Contact Us in New Jersey for Fast, Reliable Furnace Repairs
Don’t endure another cold night without a functional furnace. Whether the furnace is producing odd noises or failing to warm your home evenly, our team of technicians can help. Our staff offers exceptional furnace repair services for homes in New Jersey and New York. We bring with us over 24 years of experience working on different furnace brands and models.
Signs Your Furnace May Need Repairs
We’ve all experienced central heating problems of one kind or the other, some of them preventable, others not. There are many signs of a faulty furnace, but not all of them are obvious.
Are you experiencing any of these things in your home?
- Doors seem to stick and will only open with great force
- Weird noises, banging and whistling
- Cold spots, hot spots, and strange draughts of air
- Excessive dust and condensation
- Rotten egg, burning, dusty, and overheating smells
- Rising energy bills
- Respiratory ailments, extended sickness, headaches, and other health symptoms
Common Furnace Problems
1. Bad Airflow, Leaky Ducts
One major problem with HVAC systems is the ductwork. Think of your HVAC system as the heart and your air ducts as the veins that deliver necessary air to and from the beating heart. If the air ducts are clogged or leaky, you will experience airflow problems. Unbalanced ductwork could be the cause of the hot and cold spots in your home.
Although you won’t be able to access every single area of your ductwork, for the sections you can reach, use mastic sealant or HVAC aluminum foil tape to seal gaps and cracks. Ask us about Aeroseal Duct Sealing, which seals your ducts from the inside out.
2. Strange Smells Are Coming from Your Furnace
If you are smelling something funny, such as rotten eggs or sulfur, you could have a serious furnace repair issue, such as a gas leak. Take action immediately by turning off your system, evacuating the home, and calling your utility company.
If there is a dusty smell, try changing your furnace filter. If the odor won’t go away, contact your local HVAC technician. If you smell hot plastic or rubber, you would have an issue with your electrical system. Either your heating or electrical components are overheating. Shut off power to the furnace from your breaker box and contact your HVAC technician for troubleshooting and repair.
3. Furnace Is Making Weird Noises
There are many things that can cause loud and strange noises from your furnace and duct system. If you hear grinding, whistling, squealing, banging, or any other strange sounds, call your heating technician
4. Your Furnace Doesn’t Turn On
If your furnace won’t turn on, you probably have a power problem. Check if electricity is getting to your HVAC system by turning on the fan to “On” or “Auto.” If nothing turns on, you aren’t getting power to the furnace. The next thing you should check is the circuit breaker. Look for the circuit breaker switch that is switched “off.” To properly reset the breaker, turn it all the way off first before switching it back on.
If these troubleshooting methods do not fix your malfunctioning furnace, give our team a call to book an appointment. Our team of technicians offer dependable furnace repair services in areas such as Jersey City, Clifton, Paterson, Haverstraw, Newark, and Trenton. Our staff has the tools and equipment necessary to fix your heating system.
If your furnace still won’t turn on, there are a couple of things that could cause an automatic shutoff.
What Issues Can Cause An Automatic Shutoff?
1. Dirty Air Filters
A clogged air filter can cause a variety of furnace repair issues. A dirty filter may restrict airflow and cause your furnace to turn off at the beginning of the heating cycle. Not only will a contaminated filter make your system dirty, but it will also raise your energy bills. Make it a habit to check your filter every 30 days and wait no longer than 90 days to replace it. During peak demand months, your filter will need to be changed or cleaned more frequently.
2. Ventilation Obstructions
After checking for a clogged air filter, go around to the side of your house and inspect the side venting (exhaust pipes, most likely PVC pipe). If there is snow, ice, or any other obstructions blocking the HVAC system’s ventilation, your system won’t work properly and could lead to dangerous exhaust fumes (like carbon monoxide) in your home.
You will probably see two furnace vent pipes, one for fresh air intake and the other to vent exhaust gases to the outside. These pipes should have a minimum 5-foot clearance. Make sure there is no snow, ice, nests, or anything else blocking the vent pipes. After you have cleared the area around your vent pipes, your furnace should turn back on.
**Warning: Never alter or adjust these ventilation pipes without the assistance of a professional, such as trimming them down. Call your HVAC technician if you notice an issue with your furnace ventilation.
We Will Work Until Your Furnace is Back Up & Running
We also have all the necessary training and tools to ensure that we complete the job in a timely manner and with precision. Our contractors offer innovative furnace repair services in areas such as Woodbridge, Haverstraw, Jersey City, Pomona, Newark, Piermont, Toms River, Paterson, and Trenton.
We will clean up after ourselves when we finish and take personal responsibility to keep the integrity of your home. Our team gives you our workmanship guarantee to continue working until your furnace is back up and running or we refund a portion of your purchase price that you feel fair and reasonable.
Updates to the Regional HVAC Equipment Efficiency and Testing Standards
Effective January 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will update its efficiency and testing standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment. All regulatory changes will differ by product type and region. Since the updated standards will result in price increases across all HVAC contractors, now is the time to buy the equipment you need for your home or business.
The minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will increase production efficiency and national energy savings while decreasing national energy consumption.
Northern U.S. & Canada
All split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2023, must meet the updated standards. However, split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured before January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 13 SEER to 15 SEER in these regions.
Split-system air conditioners manufactured before January 1, 2023, can’t be installed once the updated standards take effect. All installations of products that don’t meet the new standards must be completed by December 31, 2022. However, split-system heat pumps, single-packaged air conditioners, and single-packaged heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 14 SEER to 15 SEER in both the Southwest and Southeast regions.
In addition to higher minimum efficiency standards, the M1 testing procedures used for residential and 3 to 5-ton light commercial, single-phase equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will produce more accurate SEER, EER, and HSPF efficiency ratings. Manufacturers will be required to re-test equipment using the new M1 Standard requirements as well as publish equipment efficiency ratings using the new efficiency metrics of SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.
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