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Don’t Wait to Schedule Heating Repair

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

If you experience trouble with your heater, the issue may not seem like something that needs an urgent fix. This can be especially so if you still feel some heat from your heating system, and if you know that warmer weather is soon to come. However, this kind of thinking can be very problematic. You put your heating system, your comfort, your wallet, and possibly your health at risk when you neglect scheduling heating repair in Schaumburg for very long.

One of the main reasons you should not wait for long to schedule heating repair is that you may be spending far more on monthly energy costs than is necessary. It takes your heating system much longer to heat up a room when a component is in need of repair than it would if everything was working properly. That means that it uses up more energy, which directly correlates to your energy and gas spending.

When all of the components must make up for a faulty heating component, they must strain to keep up. This means that they may begin to fail as well. Suddenly, you might have two or three components that need repair or replacement, at a much greater cost than it would have been to fix the part that was originally troublesome.

Perhaps the most important reason to call a technician is that your heating system could break down at any time. You may find yourself without heat in the middle of a cold night. While companies like ours offer 24-hour emergency service, consulting with a technician is never an ideal situation at this time of night.

Finally, delaying heat repair may actually be a safety issue in some cases. While this is a very rare circumstance, your heating trouble could be a result of an overheating furnace plenum or even a potential gas or carbon monoxide leak. All modern furnaces contain safety components designed to prevent such occurrences, but the possibility of a system malfunction is simply not worth the risk.

Call our experts at Service King Plumbing & HVAC today to schedule our professional heating repair service in Schaumburg any time, day or night, with technicians who will work hard to restore your unit to the proper condition.

Palatine Heating Repair Guide: The Limit Switch

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

As a full-service heating and AC contractor, we take pride in installing quality systems and ensuring accurate repairs. Our installers and service technicians look over your entire system to make sure that everything is in top working order. And when we service gas heating equipment, our number one concern is your safety. Luckily, gas furnaces contain multiple safety switches that help to protect your home from gas leaks, fire hazards, and carbon monoxide poisoning. But choosing professionals for the repairs, installation, and maintenance of such devices is the best way to ensure optimal safety.

Speak with a furnace safety and operation expert by calling the friendly technicians at Service King. We can service the most vital safest components of your unit too make sure your home and family stay protected.

The Furnace Limit Switch: An Important Safety Feature

One of the most vital safety components in your furnace is the limit switch. The limit switch is the control that keeps your furnace from overheating. There is a setting on your furnace limit switch past which the furnace plenum is not allowed to pass, which may or may not be adjustable. If the plenum temperature does become too high, the control shuts off the entire system. You can usually find this switch in the control board.

Sometimes, the fan switch and the limit switch are one in the same. The fan switch contains a delay which tells the fan when to turn on after the furnace has heated up. If the fan does not start up, the plenum may overheat, and the limit switch will shut off the unit.

When the furnace limit switch shuts off your unit, you’ll need a technician to help you to get your system back on and keep it on. You may not be able to turn the unit back on at all or it may just continuously shut down. The same could happen if other safety switches detect trouble and shut off the system as well. A technician is best suited to determine the source of the trouble.

Call the friendly neighborhood service providers at Service King and schedule an appointment for professional heating repair in Palatine.

Some Common Repairs Your Furnace May Require

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Furnaces are one of the most commonly-used home heating systems, and with an average lifespan of 15-20 years, it is likely you will need to schedule your furnace for repair at least once during its lifetime. There are some furnace repairs our technicians see more than others when it comes to furnace repairs, and we’ll outline some of them below. But no matter what your particular heating repair issue in Elk Grove Village might be, the trained and certified technicians at Service King can help you.

Common Furnace Repairs

Here are some of the more common furnace repairs we see at Service King:

Problems with the Blower

The blower in your furnace pushes the hot air generated by the heat exchanger into your home. The blower has a motor, a fan belt, ball bearings and other small components that can develop problems that will affect the blower’s operation. Some typical issues that can develop with your blower are issues with frayed or corroded wiring, dried out ball bearings, worn or broken belts and loose or broken fan blades. Anything problems that affect the fan’s ability to move the air in your system correctly can create issues with air flow in your system.

Ignition Issues

There are 3 ways your furnace can ignite:

  • Standing pilot
  • Intermittent pilot
  • Hot surface ignition

Standing pilots are pilot lights that are on constantly; intermittent pilot and hot surface ignition are both types of electronic ignition and are only on when igniting the system. Today’s furnaces are no longer manufactured with standing pilots as electronic ignition is more energy efficient, but there are many furnaces that have standing pilot lights. Some of the common problems that can develop with ignition are problems with the thermocouple (standing pilot lights), lack of electronic spark (intermittent pilot) or a cracked probe (hot surface ignition). Each type of igniter can develop its own set of problems, but the results from each can be no heat. If your furnace is having problems igniting, call for a technician.

Low Air Flow

As mentioned above, low air flow can be caused by problems with your blower, but a secondary cause of low air flow is a dirty filter. Your furnace’s air filter should be changed every 3 months to remain effective and not become clogged. A clogged air filter can seriously restrict your system’s air flow, resulting in less air being delivered to your home and more stress on your heating system.

Furnace problems only get worse over time, so if you are in need of heating repair in Elk Grove Village, call us today to schedule an appointment.