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Nov 03 2014

A Basic Guide to Heating Repair

What are the common causes of heating repair calls in Columbia, SC?

Heating Repair

For homes equipped with a furnace, heating repair is somewhat inevitable. Even HVAC systems that are meticulously maintained will eventually break down after years of usual wear and tear. Fortunately, homeowners in South Carolina enjoy relatively mild winters and often only run their furnaces on the rare occasions of very cold winter days and the nights in-between.

To help you better understand the services that companies like Comfort Services offer, here’s a basic guide to heating repair:

Most Common Heating Repair Issues

Heating repairs usually boil down to just a handful of root problems:

  • Electrical issues
  • Insufficient air flow
  • Gas problems

When a furnace completely shuts down, we always recommend customers begin the repair process by first checking their breaker box. A tripped breaker will prevent the furnace from turning on, making it an important step as it is easy to observe and address if need be. If a tripped breaker isn’t the problem, it’s time to call in a professional to further troubleshoot the issue.

Pilot Light is Out

A pilot light that won’t stay lit is another common call we receive. These situations are almost always caused by either a dirty flame sensor or a blocked air intake. A flame sensor that is functioning improperly should be thoroughly cleaned by a HVAC professional for safety’s sake. A blocked air intake is also a matter of just cleaning up, too. Clearing an air intake usually means removing leaves or other debris that have or can build up against an air register, limiting airflow and choking out the pilot light.

Be Prepared for Colder Weather

These are just a few of the most common heating repair calls we get each winter. Hopefully, knowing issues gives you something to look for if you experience issues. As the cold weather sets in, it becomes even more important to regularly inspect your furnace and make sure it’s in good working condition for the winter season. The good news is that these problems and many more can be simply avoided with routine furnace inspections and maintenance. Our professional technicians have the experience and the tools necessary to keep your furnace running strong all winter long and keep your home warm.

Call Comfort Services for around-the-clock 24/7 heating repair service at 803.772.4490.

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