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

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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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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What Is Gas Furnace Short-Cycling and Why Does It Happen?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

burners-of-natural-gas-furnaceWe hope you’ve been enjoying a pleasant winter here in Northern Virginia. The weather is mild right now—but that still means it’s cold enough outside that you’ll need a home heater for comfort, especially in the evenings.

If your home is like the majority in the area, it uses a gas furnace for a heating system. One of the more common troubles that a gas furnace might run into during the winter is something called short-cycling. Because our technicians often fix this problem, we’d like to share some information about it: what it is, and why it might happen with your gas furnace. If you have a short-cycling heating system and need furnace repair in Springfield, VA or the surrounding areas, we have the 24/7 emergency service to fix it.

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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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Problems with Your Electric Furnace? Let’s Look into It

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Not every house has a connection to a natural gas line, and some homeowners prefer the safety of only relying on electricity to power appliances. For these homes, an electric furnace is always a good alternative source for warmth. Along with their flexibility, electric furnaces tend to have longer service lives than gas furnaces and they cost less upfront to install.

No furnace can be 100% free of problems, however. In this post, we’re going to look at what you can do if your electric furnace begins to lose its heating ability—or it stops heating altogether.

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Tankless Water Heater Not Working Right? We Can Help!

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Although the storage tank water heater is the most common way for homes to receive the hot water necessary for daily chores, the tankless water heater is gaining rapidly in popularity. If you have a tankless water heater, than you probably can’t imagine switching back to using an old tank model. After all, a tankless water heater uses much less energy, it never runs out of its hot water supply, it takes up 80% less space, and it lasts for many years longer with far fewer repairs than a standard water heater.

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Your Heat Pump Won’t Switch to Heating Mode: Here’s Why

Monday, October 17th, 2016

If you have a heat pump to handle the comfort needs of your home, you’ll soon switch over to heating mode for the first time in many months. You can expect the heat pump to make the transition smoothly, since all it has to do is change the direction the refrigerant flows and siphon out an amount of the refrigerant.

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Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

Monday, October 10th, 2016

You need your water heater every day, no matter the time of year. This means the water heater undergoes an enormous amount of stress, much more than your home heating system, and all that wear can lead to malfunctions. One of the most common kinds of water heater problems is leaking. The only place where you should see water coming out of the water heater is a few drips from the pressure release valve. If you notice water starting to pool around the water heater tank, it’s crucial that you call professionals to find the leaks, discover why they’ve started, and then find a solution to the problem.

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Is It Time to Retire Your Old Heat Pump?

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Fall is when homeowners should evaluate their heating systems and see if they’ll make it through another winter. Last week we wrote about this topic, asking if it’s time to replace an old furnace. But not every home uses a furnace for comfort; many opt for a heat pump instead, which not only takes care of winter comfort, but also summer comfort. We’ll take a look at deciding if the heat pump in your house is ready to retire and be replaced with a new unit.

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Problems with Your Air Conditioner’s Compressor

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The end of summer is a period when you’ll still be running your air conditioner steadily but also have to deal with the immense amount of strain from the many months it’s been working. This is when you’re most likely to encounter AC malfunctions. The component in your air conditioner that has the highest chance of needing repair work is the compressor, which is at the core of the AC’s operation. Without the compressor, you don’t have a working air conditioner—period.

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