No one wants to deal with a furnace that is not heating. Since it never happens at a convenient time, heating failures can lead to expensive emergency repair bills. If you pay attention, you may find that your furnace has been giving you signs of a necessary repair.
When your heating system kicks on for the first time in the season, you may notice the slightly charred smell of a year’s worth of dust that has made its way around the burner. That smell should only last for a cycle or two. If you notice any strange odors when your system is running, it is time to bring in a professional to have a look.
Every heating system makes some amount of noise as the burner ignites or blower fans turn. However, when a system begins to fail, you may hear the scraping sound of a misaligned blower fan, the high-pitched whining of a loose motor belt, or the rattle of loose screws. Pay special attention if your system starts with a bang. This may indicate that the burner ignition is not timed correctly.
Rising Heating Bills
If the cost of your heating bill is an unpleasant surprise, it may mean that your heating system is not burning fuel efficiently. If you have a gas furnace, be sure to examine the pilot light. A burner that is running properly will burn with a blue flame. A yellow pilot light not only indicates inefficient burning, but it may also indicate excess production of carbon monoxide. If you see yellow, be sure to have your system checked by a professional right away.
At Gilmore Heating, Air, & Plumbing, it is our aim to keep the homes in the Placerville area at the right temperature all year long. We can read the signs of heating system problems, and we can fix them all for you. Give us a call today and let us help you with all your heating repair, maintenance, and installation needs.
Furnaces and heat pumps can both do a good job at heating your home. How they differ lies in what situations they’re best suited for. In general, heat pumps are better choices for houses in moderate climates while furnaces are used in colder areas where more heat output is required.
Heat Pump Basics
Heat pumps run on electricity, so no gas or propane hookup is required. Operating electronically means that they’re quiet units that come with no risk of carbon monoxide leaks. They’re also fairly affordable to operate since, in most regions, electricity rates are cheaper than natural gas rates.
Heat pumps act as both air conditioners and heaters, so they could be running year-round; this cooling function is key here in Placerville, CA. When they work to warm up the air in your home, they take heat from either the outside air or the heat that’s stored in the ground and transfer it. This can be an effective method since it doesn’t require the creation of any heat. Gilmore Heating, Air, & Plumbing can answer any questions you might have related to the differences in various heat pump models.
What You Should Know About Furnaces
While furnace installation may require more up-front costs than the installation of a heat pump, depending on the situation, there can be long-term advantages associated with them. They’re known to be longer-lasting than heat pumps with minimal maintenance. The biggest feature that they offer is that they’re better at heat pumps than warming a home when the temperatures dip for an extended period of time. In very cold climates, heat pumps just can’t keep up with the extended heating needs.
Furnaces can be either gas or electric. Electric ones are typically cheaper to buy and install, but they may not heat as efficiently as a gas furnace. With any model, regular maintenance is key to getting the most out of a furnace.
Contact Gilmore Heating, Air, & Plumbing today if you’d like to learn more about your options for either a furnace or heat pump.