During the colder months of the year, the comfort of your home depends on the proper working function of your heating system. When your furnace breaks down or stops working properly, reach out to the furnace repair service experts at Horizon! We have nearly 30 years of experience providing reliable furnace repairs for homeowners throughout Delaware, Southern New Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Northeastern Maryland. Give our team a call by phone at 1-800-642-4419 to receive assistance with a malfunctioning furnace.
Same-Day Furnace Repair Service – Available 24/7
Our technicians are able to repair just about any type of home furnace using cutting-edge techniques and state-of-the-art tools. As an outstanding furnace repair company, we can accurately diagnose the root of the issue and quickly get to work making the necessary repairs. We even offer same day and emergency furnace service at no additional cost!
When to Call for Furnace Repairs
Many homeowners don’t often think of the state of their furnace—that is until the first cold day of the year comes around and the furnace won’t turn on or only blows cold air. Keeping an eye out for common signs of trouble can help you avoid a complete furnace breakdown. Addressing any issues early on with a furnace tune-up can also help you avoid the most extensive (and therefore, more expensive) furnace repairs down the road.
If you notice any of the following, it’s likely that your furnace needs repairs:
- Loud, unusual noises, including thumps, bangs, or scrapes
- Water pooling near or underneath the furnace
- Weaker-than-usual or non-existent airflow
- The smell of gas leaking from the furnace
- Unexplained increases on your utility bills
- Cold air blowing from the furnace
- The thermostat no longer works
- Constant or frequent cycling
- Your furnace is more than 12 years old
- You haven’t had your furnace serviced for over a year
If you’re experiencing any problems with the furnace in your home, the experts at Horizon Services are here to help. We offer comprehensive heating repair services in areas such as Wilmington, Trenton, Upper Darby, Baltimore, Newark, and Allentown. Our technicians offer heating solutions for all types of systems, including central warm-air furnaces, built-in electrical units, gas furnaces, oil heating furnaces, and more.
3 Ordinary Furnace Problems & How to Fix Them
When you need furnace repair, you’ll start to notice signs: unusual noises, leaking water, cold air blowing from the system. Especially as colder weather nears, it’s important to detect these problems before they leave you without heat when needed most. Here’s a list of the top common furnace problems in your home and how to fix them.
1. Furnace Making Noises
Do you hear a constant clicking noise from your furnace? This may be the result of a mechanical malfunction. A clicking furnace typically occurs when your furnace’s igniter attempts to spark the burners or pilot light.
A clicking sound indicates a variety of technical errors from worn motor bearings to gas valve problems. Surprisingly, it’s not completely uncommon for your furnace to start clicking during those cold winter months. Here are a few troubleshooting actions you can take.
- Worn Motor Bearings
Many clicking furnace noises are due to worn or bad motor bearings. Motor bearings for furnaces support the rotor. Although you can replace worn motor bearings, you will need the right tools and experience with HVAC heating systems.
- Loose Inducer
Your motor-powered fan, also known as the inducer, helps remove smoke and fumes from your furnace. If you’re hearing clicking noises from your furnace, it may be that the inducer is loose or dirty. The best solution is to contact an HVAC professional to repair your system.
- Gas Valve Problems
A gas valve may be another reason why your HVAC system is clicking. Gas valves regulate the flow of gas from the gas supply line into the furnace. The gas valve could be simply worn out or damaged and will need replacement.
- Pilot Light Malfunction
And lastly, another common reason for a clicking furnace is a malfunctioning pilot light. When your pilot isn’t working, the furnace will fail, which is why it’s important to keep it lit. If you discover that your pilot light isn’t working, try relighting it. However, if it’s already lit, this will need professional assistance.
2. The Furnace is Blowing Cold Air
Another indicator that something is wrong with your furnace is that the system may start to blow cold air. If you feel lukewarm air coming from your air vent, contact our professionals to perform furnace repair services in your home. Before calling an HVAC technician, a few things you can do to troubleshoot the issue is to check your thermostat settings, furnace’s air filters, or pilot light. Here are a few troubleshooting actions you can take.
- Check Your Thermostat
Sometimes, the problem may simply be that your thermostat is set too low. If your furnace is blowing cold air, try adjusting the thermostat to a higher temperature and wait for the furnace to kick in.
- Replace Dirty Air Filters
Air filters are an important part of your HVAC system because it extracts debris and contaminants to produce higher quality air. But with this, air filters must be replaced on a regular basis in order for your system to operate properly.
- Check Your Pilot Light
Another common issue of a malfunctioning furnace could stem from a faulty pilot light. If you discover that your pilot light isn’t working, try relighting it. However, if it’s already lit, this will need professional assistance.
3. Leaking Furnace
Typically, a leaking furnace occurs as a result of a clogged or leaking humidifier, a line break, or impediment in the condensation tubing. Whatever the case may be, any one of these problems will need professional assistance from a skilled technician. Here are a few things you can check to get a quick diagnosis.
- Check Condensation Tubing for Impediment
- Check Furnace Humidifier for Leaks or Clogs
- Check Tubes for Clogs
Trust Our Highly-Trained Furnace Technicians
When the time comes to schedule furnace repairs, you want a team you can trust. Keeping your home warm and comfortable is important for you and your family, which is why you should rely on the highly-trained team of technicians at Horizon Services.
Our technicians undergo at least 150 hours of technical training every year and are up-to-date on the latest, most advanced techniques in the trade. We also background-check all of our employees to ensure your complete comfort and safety.
How a Gas Furnace Operates
A furnace comes equipped with a lot of different elements to keep your home warm and comfortable during the winter season. But just how does it work? Having an understanding of how your furnace operates will help you detect when it’s time for furnace repair.
How Your Furnace Works
The furnace heating cycle starts when natural gas or propane ignites. The flames from the ignitor will then heat up the metal heat exchanger and exhaust the flue. From there, the heat exchanger moves heat to the incoming air. Blowers will push the heated air in the ductwork throughout your home.
While warm air heats your home, colder air is pulled back into the furnace to be warmed again. The process repeats. Our team provides dependable furnace repair services in areas such as Dover, Upper Darby, Trenton, Wilmington, Baltimore, and West Chester. Give our staff a call by phone at 1-800-642-4419 to receive support with a broken furnace. Our team has the equipment and tools necessary to fix damaged components in your furnace.
Gas Furnace Components
As stated before, your system has many different components that work together to keep your home warm. Here’s a list of what they are as well as their functions.
The thermostat is an activated switch that senses the temperature of a space and signals the furnace when it should begin or stop the heating cycle.
- Draft Hood/Fan
A draft-induced fan guides heat from the ignited burners and into the heat exchanger where the exhaust gases are emitted outdoors from your home. A draft hood is a critical part of your furnace because it cools the combustion products, allowing for a leaner, more fuel-efficient combustion.
Furnace burners are a set of tubes where air mingles with fuel to generate heat. From there, the igniter, gas valve, and flame sensor join together to manage the flames. When the thermostat triggers the system to produce heat, the gas valve will open and that’s where the mixture is sparked. The flame sensor acts as a safeguard, blocking incoming gas if a flame isn’t detected.
- Heat Exchanger
A heat exchanger is a collection of metal tubes in a furnace that separate the combustion process from your breathing air. When gas ignites inside the heat exchanger, its metal tubes will heat up and move its radiant heat into the passing air. This component is critical to your furnace; damages to the heat exchanger can allow combustion gases to seep into your home’s air.
A blower motor has the responsibility to circulate air throughout your home so that the temperature reaches the set number on the thermostat. It does this by blowing air that’s coming from returns and pushes it into the hot heat exchanger.
The flue is a large metal pipe that gathers spent combustion gases and pushes them outside your home. This independent metal pipe channels up through the roof where it expels the gases above the roofline.
PROVIDING THE PEACE OF MIND YOUR FAMILY NEEDS
At Horizon Services, we strive to provide all of our customers with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you have a skilled team on-call for any AC emergencies that may arise. We have more than 300 fully stocked trucks ready to go at a moment’s notice. Our Horizon technicians undergo rigorous training, including a mandatory 150 hours of training every year, to ensure that they’re always up to date on the latest techniques and HVAC technology.
Plus, we perform extensive background checks, including drug and criminal checks, on all of our employees so you don’t have to worry about letting a stranger into your home when your system breaks down in the middle of the night. Our team of technicians offer furnace repair services in areas such as Newark, Allentown, Baltimore, Trenton, Wilmington, and Upper Darby. When you’re dealing with a heating system emergency, trust the experts at Horizon Services! Our staff is committed to restoring the distirbution of warm air in your living space.
Updates to the Regional HVAC Equipment Efficiency and Testing Standards
Effective January 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will update its efficiency and testing standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment. All regulatory changes will differ by product type and region. Since the updated standards will result in price increases across all HVAC contractors, now is the time to buy the equipment you need for your home or business.
The minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will increase production efficiency and national energy savings while decreasing national energy consumption.
Northern U.S. & Canada
All split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2023, must meet the updated standards. However, split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured before January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 13 SEER to 15 SEER in these regions.
Split-system air conditioners manufactured before January 1, 2023, can’t be installed once the updated standards take effect. All installations of products that don’t meet the new standards must be completed by December 31, 2022. However, split-system heat pumps, single-packaged air conditioners, and single-packaged heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 14 SEER to 15 SEER in both the Southwest and Southeast regions.
In addition to higher minimum efficiency standards, the M1 testing procedures used for residential and 3 to 5-ton light commercial, single-phase equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will produce more accurate SEER, EER, and HSPF efficiency ratings. Manufacturers will be required to re-test equipment using the new M1 Standard requirements as well as publish equipment efficiency ratings using the new efficiency metrics of SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.