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Furnace Tune Up Special Just in Time for the Cold Weather in San Diego

sherlock-furnace-maintenance-repairDuring heating season, when you use your furnace the most, you need to make sure that you remember the importance of routine system maintenance and furnace repair for your safety and comfort.

That’s why, this time of year, we have a furnace special that makes getting your furnace inspected, cleaned and ready for the season easy.  Our Sherlock Air Furnace Tune Up is available during this promotional period (now through February 28, 2015) for only $59.  This furnace special includes a twenty-five point inspection, system cleaning and calibration, and a $25 coupon on future service from us.

When Do I Need Furnace Repair?

There are a few signs that signal you may need furnace repair, and we want to make sure all of our local homeowners can spot them.  If you are having trouble maintaining the temperature that you set; if your furnace is making loud sounds like banging, whining or groaning; if you have noticed a spike in your energy bill that you can’t attribute to changes in your usage habits, you need furnace repair.

Other signs that there are problems with your furnace that require repair include a yellow pilot light and poor indoor air quality.  You may suspect changes to the quality of the air in your home if you have noticed that you or members of your household have been sneezing, coughing, or having unusual allergy or asthma symptoms.

If you notice these or other signs, like a furnace that has trouble kicking on or staying on, contact us for immediate furnace repair in Vista, Ca. Continue reading “Furnace Tune Up Special Just in Time for the Cold Weather in San Diego” »

4 Steps to Get Your Heating System Ready for Winter – North County, San Diego

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The heating season is coming sooner than you think and you don’t want to wait until it’s too late, or until the middle of holiday entertaining, to realize that you need to get your furnace or your HVAC system winter-ready.

Check and Clean Air Ducts

You can take steps at home to do some basic air duct cleaning and to make sure that you are keeping your air ducts free of the debris that slows down airflow, wastes energy and ultimately compromises your heating system.  For larger jobs and preventive maintenance leading up to the heating season, Sherlock Air is able to come into your home and provide thorough air duct cleaning service.

In addition to saving energy and extending the life of your heating system, air duct cleaning actually improves the indoor air quality in your home.  This is especially important in the winter months when you are more likely to be spending time indoors with the windows closed.  To make sure your air duct system is free of the germs, dust and debris that aggravate asthma and allergies, professional air duct cleaning is a smart choice for your home or business. Continue reading “4 Steps to Get Your Heating System Ready for Winter – North County, San Diego” »

Funky Furnace Noises Decoded

Funky Furnace Noises DecodedYour furnace shouldn’t talk to you. Furnace noises can usually be traced to specific issues or conditions. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most common furnace noises and what they could mean.

Clanking

This could be caused by a loose or disconnected blower fan belt. If it turns out to be the case, you need to get it repaired as soon as possible by a certified HVAC specialist. If you don’t have it taken care of, it can strike other furnace components and cause expensive damage. Investing in a preventive maintenance program is a smart idea to keep this from happening in the first place.

Rattling

This may be due to loose cover panels, which can sometimes work themselves loose. A simple tightening of the screws might get rid of the rattling noise. If not, further investigation might be needed to determine the source, because rattling is not supposed to happen.

Rumbling

Does your furnace sound like it’s going to blow up every time it kicks on? Aside from this being a frightening sound, it’s definitely not normal. If you have a gas furnace, you likely have built up grime on the gas jets. You’ll need to call in a professional to take out the burners and clean them, before your furnace quits on you altogether.

Clicking

If your furnace clicks when it kicks on or off, that’s okay. But if you hear repeated clicking, then you could have a defective control panel or a leaking gas valve. Either way, this needs to be checked out and fixed by an HVAC technician.

Grinding

Grinding furnace noises are not normal. It’s possible that the motor bearings are worn out. It’s best to shut your furnace off if possible and get a professional in as soon as possible to check it out. Continuing to run your furnace in this condition will eventually cause the motor to burn out, which could lead to expensive repairs.

Give our technicians at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning in San Diego a call. We can troubleshoot your furnace’s mystery noises and get it working efficiently again.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Don’t Neglect Fall Maintenance on Your Furnace

Don't Neglect Fall Maintenance on Your FurnaceRegular preventative care is critical to keep your home’s heating system operating properly. Scheduling fall maintenance on the furnace also ensures that it performs safely and at optimal efficiency throughout the heating season. Here are some of the benefits you’ll gain from the many tasks performed during a professional system checkup:

  • You’ll be protected from hazardous fumes, deadly carbon monoxide (CO) and the risk of fire. Checking the gas lines and connections for leaks and examining the heat exchanger(s) for cracks enhances safety. Inspecting the thermocouple, tightening all the electrical connections and testing the high limit control can prevent a fire due to overheating, or a potential explosion.
  • A skilled technician can identify needed adjustments that extend the service life of the equipment. Testing for proper current and voltage on the motor and inspecting the condition of the belt can avert a sudden mid-season failure. Cleaning the blower assembly ensures that it keeps working reliably.
  • You’ll enjoy lower energy bills and greater comfort. Some key tasks boost the heating system’s energy efficiency such as lubricating the motor and fan to reduce friction, checking for proper burner operation to reduce fuel waste, and testing the fan control for accuracy. Others ensure that your home stays comfortably warm, including properly calibrating the thermostat and testing the furnace’s start-up cycle.

Follow-up Steps to Take After Professional Furnace Maintenance

You can maximize the benefits of a fall furnace tuneup by performing these tasks over the winter:

  • Keep the blower motor bearings well-lubricated by adding a drop or two of oil if your unit has oil cups.
  • Once a month, shut off the furnace circuit breaker, open the blower compartment and vacuum out any accumulated debris and dust.
  • Check the air filter every month. Replace it whenever there’s a visible accumulation of dust and dirt.
  • Periodically check the batteries in your thermostat and any smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace them as needed.

To learn more about why you shouldn’t neglect fall maintenance on the furnace in your San Marcos or San Diego area home, please contact us today at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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5 Furnace Warning Signs to Pay Attention To

5 Furnace Warning Signs to Pay Attention ToIt’s not time to pack away the sweaters just yet. Chilly weather will continue for a couple of months in San Diego, especially at night when average temperatures hover in the 50s. It is essential that your furnace is in good working order during this time. Knowing when your furnace needs repair can prevent total system failure. Continue reading “5 Furnace Warning Signs to Pay Attention To” »

Your Furnace Has Quit on You? Simple Troubleshooting That Might Get It Going Again

Your Furnace Has Quit on You? Simple Troubleshooting That Might Get It Going AgainWith the cooler months upon us, every homeowner should run through his or her checklist for fall maintenance. But what happens when something goes wrong, despite your preparations, and your furnace breaks down? Try these eight simple furnace troubleshooting tips before you make a service call.  Continue reading “Your Furnace Has Quit on You? Simple Troubleshooting That Might Get It Going Again” »

Your Annual Furnace Tune-up: What to Expect When the Technician Arrives

Your Annual Furnace Tune-up: What to Expect When the Technician ArrivesIt will soon be time to turn on the heat in your San Diego area home, and before you do, be sure to schedule your annual furnace tune-up to reap these far-reaching benefits: Continue reading “Your Annual Furnace Tune-up: What to Expect When the Technician Arrives” »