Albuquerque Furnace Repair

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Furnace Repair

New Mexico Furnace Repair Services

Albuquerque & Santa Fe

24-Hour Furnace Repair Experts

TLC’s experienced HVAC technicians are qualified to perform all types of repairs for your furnace. Whether you have a gas, electric or propane furnace, TLC’s experts are here for you. We repair all makes and models of commercial & res-idential furnaces. Our technicians receive regular continuing education to stay current with all the latest advancements in heating and cooling systems. TLC offers around the clock service, so we’re here for you day or night when you have a problem with your furnace. Don’t get left out in the cold, call the heating experts at TLC today.

Common Furnace Repair Problems

We see a lot of furnace repairs this time of year, and have compiled some info you should know when your furnace isn’t working properly. Here are some tips for you to check before calling a furnace repair expert or you can schedule an appointment with a TLC technician.

Why is my furnace blowing cold air?

This by far is the most common repair we get calls for. There are a few things you can check before reaching for the phone.

  • Check the thermostat settings – The fan should be set to Auto; In the other modes the fan will run continuously. When the fan is set to Auto, your furnace will only blow warm air.
  • Overheated Furnace – If you’ve checked your fan and you still have problems, your furnace may have overheated. Most commonly a dirty air filter will block airflow, causing your furnace to run longer to heat your home causing it to overheat. Change the air filter.
  • Check your burners or your pilot – Newer furnaces have burners, not a single pilot like older furnaces. If you don’t see the burners lit or the pilot, it’s time to call a professional to evaluate. We do not recommend attempting to re-light it on your own.

 

How to Light My Furnace

If you have a furnace that has a standing pilot it is probably older than 20 years and you should contact a professional to identify the problem or inspect it prior to the start of heating season. Most gas furnaces have an ignition burner not a pilot like older furnaces. If you think your ignition isn’t starting the burner or “the pilot light is out” its time to call a professional HVAC expert. It’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution when dealing with a gas furnace and call an expert for assistance.

My furnace is not working

First you should check your thermostat. Make sure it is turning on if you have a programmable thermostat. Many times we respond to calls and the batteries just needed to be replaced. Once you’ve check the batteries make sure to turn the temperature higher than the current room temperature to ensure the heat will kick on. If you don’t hear it turn on check to make sure that the furnace is plugged in and has power to it. If these tips don’t get your furnace to power on you need to call a professional to evaluate your furnace further.

My furnace Keeps Turning on and Off

Frequent cycling on & off may be caused by a few things.

  • Check your filter – The first thing you need to do is change or clean your filter. A clogged and dirty filter can restrict air flow causing the furnace to cycle on and off.
  • Mechanical problems – If you’ve changed your filter and are still experiencing problems its time to call an HVAC professional. Many times the burners or ignition controls can be malfunctioning, causing the furnace to cycle on and off which will require a professional to evaluate and repair.
  • Furnace sized incorrectly – It is possible that your furnace is oversized for your home. An oversized furnace will short cycle or turn on and off frequently. This happens because too much heat is put into the house too quickly. If you suspect this problem talk to a professional HVAC technician about maintenance you can do to keep your furnace running properly.

My furnace is leaking water

Leaking water can be due to a leak somewhere in the system. While this is highly unlikely but possible the water is more likely from condensation. If you have a high efficiency furnace they are condensing units but if it is leaking you need to have it evaluated by a professional. If you have a standard furnace and the flue vent is over-sized your furnace will start condensing and may be the possible cause for the leak. Regardless when you notice a water leak in or around your furnace you should call a professional to diagnose the problem and repair the unit.

My furnace is very noisy

Loud noises can be caused by a blower problem, mechanical problem, or even airflow reductions from a clogged filter. The best thing to do is to change your air filter. If you continue to have problems call a professional to inspect. If you furnace makes loud noises when the gas is turned on this could signal you may have some ignition problems. Call a professional to evaluate your furnace.

My furnace smells like gas

If you can turn the gas off to the unit, open windows and doors and get out of the house immediately and call the Gas Company ASAP!

If your furnace smells in general it could be gas or a leak in the heat exchanger. If you smell gas at all or our carbon monoxide detectors go off immediately leave the house and call the gas company as soon as possible.

If your furnace smells after starting up for the first time it could be that the unit needs to be cleaned. If you notice a funky smell you should contact a professional HVAC repairman to inspect the unit and give you peace of mind.

When to call a furnace expert

If you’ve attempted these troubleshooting tips but continue to have problems with your furnace, it’s time to call an HVAC professional to come evaluate your furnace. Furnaces may pose combustion or gas-related safety hazards, so it’s always best to have an expert examine your furnace and suggest the best course for repair or replacement.

Preventing Furnace Repairs

Furnace problems often happen when you least expect it. They can be frustrating and leave your family cold and uncomfortable. The best way to avoid unexpected furnace problems is to properly maintain your furnace. Below are some tips to consider if you’re worried about having problems this winter.

Change Filters

We cannot stress this enough. It is very important to change your furnace filters at least once prior to the start of each winter. Sometimes you can clean these if they are reusable, just follow the directions. If you have pets or have a lot of dust near your home you should consider replacing your filters every couple of months. Changing your filters are an easy way to prevent furnace problems.

Get a Furnace Inspection

Your furnace is the heart of your home in winter. Typically we don’t think about it until we come home one day and it is not working. But you really should give your furnace a little TLC so it can keep you warm and comfortable. We recommend you get an annual inspection each year to check for potential problems and avoid unexpected heat failures. Get peace of mind and comfort by scheduling an inspection.

How Long Does a Furnace Last?

Most gas furnaces typically last between 15-20 years. If you have had to constantly repair your furnace or start to see a lot of problems it may be time to replace your furnace. You may want to be mindful of how old your furnace is. Depending on the time of year there are rebates and special pricing so if you can plan to replace your furnace before it fails you can avoid headaches and frustrations. You can explore the energy ratings and options available. To learn more check out our furnace buying guide. The last think you want to do is have to replace your furnace when it completely fails and is after hours or on a weekend when it is going to cost you more money.

 

Serving New Mexico Communities

Whether you have a gas, propane or electric furnace, TLC has the knowledge and experience to get your heater fixed and running in no time. For over 25 years, we have provided trusted service for New Mexico home and business owners in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Corrales, Bernalillo, Placitas, Belen, Los Lunas, Santa Fe, Socorro, and the East Mountains.

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