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Common Signs That You Need Heating Repairs

Monday, February 1st, 2016

We may not have very cold winters in this part of the country, but we still do need to have good heating systems installed in our homes if we hope to make it through the chilliest time of the year comfortably. That is why it is so important that you schedule routine heating maintenance on an annual basis. This helps to keep your heater in the best working condition possible. Even so, though, it is inevitable that you will need heating repairs in Tampa, FL eventually. When you do, make sure that it is our number that you dial. It’s always best to have your system repaired promptly, which is why we’d like to provide you with some tips meant to help you spot early warning signs of heater troubles. 

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Lutz Heating Repair Guide: Cracked Heat Exchangers

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

There are a lot of urban legends about the dangers of certain kinds of heating systems, and while there is some truth to certain problems, there are only a few truly dangerous situations that can develop with your furnace. One of these is operating a furnace with a cracked heat exchanger. During annual heating maintenance, your heat exchanger is inspected for corrosion, rust and cracks for safety and function purposes; this is one of many reasons why it’s important to schedule annual maintenance for your furnace. First, we’ll explain what a heat exchanger is.

What Is a Heat Exchanger?

A heat exchanger is the component in your furnace that helps generate the heat that is blown into your home; it also is the component that keeps the toxic combustion byproducts of your furnace’s burner from entering your home. The heat exchanger is a moderately-size serpentine tube that is open on both ends. When the burner ignites, it heats the heat exchanger; while the heat generates, combustion byproducts like noxious gases and soot enter the bottom of the heat exchanger and flow up. The top of the heat exchanger is connected directly to your furnace’s flue, and the toxic byproducts flow directly outside. The warm air generated outside the heat exchanger is blown into your ductwork.

What Happens With a Cracked Heat Exchanger?

The main problem that can occur with a cracked heat exchanger is that the toxic byproducts – including gases like carbon monoxide – can escape during operation and be blown into your living spaces. Additional problems can be poor performance and an inability of the system to meet your heating needs.

Why Does a Heat Exchanger Crack?

One of the main causes of cracking is age. The average heat exchanger has a lifespan of 15-18 years, similar to that of the lifespan of your furnace. Over time, the constant heating and cooling of the heat exchanger’s metal can weaken it, eventually causing cracking. A second cause of cracking is the development of rust or corrosion on the heat exchanger; corrosion can make a heat exchanger prone to cracking.

Heat exchangers cannot be repaired if they are cracked; replacement is required to repair your heating in Lutz.

If you suspect your heat exchanger may not be working properly, call the experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today!

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What to Check Before You Call Heating Repair

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Since we don’t use our heating systems all the time in Florida, we might not notice there is a problem early, only when we need our heating systems the most. If your heating system won’t turn on, you might not need to call for repairs right away. There might be a simple reason why you feel insufficient heating from your system, or that your system isn’t turning on. There are a few things you can check yourself to troubleshoot the problem. The issue might end up being quite simple.

However, if you eventually do need to call for heating repair in Tampa, FL, make the number for Ierna’s Heating & Cooling the one you dial. We are on call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist you.

Before you call for heating repair, check…

  • The power source: “Make sure it’s plugged in!” You hear this advice for every electronic appliance, but it bears repeating… although in the case of a your heating system, the power source can be a touch more complicated than a single plug. Make sure a circuit breaker hasn’t been tripped, and that the heating system has power.
  • The vents: If you have a heating system that uses forced air (a furnace or a heat pump), look over all the vents in the various rooms, especially any room that feels colder than normal. The vents might be shut, or have accidentally become blocked because of shifting furniture.
  • The thermostat: The thermostat is a key component of your heating system, and one that often gets taken for granted. If the thermostat is set incorrectly, it will not turn the heating system on at the right time. (Or, contrariwise, it might make the heating system run constantly when it shouldn’t.) If you have a programmable thermostat, look carefully over its programming to see that it was done correctly.

Now call for heating repair

So the heating system has power, the vents are clear, the thermostat looks A-Okay. Now you should call for professional heating repair. Don’t try to perform any more diagnostics, and definitely don’t seize a home toolkit and try to do the work yourself (especially for a natural gas system!). It takes the work of NATE-certified technicians to perform the work effectively so it will be done right the first time.

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling has a staff of certified and licensed professionals who can handle all makes and models of heating system. Make us your choice for that phone call for heating repair in Tampa, FL.

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Heating FAQs: The Most Common Heating Repair Questions

Monday, December 10th, 2012

If you have heating questions for the Land O’ Lakes heating experts at Ierna’s Heating and Cooling, call us any time. We’ve also taken a moment to put together some of the most common heating repair questions that we get from our customers.

Why do I need a tune-up once a year?

We recommend scheduling a heating tune-up with Ierna’s Heating and Cooling once a year and before the heating season begins. This helps to prevent any problems or repairs during the colder months when you need your heater the most. Keep in mind that you should hire a qualified HVAC technician to perform any professional tune-ups to ensure that the job is done right the first time.

Why should I clean my furnace room before a repair?

Whether your furnace is in a basement or utility room, it is important to keep the area around the furnace free of debris and dirt. Clearing away storage items will also help make the equipment more accessible for repairs or an annual inspection.

Why should I not cover the outdoor unit of my heat pump system in the winter?

Because your heat pump system heats your home in the winter, it still needs to draw in air from outside. This means that you’ll need to ensure that there’s adequate airflow. Covering your outdoor unit would prevent that. It’s also a good idea to make sure that nothing else is blocking the unit and to clean the outside if it looks dirty. Dirt can clog the system and cause a number of problems that could potentially require a repair service.

If you notice any warning signs or issues with your heating system, call Ierna’s Heating and Cooling to take care of all your Land O’ Lakes heating repair and maintenance needs.

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Common Furnace Problems in Lutz

Monday, November 19th, 2012

It’s always comforting to hear the furnace in your Lutz home kick on when you switch your thermostat to heating in the winter. Furnaces are one of the most common heating systems in America. They are reliable and durable systems. But sometimes, like everything else, they break down. We thought it would be helpful for our customers if we put together a list of some of the most common furnace problems that we see. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it’s probably best to call your local Lutz heating contractor.

Low Air Flow

When your furnace is on you should be able to feel a nice warm flow of air coming out of the register. If you’re only getting a trickle of air, there are a couple of likely culprits.

  • Dirty air filter – This is one of the most common problems in households with furnaces. Your furnace has an air filter that is meant to keep dust and dirt from collecting on the moving parts inside your furnace. If it isn’t changed regularly, it can restrict air flow to the point where your furnace simply can’t push any air to your home.
  • The fan – The fan, also called a blower, inside your furnace is responsible for pushing the air through your duct system and into your rooms. If your fan hasn’t been properly maintained or if it is broken, you might not be getting enough air into your house.

Insufficient Heat

Not getting enough heat is another common furnace problem in Lutz. Here are some of the contributing factors:

  • Pilot light is out – Your pilot light can go out occasionally. But if it starts to happen repeatedly it could be a problem that only a licensed professional can handle.
  • Thermostat – The thermostat in your home is responsible for turning on your furnace when the temperature gets too low. If your thermostat isn’t working properly, it might not be telling your furnace that you need heat.

If you’re experiencing any of these heating problems in your home in Lutz, call the heating experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling.

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