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Heating & Furnace Installation

Repairs for improper installation happen twice as frequently as breakdowns due to defective equipment. Many contractors lack the training, experience and dedication necessary to ensure your new furnace meets expectations for efficiency, dependability and longevity.

Heating & Furnace Repair

Waking up on a brutally cold morning with little or no heat is more than an inconvenience. Problems with a furnace may have you worrying over everything from safety, to the time and money necessary to get your home comfortable again.

Heater Installation

Is It Time to Replace Your Home's Old Heater?

A normal heating system usually lasts between 15 to 20 years. The time varies depending on how often it is used, how well it is maintained, and other external circumstances. However, no unit is meant to last forever.

If you’re unsure whether it’s time to replace, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is the heater affecting your safety?
  • How old is your heater?
  • In the long run, will it cost more to continuously repair/maintain your heater or replace it?
  • Would your energy bill go down with a new heater?
  • Does your heater keep you comfortable?
Do I Need a New Boiler System?

One of the most common questions we receive for boiler systems has to do with whether or not someone needs to purchase an entirely new boiler system. While boilers have an advantage over forced-air heating in that they have a lifespan that can often exceed 15 to 20 years, they can and will eventually wear out and need replaced. How do you know when this time has come for you? The only way to know for sure is to have your system inspected by a skilled and experienced Cecil County boiler installation expert who can tell you their honest, professional opinion. However, there are a few signs which can indicate the time may be here.

You Should Consider Replacing Your Boiler If:
  • You’re regularly repairing problems like leaks or inconsistent temperatures
  • Your boiler takes significantly longer to heat up than it once did
  • Your boiler is more than 15 years old
  • Your boiler makes a lot of noise when turning on and cycling
Do I Need a New Furnace?

There are a few factors that can help you determine whether you need a new furnace:

  1. Age: Furnaces have a lifespan of around 15-20 years. If your furnace is older than this, it may be time to consider replacing it.

  2. Efficiency: Older furnaces may be less energy efficient than newer models, which can result in higher energy bills. If your energy bills have been steadily increasing, a new, more efficient furnace may be worth considering.

  3. Repairs: If you have had to make frequent repairs to your furnace, it may be more cost-effective to replace it rather than continuing to pay for repairs.

  4. Comfort: If you have noticed that your furnace is not heating your home as effectively as it used to, or if you have hot and cold spots in your home, it may be time to consider a new furnace.

It is always a good idea to have your furnace inspected by a qualified HVAC technician to determine its condition and whether it is functioning correctly. The technician can provide recommendations on whether it is time to replace your furnace or if it can be repaired.

Heater & Furnace Repair

Signs Your Heater Needs Repairs

It is important to keep an eye on your HVAC system to detect if there are any problematic signs before your heater breaks down suddenly and without warning. If you notice any of the following signs, it is best to call a professional heating expert.

Your Heating System May Need a Repair If:
  • After turning on your heater for the first time, you notice a strong smell that doesn’t go away. Whether you smell dust or gas, if the odor does not dissipate, it could be a symptom of a larger issue within your heater.
  • No matter how you adjust the thermostat, it does not seem to be exuding heat. Whether this means you have a broken thermostat or leaks in your ductwork, a professional can make the necessary repairs to make sure you are not wasting energy.
  • Your pilot light is showing a different color other than blue. If you notice that you pilot light is yellow, it could indicate a larger problem with ventilation in your home. The color changes when carbon monoxide is not being expelled as quickly as it should be and could be a safety issue.
  • Noises coming from your heater are loud and consistent. Sometimes heating systems make noise, but you should call an expert if you hear whistling, groaning, squealing, thumping, or any other suspicious sound that persists.
  • Your electric bill is going up. This may be a sign that your heater is running inefficiently, using up more energy to run while still not meeting your heating needs.
  • Members of your household aren’t feeling well. Are you dealing with lingering illness, like persistent headaches, dizziness, or nausea? You should immediately have your gas furnace checked to make sure it isn’t leaking toxic carbon monoxide.
Heater Service and Maintenance

Your heating system works hard to keep you warm. When it functions properly, it’s easy to forget about it, which is why regular heating maintenance may slip your mind. However, to prolong the health and functionality of your heater, it is important to get it routinely checked and serviced.

Why Does Your Heater Need Maintenance?

Just like you go to the physician to ensure perfect health, so your heating system needs regular check-ups. By performing simple upkeep, not only will you help protect the warranty on your heating unit, but you will also extend its life.

Our Cecil County Heater Maintenance Team Can Perform the Following Tasks:

  • Change standard 1 inch filters
  • Conduct an amp-draw test
  • Check airflow & fan controls
  • Tighten or replace belts
  • Check the heat exchanger for wear
  • Inspect safety controls
  • Check burners
  • Check electrical connections
  • Lubricate moving parts
  • Check gas lines
How do you maintain a furnace?

Here are a few steps you can take to maintain your furnace:

  1. Change the air filter: The air filter should be changed every month during the heating season. A dirty air filter can reduce the efficiency of your furnace and may cause it to malfunction.

  2. Clean the furnace: You should have your furnace professionally cleaned every year. This involves cleaning the burners, blower, and other parts of the furnace to remove any dirt or debris that may have accumulated.

  3. Inspect the furnace: Have a qualified HVAC technician inspect your furnace every year to ensure that it is operating safely and efficiently. The technician should check for any signs of wear or damage and make any necessary repairs.

  4. Keep the area around the furnace clear: Make sure that the area around the furnace is clear of any debris or flammable materials. This will help to ensure proper airflow and reduce the risk of a fire.

  5. Test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly and have fresh batteries. These detectors can alert you to potential issues with your furnace.

By following these maintenance steps, you can help to ensure that your furnace is functioning properly and safely, and extend its lifespan.

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Elkton Home Heating & Air has been a company that services and installs a wide range of heating, cooling and ventilation systems in Cecil County area since our founding in 2020. Over the years, we've built a reputation with all of our customers for being prompt, reliable and honest and would like an opportunity from you to allow us to show how we can assist with all of your HVAC needs, whether it's from performing maintenance on an older HVAC system or replacing one altogether. As a premier HVAC contractor, we ensure that you'll be satisfied with our service and that you'll see the savings add up on your future heating and cooling bills.