Furnace Repair Services in Greater Birmingham, Trussvile and Helena
Furnace Services from Standard Heating & Air Conditioning Company
- Furnace maintenance & troubleshooting
- Testing for combustion safety
- Furnace cleaning
- Thermostat replacement
- Furnace filter replacement
- Furnace replacement
- New furnace installation
Help your HVAC system perform at peak efficiency with expert repair or replacement
One of the most common heating systems, a furnace heats and distributes air throughout the home, relying on supply ducts to transport this conditioned air. When the furnace is operating, the same fan that distributes heated air is also pulling cooler air back to the furnace (to be reheated) through a system of return ducts.
A furnace can burn fuel oil, natural gas, propane wood or pellet fuel, although these last two options are far less common.
Common furnace problems solved by our experts
During the heating season, a malfunctioning furnace can be a very serious problem. Just because your furnace is functioning doesn’t mean that it is working correctly, efficiently or even safely. Here are some of the most common problems with furnaces:
Safety & efficiency. Maintenance and repair work performed by an experienced technician will enable you to avoid furnace problems.
- Thermostat malfunction. An older thermostat can wear out or be damaged, which limits your control of the heating system. Upgrading to a programmable thermostat will solve this problem and also enable you to cut heating costs.
- Mechanical problems. The fan motor, drive belt and bearings in a typical furnace are all wear items. When these mechanical parts become worn, they must be replaced to avoid air flow problems or total system shutdown.
- Dirty or clogged filters. It’s easy for homeowners to forget to replace old air filters that become clogged with dirt, dust, pet dander and other particulates. When this happens, air flow is reduced and system efficiency plummets. Filters should be replaced at least once every season -- more often if the family has pets or a remodeling project underway.
- Ignition problems. Most of today’s furnaces have electronic ignition, so that the burner only turns on when the thermostat calls for heat. A clogged burner nozzle or a faulty ignition will prevent the burner from working correctly.
- Cracked heat exchanger. This furnace component separates the combustion process from the indoor air supply. With age, a heat exchanger can crack, which causes safety and performance problems.
- Improper venting. Any furnace that burns fuel requires an air supply for the combustion process, and a venting system to expel combustion gasses. Your furnace technician will check for proper ventilation during regular service calls.
- Outdated, inefficient performance. Today’s high-efficiency, sealed combustion furnaces can operate at 90% efficiency or better. Older furnaces may only reach 75% or 80% efficiency, even in perfect condition. Upgrading to an efficient, ENERGY STAR® furnace is a smart option in many cases.
- Leaky, uninsulated ductwork. Although ducts aren’t part of the furnace, their condition has a huge impact on overall heating system performance. By sealing and insulating the ductwork system, you can improve system efficiency by 20% or more.
This 96% efficient gas furnace only sends 4% of the heat out the chimney so it can use a pvc (plastic) exhaust pipe out the side wall of your home. Many design differences make it "high efficiency."
What does "efficiency rating" mean?
A furnace boiler or water heater burns fuel to generate heat and needs to put that heat into an air stream in your ducts, or into water in your pipes. The efficiency rating is what percentage of that heat gets into your air or water.
What happens to the rest of the heat? It goes up the chimney and is lost into the sky. Therefore, a 15-year-old furnace that is 65% efficient is putting 35% of the heat you paid for up the chimney.
A 96% efficient furnace only "wastes" 4%! A big difference! And since the cost of the fuel you put through a furnace, boiler or water heater during its lifetime is much greater than the cost of the unit itself, it's worth it to install the very highest efficiency equipment available! Let Standard Heating & Air Conditioning Company accomplish this in your home!
We can evaluate your current heating and cooling system and provide a free quote on a super-efficient system that will save you money. Call or send us an email today for a free quote.
The right furnace depends on the types of fuel available locally
For many homeowners, the type of furnace installed in your home depends on the type of fuel that is available locally. However, it is possible to switch fuel types when installing a new furnace. For example, you could replace an oil furnace with propane or natural gas furnace, if these fuels are available locally. An electric furnace is another option.
Start saving energy and money with a furnace repair or replacement
Having a hard time finding a quality company that offers heater repair services? We are your local HVAC repair company providing furnace replacements and installations in Homewood, Birmingham, Mt. Brook, Vestavia hills, Vestavia, Gardendale, Hoover, Trussville, Hueytown, Chelsea, and more! We also offer a home energy audit to help identify the areas in your home contributing to discomfort and energy problems.