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Why Your Gas Furnace Won’t Work When the Power Goes Out

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Gas Furnace Power OutWhen the weather outside is cold and windy, there’s nothing as enjoyable as a nice warm furnace inside your home. After all, it’s much more reliable than a baseboard heater or other form of electric heat, right? If you lose power in a storm, those electric types of heat will falter and leave you with a cold house. Your natural gas furnace would never do that, right?

Unfortunately, that’s not entirely true. If you’ve ever asked yourself if a gas furnace works during a power outage, the answer is that it is just as susceptible to power outages as electric heaters. While it might seem counterintuitive and confusing, your gas furnace still depends on electricity to power itself and heat your home. If the power is out, the odds are good your furnace will be out as well.

There are plenty of reasons why your furnace works the way it does and how you can interpret what’s going on in your current situation. There are also many options you can try if it seems like the power has returned, but your furnace hasn’t. If you’re experiencing a gas furnace with no power and wondering what to do when the power’s out, we’ve compiled this quick and easy guide just for you.

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End of Winter Thoughts on Replacing Your Heating System

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

With winter coming to a close, you may be considering a major step in your household comfort: replacing a heating system that is no longer functioning the way it should. The end of winter makes an ideal time for such a move, since you likely won’t need to use your heating system and can set a flexible schedule that works with your life (as opposed to scrambling around at the last minute in cases where you need a heating system asap).  Beyond that, you simply need to determine if a new system is right for this point in time, or whether you should continue to use your older system for another season or two.

Here are a few end of winter thoughts on replacing your heating system.

Start by gauging the overall efficiency of your heater. Take a look at your monthly heating bills this winter, then compare them to bills from the previous two or three winters. Are they going up? More specifically, are they going up despite the fact that you didn’t run your heater any more than normal? If so, it may mean that your heater’s efficiency is faltering and replacement may be in order.

You can continue that by consulting with a trained professional about your existing heater’s AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating, so see where it stands. The rating measures your heater’s efficiency, measured as a percentage. If it’s dropped off, you may want to replace it for a more efficient one before next heating season rolls around. And of course the age of your existing heater plays into all of this. If it’s running fine, there’s no need to fret, but if you’re seeing some of the symptoms mentioned above and your furnace is more than 10 years old, it may be time to install a new system.

End of winter thoughts on replacing you heating system are smart because you have the luxury of time to think about your options. In Alexandria,VA heating repair and installation advice can be provided by the experts at OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc. Call us today to set up a consultation!

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Your Furnace Burner Won’t Stay Lit: Some Reasons Why

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The burners are an important part of your furnace system: igniting the gas that then passes through the heat exchanger to heat the air going into your ducts. When the burners don’t work, the air doesn’t get heated and your furnace won’t function. If your furnace burner won’t sty lit, there are a number of reasons why. Some of the more common are listed below. If you need heating repair in Fairfax, VA, don’t hesitate to call OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Inc.  today.

  • The burner is clogged with dirt. This often happens when the furnace hasn’t been maintained for some time. Dirt and grime clog the burner head, cutting off the flow of gas and snuffing out the flame. A trained technician can clean the burner as part of a regular maintenance session.
  • The burner is damaged. Sometimes, damage of some other sort will prevent the burner from working as it should. In such cases, the burner will need to be replaced.
  • Faulty ignition system. Burners are fed from the ignition system, which ignites the flow of gas and started the heating process. If the ignition system is faulty, the thermocouple won’t release the gas and the burners won’t light. This is good because it won’t flood your home with gas, but you’ll need to get it fixed before the furnace will work. (The same thing will happen if the thermocouple itself is damaged.)
  • There’s a clog in the gas line. A reduced flow of gas can sometimes mean that your burners won’t stay lit or will be lit only fitfully. A technician can clear the clog and restore the flow of gas.

If you’re furnace burner won’t stay lit, the next step is to call the experts at OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Inc. We handle all kinds of Fairfax, VA heating repair services, and we can get your faulty burner up and running again quickly. Don’t waste time; give us a call today and let us take care of your problem!

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Why is My Furnace Producing No Heat?

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Sometimes, a problem with your furnace can be very subtle, requiring a little detective work to successfully ferret out. A furnace that produces no heat, however, isn’t one of those cases. You pretty much know right away if no warmth is coming out of your vents, and a call to a qualified service technician is probably next on the agenda. If you need furnace repair in Arlington, VA, the experts at OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Inc. can resolve the issue properly.

You may be asking yourselves, “why is my furnace producing no heat?” – we’ve included a brief outline of the issue below.

A lack of heat stems from one of two basic sources: no heat being generated and no air being blown through the system. In the former case, there’s no heat being made at all. If the unit is one, it may indicate a problem with the burners (they may be clogged or otherwise inoperable), or it may be a problem with the thermocouple or ignition system. The thermocouple regulates the flow of gas into the furnace and if the pilot light is out or some other problem exists, it won’t release any gas to start the heating process. In every case such as this, a technician can solve the problem by cleaning, repairing or replacing the faulty part.

In the event that no air is being blown into the house, the technician can check the air filter or for a build-up of dust and similar particles preventing the air from flowing. The trouble might also be with the fan mechanism, such as a faulty motor or a misaligned fan blade.

Whatever the cause, OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Inc. hunt down the source of the problem and correcting it. Our trained Arlington, VA furnace technicians are on call to answer your questions and we conduct ourselves with your satisfaction in mind at all times. Call us today to schedule an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!

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Electrical Problems and Heating Repair in Fairfax, VA

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Most home heating systems use either gas or electricity to operate. Electrical heaters are dependable and have high energy efficiency, but they do sometimes malfunction and break down. In this post, we’re going to address electric-powered systems and the troubles they can have that require professional repair. If you need heating repair in Fairfax, VA, contact the experienced team at OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc.

If your electric furnace is no longer producing heat, it may mean that the heating elements are not working. The trouble could be a simple as a tripped circuit breaker or an incorrectly set thermostat. If these don’t solve the problem, you should schedule professional repairs to fix or replace the electric heating elements.

Sometimes the electrical problem is in the thermostat, so no matter how you set it, the heater will not turn on. If this is the case, it will probably require getting the thermostat replaced.

When an electric furnace malfunctions, you should do the same checks with the circuit breakers and thermostat. The trouble could be an overloaded motor. Try leaving the furnace off for 30 minutes before hitting the “reset” button. If none of this works, then the problem may lay with the heating elements, which have a different set-up than in a water heater. Where most electric water heaters use two heating elements, an upper and lower one, electric furnaces use multiple elements that turn on in stages. The more heat your home needs, the more heating elements will switch on to maintain it. If one or more of these fail, the furnace will not be able to provide as much heat as before. A technician can use a device called an ammeter to test which of the elements aren’t working. Attempting this fix yourself puts you at risk of a high voltage shock, so leave the job to the professionals.

OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc. can give you the personal attention you need to fix the electrical problem in your heating system. When you need experienced repair work, call OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc.

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Is Radiant Heating Right for My Alexandria, VA Home?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

There are many different types of heating systems in Alexandria, VA homes, many more options are available today beyond boilers and gas furnaces. A option you might want to consider is radiant heating systems, which warm your home directly through the floorboards. Radiant heating offers a number of advantages, including lower monthly bills and less wasteful heating: no small concerns for a homeowner with his or her eye on the bottom line. Even so, radiant heating isn’t always the best fit for everyone. Houses are unique, and each one needs a system that fits its particular needs.

For starters, radiant heating entails a fairly hefty installation cost. Because it adds tubes or electrical coils beneath your floors, there is a considerable disruption of your household entailed as well, and while you may reap the benefits in lower monthly bills and an improved resale value for your home, such an undertaking may not be right for you or your family at this particular moment. This is especially true if you have an existing duct system or similar apparatus that doesn’t exhibit any real problems.

On the other hand. hydronic radiant heating systems are known for providing consistent, reliable heat. As opposed to a furnace or heat pump, which goes through on and off cycles to keep your home warm, the radiant floor can remain a steady temperature all day. As a result, many people find it more comfortable than central heating. It is also a great choice for people with allergies, as it doesn’t circulate airborne pollutants through air ducts as central heating systems do.

Radiant heating works well for many types of homes and can be a perfect fit for you.  The Alexandria, VA heating experts at OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc. can provide sound advice on the type of heating system that works for you, and perform installation and repairs with efficiency and care. Pick up the phone and call us today. You’ll be glad that you did!

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Your Hybrid Heating System Won’t Work: Here’s Why

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Hybrid heating systems combine two types of technology to warm your home: usually a heat pump and a small furnace. Heat pumps act as both a heater and an air conditioner, and can be very efficient ways to heat your home. But they tend to struggle when temperatures get very cold, which is why combining them with a furnace can be a great system for many homes.

If your hybrid heating system won’t work, here’s a short list of possible reasons why:

Many of the problems will stem from one half of the system or the other, which matches the problems from similar stand-alone units. For instance, if the heat pump develops a leak in the refrigerant lines, then it will have trouble transferring heat from outside to the inside your house, leading to rooms that are too cold. Or the furnace will develop an electrical short and refuse to turn on, forcing the heat pump to take on a greater load and increasing wear and tear in the bargain.

Other problems can occur that are more related to the hybrid system’s connectivity. For instance, the furnace may have a malfunctioning component, preventing it from turning on when it needs to. Or the thermostat may not register the lower temperature, keeping the furnace from activating.

Regardless of the cause, you need to call in an expert who can help. For Arlington, VA heating repair services, call OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc. We can hunt down why your hybrid heating system won’t work and make repairs quickly and efficiently. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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Benefits of Radiant Heating Installation

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Radiant heating is an unusual and efficient means of warming your house. It consists of pipes full of warm water or electrical coils directly beneath the floorboards of your house, warming the furnishings (and people) through the direct transfer of energy. When it comes to heating your home in Arlington VA  you have a lot of options, but radiant heating offers a number of advantages to offset the cost and effort of installation. Here’s a brief rundown of the benefits of a radiant heating system.

  • Efficiency. Radiant heating doesn’t rely on forced air to warm the room. It transfers energy directly, which means it does its job much more efficiently than forced air furnaces. You can save a considerable amount of money each month on heating bills, helping to offset the cost of installation.
  • Comfort. Unlike forced air furnaces, there are no drafts or cold spots to contend with with radiant heating. That tends to create a more comfortable environment overall, as well as preventing the spread of dust and allergens (which forced air furnaces are notorious for).
  • Cost Saving. Radiant heating systems have comparatively few moving parts, which means they require repairs less often on the average than other types of furnaces. Perhaps even more importantly, they can last a long time with proper maintenance, which not only extends the benefits of your investment, but can improve the resale value of your home when the time comes to sell.

The benefits of radiant heating installation are considerable, though it’s not for everyone. When it comes to heating, Arlington VA residents need to match their homes and their circumstances with the heating system that’s right for them. When making that decision, it helps to have trained experts on your side. Here at OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc. we understand radiant heating systems, as well as a plethora of other heating options for your home. We can discuss your choices with you, the set up an installation plan that meets your needs. If you want to see the benefits of radiant heating installation, then pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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What Kind of Issues Lead to Subpar Furnace Performance?

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Furnace problems always arise at the least convenient times. We need reliable heating to keep our Fairfax, VA homes toasty and comfortable when the snows start to fall. And they don’t always need to involve a full breakdown either. In some cases, problems can lead to subpar performance, where the furnace continues to function but requires a lot more time and energy to do its job. What kind of issues lead to subpar furnace performance?

Some of it comes down to plain old-fashioned dust and build up. If you don’t have your furnace routinely maintained, then dust and dirt will accumulate on it. That increases friction on moving parts, as well as coating the pilot light and other key components with grime that might affect the furnaces performance. It will thus work harder in order to do the same basic job, and your monthly costs will go up as a result.

Similarly, a leak in the ducts, or a problem with one of the burners or another component will slowly leech your furnace’s productivity. Say, for example, that your furnace uses six burners. If one of those burners is faulty, the remaining five should still be able to generate enough heat to cover your home. Only they will have to use more fuel to do so and will take longer to heat your home. Again, this will end up costing you more in terms of your monthly heating bills, and the issue will likely get worse the longer the faulty component is left unrepaired.

Finally, sometimes simple age is enough to create a subpar performance. An older furnace not only has years of wear and tear to deal with, but may not be able to take advantage of new advances in technology, leaving it less efficient than more contemporary models.

If you think you are getting sub-par performance from your furnace, the next step is to contact a qualified professional to address it.  Give OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Inc. a call to set up a Fairfax, VA  furnace service today!

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How Damaged Ductwork Can Lead to Heating Problems

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Ductwork runs from a central HVAC system throughout your house, carrying conditioned air to warm or cool your living space. Ducts play a vital role in keeping your home cozy and comfortable, and when they suffer damage they need to be repaired as quickly as possible. Here’s how damaged ductwork can lead to further heating repair needs. For more tips or to schedule a repair, call the Alexandria VA heating repair specialists at OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc..

It generally boils down to a question of efficiency. If your heating system is running efficiently, it’s delivering the most heat to your home for the least amount of work overall. The less efficiently it operates, the more energy it needs to use to warm your home (costing you money in higher monthly bills) and the more strain it puts on your system overall. That strain leads to parts wearing out more quickly, which in turn leads to further breakdowns and continued repair bills.

How does damaged ductwork feed into that? Because it reduces efficiency. If the duct is crimped or blocked, then the air won’t flow through it effectively: increasing the time it takes to warm your home. A leak or breach in the ducts will do much the same thing, while dust build-up in damaged ducts can lead to dusty components on the heater itself: increasing friction between moving parts and generally impeding the system’s ability to do its job. Like any other component, the ductwork needs to be in good shape for the heating system as a whole to function the way it should. Repair services to fix damaged ductwork will not only correct the problem at hand, but reduce the need for additional repairs in the future.

If you know how damaged ductwork can lead to further heating repair needs, then you need to call a professional as soon as you realize the problem.  For heating repair in Alexandria VA, Oasis Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Inc. has the know-how you need.

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