December 2nd, 2013
Heating repair in Columbus can involve a number of different problems, including issues with dirt, electrical connections, overloaded motors and bent fan blades. The thermostat, however, remains a recurring trouble spot. It controls the furnace, after all and when it’s malfunctioning, your ability to turn the heat off and on in a timely fashion is severely compromised. Troubleshooting a thermostat problem should start with some basic steps – checking to ensure it’s set to the right temperature and that it has fresh batteries if pertinent – but it might also necessitate a call from a repair technician.
Many times, the thermostat’s location is to blame for any problems you may be experiencing. It needs to be placed in a part of the house that accurately reflects the temperature: away from drafty spots, radiators, areas that receive excessive sunlight and anything else that might cause it to misread the temperature. A service technician can move the thermostat to a location that more accurately reflects the conditions in your house.
It may also be a problem with the thermostat itself. Dust and dirt can accumulate on internal components, interfering with its functioning. The wires connecting the transformer may be loose, and the terminal screws may not be tightened sufficiently. There might also be a problem with the anticipator, meaning that it needs to be repaired or replaced.
The good news with thermostat problems is that troubleshooting them usually does the trick, and if the unit itself needs to be replaced, a technician can do so with a minimum of fuss and bother. For help with troubleshooting a thermostat problem or any other problems with your heater, call the experts at HHR Heating & Cooling Solutions. We handle heating repair in Columbus and anywhere else in central Ohio. 24 hour emergency service is available and our trained staff is dedicated to your satisfaction, whether it’s just a tweak to the thermostat or a wholesale heater installment.
Call us today to talk about your options and schedule an appointment. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll be back on your way to a cozy and comfortable home.
November 25th, 2013
Thanksgiving is upon us: a time to get together with relatives, eat some great food, watch a little football or the parade, and stop to appreciate the good things we have in life. Beyond all that, however, there’s a fascinating history to the holiday and its traditions.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Records are spotty at the time, but indicate that the harvest was particularly good that year due to help from the local Native Americans. The meal was probably much different than the one we’re used to, with venison and fish more likely than turkey, but the general principle was unchanged.
It wasn’t a few centuries later, however, that Thanksgiving became an annual tradition. George Washington called for a “national day of Thanksgiving” in 1789, and again in 1795, but they were both “one shot” declarations, rather than a call for an annual tradition. Individual cities and states picked up the ball, but it wasn’t until 1863 that Thanksgiving became a national once-a-year event. President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be a Thanksgiving “to heal the wounds of the nation and restore it.”
From there, it remained a tradition until Franklin Roosevelt signed a law in December of 1941 making it a federal holiday. The law also changed the date from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday in November, making it a little earlier in some cases (which Roosevelt hoped would give the country an economic boost).
Wherever you celebrate the holiday and whoever you choose to celebrate it with, we wish you nothing but happiness and joy this Thanksgiving.
November 18th, 2013
During the winter in Columbus, OH, you will depend on your heating system to keep the cold outside where it belongs. If you notice that one room in your house always seems to have that outdoor cold getting inside it, then you may have a problem somewhere in your home that requires attention right away. This issue may not be with your heating system, however: there are other possibilities for the loss of heat in that room that you should investigate. But if you can’t find out the reason on your own, you will need to get the help of experts to solve the problem and pull that room out of the cold.
HHR Heating & Cooling Solutions has put together a list of reasons you may find an icy room in your house that never seems to warm up. Contact us if you need help with this common problem, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Reasons for a cold room
- Blocked/closed vents: If you used a forced-air heater (furnace, heat pump), then it’s possible that the vent into that room is shut or blocked. Moved furniture sometimes accidentally covers the vent openings. Make sure the vents are unobstructed to allow a smooth flow of warm air.
- Heat leaks: Heat will find any escape to the outdoors possible. If there are windows in the room, check to see that there aren’t cracks around the edges that need caulking. For outside doors, add weather stripping to stop heat leaking. The insulation in the walls may have started to deteriorate (this is especially true if you’ve suffered water damage recently) and will need to be replaced.
- Thermostat issues: If you have a zone control heating system with multiple thermostats, the thermostat that controls that room may either be set incorrectly or have developed a miscalibration that is preventing it from sensing the room’s correct temperature. If you can’t get the room warmed up by changing the thermostat settings, you may need professionals to fix or replace the thermostat.
- Incorrectly sized heater: This is a serious problem, since it usually means you need to have a replacement system put in. A heater that is too small for the house it is supposed to warm will struggle to get all the rooms to the desired temperature. If the cold room has always been an issue since your heater’s installation, then this may be the trouble.
Get help to fix that cold room
If you can’t figure out the reason for the cold room, don’t jump to a conclusion and make a drastic decision. Summon HVAC experts to find out what’s wrong.
If you need to have professional service for your heating system, or you require advice about any heating problem, get in touch with HHR Heating & Cooling Solutions. Our technicians are NATE-certified to assure you of quality heating repair in Columbus, OH.
November 11th, 2013
When it comes to heating, Columbus, OH residents are experts. Our winters are as cold as they come and a reliable heater is the best means we have to keeping our homes cozy and comfortable. Basic maintenance includes regularly replacing the air filter, an operation that you can conduct yourself or leave to a repair technician as part of a larger maintenance service call. If you don’t replace the filter regularly, it can have an impact on your system as a whole.
The filter basically strains dust and debris form the air, keeping it from entering your system. This can have a huge, yet subtle effect on the functioning of your furnace. When dust and dirt build up inside your system, they increase the amount of friction between moving parts, as well as interfering with other key components. In and of itself, it’s not enough to stop the heater from functioning, but it does add to the wear and tear. This has two effects: first, it forces your heater to work harder and expend more energy, increasing your monthly bills in the process. Second, that extra wear and tear increases the risk of a more serious breakdown in the future, necessitating more expensive repairs.
In addition, dust that doesn’t get caught in the filter could end up in your distribution system: pushed through your home and lowering the overall quality of your indoor air. This can be particularly troublesome if anyone in your household suffers from allergies: irritating the nose and throat and making existing conditions worse.
You can avoid all of that simply by replacing your old air filter with a new one, or (if your filter is reusable) washing and cleaning it regularly. For a more thorough discussion on how an old air filter affects your heating in Columbus, OH, contact the pros at HHR Heating & Cooling Solutions. Our experts can set up a maintenance schedule for your heater, which includes air filter replacement. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!
November 4th, 2013
When you need heating repair in Columbus, you need to act quickly to resolve the problem, since our winters aren’t forgiving enough to leave you without heat for any significant length of time. Trained technicians learn to pinpoint the source of the breakdown quickly and get your heater up and running again before you have to resort to huddling in a blanket to stay warm. The pilot light is a common spot for heating problems, and often one of the first places a service technician will check. Here’s a rundown of why the pilot light won’t stay lit.
The purpose of the pilot light is to ignite the gas that heats the air in your furnace. When it goes out, the gas won’t light and the heater won’t work. In some cases, a pilot light can get blown out by a draft or a gust of wind. It’s easy enough to re-ignite it, though you may want to talk to a professional about moving the furnace (or addressing the draft) if the problem persists.
A pilot light can also flicker intermittently or go out entirely if it has a high build-up of carbon on the tip. It’s an easy problem to correct, though a professional is probably required, since he knows how to remove the build-up without damaging the light itself.
A more seriously problem will emerge if the thermocouple is damaged. This component often sits very close to the pilot light (it may be a part of the same component in some models) and regulates the flow of gas into the burners. If the pilot light is off, it shuts off the gas as a safety measure. Similarly, if the thermocouple is damaged, the pilot light itself will shut off to prevent any accidents. The thermocouple will need to be repaired or replace if the unit is to continue functioning.
If your pilot light won’t stay lit, then call on HHR Heating & Cooling Solutions to help. We handle all kinds of heating repair in Columbus, from faulty pilot lights to full-bore installation and replacement services. Contact us today to set up an appointment.
October 28th, 2013
Furnaces are an integral part of our homes, and a key weapon in the battle against the cold and snow of winter. Columbus OH residents know better than to put off heating repairs. They call in a trained professional the minute a sign of trouble appears. However, some problems – such as leak in the furnace – may appear strange and out of place at first, and you might not think you need to call for repairs. How do you get a water leak out of a device designed for heating? There are actually some very simple explanations for it.
High efficiency furnaces use a cool exhaust as part of their heating process, and as such, condensation can form on the surface or elsewhere. The condensation tube – the line designed to remove that moisture – may also be clogged or could have sprung a leak. Either way, the condensate could gather at the bottom of the furnace, creating a puddle of water. These kinds of leaks usually only take place with high-efficiency furnaces: those with an AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating of 90% or higher.
If your furnace is older or doesn’t have that rating, the issue likely lies in some other component, such as the humidifier or the air conditioner. If your furnace shares space with an air conditioning system, the water could stem from the AC. The humidifier could also be leaking, making water pool somewhere around your furnace.
For questions about heating repair, Columbus OH has an expert ready to help. HHR Heating & Cooling Solutions understands furnace issues of all varieties, and our staff of professionals is dedicated to making you completely satisfied with our repair services. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.
October 22nd, 2013
Whether you have a gas furnace or an electric furnace keeping you snug and warm this winter season, your heater uses a blower to send hot air out through your ducts. The fan is a crucial mechanical component, and if it should develop problems and cease functioning, then your furnace won’t do you much good. A number of issues can cause problems with the fan, such as a cracked fan belt, a burnt-out blower motor, or the fan sustaining damage.
When you think there’s something wrong with your furnace fan, you will need top-quality repair from experts. You’ll get that if you call our Columbus, OH heating repair specialists at HHR Heating & Cooling Solutions.
Watch for these three warnings that you may have trouble with your furnace fan:
1. A loud clanging noise
This is an immediate warning that you will probably notice soon after it starts. This likely indicates that the fan has suffered damage—possibly from debris that got into the cabinet—and its blades are bent. The blades will start striking the casing, making this noise. Turn the furnace off before the blades start to cause more damage, and call in a furnace specialist to either repair the fan blades or replace the unit with a new fan.
2. No airflow from vents
If your furnace turns on, making its familiar humming sound, but you don’t feel any air coming from the vents—hot or cold—then the furnace fan may have stopped working.
3. An increase in power bills
There are many reasons for seeing a spike in your power bills that could originate from your furnace. One of them is a malfunctioning fan motor. If the fan and the motor become dirty, they will need to work harder to reach their target temperature.
Do not attempt to repair a fan issue on your own; it is not a wise idea to open up a furnace cabinet to perform inspections or attempt fixes if you lack HVAC training. This is especially true for gas furnaces and their carbon monoxide leak danger. The fan is a precision instrument that requires professional attention. When you need this kind of heating repair in Columbus, OH, contact HHR Heating & Cooling Solutions. Our technicians are NATE-certified and will get the job done right.
October 14th, 2013
Your home needs a reliable heating system to handle our long, cold Ohio winters. Spotting signs of trouble is key to preventing longer and costlier repairs, since a service professional can address the issue before additional wear and tear is inflicted on the system. If you can notice problems with your heating in Columbus, call for professional assistance as soon as possible.
Heating problems tend to announce themselves in one of three ways:
- Higher bills. This condition is created when an overloaded or problematic part is in place, but the heating system continues to more or less function. The faulty component causes the rest of the system to work harder to heat your air, creating higher energy bills as a result. If you notice your costs going up, even if you haven’t been using your heater any more than normal, this may be the issue.
- No air. If the air isn’t blowing, then it isn’t blowing warm air into your home. This could be caused by many things. The pilot light could have gone out, there might be a problem with your thermocouple, the blower fans might be malfunctioning or the heater as a whole may not be getting power due to an electrical problem. In a less dire scenario, you could have a clogged filter that is reducing air flow.
- No hot air. It may be that the air is blowing, but that it isn’t warm enough to heat your home. In this case, whatever is generating the heat – electric coils, gas burners, or whatever is specific to your unit – is malfunctioning. It may be able to be fixed or it may require completely replacing. Either way, a trained service professional should be called in.
If you detect problems with your heating in Columbus, you shouldn’t just sit on the trouble. The experts at HHR Heating & Cooling Solutions can help you hunt down the problem, then instigate the proper repairs. We’re dedicated to your 100% satisfaction, so don’t hesitate to give us a call today!
October 7th, 2013
Having a reliable heating system in your home this winter is necessary to get the most out of the season. If you have moved into a new home, or you are interested in getting rid of your older heater, now is the right time to get a new installation—before the heavy chill hits.
You have more choices for home heating than you once did. Here are some of the options you should consider for a new heating system in your Columbus, OH home. HHR Heating & Cooling Solutions can offer you more advice when you’re ready to make the decision.
Furnaces are one of the most common heating systems found in American homes. Chances are good that if you’re looking to replace an old heater, it’s a furnace. Most furnaces today use natural gas or electricity to run, and the energy supply in your home will probably determine which one you’ll need. Gas furnaces are among the most efficient heating options on the market, although electric furnaces have improved their efficiency over the years as well. If you already have existing ducts for forced-air heating, then getting a new furnace installed presents few difficulties.
A heat pump offers a “two-for-one” deal: you get a heater and an air conditioner in one unit. A heat pump operates similarly to a standard AC, except it can reverse the direction of the heat exchange, so instead of the refrigerant removing heat from indoors and putting it outdoors, you get heat taken from outdoors and moved indoors. Heat pumps can have trouble handling extremely low temperatures, especially if your house lacks proper insulation, so have an expert perform a heat load calculation in your home so you can determine if a heat pump will keep you warm in winter weather.
The recent growth in using geothermal energy to heat homes presents exciting possibilities. A geothermal heat pump offers environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient warmth. Using coils buried in the ground around your home, a geothermal heat pump draws up the heat of the earth and puts it into your home. However, geothermal won’t work for every location, so you’ll need to consult an expert first to see if this is a workable option for you.
Whatever system you need installed, HHR Heating & Cooling Solutions will do the work right the first time. We serve all of Central Ohio, so we’ve got your heating installation in Columbus, OH covered.
September 30th, 2013
Your heater is working: you can hear the hum of it operating, you can feel its warmth. But for some reason, the heat isn’t spreading evenly through your home. Upstairs rooms are warmer than others, and maybe some rooms have an Arctic feeling to them. Is your heating system on the fritz? Or could it be something else?
At HHR Heating & Cooling Solutions, we don’t want you to live with the discomfort of hot and cold spots. We’ve put together a list of three causes that might be behind the uneven heat in your home. If you need expert help for your Columbus, OH heating needs, contact us today and take advantage of our 24-hour emergency service.
- Closed or blocked vents: This is the simplest problem to fix. If you have vents closed in certain rooms, or if furniture has been moved so that some of the vents are blocked, then you will find parts of your home lack heating. Do a check on all vents to see that they are free to release heated air.
- Poor home insulation: Heat will try to find any place to escape to the outdoors: space around the doors, gaps at the edges of windows, or through an open damper in the chimney. Heat that finds ways out will cause your home to feel warm in some places and not others. The most important tool you have to prevent this is to have effective insulation in your walls. It is especially important to have good insulation in your attic, since heat rises and the attic is a prime spot where it can get out.
- An incorrectly sized heater: A home heating system needs to be sized appropriately. A heater that is too small will struggle to heat your whole home, and you may find cold spots because of it. An overlarge heater can cause a similar problem, since it will raise the temperature so rapidly that it will shut off before the heat can spread out evenly. You will need an HVAC technician to perform a heat load calculation—a process that takes into account numerous factors in your home—to discover the ideal size of heater to serve your needs.
Uneven heating can have a simple solution, or it could require a new heater installation. If basic steps don’t work to alleviate the issue, then it’s time to bring in professionals to see what is causing the problem. In Columbus, heating experts on staff at HHR Heating & Cooling Solutions can get to the root of the trouble and offer you the best way to remedy it. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.