Red Rock Mechanical, LLC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating System Repair’

The Safety Features of Your Gas Furnace

Monday, March 14th, 2022

natural-gas-furnace-burnersWe often remind customers who have natural gas furnaces that these systems aren’t “dangerous.” It’s true that gas furnaces can develop safety hazards, but this is also true of many different home appliances. With the right maintenance for your furnace, as well as calling for prompt furnace repair in Plattsburgh, NY whenever necessary, you can expect your gas furnace to safely serve you and your family for many years.

To help explain how your furnace operates safely, as well as how to tell when something may be wrong, we’re going to look at several key safety features built into gas furnaces.

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Do Gas Furnaces Still Use Pilot Lights?

Monday, February 28th, 2022

gas-flames-furnaceThe standing pilot light was the conventional way that natural gas furnaces lit their burners whenever the heating system turned on. They’ve become so identified with home furnaces that people take for granted that pilot lights are still around doing the same job as usual.

This isn’t the actual situation, however. Although you can still find gas furnaces with standing pilot lights, they have mostly gone of out use since 2010. If you have a furnace installed after that year, it almost certainly doesn’t use a pilot light to light the burners but an electronic ignition system.

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Here’s Why You Aren’t Getting the Performance You Need Out of Your Furnace

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

woman-in-sweaterCold weather and snowy nights may produce images of hot cocoa and a warm fireplace, but frigid nights are anything but pleasant when your furnace isn’t working properly.

Instead of shivering underneath piles of blankets or trying to fix the furnace yourself, Red Rock Mechanical, a heater service in Plattsburg, NY, can troubleshoot and repair common furnace malfunctions, including…

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Why the Heater Is Shutting Off Too Early

Monday, February 1st, 2021

cold-man-and-woman-in-parkasYou expect the central heating system in your house to run long enough to reach the temperature set on the thermostat. That’s its job. A heater should complete a full heating cycle that distributes warmth throughout the house, leaving few cold spots. But if your heater is shutting down after running for less than 15 minutes, or even less than 10 minutes, the house won’t get warm enough. A few rooms near the center of the house may be comfortable, but the rest of the house will be literally left in the cold.

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Why Won’t the Burners in My Gas Furnace Light?

Monday, January 18th, 2021

burners-in-furnaceThis is something that will cause a sudden pit of panic in your stomach: it’s a cold winter day and when you turn the furnace on … nothing happens. The burners won’t ignite and you can’t see the blue color of the flames in the cabinet. That means no heat for the house. 

There’s no reason to panic, however, since you can always get the furnace repair in Burlington, VT you need with a call to our professionals. Although there are a few simple troubleshooting steps you can try when a furnace isn’t responding, don’t attempt to make any actual repairs yourself. Only trained professionals can safely repair a gas furnace.

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Why Won’t the Boiler Heat the Home as Well Anymore?

Monday, December 21st, 2020

large-boilerThe heat a boiler sends into a house, whether from radiators, baseboard heaters, or in-floor elements, feels wonderful during cold winter days. But what if one morning you wake up to discover that the house isn’t warming up as well as it should? You check the thermostat to make sure the settings are right, and then you might try raising the thermostat setting to make up the difference. But you shouldn’t have to do this: the boiler is supposed to meet the standard household demand for comfort, and pushing up the thermostat to attempt to compensate may lead to more trouble. 

What’s wrong? Do you need to call for heater repair in Essex, VT to fix the boiler? Or is it time for a new boiler? We’ll look into the possibilities below.

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Ways to Troubleshot (Not Repair!) a Faulty Gas furnace

Monday, December 7th, 2020

burners-in-furnaceWe want to be clear about this from the start: Only a trained, licensed HVAC professional should repair a gas furnace. This is a matter of safety—although even if it were safe to tinker with a gas furnace on your own, you’d still only want a trained professional to touch the system to make sure the repair is done right. In many jurisdictions, it’s illegal for anyone without a special license to work on an appliance connected to a gas main. 

In this post we’re making a distinction between trying to repair a gas furnace and going through basic troubleshooting steps when a furnace isn’t working properly. There’s nothing wrong with making checks on a furnace before you call us for heating repair in Plattsburgh, NY. Often, the problem with a non-working furnace is something simple you can correct on your own. Just don’t take any steps where you need to get tools and open up the furnace! That’s the point where you’ve gone past troubleshooting and might get into actual trouble.

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What Strange Furnace Smells Might Be Telling You

Monday, January 20th, 2020

girl-pinching-noseWhen a furnace first turns on for the winter season, it emits a burning odor into the air from the vents. This is normal. It’s odor of the dust along the heat exchanger or heating elements burning off as the unit heats up. The smell will subside after a short time and the furnace will get into the regular groove of warming the house.

But if a furnace starts to smell funny after it’s started up for the season, it’s often a warning something is wrong that needs attention. We want you to know what these unusual odors may mean and when to call for furnace repair in Plattsburgh, NY from our team, so we’ve written a short guide. If you have any doubts about your furnace, don’t spend long analyzing it—shut the furnace off and call for assistance. Always better to be safe when it comes to a central furnace.

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Corrosion and the Furnace—Yes, It Can Happen

Monday, December 9th, 2019

rusted-furnaceWhat sort of home appliance do you think is most likely to corrode? You’ll probably think of the water heater, or shower heads and other water-using fixtures. You probably don’t think about your gas furnace rusting. It doesn’t use water to warm your house, after all. It applies heat to the air through a metal heat exchanger that contains hot combustion gas.

But furnaces can rust, and many do. It can be a minor irritation, a sign the furnace is too old and needs to be replaced, or even a major safety hazard. Let’s look a bit more into how corrosion can affect a furnace and what it means.

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Is It Too Late to Bother With Heating Repair?

Monday, April 15th, 2019

hand-holding-wrenchIf the heating system in your home is still working the way it should during the last few cold days of spring, you can probably shut it down for the summer without much worry. As long as you remember to schedule maintenance for it in fall before the first cold settles in for the end of the year, you shouldn’t need further heater service in Burlington, VT for a good long strength.

However, if you’ve noticed anything wrong with the heater at the time of year, please take steps to have the system inspected and, if necessary, repaired. You might believe that heating malfunctions in spring aren’t a big deal since the heater is about to shut down for the season. But the truth is that a heater should never be allowed to run or be left it sit for a long stretch of time if it needs a repair.

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