When to Schedule Furnace Repair in Atlanta, GA

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Keeping your furnace in top shape throughout the Atlanta winter is the first step to ensuring the comfort of your home this heating season. While furnaces are built to last, over time they suffer general wear and tear, and it may be necessary during the life of your heating unit to schedule professional furnace repair in Atlanta, GA. For more information and to schedule a service, call a furnace repair expert at Cool Air Mechanical.

There are a few different warning signs that your furnace may be in need of repair. If your furnace is making loud and/or unusual sounds, like banging, squealing or popping, it may be time to call a professional. You may have an air leak in the surrounding ductwork, a loose or faulty belt that connects the motor to the fan components, or worn bearings in the mechanical system. As an essential part of your family’s comfort, the furnace requires your attention. If your furnace does not turn on at all, its thermocouple—a safety device installed to disallow ignition when the pilot light goes out of the electric ignition is faulty—might be damaged. In cases like these, you need to call on an Atlanta, GA furnace repair specialist like Cool Air Mechanical, who can inspect, clean, mend and replace damaged parts.

Another indication that your furnace may be in need of repair is if you notice that it is no longer heating as well as it once did, or that it heats your home unevenly. An inefficient furnace may be old age, especially compared to new highly-efficient furnaces, but it may also indicate a fault somewhere in the furnace system. A professional inspection and diagnosis will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. If you feel unsure about your Atlanta, GA furnace, or if it’s beginning to make unusual sounds, it’s likely that furnace repair is necessary. Call Cool Air Mechanical today.

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Atlanta Heating FAQ: How Do Heat Pumps Compare to Furnaces?

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Are you thinking about buying a new heating system but not sure what kind to get? Whether you have a new home or old one, comparing heat pumps and furnaces is a good place to start when you are thinking about a new heater for your Atlanta area home. Call Cool Air Mechanical if you have any questions about the heat pump and furnace models we sell and install.

Here are few notes for comparison to get you started.

Don’t I need a backup furnace for my heat pump anyway?

Not necessarily. Using a backup heating source all depends on where you live and the layout of your home. If you have a large home in a cold climate, then yes, you may need a backup furnace to heat your home when temperatures drop below freezing. An air source heat pump will heat a home more efficiently in milder climates. You can also think about a dual fuel system that automatically switches from the electric heat pump to a gas furnace during colder weather. The gas furnace will cost less to run since gas tends to be more efficient than electricity.

Which type of heater needs more maintenance?

Any type of heating system will need routine maintenance. Annual tune-ups contribute to the efficiency and safe operation of your heating system. Maintenance also helps extend the life of the system since it helps keep repair needs down. The only difference is that your heat pump may need two tune-ups per year—one before the heating season and another before the cooling season.

Which one is more efficient: Heat pump or furnace?

Again, this all depends on several factors. You’ll need to answer some questions first. How big is your home? What are your heating needs? How cold is the climate? Where is your home located? How many rooms do you have? How many doors and windows are there in your home? How much sunlight does your home get in the winter? Is your home properly insulated and sealed? Once you’ve answered these, speak with a professional heating contractor about your options.

At Cool Air Mechanical, we’d be glad to go over all the different factors to help you make an informed decision. Call us if you are interested in a new heat pump or furnace for your Atlanta area home.

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VillaRica Furnace Tip: Signs of an Oversized Furnace

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Most people in VillaRica, when they choose a new furnace, think that “bigger is better”. However, an oversized furnace can present just as many if not more problems than an undersized furnace. So, if you feel you may have overdone it in the past or you want to avoid making a mistake in the future, here are some signs that your furnace may be oversized.

Short Cycling

The most common sign of oversizing is short cycling. Short cycling occurs when your furnace turns on and off frequently because it reaches the thermostat setting so fast. Basically, your furnace is so powerful that it can produce what you need rapidly and then shuts off. But, because it does this, the temperature in your home is likely to cool much faster as well since the furnace isn’t on all the time.

Additionally, the on and off short cycling has a negative effect on your furnace, causing excess wear and tear on the system and eventually leading to extra repairs and in some cases early replacement.

High and Low Temperatures

When your furnace is turned on for a comfortable indoor temperature like 70 degrees F, the high and low temperature between cycles should be relatively close to that temperature. In an ideal situation, you shouldn’t even notice a fluctuation.

So, if the high temperature gets close to 75 degrees F and the low temperature is around 66 degrees F, you have a furnace much too large for the size of your home.

Furnace Room Issues

You might find that the space and exhaust given for the furnace are not sufficient either, especially if your previous furnace was replaced with this oversized unit. Backflow of a gas or oil smell or excess heat in and near your furnace room are both common signs that the furnace is much too large.

So, what should you do about your oversized furnace? If you have had that furnace for some time or just moved into a new home, it’s a good idea to have a new one installed. Have a proper load calculation done and then get a new furnace installed so you don’t have to worry about the system cycling on and off so often. If it’s a newer unit, call your technician and discuss possible options to reduce the negative effects of the miscalculation of its size.

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