Covenant Heating and Cooling Blog

Signs You’re in Need of Heating Repairs

November 25th, 2019

gas-jets-of-a-heaterFall is trekking right along and the official start of winter is less than a month away. Chances are, you’ve begun running your heater on a daily basis already… and more cold weather is on its way. This means if you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check your heating system for any signs of trouble. Problems from last year won’t have gone away this year without professional care—and this can be compounded by lack of use over the months. Running your system on a regular basis when it’s not performing at its best will only end in frustration—and probably a broken down heater.

There’s good news, though! There are some common signs you can watch out for that indicate your heater is running into issues, and if you know what to look for, you can usually spot these issues fairly easily. Remember though, you shouldn’t attempt a formal diagnosis or any type of repair on your own. Heating systems involve a number of components that could become dangerous in the wrong hands—like natural gas. If you notice your heating system isn’t performing the way it should, the best thing you can do is call a pro. In the meantime, watch and listen for the following signs that indicate a heating system problem.

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If You’re Putting Holiday Lights Up This Season, Consider This!

November 11th, 2019

outdoor-string-lightsThe holiday season is just about here, and if you’re like many homeowners in our area, you might be decorating your household, inside and out. Many times, this includes putting holiday lights up and around your home.

One of the most common calls our electricians get this time of the year is in regards to certain outlets not working throughout the property. This might include bathroom outlets, garage outlets, and outdoor outlets. And those holiday lights might be to blame! What happens is that they trip the GFCI outlet or circuit breaker.

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Noises You Should Never Hear Your Furnace Making

October 28th, 2019

woman-covering-her-earsWhen it comes to your comfort, it’s hard to ignore some signs that your HVAC system is struggling. For instance, if it’s in the middle of winter and your vents are blowing out cool or lukewarm air, you’ll likely give our pros a call right away for repairs. For other problems though, such as funny noises, you may be tempted to wait on calling in a pro, or you may decide to ignore the sounds altogether, shrugging it off as a normal part of furnace operation.

Please don’t do this. We want you to protect yourself and your family, and one way to do so is to alert a trained HVAC pro when your furnace system is making unusual noises—noises that may indicate a hazard. Keep reading to learn some of the noises you should never hear from your furnace—and give us a call if you do!

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How Does a Dirty Air Filter Affect Your HVAC System?

October 14th, 2019

changing-air-filterOftentimes, homeowners think that the only reason they should worry about their HVAC system’s air filter is due to the indoor air quality threats present in their home. This is partially correct, but not totally.

Even if you aren’t suffering from allergies at the moment and don’t notice any obvious air quality problems, you should still be changing this air filter every 1-3 months. The reason isn’t so much for your air quality, but rather to protect the HVAC system itself.

The purpose of this air filter is to protect the inside components of your air conditioner or heater. Read on to learn more, and to discover just how a dirty air filter impacts your HVAC system.

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Is It Too Early to Schedule Heating Maintenance?

September 30th, 2019

technician-working-on-heating-systemWith temps still in the 90’s, it may seem pretty odd to even be talking about our heating systems. But, there’s actually no better time to start thinking about scheduling heating maintenance! In fact, fall is the best time since weather is usually milder and you don’t have to worry about being without your HVAC system while your tune-up is performed.

Professional maintenance allows our technicians to do a thorough inspection of your heater. This is important for a number of reasons—we’re able to check for safety issues as well as anything that could be causing performance and efficiency problems. We also clean the system inside and out, and check for any signs of small repair needs before they grow into bigger, more costly emergencies.

If that’s not enough to convince you, keep reading to learn the many benefits of having professional heating maintenance done.

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Now Is No Time to Neglect These Air Conditioning Repair Needs

September 16th, 2019

outdoor-ac-unit-with-tools-on-topSummer is almost over, “officially” speaking. Your air conditioner has gotten quite the workout, and as such if you have any repair needs, now is the time to take care of them. After all, the last thing you need is a sudden breakdown when you still need the system, or even worse—a broken down air conditioner when you go to use it the first time next summer.

The good news is, most AC repair needs give out symptoms well before they cause your system to breakdown. And while you shouldn’t try to formally diagnose or repair a faulty air conditioner on your own (they contain dangerous components like refrigerant that requires formal training and licensing to handle properly), you can still do your part in spotting the signs that you are indeed in need of AC repairs, and give us a call from there. Without further ado, here are some of those signs:

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Malfunctioning AC Compressor: Should You Repair or Replace the System?

September 2nd, 2019

compressorThroughout the years, there are a number of problems that can crop up with an HVAC system. Especially in the case of an air conditioner, which goes through a lot of work during our long summers!

You might find yourself facing issues like refrigerant leaks, failed capacitors, or even damaged ductwork. Fortunately, most of these are relatively easy to have repaired, and in many cases are possible to prevent.

There is one air conditioner problem, though, that’s particularly unpleasant to face and doesn’t have an easy solution, and that’s a broken down or damaged compressor.

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“Help! My Cooling System Isn’t Cooling”

August 19th, 2019

hvac-return-air-ventWhen it’s the middle of summer, the last thing you want to deal with is a cooling system that isn’t–well–cooling. Not only can it be uncomfortable, but it can be unhealthy, especially for small children and the elderly. So naturally, you want to find a solution to this problem and find it fast so it can be repaired. Fortunately, all you need to do is give our team a call for help!

There are a number of different reasons that a cooling system might not actually be cooling, which we’ll get into below. Remember, if you suspect a problem with your air conditioner, and it’s not something you can resolve on your own after reading this post, the best thing you can do is give our pros a call.

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Buying a New AC? Bigger Isn’t Always Better

August 5th, 2019

top view of an outdoor AC unitAs we progress into summer, now is an awful time to discover that your air conditioner isn’t up to the job of keeping your home cool and comfortable anymore. However, if that is the case, we definitely recommend looking into a replacement if it’s an aging system that’s been having a lot of repair issues anyway. This is not a purchase to rush into though!

We don’t encourage making a hurried AC purchase because this usually leads to homeowners buying the biggest air conditioner they can find that matches their budget—because they don’t realize that bigger isn’t always better. You could do more harm than good to your cooling system and your cooling bills as a result. Remember, you’ll want to work with a skilled and experienced HVAC professional to install your new cooling system—this HVAC professional should be well versed on how to get the right AC tonnage for your home.

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Beware an Overheating Air Conditioner!

July 22nd, 2019

closeup-of-hvac-fanYour home’s air conditioner is designed to run during oppressively hot days—that is literally its purpose, to provide cooling when temperatures outside make living conditions inside unbearable.

However, even though your cooling system was designed with heat in mind, it can overheat. Just like with an automobile engine, if overheating does happen, then the equipment simply won’t be able to function.

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