If you’re looking for HVAC repairs in Wakefield, you probably want to know how the repair process is going to work. What are the most common problems, and which ones are the easiest to fix?
At 128 Plumbing, we have extensive experience with all kinds of repairs, so we’re ideally qualified to let you know what the most likely problems are, along with the solutions. What follows is a breakdown of the most common problems and how we’ll handle them.
Lack of Maintenance and HVAC Service
Most people understand that HVAC maintenance is important, but many don’t understand just how critical it can be.
A large number of the repairs we perform can be easily avoided with regular maintenance, but if you don’t do it, there’s a good chance you’ll experience some sudden breakdowns, along with higher energy bills and poor performance from your HVAC system.
The good news it that it doesn’t have to be that way. At 128 Plumbing, our maintenance programs are both accessible and economical, and they can save you thousands of dollars regardless of the age and condition of your HVAC system.
Dirty Filters and Indoor Air Quality
Your HVAC system needs to “breathe” to circulate hot air and heat your home, but dirty filters are the fastest way to stop this from happening.
Dirty filters also make your blower work harder to heat your home, and they affect the air quality in your home and take years off the life of your blower as well.
They can also make it tough for you to get the desired thermostat setting, and if they’re dirty enough they can shut down your furnace completely.
Pilot and Ignition Problems
The ignition system of your HVAC system is every bit as important as that of your car, and problems in that part of your system can wreak havoc on your ability to heat your home.
The problems can range from a dirty pilot light or dirt in your pilot light assembly, flame sensor or burners. Subsequent issues can include shortened heating cycles, a delayed ignition that makes your HVAC system less efficient, or a furnace lockout that can shut down your heating system altogether.
Other parts like your thermocouple, surface igniter or ignition components can also be part of the problem, so it’s important that the diagnosis and repair process be thorough and cover every part of your heating system.
Thermostats are a bit of a wild card when it comes to repairs—newer homes tend to have modern, programmable units that allow you to implement zone heating, but some older homes have simple electromechanical thermostats that keep on plugging away and doing their job effectively.
It takes resources to diagnose thermostat problems effectively, and at 128 Plumbing we have experience with a wide range of products.
Mechanical Wear and Tear Repairs
Like every other piece of machinery, HVAC systems have belts and bearings that can succumb to the ravages of wear and tear over time.
That kind of wear and tear can be related to poor motor performance. Typically, the problems will manifest as overheating issues, airflow problems or just poor heating system performance in general.
It’s important to keep bearings lubricated and inspect belts for nicks or stretching issues, and that can be critical to keep your system warranty intact as well.
Furnaces make a normal range of noises that we all become accustomed to over time, but when they change suddenly, it’s important to pay attention.
When it comes to unusual furnace noises, whining or squealing are the two most common ones. They can indicate a failing belt, and grinding can indicate a blower motor problem.
Most of the time we can fix these problems, but they may actually mandate new furnace. Operating your HVAC system with these problems present can be hazardous, so it’s important to have them checked out and fixed right away.
Tripped Breakers or Blown Fuses
A tripped breaker might sound like an electrical problem, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes a balky furnace can be the cause, and when this happens it’s usually a sign that your blower is working too hard to heat your home.
The simplest and most desirable fix for this problem is a new filter. Sometimes a simple filter replacement can solve the problem, and while some people do this as a DIY job, it’s important to do a thorough check on your furnace to make sure there isn’t another operational issue that’s tripping a breaker or blowing a fuse.
Dirty Condenser or Evaporator Coils
These two problems typically show up as cooling issues, but that doesn’t mean they can’t render your HVAC system inoperable in the winter.
Dirt and debris can cause excess wear and tear in these components, and if the problem is severe enough you should definitely let our techs clean your HVAC system for you.
Blower Runs Continuously
If your furnace blower is running constantly, the first thing you should do is check the fan switch on your thermostat to make sure it hasn’t been set to run constantly. Many homeowners do this accidentally, which is obviously an easy fix.
If that’s not the problem, the next check is the fan relay in the furnace that activates the unit when the demand for heat occurs. If the relay sticks, your blower will start running constantly and you may need to have the relay replaced.
High-energy furnaces give off condensed water as a byproduct, and do air conditioner units. The problem may also be in your drain line, which can become clogged or cracked. The problem can also be located in your collector box, heat exchanger or evaporator drain pan.
Regardless of the source, it’s important to call us to find the source of the link. Different sources indicate different problems, and the solutions can vary widely, so let us get to the bottom of the situation for you.
How to Get HVAC Repairs in Wakefield
If you need HVAC repairs in Wakefield, you need to call us right away. The numbers are (888) 419-4233 or (781) 670-3261, and we’ll answer your questions, ask a few basic of our own and schedule you for service.
You can also go to 128Plumbing.com and start a live chat, and we have some great blogs and articles there to help educate you about how our HVAC repair process works in Wakefield.