Posts Tagged ‘Heating Repair’

Take Care of These Late Season Heating Repairs

Monday, April 20th, 2020

woman-looking-cold-in-her-homeIn our area, it’s practically heating season all year-round, right? We’re using our heaters on a pretty consistent basis no matter the months. While homeowners in other parts of the country get ready to turn their systems off for the season and turn their attention to their air conditioners, we don’t quite get that break. Therefore, it’s even more important for us to make sure our heaters are in good shape, because we’re still going to need them even though “heating season” is practically over.

Remember, ignoring any type of heating system problem can cause it to turn into a much bigger issue. You could find yourself facing a completely broken down heater next year when you need it the most. Or depending on the circumstances, you could even find yourself with a malfunctioning air conditioner (for instance if you’re using a year-round heat pump system).

But how do you know if you have heater problems that need to be checked out? Read on to learn some of the symptoms of a heater in disrepair. (more…)

Is Your Furnace about to Call it Quits?

Monday, April 6th, 2020

couple-sitting-on-couch-in-parkas-looking-coldIn our last blog post, we talked about how vital air conditioner maintenance is. Now is the best time to get this service done, since you don’t actually need your air conditioner yet—meaning there will be no interruption in service!

Of course, temperatures are still quite chilly for now, and may still be for several more weeks to come. Which means… you’ll be using your furnace for several more weeks to come.

Is your heater up to the task? Just like AC maintenance is vital for summer, furnace maintenance is essential for winter and early spring. If you skipped maintenance this last fall, then this blog post is for you. (more…)

Avoid Breakdowns Next Year by Taking Care of Furnace Repairs This Year!

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

technician-looking-over-furnaceSpring may officially be here, but colder temps are hanging around. Sure, soon we’ll be able to turn our attention to our air conditioners—if you haven’t already now is a great time to schedule maintenance—but that doesn’t mean our furnaces aren’t done doing their part.

Your furnace has already put in months of hard work. During this final stretch of cooler weather is when it’s most likely to suffer from a malfunction, or possibly a full breakdown, if it’s not properly cared for. If you had maintenance done before winter began, then you’re probably in good shape. But what if you had a need for heating repair in Puyallup, WA that you didn’t take care of? Should you schedule repairs now, even though you won’t need your furnace again ‘til next fall? (more…)

No, Your Heater Should Not Make These Noises!

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Shocked and surprisedWe may not get as bitterly cold weather in our part of the world as other states do, but we’re still relying on our heating systems for at least a few more weeks. By the time we reach the end of the season, our heaters have been put under a lot of strain, and the more strain your heater receives, the higher likelihood there is for problems to form, which is bad news for your system and your comfort. You don’t want your heater to break down, and you can’t delay repairs until next year if you want to rely on it to work the next time you need it, either.

To keep your heating system in the best shape possible for the rest of winter, you’ll want to stay on top of any Olympia, WA heating repair needs you may have. And sometimes the best way to detect that you have heating repair needs is by listening for any unfamiliar or loud noises coming from the system. We covered some of these sounds below—if you hear them, be sure to give our team a call as soon as you can. (more…)

Is My Heater Drying Out My Indoor Air Too Much?

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Sick couple catch cold. Man and woman sneezing, coughing. People got flu, having runny nose.Even though our area doesn’t get as bitterly cold as other parts of the country, our winters are nothing to scoff at. That being said, when you seem to have a problem with your heating system, chances are you want to get scheduled Tacoma, WA heating repair right away. One of the common complaints that Tacoma area homeowners have is about the dry air that results from their heating system being used on a daily, and even hourly, basis.

The assumption that a heater causes dry air is true, but only partially. When the level of moisture outdoors drops, which it does in the winter time, then your indoor relative humidity drops too. Anything below 30% relative humidity is considered too low and will cause discomfort as well as potential illness and even damage to your home. Your heating system, no matter how efficiently it works, only exacerbates this problem. (more…)

What’s the Source of Cold Spots in Your Home?

Monday, January 29th, 2018

cute dog under the warm grey blanketOur winters may not get as frigid as other parts of the country. However, this is no excuse to overlook that they are cold enough to cause major discomfort. This is especially true if you find yourself in need of heating repair in Olympia, WA right in the middle of it. When your home is chilly, there’s no way you can remain comfortable with a malfunctioning heater. So if you notice something like cold spots cropping up throughout your living space, you’ll want to have the trouble addressed quickly by a professional.

But what causes these cold spots? Well, as is the case with most heating system issues, there are various reasons that you might experience cold spots around your home. Our heating professionals are here to help! We’ll investigate the situation thoroughly so we can give you a proper diagnosis the first time around. From there, we’ll advise you on how to resolve the problem and get back to living comfortably. (more…)

It’s Never Too Late to Prevent Major Heater Repairs

Monday, January 15th, 2018

standard wall clock isolated on white backgroundJust like any other big appliance or major piece of equipment in your home, your heating system needs a certain amount of service to be able to continue functioning as best it can. An integral part of this is making sure you stay on top of your annual maintenance appointments (or bi-annual, if you have a heat pump).

We may be well into winter, but it really is never too late for this service—in the absence of a complete system breakdown—and scheduling your heating maintenance appointment as soon as you can if you haven’t done so in the last year will help keep your heater in good working order throughout its lifespan. (more…)

Signs Your Boiler Needs Repair

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Pipes of a heating systemA boiler system can only work as efficiently as it is meant to if it is properly cared for. This means that it needs to be professionally installed, repaired when needed, and maintained by experienced and highly trained technicians for it to perform at its best.

It’s also important to remember that even with the best care, there’s still a chance that something can eventually go wrong with your heater, and you might need to invest in Bellevue, WA heating repair before your boiler wears down to the point that it needs to be replaced. But do you know what indicators to look for when it comes to determining if this is, in fact, the case? (more…)

Watch for These Furnace Troubles This Season

Monday, September 25th, 2017

man standing by thermostat looking coldAs the weather cools down for fall, we’re preparing to use our furnaces on a more regular basis. As such, it’s imperative that they be ready for the work ahead. Hopefully, you’ve already had your fall tune-up completed. Regardless of whether you did or not, it’s important to keep an eye out for any Tacoma, WA furnace repair needs that may arise.

The most serious of these, at least in a gas-powered furnace, is a cracked heat exchanger. Heat exchangers are essential to the operation of your furnace—without them, heat from the gas jets would never reach the air, and you’d feel nothing more than room temperature air coming from the room vents. But a damaged heat exchanger can do a lot more harm than simply not providing you with warm air. (more…)

Why is there Ice on My Heat Pump?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Finding ice on the outside of your heat pump is not uncommon, especially in cold environments. Most people tend to assume that this indicates a problem with the heat pump. This isn’t necessarily true, though there is a way to tell whether you need to call for heating repair for this. First, let’s take a look at why ice forms on a heat pump in the first place. Then, we’ll tell you how to identify if you need to call a professional or not.

The Cause of Heat Pump Ice

A heat pump works by evaporating refrigerant to absorb thermal energy from the surrounding outside air. It then sends that thermal energy inside to heat the home. There are two effects to evaporating refrigerant in this way. First, the temperature in the surrounding area drops as the thermal energy is siphoned out of the air. Second, condensation begins to form on the heat pump coil and the surrounding casing. The combination of those two effects causes ice to form on the heat pump.

When is Ice on My Heat Pump a Problem?

So, the question remains about when ice on the heat pump is a problem. Well, if left unchecked, the ice will continue to build up until it completely encases the heat pump. This is a problem because it cuts off the supply of thermal energy from the surrounding air, essentially preventing the heat pump from heating the home. Now, the heat pump is designed to address this problem by using a defrost cycle. Basically, the heat pump will periodically reverse the refrigerant flow in the system to melt the ice off the outside unit.

The problem you should be aware of is that the defrost cycle can sometimes malfunction. If this happens, there is nothing to prevent the ice from eventually covering the entire heat pump. So, the best way to tell if you should call a professional for this is to note the amount of ice on the pump. If there’s only a little ice, there’s no reason to worry. If there is a large amount of ice, or the ice is slowly growing over time, you should call a technician to check your defrost cycle.

If your heat pump needs repairs, call Sound Heating. We provide quality heating repair services in Tacoma, WA.