You don’t have to suffer from a failed furnace for long. Call the experts at Home Squad for 24-hour furnace repair!
At Home Squad, we know that it’s not only uncomfortable to be without heat during winter; it can be hazardous to health. If your heat goes out, don’t panic; call our Bothell, WA heating experts for 24-hour furnace repair and get relief quickly.
Our 21-point inspection ensures your furnace is ready to go when winter arrives.
When to Call for Emergency Furnace Repair
While nobody likes to have trouble with their furnace, sometimes waiting for regular business hours to make an appointment isn’t an option. Whether it’s the start of a long weekend or holiday, sometimes you need furnace repair right now. Here are a few instances when it’s best not to wait to get your furnace fixed.
- ELECTRICAL ISSUES - If you have problems like frequently tripped breakers, electrical buzzing or humming when your furnace is on, or flickering lights, you need repairs ASAP because these situations can be dangerous.
- GAS ODORS - A gas leak isn’t something to ignore, so if you smell a gas leak in the house, call an emergency furnace repair company and your gas company right away.
- NO HOT AIR - If the furnace blows lukewarm or cold air, no matter how much you fiddle with the thermostat, don’t wait to get it fixed.
- YELLOW FLAME - The pilot light should have a blue hue to it, so if yours is yellow or any other color, it means there’s a significant problem you shouldn’t ignore.
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Do I Need an Earthquake Valve?Depending on where you live, you may be required to have an earthquake valve in place by law. However, even if it is not legally required, putting in an earthquake valve is still a good idea if you live in areas prone to this type of seismic activity. Home Squad Home Services and Repair has been installing these devices for our customers all around the Bothell, WA area for years. We would be happy to discuss your individual situation with you and help you determine whether or not an earthquake valve is a reasonable precaution for you to take.
What Are Earthquake Valves?Earthquake valves automatically shut off the gas supply to your home in the event that major seismic activity is detected in the area. When motion of a certain magnitude is present underground, a mechanism in the valve will be triggered and cut off all gas flow to your home. The action of an earthquake can cause damage to gas lines and pipes. Cutting off the gas can help prevent any fires or explosions caused by those damages, potentially saving your home. These fires and explosions are often more damaging than the actual earthquake.
When is a Ductless Mini Split System a Better Choice?
You’ve probably heard of a ductless mini split system but aren’t sure if one of these systems is right for your home. Well, sometimes these are actually the better choice and here’s why.
The mini split system provides more flexible solutions as opposed to the standard HVAC. Heat pumps and central air systems force cold and hot air through ducts while mini split systems deliver air directly into the desired room, which makes it easier to get the precise temperature and requires less energy.
Because ductless mini split systems don’t lose energy through improperly sealed ductwork, they operate more efficiently, which saves you money. Also, as mentioned, these units require less power to do the same job that an HVAC system does, which also increases your energy savings.
Since HVAC systems and heat pumps force air through ductwork, it’s not uncommon for people to experience poor indoor air quality if the ductwork gets dirty. With a mini split system, you get the option of multi-stage filtration that drastically reduces the amount of allergens, particles, and dust that goes out into your home.
Finally, if your home doesn’t have ductwork, or you’re living in an apartment, a ductless mini split system is easier and cheaper to install since you don’t have to worry about cutting holes for ducts.
What Should I Check Before Calling an HVAC Contractor?
The warm summer nights here in Washington mean that residents’ air conditioners are working overtime to keep everyone cool and comfortable, and it’s bound to happen that some systems can’t handle the load and break down. If your system isn’t putting out the cold air you desire, or if it’s not firing up at all, here are a few troubleshooting tips to check before you call an AC contractor.
If the air isn’t as cold as you desire, check that the air filter is clean and make sure there aren’t any obstructions near the outside compressor. Also, check for moisture as it may be a refrigerant leak.
If the air isn’t blowing, check the thermostat and make sure it’s set a few degrees lower than the room temperature. Also, make sure the thermostat is set to ‘cooling mode’. Check to see if any circuit breakers have been tripped, and of course, make sure the air filter is clean.
If you experience frequent on/off cycling or a system that won’t shut off, check and make sure an air register isn’t blowing directly on the thermostat, which can cause it to malfunction. Also check your refrigerant levels, and the air filter.
If you notice ice on the system, it could be that dirty air filter that’s to blame, or check to see if the coils are dirty. Also inspect the vents for obstructions.
To find out more troubleshooting tips, contact us online or call us!
Where Can I Get Replacement HVAC Filters?You can purchase replacement air filters directly from Home Services and Repair. In fact, we offer a delivery service as well so you will never have to leave your home to try and find the right kind of filter for your system. When you sign up for our annual filter replacement programs, you will receive the appropriate filter for your system from USPS every 90 days. We offer a variety of high-quality filters, so that you can be sure to get the type and size that is right for your system. If you are not sure how to install the filter yourself, our team will be happy to stop by and help you with removal of the old and installation of the new.
Why a Furnace Tune-Up is so Important
For many Bothell residents, a furnace tune-up isn’t on their to-do lists. However, as the cold months approach, it’s a good time to guarantee that your furnace is ready to deliver the comfort you and your family desire.
A furnace tune-up is the best way to prevent a breakdown and to ensure the system runs efficiently all winter long. An efficient furnace not only is better able to keep you comfortable, it saves you money during operation. Also, regular tune ups help pinpoint small problems before they have the chance to balloon into large ones later.
Lastly, many furnace manufacturers require that you perform annual system maintenance for the warranty to remain valid
If you’ve never had a furnace tune up, or if winter is drawing near, call the pros at Home Squad and ask about our 99er special.
When it’s time to fire up your furnace for the season, make sure it’s in ready-to-run condition with a tune up from Home Squad. In the Bothell area, call (425) 312-6767.