Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Furnace Repair’

Don’t Let a Cracked Heat Exchanger Haunt You This Fall

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Do you use a gas-powered furnace in your home? Well, then there is one safety risk that is essential you know. This isn’t to say that that gas furnaces are inherently dangerous—they’re not! But there is a component within it that can be dangerous if you ignore it for too long, and that’s its heat exchanger.

Like most powerful appliances or any type of equipment that creates combustion gases, a furnace can potentially create health hazards if it’s not regularly maintained, or repaired as soon as symptoms of a malfunction appear.

Cracked heat exchangers aren’t a problem that typically afflicts new furnaces—old gas-powered heaters are more prone to such a problem. When we say old, we mean about 10-15 years—this is the average lifespan for a well-maintained furnace.  

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It’s That Time of Year: Have you Scheduled Your Furnace Tune-Up?

Monday, October 7th, 2019

It’s October! That means it’s time for pumpkin spice latte’s, planning your kids’ Halloween costumes (or your own), and enjoying fall activities like prepping your furnace for the heating season!

Wait, what’s that? Did you forget about that last one? Don’t you worry, it’s not too late to schedule this service. In fact, now is the perfect time to schedule a furnace tune-up, also known as furnace maintenance. After all, the best time for this service is before the consistent cold weather hits.

During maintenance, our technicians thoroughly inspect your furnace, checking for cleanliness, any parts that need adjusting, and any repair needs that exist. This benefits you in a number of ways, including:

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As the Weather Warms, Take Care of Furnace Repair Needs

Monday, March 25th, 2019

technician-looking-over-furnaceIt may still be plenty cold enough for now to use our heating systems on a regular basis, but soon enough the temperatures will rise and you’ll be ready to use your air conditioner again. As a result, you might be tempted to put off any furnace care you may need or suspect.

Of all the heating services you should never neglect, a late-season furnace repair is at the top of the list. Ignoring your heating system when it needs work done on it can have costly and inconvenient consequences—and may even threaten your safety.

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Midwinter Furnace Woes to Watch Out For

Monday, December 31st, 2018

HVAC Return Air Wall Register VentWinter has just begun, but chances are you’re using your furnace every day. And of all the appliance repair needs you might have in your home throughout the course of a year, few are more concerning or frustrating than a broken down furnace in the middle of winter. After all, when you live where we do, a fully effective and efficient heater isn’t just a luxury, it’s a vital necessity.

Of course, the best way to prevent any surprise furnace repair in Northbrook, IL, the first step is to schedule routine maintenance in the fall. Haven’t scheduled your tune-up yet? Don’t worry, it’s not too late! Yes, it’s most convenient for you to schedule it in the fall, but it’s actually more important that you have it done consistently—once a year to be exact. Next, you’ll want to make sure that any repair needs that you’re alerted to during maintenance are addressed right away. Otherwise, you may find yourself facing one of the two following midwinter furnace woes:

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Noises That Your Furnace Shouldn’t Be Making

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

woman covering her ears, on a white backgroundSure, it can be easy to ignore some of the noises that the systems and appliances in your home make. We often deny that something might be wrong because fixing it can be a nuisance. However, certain noises should not be ignored. While a rattle, for instance could simply indicate a loose panel, it could also suggest a cracked heat exchanger, which could lead to a carbon monoxide leak.

Here at Shavitz, we know just how important it is to protect yourself and your family. If you are hearing some suspicious noises, don’t hesitate to schedule a visit with one of our technicians. Below, we have listed some sounds your furnace definitely should not be making.

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Late Season Is No Time to Neglect Your Furnace

Monday, April 9th, 2018

furnace venting outsideWhen you live in the Chicagoland area, you get used to cold weather—so used to it that it can be in the 40s and 50s and yet we’re out in shorts and T-shirts (rain pending). So when spring officially hits, most of us are more than ready to shut off our furnaces for the season and turn our attention to our cooling systems.

But, while we do encourage scheduling AC maintenance as early as possible, we also discourage you from not giving your furnace another thought before you finish using it for the season. Your furnace may be experiencing issues that require Northbrook, IL furnace repair, and ignoring those issues can lead to full system breakdown when you need your furnace next fall. Keep reading for some warning signs you should watch out for that indicate something is amiss with your furnace, and call our team right away if you notice any of them in your heating system.

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Don’t Let a Cracked Heat Exchanger Become a Hazard

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Three natural gas burners with bright blue flames inside an operating gas furnace.If we had to take a guess at the type of heater you have to warm your home during our typically long and chilly winters, we’d probably be safe in assuming you use a natural gas furnace. After all, these are the most popular heaters throughout the country, and their popularity is highest in states with climates like ours. Natural gas is a cost-effective fuel source—much more so than electricity. Because most homes also have ductwork running through them, furnaces are also more popular than boilers in general.

Furnaces today are built to the highest safety standards, and will operate even safer if you keep up on yearly maintenance appointments. But even the best and most well-cared for gas furnace has the potential for gas leaks and combustion hazards that require prompt Glenview, IL furnace repair. With a gas furnace, the biggest repair concern a cracked heat exchanger. Ignoring a damaged heat exchanger can lead to a huge safety hazard.

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What It Means When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Furnaces make a fair bit of noise during operation, as anyone who owns a furnace knows. However, if you’ve had your furnace for any length of time then you know which noises are normal and which are not. If your furnace starts making strange noises during operation, it’s often an indication of something wrong with the system. If you’re not sure whether or not the noise indicates a problem, call for repairs anyway just to be sure. Let’s take a look at some unusual furnace noises, and the problems they tend to indicate.

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What to Do About Furnace Short Cycling

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Is your furnace turning itself on and off every few minutes? If so, you may have a problem. That kind of behavior is indicative of an issue called “short cycling.” If it isn’t corrected in time, short cycling will almost certainly cause the furnace to break down. Let’s take a look at what causes short cycling, and how you can protect your system from it.

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The Dangers Associated with a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Inside the cabinet of your gas-powered furnace is a group a metal, clamshell-shaped objects called heat exchangers. Although unimpressive looking to untrained eyes, heat exchangers perform a vital part of the cycle of bringing you warm air from your furnace. These chambers are where hot combustion gasses go after the burners produce them. The gasses transfers heat to the walls of the exchangers. Venting pipes remove the cooled exhaust from the gas, while fans funnel air through and around the exchanger to receive the heat from its walls. Without a heat exchanger, the heat from the gas jets wouldn’t get into the air, and you’d feel nothing more than room temperature air wafting from your vents.

But problems with a heat exchanger are more troublesome than a loss of warmth. We’ll explain in this post why you need to have cracked heat exchangers replaced immediately. Contact Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning, any time of the day or night, if you think you have a cracked heat exchanger and need furnace repair in Chicago, IL.

The hazards of cracks in a heat exchanger

Extensive age in a furnace or lack of maintenance can cause cracks along the heat exchangers from rust and corrosion. If someone removed a heat exchanger from a furnace and showed you where a crack has developed, you might wonder what the big deal is: these cracks look miniscule. However, inside the furnace the heat exchanger expands as it absorbs heat, and this stretches open these cracks wide.

The danger from these gaps is that they can allow the escape of exhaust gas from the furnace into the household. This means dangerous carbon monoxide getting into your living spaces. Even a small amount of this colorless, odorless toxic gas can cause severe headaches and nausea.

The American Gas Association puts it simple: “Any visible crack or hole is reason for requiring replacement of the heat exchanger or furnace.”

A warning sign of a cracked heat exchanger is a clicking sound coming from the inside of the furnace cabinet. If you hear clicking that you can’t account for from loose bolts or broken bits of machinery, shut off the gas to the furnace and call expert help immediately.

Get Shavitz to your side!

Although Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning hasn’t been around as long as the furnace, we can guarantee you’ll have a harder time find an HVAC company that’s been around longer than us: we’ve served Chicagoland’s heating needs since 1904. We know how to keep you safe when you need furnace repair in Chicago, IL, so give us a call immediately if you think you’ve got worries from a cracked heat exchanger.

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