develops a fault, it could be the reason the heater won’t go off. The timer is responsible for the on/off controls and heating levels out of its three primary controllers. If this timer is damaged, you can easily replace this part to fix your heating problem. However, you need first to run a diagnosis to ensure the issue is from this primary controller.

Damaged  Fan

Another likely cause could be from the fan. Usually, the fan will signal the heater to turn on or off. If it isn’t working, the heater will develop a fault. You can solve your heating problems when you fix the problems with the fan.

Problem With the Fuses

The reason your heater won’t turn off could be due to a blown fuse. It is common for these fuses to get damaged every once in a while. When this happens, you can replace them. Make sure you check other parts of the heater that could be the reason for the heater malfunction before you check the fuses.

A Relay Problem

Sometimes, it may be difficult to determine the cause of the problem, especially if you can’t find the relays in the heater. Your heater won’t turn off when you expect it to when the relay is faulty.

You can fix this problem by replacing the relay switch or resetting it. If the relay is rusty, it can affect the heater, so it needs some cleaning. If after you have tried all of these fixes and it doesn’t work, you need to consider the option of replacing your heater.

Faulty Temperature Sensor

If the problem is from the temperature sensor, it could explain why the heater is too hot. Most heaters are built with two different temperature sensors. Only one of the two sensors has a thermocouple, and you can’t easily tell which of them has this. Your best bet will be to conduct a diagnosis to know which of the sensors are using a thermocouple.

Get in touch with Experts

Sometimes the problem may be as simple as cleaning a rusted part to get your heater in working order. However, if you still have a problem with your heater after trying these simple fixes, it is best to reach out to professionals.

Crown Group Ohio offers heating repair in Tallmadge, OH. If you need assistance, we are here to help you.

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Possible Reasons Your Gas Furnace Won’t Stay On

Monday, January 10th, 2022
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What good is a gas furnace during an Ohio winter if it won’t stay on long enough to heat a house? Not much, and if this is happening in your home, you may need to call our technicians for heating repair in Akron, OH. Although there might be a simple troubleshooting step you can take to solve the problem, anything more advanced must be left to our trained professionals. Amateur work on a gas furnace is potentially dangerous!

Let’s get down to business and see why your furnace is struggling to stay on… 

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Don’t Delay Calling for Heating Repair (Even in March)

Monday, March 8th, 2021
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The weather can shift rapidly in March and April and, of course, rain is always a possibility. But once the calendar turns over to March, we find that people are far more reluctant to call for heating repair in Akron, OH when their heater is exhibiting any symptoms less dire than a full shutdown. If they’re still getting some heat, it’s easy for them to figure they can “ride out” the rest of the season and worry about getting the repairs done “sometime later.”

You probably know when “sometime later” will be. It will be when the heater actually breaks down. Procrastination is never good when it comes to a valuable part of your house, and especially not with your heater. 

Below are the reasons to always promptly arrange for professional repairs for your heater.

Safety

You probably use a natural gas-powered furnace to heat your home, since the majority of residential buildings rely on this type of heating system. Gas furnaces can pose safety hazards if they are neglected: ignoring a seemingly small problem can lead to carbon monoxide leaks in the house or combustion dangers. Even electric furnaces have potential safety issues if signs of malfunctions are ignored.

Avoid emergency breakdowns

You don’t want to get caught during one of those cold days in March and April (you know they’re coming!) with a heating system that won’t work at all. This is a big risk you take when you allow a heating system that’s showing signs of trouble to continue to run. 

Stop bigger or more repairs

The stress put on a heating system when it’s not working correctly will cause the initial problem to start to worsen. This can lead to a breakdown, but even if it doesn’t get that far, it will be a more expensive problem to correct because of a delay. And one repair issue can create others in a chain reaction—something that can happen in any complicated piece of equipment. Either way, you’ll pay more for the repair when you finally get it taken care of than if you had acted earlier.

Keeps operating costs down

The same stress on the heating system that creates breakdowns and additional repairs will also force the heater to work harder. And that means it will cost more to run. You don’t want to see your heating bills for March and April take a drastic upswing, not when it’s easy to avoid by simply calling for repairs at the first sign of trouble.

Lengthens system life

Allowing a heater to grind away with a malfunction can subtract from its service life, much the same way a car engine is at risk of needing to be replaced if its needs are neglected. Replacing a heater years before its time is expensive, and timely repairs are one of the best ways (along with regular maintenance) to ensure your heater lives up to or beyond its estimated service life.

There’s no need to delay these repairs when you can call us 24/7 for the service you need. We’ll take care of everything.

Call Crown Group Ohio for heating repairs any time of the day or night.

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Why You Must Change the Furnace Filter Regularly

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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Your furnace has a dedicated filter, which is usually located in a slot on the site of the furnace’s cabinet where the return air duct connects to the blower. You can easily remove the filter from its slot and replace it. In fact, you need to do this on a regular basis during times when the furnace runs routinely.

People are often confused about the purpose of this filter. They assume that the filter does the job of helping to clean a home’s air. Although it does remove particles that come through the return air ducts, this doesn’t have a major impact on the indoor air quality; for true IAQ improvement, a home needs special dedicated filters. What the furnace filter does is protect the interior of the furnace and the air handler from dust and debris. It takes from one to three months for enough material to build up in the filter to the point that it needs to be changed for a clean one.

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Be Cautious of This Major Furnace Problem

Monday, February 8th, 2021
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It’s important for us in the heating and air conditioning business to reassure customers that their furnaces are not super dangerous. Gas furnaces would never be permitted in homes—let alone millions of homes across the country—if their operation commonly posed a threat to people. 

But it’s important for us to let customers know there are ways a furnace, especially an older one or one that hasn’t gotten regular maintenance, can pose hazards. Keeping up with maintenance can lower the chance of problems like this occurring down to almost nothing, but a bit of knowledge also goes a long way.

In that spirit, we’re going to look at a major furnace problem that can put your household in jeopardy: a cracked heat exchanger.

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Why Your House Has Cold Spots When the Heater Is On

Monday, January 11th, 2021
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It’s not supposed to go like this. You know it’s not. You have a central heating system for your house so you can warm up all the rooms at the same time. But now when your heating system comes on, there are rooms that aren’t getting warm enough. Some may feel like iceboxes. Yet other rooms are fine. 

There are always going to be some irregularities between room temperatures in a house, but what you’re experiencing now is uneven heating coming from the HVAC system. That is a major warning that something is amiss.

That’s what we’re about to investigate. For solid answers, you’ll need to call on our professional HVAC technicians. We’ll find out what’s wrong and get it fixed.

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Watch for These Signs Your Furnace Is Failing

Monday, December 14th, 2020
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Here’s something you don’t want to happen this winter: a furnace that abruptly ceases to work. Nobody wants to be trapped in a cold house, desperately trying to arrange for the furnace service in Akron, OH to warm it back up. We have 24-hour emergency repairs to help whenever you encounter a furnace failure, but we know you’d rather avoid this sort of trouble in the first place if possible.

The good news is that furnaces rarely fail without giving off some early warnings. If you know what to look for, you can get our technicians in early to repair the furnace (or, in cases of extremely aged furnaces, replace it) at a more convenient time. Below is a list of the more common warnings that you have a furnace heading for trouble. 

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Is It Time to Replace That Heater Rather Than Keep Repairing It?

Monday, November 16th, 2020
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As the winter weather draws closer and temperatures drop, it’s time to give some thought to your home’s heating system. If you have concerns about it getting through the winter without needing a repair, then it might be time to leave repairs to the side and instead replace the system. We know this is a big step and requires a larger investment. But it may be the best step to take for your long-term comfort, finances, and even health.

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What Can I Do to Fix My Heater When It’s Not Working?

Monday, November 2nd, 2020
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When the weather cools down, at first it’s a relief. October can be one of the most pleasant months of the year, and not just because of the Halloween season. But then cooling turns to cold, relief changes to concern. This is when you’ll turn on your home heating system to banish those concerns.

But what’s this…? Your heater isn’t working? Okay, now you’re back to concern. What can you do about a heater that either isn’t delivering the warmth you expect or which isn’t working at all? You have several options, but we’ll start with the best:

Call us for heating repair in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

This isn’t your only option, because in some cases a “failed” heater is a simple error, something that’s been overlooked. We recommend you make a few basic checks on the heater to ensure that the problem isn’t one you can correct with a simple adjustment. However, when you’re finished with these troubleshooting steps, schedule repair services. Don’t try to go further and use tools to attempt to fix the furnace on your own. You can’t—not only do you lack the training and tools to even accurately diagnose what’s wrong with the heater, but you may also put your family at risk. It’s not safe for amateurs to work on central heating systems.

The Basic Troubleshooting Steps

  • Check the furnace switch: If you have a furnace (gas or electric) for heating, see if the furnace’s switch is still turned to “OFF.” This is a dedicated circuit for the furnace used to shut down the system for the summer, and it also trips in case of safety problems. You’ll find this switch located near the furnace cabinet, often on the wall. Change the setting to “ON,” which is a step people often overlook when they turn on their heating for the first time at the end of the year.
  • Change thermostat settings: Another step people sometimes overlook is changing the programmable settings on the thermostat for the weather change. Double-check that your thermostat isn’t still treating the house like it’s summer, and also see if anyone in your household fiddled around with the settings to try to adjust the temperature. (Kids sometimes play around with the buttons!)
  • Reset tripped breakers: Any type of heating system, even a gas furnace, relies on electrical power to some extent. A circuit overload can trip a breaker in the electrical panel and cause the heater to fail to turn on. See if any breaker in the electrical panel has tripped (this is where you’ll appreciate having labeled the circuits). Reset a tripped breaker for the heating system if you find one. However, don’t continue to reset the breaker if the problem persists, because this means you have a more serious problem that needs professional attention.
  • Change a dirty air filter: We recommend changing the HVAC filter at the start of each season so the heater/AC gets clean airflow. A clogged filter can cause a furnace to overheat and trip the limit switch to shut it down. It will also cause a heat pump to struggle to provide heat. Put in a fresh filter to see if this makes a difference—and you should do this as a maintenance measure no matter what. 

Call on Crown Group Ohio 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when you need your heater put back to work. Comfort Experts Since 1963!

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