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Nov 09 2017

When My Heat Turns on, There Is a Bad Odor. What Could Be Wrong?


When you turn on your heating and air conditioning system this winter, you may notice a slight smell, often one of burning. This is normal, especially if your furnace hasn't run for many months. This initial, slight burning smell is the result of dust that collected in the heating elements over the past year. But it should go away relatively quickly. If it doesn't, gets worse or you notice a different odor, this could be a sign that something's wrong. Here are some of the possibilities to consider:

Dirty Air Filter

If you haven't been cleaning or changing your HVAC's air filter regularly, a foul smell from your heater could very well be a sign the filter needs changing. There may be contaminants trapped in the filter which add an unpleasant scent.

Mold Growth in Your Ductwork

If you notice a musty smell whenever your HVAC is on, even with the air conditioner, there could be mold in your system. It might be in your air handler or air filter, but it could very well be in your ductwork. To get rid of this smell, you'll need to clean out the mold from the ductwork and figure out what caused it to prevent the mold from coming back.

Electrical Problem

If the burning smell is strong or won't go away, it could be a sign that an electrical component has burned out or is in the process of burning. An electrical problem will usually smell like burning rubber or plastic.

Blocked Exhaust Chimney

If the bad smell mimics smoke, this could be a sign of a serious problem where your furnace's exhaust has a blockage. If this is the case, turn off your heater and call an HVAC technician immediately.

If you have concerns about the smell coming out of your vents when using your heating and air conditioning system, you should contact Comfort Services. We will inspect your HVAC system and figure out what's going wrong.

Oct 19 2017

How Can HVAC Maintenance Lengthen the Life of My Unit?

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HVAC systems are expensive home or business investments, and maintenance agreements take that into account. But how exactly do they do this? By conducting regular maintenance, you can reduce the chances of an unexpected breakdown or premature failure of a component. In turn, this can lengthen the overall life of your HVAC system. It saves money, too!

Avoid Major Problems

One of the biggest reasons for signing up for a maintenance agreement, such as the Comfort Club Membership, is to identify a small issue that is easy and cheap to fix. As a result, you can either avoid an unnecessary major repair or extend the period that will pass before the major repair needs to take place.

For example, a typical HVAC system has several motors that spin. To spin as smoothly, quietly and efficiently as possible, the motors have bearings that need regular lubrication. Without this lubrication, motors may prematurely fail. This can lead to unexpected and unnecessary repairs. In the best case scenario, your air handler will run far less efficiently, forcing you to pay more each month for your energy bill.

Provide Helpful Advice

Another great way maintenance agreements help lengthen the life of your heater and air conditioner is by having a professional review the condition of your system in person and give tailored advice based on his observations. By relying on extensive experience, the HVAC technician can identify things you might be able to do differently to improve the performance, longevity and efficiency of your heater or air conditioner.

Additionally, you'll have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and get immediate answers. It's true you can always ask these questions over the telephone, but it's a lot easier to get an answer from someone onsite who can see the issue right in front of them.

If the benefits of maintenance agreements appeal to you, consider signing up for our Comfort Club Membership. To learn more about it, give our team at Comfort Services a call or send us an email at your earliest convenience.

Oct 05 2017

3 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Furnace

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The nagging feeling that your heating and air conditioning may be ready to quit on you can be unsettling. You may try to keep using the system as long as you can, hoping it will somehow miraculously turn-around and start working well again. But as the colder months approach, it's important to make sure your furnace is ready to go - which may require a replacement.

Here are 5 signs it's time to replace your furnace to ensure your home remains comfortable and safe this fall and winter:

Sign #1: Your furnace is 15 years old or older.

If your furnace is as old as a human that is ready to get a driver's license, yep - it's nearing the end of its lifespan. The thing is that older furnaces lack the technology that provides energy efficiency as well as warmth. The furnace nearing two decades old is not working as well for you as a new model would. In fact, some of today's furnaces are up to 98% energy efficient, allowing you to make the most of your energy dollars instead of throwing money out the window on an inefficient system.

Sign #2: You are continually calling for repairs.

If your HVAC requires repair on a regular basis, this is a sign you need to consider a new furnace installation. Why not put the money you are spending on repair costs toward a newer model that will do a better job keeping your home warm as well as save you money on monthly energy bills?

Sign #3: Your energy bill is going up, up, up.

If you are noticing your energy bill keeps going up - whether incrementally or all at once, chances are good that your furnace is not working like it should anymore. If it's less than 15 years old, it may just need a repair. However, if it is nearing 15 years old or older, it's safe to say you will need a new furnace to help you regain control of those energy bills. You will be amazed by how a high efficiency furnace can decrease your monthly energy costs.

Is your heating and air conditioning system nearing the end of its life? To find out and to learn more about your best furnace installation options to get your home ready for the upcoming colder months, contact our team of experts at Comfort Services.

Sep 21 2017

How Fresh Air Filters Could Save Your HVAC from Major Repairs

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Maintenance agreements keep your furnace and AC in working order. When was the last time you bothered to switch your air filter or schedule a maintenance visit? If you're like the average homeowner, it completely slipped your mind - and you've been using the same dusty filter for months, even years.

In failing to switch out your filter, you could leave your HVAC system in great peril. Stick with the same filter too long, and you could find yourself handing over some major cash for repairs.

Avoiding Air Conditioner Shut-Down

Over time, air conditioner filters gather dust and dirt. Eventually, this buildup may cause coils to freeze due to inadequate air flow. Located within the indoor portion of the conditioner, these coils absorb heat from the air handler's return air. Ordinarily, condensation drips off the air conditioner in the midst of this process, and while this is generally not a problem, it can be if the air conditioner houses significant grime.

Overheating System

Old air filters force furnaces to worker harder, as air simply cannot pass accumulated dust. Eventually, this problem leads to overheating. At best, overheating will result in major repairs, but in some situations, it could necessitate complete furnace replacement - a significant, but easily avoided investment.

Aim to replace your air filters at least once every three months, or even more frequently for air conditioners in the summer and furnaces in the winter. Frequency will depend somewhat on the type of furnace or air conditioner you purchase, along with local weather patterns. Your HVAC technician can provide a better idea of how often your system needs air filter updates.

Regular maintenance through maintenance agreements can make all the difference for your heating and cooling system, so contact the experts at Comfort Services to schedule an HVAC inspection today.

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