When problems strike your home or commercial building’s furnace, don’t hesitate to count on the experts at West Coast Chief Repair. With a decades-long record of premium service to businesses throughout the Los Angeles area, all our staff have the training and experience you need to keep your building comfortable when cold weather strikes.
Furnaces are a widely used heating option for homes, businesses and commercial properties throughout Greater Los Angeles and other regions across Southern California. These devices are so popular, in part, because they use proven, time-tested technology to provide reliable temperature control during cold weather. However, even the most dependable commercial furnace models require regular upkeep and may develop malfunctions that seriously compromise their efficiency or ability produce heat.
Types of Furnaces
The term furnace can cover many different heat producing devices. There are those used in manufacturing and industry, in fact, the term just means something that produces a high temperature. We are obviously concerned with the smaller end of the scale but some homes and businesses still use technology from the past. We see different power sources, gas and electricity are to be expected but oil and wood are used to.
Commercial units are frequently installed on building rooftops. Rooftop installation of gas- and propane-powered furnaces take special consideration in order to properly place and protect the fuel supply lines.
Furnace Repair and Maintenance
All furnaces require regular maintenance in order to operate at peak performance, in terms of both their heat output and their energy efficiency. Owners of residential units are typically able to perform some basic maintenance tasks themselves. However, all aspects of the upkeep of commercial units, including the creation of an appropriate schedule for the make and model of the furnace you have installed, are best left to trained professionals.
Our expert staff have been performing routine maintenance on commercial furnaces throughout the Greater Los Angeles area for more than a quarter of a century. Our comprehensive servicing covers all phases of inspection and upkeep, although the specific steps of an effective maintenance routine will vary according to the type of unit you have installed. Common steps include:
- Testing the accuracy of the thermostat
- Performing any required thermostat recalibrations
- Clearing out the accumulated combustion byproducts
- Inspecting and tightening any loose electrical connections
- Inspecting the wiring and replacing any damage
- Testing the burners
- Making any required burner adjustments
- Checking for cracks and other forms of damage in the heat exchangers
- Testing for the presence of carbon monoxide leaks
Common Furnace Problems
Furnaces can develop a range of problems that make them less effective, inefficient or even dangerous to operate. If your building relies on a natural gas- or propane-powered unit, relatively common issues you may face eventually include:
- Lack of electrical power
- Faulty pilot light or ignition system
- Burners that fail to ignite
- Fans or blowers that won’t distribute the heated air
- Stuck blowers
- Unusual noises
You may also face any one of a number of serious problems related to risks for fire and/or carbon monoxide leaks, including heat exchanger cracks and soot accumulations resulting from poorly performed maintenance or lack of an established maintenance routine.
Furnace Troubleshooting and Repair
The problems found in commercial furnaces largely mimic the problems found in residential furnaces and have several possible underlying causes. Ignition failure or other symptoms in a faulty furnace may stem from:
Without the intervention of a well-trained professional, there is simply no way to reliably troubleshoot the symptoms of a faulty furnace and uncover the issue(s) actually responsible for those symptoms. At West Coast Chief Repair, we provide all the expertise you need. Instead of jumping to conclusions, we quickly and efficiently perform the tests required for a sound diagnosis. Next, we use the results of those tests to develop a repair plan focused on the specifics of your situation. After preparing this plan, we complete the job by performing lasting, cost-effective repairs that address each of the issues. As soon as possible, we’ll have your commercial furnace working properly once again with a reliable solution.