Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Furnace Repair’

How to Troubleshoot (Not Repair!) a Failed Furnace

Monday, October 19th, 2020
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We want to stress at the start—which is why we put it in the title—that troubleshooting a furnace is not the same thing as attempting to do a DIY repair on a furnace. You won’t be taking out a toolbox, watching a “how-to” video on YouTube, and tinkering with the inside of the furnace hoping you can correct the problem. Not only is this usually ineffective, it can also be dangerous if you have a gas furnace and may be illegal in your jurisdiction.

If you go through all the troubleshooting steps we’ve listed below, which are all safe checks you can make to see if the problem with the furnace is simple, and still have the same problem, call us for professional heating repair in Germantown, MD.

Okay, important notice out of the way … let’s see what you can do about your non-heating furnace.

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Combustion Problems With High-Efficiency Furnaces

Monday, February 24th, 2020
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Modern furnace technology has allowed for heating systems with high efficiency that surpass anything built before. Where furnaces once averaged efficiency ratings of around 80% AFUE (meaning 80% of the fuel turns to heating energy and 20% escapes as exhaust), special high-efficiency condensing furnaces can score around 97% AFUE. This is because these high-efficiency furnaces are condensing furnaces. Condensing furnaces contain a second heat exchanger where the exhaust from the first heat exchanger is condensed to release even more heat.

Although a condensing furnace isn’t the ideal heating system for all homes and budgets, in the right home they’re a fantastic way to enjoy savings. But they can have some specific repair issues to watch for, specifically when it comes to combustion. We’ll look at a few of these combustion troubles below.

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Fix-It-Yourself Furnace Problems? Nope! You Need Pros

Monday, December 30th, 2019
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Is there such a thing as a furnace problem that you can solve with some basic DIY methods? Eh … sort of. We put nope in the title because it is better to be safe when it comes to furnace repairs. We’ll look at some of the basic solutions to simple furnace problems you can do yourself without safety hazards. For everything else, the service must be left to professionals who have the tools, knowledge, training, and certification to do the job safely and correctly.

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Why is My Furnace Making Weird Noises?

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Furnace-TechHopefully, you’ve been staying vigilant for any signs that your furnace is having trouble over the last few months. The faster you can identify signs that your furnace is malfunctioning in some way, the faster you can have it fixed. One of the more obvious warning signs that something isn’t quite right with your furnace is if the system is making strange noises while it’s operating. If your furnace is doing this, you should call for repairs as soon as you can. The following are some of the more common noises that indicate a problem with the system.

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Signs It’s Time for a New Furnace

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

FurnaceFurnaces don’t last forever, regardless of how well you treat them. That doesn’t mean that you should just let yours degrade, of course, but it does mean that you should know when to throw in the proverbial towel and install a new one. You don’t want your first warning sign of your furnace getting towards the end of its life to be when it breaks down permanently. Have a look at the following signs that you really should replace your furnace sooner rather than later.

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Why is My Furnace Not Heating?

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Gas-Burner-AssemblySo, you’re sitting at home, watching TV and thankful that you’re not out in the weather, when suddenly all the heat seems to dissipate from the room like you just read some Latin from that old book you found in the basement. What the heck is going on? Well, it sounds like you might have a problem with your furnace. Loss of furnace output is a common issue, and tends to happen during this time of year. This is when the most demand is placed on the average heating system, after all. If your furnace isn’t heating properly, and you want to find out why, read on.

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Furnace Problems to Watch for This Fall

Monday, November 6th, 2017

burner-assemblyThe days are getting colder, which means you’re probably relying on your furnace more often to keep your home warm. That’s all well and good, but you should remember that the more you use your furnace, the more likely it’s going to be to develop issues from the strain. The faster you can catch any problems that may develop in your furnace, the faster you can get them repaired and the less damage they will be able to inflict on the system. Have a look at some of the more common furnace problems below, and how you can recognize them quickly if they start happening.

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Furnace Issues to Watch for

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Heating season is here, which means more demand and strain on furnaces. More strain means more wear and tear, resulting in more problems. If you want to protect your furnace from these issues, you’re going to need to catch them early. The best way to do that is to know the various symptoms. Let’s take a look at some of those symptoms now.

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Furnace Short Cycling, and Why It’s a Problem

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Is your furnace cycling on and off every few minutes? That’s called short cycling, and it’s an indication of a serious problem with your system. If the cause of the short cycling isn’t found and fixed as soon as possible, you may have to replace your furnace much sooner than you would otherwise have to. Read on to find out why short cycling happens, and what to do about it.

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Furnace Problems You Need to Know About

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Furnaces are most likely to develop problems during the winter, as it’s the time of year when they see the most use. Since furnace problems are progressive, you’re going to need to keep an eye out for warning signs that your system is in need of repair. The faster we can repair your furnace, the more damage we can prevent.

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