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Common Winter Furnace Problems and How to Avoid Them

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Technician servicing the gas boiler for hot water and heatingThe last thing you want during this winter in Lake Jackson is a faulty furnace system. Furnace breakdowns are incredibly inconvenient especially now that we’re getting to the coldest part of the year. Furnace problems may seem inevitable—your heater incurs wear and tear over time, right? While time is a strain against your furnace, you don’t have to helplessly watch your system wither away. There are many things you can do to avoid furnace problems this winter. If you need furnace repair in Lake Jackson, TX then contact our team. If you’d like to know what furnace problems are common here in Texas and how you can avoid a repair charge, then keep reading below.

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Heating Ratings You Absolutely Need to Know About

Monday, February 13th, 2017

thermometerIf you’re looking for a new heating system this late in the season, we’re going to guess you might be in a bit of a hurry. Either you’re moving into a new home that doesn’t have one yet, or your current system decided to die on you earlier than you thought it would. One way or the other, it’s important that you know a few things before you rush out and get a new heating system. Knowing how to read heating ratings is important regardless of what type of system you’re looking for.

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Furnace Issues to Be Aware of this Winter

Monday, November 16th, 2015

By this point, you are probably relying on your furnace on a daily basis to keep your home warm. That means more stress, which means a greater chance of problems developing. If you want your furnace to keep functioning properly all winter, you need to keep an eye out for any issues that may crop up with your system. The faster you get the problem taken care of, the more damage you can prevent. So, let’s take a look at some of the problems that your furnace can run into, and when to call for repairs.

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A List of Furnace Safety Features and Their Common Malfunctions

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Most furnaces have built-in safety features, to protect your home and ensure that your heat arrives without difficulty. If you’re concerned about your furnace, Clute TX has plenty of companies able to discuss the various safety features with you. When those features malfunction, they usually shut the furnace off completely. This is good because it means your safety won’t be endangered by the issue. On the other hand, without a furnace, your winter nights are apt to get quite chilly indeed. You need to get the faulty part replaced and you furnace back up to speed quickly, which usually means identifying the problem fast. Here’s a quick list of furnace safety features and their malfunctions, to help you point the repairman in the right direction.

  • Venting. The venting pipe removes carbon monoxide and similar toxic chemicals from the furnace system. If it becomes clogged or block, toxic gases can escape into your home. For modern furnaces, this will result in an automatic shutdown. If you have an older furnace, you should install a carbon monoxide detector nearby to help detect this kind of problem.
  • Thermocouple. The thermocouple regulates the flow of gas into the furnace, and opens when it detects heat from the pilot light or ignition system. If the pilot light has gone out or the ignition system is malfunctioning, the thermocouple won’t operate. Similarly a problem with the thermocouple itself should result in the gas being completely shut off. You’ll need to replace the faulty component before the furnace will run again.
  • Circuit breaker. This is a household safety feature rather than one specific to the furnace, but the principles are the same. It will cut power to the furnace if there is danger of an overload, and if the power keeps going off then some electrical component within the furnace will probably need to be fixed.

If you have a furnace, Clute ,TX has a furnace repair service ready to respond to these furnace safety features and their common malfunctions. Switzerland Air is here to serve you, and can ensure that your furnace is operating safely and efficiently. Give us a call today!

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What Are the Advantages of a Furnace when Compared to a Boiler?

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Are you stuck now between two choices for your home heating? Has it come down to either a furnace or a boiler? It’s a tough decision to make, we’ll admit that. Both types have heated homes for over a hundred years (and furnaces much longer than that) and remain popular to this day because of technological advances that keep them competitive.

The choice shouldn’t drive you into a straitjacket however—if you have the assistance of professionals in HVAC installation. Switzerland Air can help you make the right selection of heater for your home. And whether you go for a boiler or a furnace in Angleton, TX, we can handle the installation so you get the most from your new system.

Furnace Advantages

If you’ve done some research into the “furnace-or-boiler?” question, you may find yourself already leaning toward the boiler because of its quiet operation, low repair needs, and long service life. Boilers do offer all of these, but don’t count out furnaces yet. Here are some of a furnace’s advantages:

Flexibility: Furnaces come in many different models and sizes that can run from a variety of fuel types. It’s rare that we can’t find a furnace that will ideally suit a home. No matter how you get power for your house, there’s probably a furnace that will work for it.

Hook to existing ducts: Boilers don’t use ductwork to circulate heat, which means they provide cleaner warmth. However, if your home already has ductwork installed, then you can hook a new furnace up easily without the need to install extra pipes, radiators, and baseboard heaters for a boiler.

Smaller size: Part of a furnace’s flexibility is how small most of the units—even the powerful ones—are. Boilers require large tanks of hot water, while furnaces take up much less space.

Faster heating: Because boilers need to heat up a full water tank each time you need warmth, it can take them a while before they start providing comfort. Furnaces, on the other hand, work almost immediately at bringing you heat as soon as they come on.

Make the right choice with expert assistance

Every home has different needs for heating. The question of “furnace-or-boiler?” can only be effectively answered with the help from people trained to figure out your home’s heating requirements. Contact Switzerland Air today to get started with finding out if a furnace in Angleton, TX will help you through the coming winter.

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