MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating System Repair’

Never Attempt Furnace Repairs Yourself

Monday, March 5th, 2018

new-heating-systemAs we approach the end of heating season, furnace repair jobs tend to take a big spike. Heating systems have needed to run throughout the ups and downs of our wild Kansas weather, and daily use for months is common during the winter. That means that furnaces–especially older furnaces–tend to run into trouble during the final weeks of the season, and repairs are not at all unusual.

Because we’re approaching the end of the season and your furnace may not be in use for that much longer, enterprising do-it-yourselfers may be tempted to fix problems with their furnaces themselves. That is a mistake. Repairing a furnace requires formal training, and while a given homeowner can do some basic troubleshooting–such as checking the thermostat and the breaker box to see if the problem is easily correctable–you should always call in a trained repair service if that doesn’t restore power to the system.

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Need Furnace Repair? The Air from Your Vents Can Tell You

Monday, February 19th, 2018

signs-heating-repairMost homes in the area keep warm by using forced air furnaces, which heat the air in a single location and then distribute it throughout the house via a series of ducts. Furnaces are dependable and inexpensive to operate, which is one of the reasons why they see so much use. But they also run into problems from time to time, like any system does, and when that happens you need a trained technician to perform repairs.

We often pride ourselves on self-sufficiency around here, and many homeowners like to conduct little do-it-yourself repairs around their homes. In cases involving your furnace, this is a big mistake. Heating systems are complicated and delicate, and most involve potentially dangerous components such as gas lines and flame burners. That means that you need training and licensing even to perform a diagnosis, much less repairs.

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Furnace Repair Services Must Approach Different Systems Differently

Monday, December 25th, 2017

new-heating-systemFurnace repair services are becoming increasingly common as the weather gets colder and we start the first week of winter. Now is the ideal time to check your system for signs of trouble and call a repair service if you spot a problem with it. This allows you to treat the issue before it gets any worse and ensures that it won’t cause further trouble later on in the winter. (It also tends to be less expensive than repairs conducted later in the season, since the issue hasn’t had as much time to cause further damage.)

A good furnace repair service will respond quickly to any calls for heating repair, even if it arrives in the middle of the night or on weekends. But a great repair service will do more. Just as every home is different, so too is every heating system unique: tailored to address the specific issues of your home. Quality furnace repair services will take the specific factors of your furnace into account, and thus improve the efficiency of their repairs a great deal. What kind of factors? We’ve provided a brief sampling below:

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Furnace Repair Calls Can Come at Anytime

Monday, December 11th, 2017

heating-repair-servicesTemperatures in Kansas tend to be all over the map this time of year, but we all know that freezing weather will soon be settling in for a good long stay. Your heating system is going to be put to the test every day, and with the snows falling outside, keeping your home warm and comfortable is more than just a luxury. When the system runs into trouble, you can’t afford to wait for repairs. The sooner you can get a problematic furnace fixed, the better.

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Potential Causes of Heating Repair Calls

Monday, November 27th, 2017

heating-maintenance-inspectionYour heating system is far more than a luxury during the winter, when temperatures drop far below freezing. Without a reliable furnace or boiler, your home will soon resemble an icebox, which creates a health and safety risk above and beyond the comfort of your family. If you experience any kind of heating problem this winter, you should turn off the system and call in a repair technician immediately.

It’s also important to note that you should never attempt to diagnose or repair a faulty heating system yourself. Doing so requires proper training and licensing, and without those things, even the most enterprising layman will likely end up doing more harm than good. It’s enough to simply note that your system is having trouble—and anything that doesn’t correspond to the system’s normal functioning means trouble—then call in a professional to help.

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Electric Furnace Repair Differs from Gas Furnace Repair

Monday, November 13th, 2017

furnace-repair-servicesWe tend to get a lot of furnace repair calls this time of year, which is actually a positive thing. People in the area have had good cause to run their heaters already, which can give them an idea if anything’s wrong. And spotting those problems now gives you a chance to get the issue repaired before fall turns to winter, and the weather gets cold enough to demand serious use of your heating system. If you suspect a problem with your furnace—anything marked as out-of-the-ordinary—you should turn it off and call in a repair service immediately.

Having said that, not all furnaces are the same and some require different methods to repair. Gas furnaces, for example, operate according to different principles and thus require different skills to address. Make sure the repair service you call has the skills necessary to handle whatever the issue might be.

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Signs of a Problem With Your Heater

Monday, October 16th, 2017

signs-heating-repairWith the coming of fall, local homeowners have been running their heaters on a regular basis. The heaters are only going to do more work as temperatures continue to drop through the last few months of the year. If your heating system has any kind of a problem, now is the time to identify it. That gives you a few weeks to schedule a repair call and get the issue fixed before the snows fall. Otherwise, if you don’t realize there’s a problem or ignore it in hopes that the heater will just power through, the heating system may suffer a breakdown in the middle of a terrible cold spell, turning your home into a deep freeze. The sooner you can spot signs of trouble with your heater, the better.

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Steps to Take When Your Heating System Breaks Down

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Winter Family HomeHere in the midst of winter, we need our heating systems to function as expected all the time. A sudden breakdown can be a cause for panic, since it can turn your home into an icebox within a matter of hours. This is especially the case for rural residents, who must often wait for a repair service to get there. Not to worry. Our trained team is on call 24/7 and can perform repair services on your malfunctioning heater any time, day or night. And before that happens, you can perform some troubleshooting steps yourself to ensure that a repair service is actually what you need.

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Should There Be Ice on My Heat Pump during Winter?

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Heat pumps have become more effective than ever at dealing with winter weather, supplying homes with excellent heating even when the temperatures outdoors drop below freezing. But on those cold winter days, you might notice that there’s frost developing on the coils of the outdoor heat pump unit. This looks worrying… is it something that should happen?

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