Your heating system is your lifeline over the chilly winter months. Maintaining your furnace, heat pump, boiler, and chimney is essential not only for your comfort but also for your safety. At Sky HVAC, your comfort and safety are our top priority, which is why we are Huntersville’s top choice for maintenance and 24-hour emergency heating services.
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Signs That Your Heater Needs Repairs
When the heater in your Huntersville home is experiencing issues, there are some signs you can keep an eye out for that signal that your system may need repairs:
- Heat not being evenly distributed throughout your property
- An increase in monthly utility bills without a change in energy use
- House not getting warm enough
- Loud, strange sounds like banging, scraping, or whistling coming from your heater
- Leaking ductwork
- Issues with your thermostat
If you notice any of these signs, reach out to the heating repair team you can count on at Sky HVAC. Our reliable team can diagnose and repair your heater’s issue in no time, and we are here for you whenever you need us with 24-hour emergency service.
Proper Furnace Maintenance
A well-maintained furnace can last anywhere from 16 to 20 years. Proper maintenance of a furnace includes an annual inspection and professional cleaning. A full inspection will help identify any issues that may become a problem in the winter months and a professional cleaning will ensure that every component functions as it should. A few key parts of the inspection and cleaning include:
- Inspecting the flue pipe for leaks or other damage that could result in a carbon monoxide leak
- Inspecting the burner flame for the proper color – the right color for a burner flame is blue. If it is yellow, there could be the wrong mix of gas around the area
- Replacing the oil filter – this component prevents impurities from clogging the oil-burner nozzle
- Cleaning the combustion chamber is also a must because a buildup of soot on the chamber’s walls will cause corrosion
- The evaporator coils will also be cleaned to increase the unit’s efficiency
In addition to a yearly inspection, consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned. This process also helps to keep your heating system running efficiently and improves air quality by eliminating contaminants and allergens.
Safe Use of Your Chimney
While on the subject of heating your home, when was the last time your chimney was cleaned and inspected? If it wasn’t in the past year, it has been too long. Homeowners insurance typically requires your chimney to be inspected for damage and cleaned of creosote for safe maintenance. This is due to the fact that creosote, a chemical compound, is created by burning wood, particularly unseasoned and soft wood. The compound will build up in your chimney flue, is extremely flammable, and can burn at temperatures upward of 3000 degrees. Unfortunately, because of these factors, a chimney fire can result in high repair bills or even the total loss of the home.
There are roughly 25,000 chimney fires in the U.S. each year. Most are caused by the buildup of creosote. Inspecting and cleaning creosote from your chimney each year helps ensure this chemical compound doesn’t pose a risk to your family’s health and safety.
The Sky HVAC team uses power sweepers to clean your chimney mechanically. This efficient process is fast and effective, and it helps ensure you remain compliant with the terms of your homeowners insurance policy.
Choose a Company You Trust
Although there are a number of HVAC companies that can service your unit, consider performing a bit of research before hiring any of them. With Sky HVAC, not only will you have access to 24-hour emergency service, but you will also have skilled technicians that care about their customers. Our guys aren’t going to try to pressure you into purchasing a new unit, especially if repair work will get you through the winter. In fact, our technicians are trained to diagnose the problem at hand and present all available solutions along with their recommended course of action. This allows you to make the decision that fits the needs of your family, your home, and your budget.
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Why Is the Pilot Flame Burning Yellow?
Yellow pilot lights are usually caused by dirt/debris that is blocking the air intake valve. Yellow flames don’t burn as hot and often fail to sufficiently heat up the thermocouple; this will cause it to shut the gas supply off.
What Signs Indicate a Furnace Should Be Replaced?
Repair frequency is the most significant indicator a furnace should be replaced. This is especially true with older units because it indicates parts and components are wearing out due to age.
What Is AFUE Rating?
The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating indicates how efficiently furnaces and boilers convert fuel into heat. The higher the rating, the more efficient and less costly the system is to operate.
What Is the Manual J Load Calculation?
This calculation determines the appropriately sized heating system for your home. Our certified technicians factor in the home’s layout, square footage, the orientation of living space, home construction, windows, doors, climate, and other factors to help our clients identify the best furnace, heat pump, or boiler for their desired comfort.
Will Air Duct Cleaning Improve Comfort?
Absolutely. Cleaning the air ducts will improve indoor air quality and improve the efficiency of your home heating systems.
The skilled and certified HVAC technicians of our locally owned and operated heating service company are always ready to offer assistance. When you need to schedule regular maintenance or request an emergency repair, contact Sky HVAC at 704-960-1775.