Here in Elwyn, PA, residents know how cold the winters can get. With the potential for below-freezing temperatures, families need reliable heaters and furnaces to keep them comfortable during the long, cold days. At McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling, we’ve served the Elwyn area and beyond since 1965. Our technicians can repair virtually any make and model, and are always up to date with the latest technology. Remember us the next time you need a reliable heating contractor.
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Our 24 Hour Emergency Heating Repair
Heating problems occur when you least expect them, and at the most inconvenient times. When cold weather sets in, you don’t need trouble with your furnace or heater. However, when problems arise, you can rely on us for 24/7 emergency help. To avoid having to call for emergency help, watch out for the following signs that your furnace may be ready to fail.
- Yellow Flame: The flame in your furnace’s burner should be blue, so if it’s yellow, it means the gas isn’t burning hot enough. This can lead to a carbon monoxide buildup in the home, so call for help ASAP.
- Fan Runs Continuously: If the fan doesn’t shut off, make sure the fan setting on the thermostat is on ‘auto’ instead of ‘on’. If it’s on auto and the fan continues running, it’s probably a failure in the connection from the thermostat to the furnace.
- You Get a Carbon Monoxide Alert: If you have a gas furnace or any gas appliances, you should have a carbon monoxide detector in your home. If it goes off, it could be problems with the ventilation system or the burner. Get out of the house as soon as you can and call a professional for help.
- No Hot Air: If the air coming out of the ducts is lukewarm and never gets as hot as you want, it could be the burner or the pilot light.
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Heating Maintenance Tips
You can avoid the most common heating and furnace problems by performing routine maintenance on your system. With the right knowledge and a little time, you can keep your system running efficiently and avoid expensive breakdowns. Here are a few tips to consider.
- Call for a Professional Tune-up: The best thing you can do to keep your heater or furnace in tip-top shape is to have a pro come in once a year — preferably in the fall — to inspect and clean your furnace and fix any little problems.
- Clean the Air Filter: One of the most common causes of heater and furnace breakdowns is dirty air filters. A dirty air filter impedes airflow and reduces the system’s efficiency and performance. Check the filter once per month and change it if needed.
- Clear Your Registers: If your registers are blocked by furniture, clothes, toys, or other objects, the furnace must work harder to heat your home, which reduces its lifespan and increases the chances of failure.
To get a professional tune-up and inspection, call the experts at McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling.
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Signs You Need Furnace Replacement
Most contractors are stretched thin during winter, making it difficult to schedule a new furnace or heater installation. So, it’s wise to watch for the warning signs that your furnace is failing, and call before disaster strikes. Here’s what to watch for.
- Excess Dust: Have you noticed more dust than usual coming out of the furnace vents? It means the system isn’t cleaning the air. It may be a simple fix like an air filter replacement, or it could be something more serious.
- Age: The average furnace lasts 15-20 years, so if yours is approaching the end of its lifespan, consider replacing it before winter sets in.
- No Hot Air: A variety of problems could cause cold air coming out of the furnace; however, whether the air is lukewarm or cold, a furnace replacement is in your best interest.
- Strange Sounds: If you begin hearing odd noises like pops, squealing, or squeaks coming from the furnace, it could be a loose part or other problem.
- Higher Energy Bills: When heating bills spike unexpectedly, it could mean that your furnace is old and not operating efficiently. In this case, you’re better off spending the money on a new, high-efficiency system than putting it into repairs.