Posts Tagged ‘Furnace’

Why Does My Furnace Smell?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Got a funky smell coming from your furnace? When it comes to home heating, a foul smelling furnace is a common problem. While there are many reasons for this issue, below are the three most probable culprits and what you can do to fix them:

Problem 1: Smoke
One of the most serious causes of a foul smell is smoke. If you detect a smoky odor coming from your furnace, you might have a blocked chimney. And as a result, it sends smoke back through the furnace and into your ductwork. If you suspect that your chimney is blocked, call a professional to scope out the situation.

Problem 2: Electrical
What’s that burning plastic smell? Most likely, you have an electrical issue. The problem could most likely be a stuck object in your ductwork, which gives off an odor when overheated. The solve the issue, inspect your registers and removal them to search for a dropped toy or a spill. When in doubt, call a pro HVAC technician to help you out.

Problem 3: Mold
A moldy odor typically means that mold is trapped in the furnace filter. To fix the problem and take precaution moving forward, change the the moldy filter. And if your furnace has an attached humidifier, be sure to inspect it annually and replace or clean as needed. That way, mold won’t attach to your humidifier and cause a foul stench.

Changing the filter on a seasonal basis should prevent further complications with your furnace. However, if you’re unsure of the underlying reason for your foul smelling furnace and aren’t sure how to fix the problem, call an HVAC technician who has the tools and expertise.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are ready and available to help you with all of your home heating complications. And don’t forget, we are here for all your emergency needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! For more information, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website.

Your Guide to Buying a Furnace

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Frigid temperatures are here, which means you’ve probably run into a problem or two with your furnace. But if repairs just aren’t cutting it, chances are you’re better off replacing your unit. If you’re thinking about purchasing a new furnace but still aren’t sure if it’s the right decision, consider these guidelines:

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1. Know the age. Not sure how old your furnace is? It’s not uncommon if you moved into a home with a pre-existing system. A simple solution to this problem is to jot down the model number and search for it online. If your furnace is over 20 years old, repairs most likely won’t do your home heating justice any longer.

2. Weigh the costs. Let’s talk about efficiency. Is your furnace costing you more money than usual? Furnaces often lose their efficiency as they age. So even though an upgrade can be pricey, weigh the difference between the cost to repair and the cost to replace. And remember that replacing your system will likely help you save big time in the long run.

3. You hear complaints. Whether your family complains over loud noises or chills in the nighttime, it might be time to replace your furnace. The purpose of a furnace is to keep your home comfortable at all times throughout the winter, and if you’re feeling more uncomfortable than not, the wisest decision would be to purchase a new one.

Whether you’re in need of a furnace repair or replacement, turn to Leslie Heating & Cooling. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and offer some of the top energy-efficient home heating options on the market. Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Furnace

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Frigid temperatures are upon us – don’t let your furnace break down when you least expect it. Below are a few of the most common telltale signs that it might be time to replace your furnace:

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Old age.
The average lifespan of a furnace is 15 to 20 years, depending on the quality of your brand. So if you know your furnace is close to its end, consult with a professional HVAC technician to see if it’s time for a replacement. However, if yours is over 20 years old, replace it before it’s too late!

High bills.
Noticing that your electric bills are going through the roof? Many furnaces don’t run as efficiently if they’re many years old. But even if your furnace is fairly new, if you’re spending more and more each month, it might be time to have it looked at by a pro.

Constant repairs.
Like many other large pieces of equipment, it becomes difficult to replace just one part. If you’re spending a few hundred dollars a month for repairs, this might be a clear indication that replacing old parts with new ones just isn’t doing your furnace justice anymore. In this case, you will probably save more money by replacing it all together.

Strange noises.
From rattling to banging noises, if your furnace is making strange and unusual sounds, chances are your furnace could be giving out. Don’t wait too long after the first signs of these noises – replace is as soon as possible before more serious damage occurs.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we know how important it is to proactively take care of your furnace and heating needs. Our experts are fully trained and licensed, ready to help! We are available for emergency repairs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website.

Why you Need Furnace Maintenance

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

When the weather starts to fluctuate you know the time has come again to check on your furnace. There’s a number of things that can go wrong with your furnace if you don’t make a few necessary repairs. But before you go ahead and start making fixes on your own, here’s why you should hire a professional instead:

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Safety – If you suspect you have a gas leak or a blower problem, call your HVAC technician right away to inspect the issue. Dealing with gas or a broken blower can be dangerous if not handled the right way. Professionals have the tools and expertise to handle your furnace properly and safely. They can turn off the gas supply valve and help you take the next precautionary steps to not only fix the problem, but also prevent it from reoccurring.

Efficiency – Hiring a professional not only ensures your safety – it promises efficiency as well. Between strange noises to oil burner problems, replacing parts will most likely be necessary. Hiring a licensed HVAC pro who takes care of such issues on a regular basis means the complications you’re experiencing with your furnace will be resolved efficiently.

Lengthen Lifespan – When you hire an expert for a routine furnace maintenance, your doing your HVAC system a huge favor. As with most other home technologies, keeping up with maintenance is part of protecting your investments. So the more often you schedule a proper furnace tune-up, the more likely you are to preserve its value.

Before winter weather makes its appearance, call Leslie Heating and Cooling for your fall furnace maintenance and tune-up. Our technicians have years of experience and training to ensure you get the most out of your furnace for years to come. Give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website to schedule a maintenance visit and to learn more about our services.