Most Common Heating Problems During Winter

Furnace not working? At GO Heating & Air Services in Plano, Texas, we don’t wait for attention-grabbing headlines about cold fronts, sub-freezing temperatures and blizzards in North Texas. We recommend that homeowners act now to keep their homes comfortable. Our state’s reputation for blazing temperatures aside, we appreciate that freeze days in Greater Plano can occur from November through March.

Stay Warm, Everybody

When your residential home heating system proves incapable of meeting winter’s demands, it could be due to anything from a faulty thermostat to an outdated furnace. If you don’t have the training to identify the problem and resolve it yourself, GO Heating & Air Services can help. We understand that, when your heating system stops working, one thing is certain: You need fast, reliable, trustworthy service from the most dependable HVAC experts in the Plano, Texas area.

Help, the House is Freezing

Going on vacation? Nobody wants to come home from their time away to find their house has turned into an icebox. Frozen pipes are certainly a frequent cold weather problem, especially when a home — and its plumbing — sits idle. If you haven’t taken preventative measures before traveling, furnace issues may prevent you and your family from enjoying the warm comforts of home when you return.

What’s Wrong With My Furnace?

Over the years, our technicians have identified the four most common heating problems affecting homes throughout Plano, Allen, McKinney and Richardson.

Clogged heating filters. Simply put, a dirty, clogged, or bent air filter prevents your heater from doing its job.

The bad news is that a bad or blocked filter contributes to significantly decreased air flow, makes a nasty impact on your heating bill and can even take years off your furnace’s life. (The lifetime of a well-installed and properly maintained furnace is 15 years or more.)

The good news is that regular maintenance and replacement is a fairly straightforward matter. Make an effort to replace your furnace filter as frequently as once per month during the winter. And, if you need help identifying the right filter for your unit, we can help.   

Inducer motors. A faulty or broken inducer motor prevents the movement of combustion air, meaning that your furnace won’t ignite. This small fan pulls air through the furnace heat exchanger, sending it outside through a vent pipe.

One of our technicians can correct inducer motor issues, diagnosing whether a clogged vent pipe, compromised motor board or condensate in the inducer assembly is to blame. Plus, they can execute repairs and replace bad components in short order.

Broken gas valves. The gas valve on your furnace should make a nice click when it turns on. Moreover, a flame should be visible in your furnace’s combustion chamber within 15 seconds. If no gas is being released, the gas valve may need replacing.

Dirty flame sensor. If your furnace’s flame ignites but goes out shortly thereafter, the problem may be a dirty flame sensor. These components are easy to clean and account for a good number of furnace repair calls.

Furnace Replacement in Plano

If your heating problem entails something more serious, the professionals here at GO Heating & Air Services will make a call-out visit and apply their expertise. They’ll also let you know if a furnace replacement and the installation of a new and more efficient system makes better financial sense than a costly repair.

Contact GO Heating & Air Services and book your heating system service today. We look forward to troubleshooting your home furnace and keeping everything up and running to ensure you and your family’s safety and comfort — both this winter and for many winters to come.

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