Even Los Angeles can be unbearable in the fall and winter. At West Coast Chief Repair, our experts specialize in the maintenance, repair, and replacement of all types of heating systems. If your heater isn’t working, give us a call today!
Common Heating System Issues
When a heating system goes down, it can result in uncomfortable temperatures in your home, and clean lead to dangerous risks. Here are common things to look out for in your heating unit:
Leaking tubes. Shorts in electric heating coils
Vents that fail to expel carbon monoxide
Carbon monoxide sensors that fail to shut down a defective unit
A gas/electric unit uses a gas-powered furnace to generate heat and electricity for air conditioning. This method differs from many HVAC systems, which produce heat with a heat pump instead of generating it internally.
These gas, oil, or coal powered units rely on gravity to heat via a ducting system. Due to asbestos, it often makes financial sense to keep and repair them instead of attempting to replace them.
Experts in Heater Repair
For over 25 years, West Coast Chief Repair has built a sterling reputation as Los Angeles’ home for outstanding air conditioning and heater repair. No need to endure those chilly temperatures! Give us a call as soon as you require heater repair or furnace repair.
One of the appliances that come with the largest energy costs in your home is your heater. Whether you use electric, natural gas, or oil as the driving force, heaters are a significant energy cost during the colder months of the year. Boosting performance can ensure a long, productive lifespan and save money on energy costs.
YEARLY MAINTENANCE. Showing your heating unit a little love yearly can ensure you’re getting the best performance. We can evaluate your unit, help maintain or replace worn parts, and clean your unit as needed to ensure it’s running smooth. This annual maintenance may be an additional cost, but one that you’ll see back in the form of smooth running, energy efficient operation.
FILTERS. Replace the filters to ensure that airflow is happening without obstruction. The heat that’s unable to circulate you can consider wasted energy.
ADD A HUMIDIFIER. Humidity in the air creates a higher heat index, making the air feel warmer than without a humidifier. As a result, your unit will work less to produce heat. It is also more comfortable in your home as the winter months tend to be drier. A humidifier provides additional comfort as well as energy efficiency.
SEAL LEAKS. Duct work that leaks is wasting your heat (and running up your bills). Have your heater appliance repair team inspect your ducts during your annual maintenance inspection.
Heating costs are an inevitable strain but by caring for your unit you can make costs manageable. Don’t wait until the warm weather is back again.
In Los Angeles, gas furnace systems are common. They’re subjected to heavy use during the winter months some years, and much less the next. While their use may be sporadic, you still need to keep your furnace in good working order. When something goes wrong, call a trusted and trained professional to help. If you wish to do some troubleshooting first, here are some helpful steps to take.
Know the common problems. Furnaces producing no heat are caused by a malfunctioning thermostat, tripped breaker, or an extinguished pilot light cause the most problems. Check these first.
Check the thermostat settings. It should set to “heat”. Also, check to make sure that setting is set at a high enough level.
Check the power. Be sure the circuit breaker has not tripped. If it has, it would be in the opposite position than the rest. Flip it back. If you have fuses, you may have blown one. If you replace the fuse or fix the breaker and it happens again, there’s a problem with your electrical system. You’ll need an experienced professional to handle this.
Check the power switch by your furnace. Sometimes, area technicians come out only to find that the power switch flipped. This is generally located on the furnace itself.
Reset the motor. Sometimes, the motor needs a recharge. You’ll find a reset button located near the blower motor’s housing. If it’s there, press it. If nothing happens, wait 30 minutes and try again.
If you have a gas furnace, a common problem is the pilot light. The pilot light may have gone out as a fluke or because of other problems. You may also have a gas valve that has closed. Reignite the pilot light or call a professional if it happens again.
Keeping up with maintenance will allow you to keep your appliances longer. Having repairs done properly and as soon as a problem arises will also extend the life of any appliance. West Coast Chief Repair can aid you in keeping up with maintenance and this will save you time and money.
“I had the best experience with this company and would recommend them to all my family and friends. We were having problems with our heater with 2 small kids in the house. They were able to get a technician out the very next day, who found the problem right away. Tiger (technician) was at my house the next day with all the necessary parts to fix the heater and now it works like brand new. I would highly recommend Michael and all his staff for any problems with appliances or heating and ac.”