Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating Repair’

Heating Repair FAQ: Troubleshooting Guide to Home Heating Systems

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

You expect your heating system to provide you with heat. Just like a car or any other machine that uses engines to run, a heating system can overheat or suffer serious malfunctions that will eventually lead to a breakdown. We’ll look at some of the causes of heating system issues and what can be done to prevent it and repair the problems that it causes.

A furnace that overheats during the winter can turn into a very uncomfortable situation for you and your family, so call OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc. when you need fast and effective heating repair in northern Virginia.

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Odd Things Your Heat Pump May Do in Winter

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Is this your first winter using a heat pump for comfort? Whether it’s because you had the system installed in the spring to prep for summer, or you’ve moved into a house that already has a heat pump, you’ll probably run into some unusual behavior from it during the winter. Most of the time, there’s nothing wrong with the heat pump—it’s simply that you’re unaccustomed to seeing the way this type of comfort system works in cold weather.

Here are two specific heat pump winter issues that seem like repair problems… but aren’t.

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Planning for an Emergency Loss of Heating in Winter

Monday, November 7th, 2016

You can never be too prepared when it comes to keeping your household safe in case your furnace, heat pump, or radiant heating system fails on you during the chilliest day or night of the year. This is a particular worry if you have a home with infants, elderly, or infirm people. So while it is still fall, take some time to lay out preparations for what to do in case of a broken heating system.

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When Your Heating System Just Won’t Heat: Steps to Follow

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Last month, we discussed the importance of ensuring your heating system is regularly serviced to maintain the efficiency of the system. Sometimes though, despite your best efforts as a diligent homeowner, you find yourself facing a detrimental winter problem: your heating system just won’t heat.

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There’s Ice on My Heat Pump—Is This a Bad Sign?

Monday, December 28th, 2015

If you know even a little bit about the operation of the heat pump that keeps your household cool in summer and warm in winter, you’ll understand that the outside unit needs to absorb heat from the ambient air and carry it indoors in order for it to work in heating mode.

Should you notice that there is ice developing along the outdoor cabinet of the heat pump, it may worry you. Is this normal during the winter?

The answer is, confusingly, both yes and no. But we will quickly unconfuse you below:

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What Are the Risks of Delaying Heating Repair?

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The winter is almost here in Virginia. That can mean some rough times outdoors and some cozy times indoors. However, you can be in for rough times indoors as well if you don’t schedule the necessary repairs for your heater right now. If your heater is currently developing troubles or is sending signals (like odd noises and uneven warmth) that something is amiss, you can’t hesitate and hope the problem will improve on its own.

If you need heating repair in Arlington, VA, call OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc. as soon as you can. We have 24-hour emergency service!

Here’s what you risk when you delay repairs:

A single malfunction in your heating system will cause the entire system to work harder. A broken fan belt in a furnace, a leaky refrigerant line in a heat pump—these will make the heater strain to reach its target temperature, and that means additional wear and tear that could lead to a full breakdown.

And you know when that full breakdown will occur? On the coldest day of the year. This isn’t a case of Murphy’s Law at work; it’s mechanical logic. Your heating system will have to work hardest for you on the coldest day of the year, and that’s when the strain from lack of repairs will cause it to break. You don’t want to be stuck with a frigid house on a day when HVAC specialists are already scrambling to answer other emergency calls. You may end up with a long wait.

Delaying repairs usually means the repairs will be more expensive further on. Malfunctions won’t fix themselves: they will get worse from the heavier wear. By the time you do get around to scheduling repairs, two other malfunctions may have also occurred because of neglect.

Putting off repairs will cost you in another way: elevated energy bills. If your heating system is straining to reach its regular temperature, it will drain additional power—and that will show up on your bills.

Prompt repairs—and regular maintenance—will fix this

You should do more than schedule repairs the moment you know you need them. You should also enroll in a regular preventive maintenance program. A dependable HVAC contractor like OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc. will offer programs that provide you two check-ups and tune-ups a year—one for your heater and one for your air conditioner. These visits will fend off repairs and breakdowns, as well as give you the most efficient heating performance possible.

When it’s time for maintenance or heating repair in Arlington, VA, contact OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc.

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Fairfax, VA Heating Repair FAQ: Why Does My System Shut Down When I’m Still Cold?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

“Why does my system shut down when I’m still cold?” That’s not an uncommon question from homeowners who may be frustrated by problems with their heating system. Here in Fairfax, VA, heating repair is an essential service; our winters may not be a cold as they are in New England, but we still get our share of chilly days and nights. So when your system shuts down prematurely or just never seems to make your home comfortable, it’s a cause for some concern. Before calling in a professional technician, you can educate yourself a bit on why a heater fails to do its job, and why your system shuts down when you’re still cold.

In a lot of cases, such a situation indicates a failure with the thermostat.  If you’ve placed your thermostat in a part of the house that gets a lot of sunshine, or it it’s near a warm draft, it may read the temperature as being warmer than it is. Your service technician can move it to a more “temperature neutral” part of the house to correct the issue. Alternately, the thermostat’s thermometer may be malfunctioning, in which case it’s reading the temperature as higher than it is.

Other issues may have little to do with the overall temperature, but rather with overloaded or overheating components within the system itself. Fan motors and the like often contain automatic shut-off switches, designed to turn the entire heater off when the motor itself starts to overload. This happens in order to protect the system from further damage. In any case, it may come along suddenly, cutting off your heating power before it warms your home sufficiently.

Regardless of the causes, if you’re asking “Why does my system shut down when I’m still cold?” then your heater is experiencing problems. The trained experts at OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc. can help. We handle Fairfax, VA heating repair issues of all varieties, and have served Northern Virginia for over fifteen years. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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What Noises Signify a Need for Heating Repair?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Many people don’t schedule heating repair until the furnace conks out entirely. Most heaters are placed in an out-of-the-way location, and we don’t think about them as long as they turn on when we want them to. But problems in a heater rarely arrive unannounced. They build up quietly over time, but there are some warning signs. Alexandria, VA has cold winters, which means that homeowners may not be aware that there’s a problem until just before the first cold front arrives. In those circumstances, it pays to spot the warning signs – or warning sounds – early. What noises signify a need for heating repair? A few of the more common sounds are listed below.

  • Grating or screeching noise. A screeching or grating noise may suggest metal grinding against metal, which happens when the blower becomes bent or misaligned. It may also come from a faulty bearing in the motor or similar motorized malfunction.
  • Rattling sound. Sometimes, older furnaces will make a rattling sound when they start up or die down. If the rattling continues when the furnace is running, however, it may indicate a loose component, or problem with the heat exchanger. If you ever suspect a problem with the heat exchanger, call for repair right away.
  • A clanging or a creaking noise. Sometimes, in cold weather, your pipes or ducts will expand and contract when hot air is introduced to them after a while. As with the rattling, it may be all right if you start your heater in the cold after a lengthy time lying idle. If it continues for a significant length of time, however, it may indicate a bigger problem and you should call a professional before a leak or a rupture develops.
  • A bumping or a thumping noise. The likely culprit is a fan belt which has become cracked or broken. Loss of a fan belt will likely stop the furnace from functioning, so it needs to be replaced as quickly as possible.

If you hear noises that signify a need for heating repair, don’t hesitate to call a service that can help. Call OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Inc.  if you need heating repair in Alexandria, VA or the surrounding area.

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