Heating Repair in Northern Virginia
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Northern Virginia winters can be downright brutal, which means when they roll around, there’s nothing worse than a weak, unresponsive, or inoperable heater. If this happens, you need the assurance that you have top-class professionals at hand who can provide fast, effective repair services that guarantee the job gets done right. At HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited, we take your needs very seriously and strive to bring you the best solutions and services to meet your unique needs.
Our certified HVAC professionals utilize industry-leading tools, superior knowledge, and years of experience to analyze your heating system. We take great care to locate and diagnose the root problem with your unit and provide you with the best solutions possible for the situation. This way, we can always guarantee total satisfaction and complete accuracy in the face of any problem, big or small! We’re here to ensure that your heater is ready to handle those frigid winter months.
If you’re in need of repair service that is sure to exceed your expectations, contact our Arlington heating repair specialists at HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited today to learn more about how we can help you.
Signs You Need Heating Repairs
Sometimes, it’s pretty obvious when your heating system needs a little love and care, but other times, the signs can be hard to read if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
Our experts came up with the most common signs to watch for that signify you may need repairs. They include:
- Your heater refuses to kick on: This may be obvious, but it bears mention simply because there are loads of possible issues here. An unresponsive unit could be due to thermostat issues, faulty wiring, busted components, and many other common problems.
- Your heater makes odd sounds: You’re probably familiar with the minor sounds your system makes during operation. But if you notice a clunk, bang, wheeze, or whistle that seems out of place, it’s a good idea to reach out to a professional immediately. These are common signs that components have broken loose and may further damage your heater if left unhandled.
- Your energy costs are higher: A little variation is natural, but when your utility costs spike a good 10% to 20% for no obvious reason, you likely have an issue that needs addressing.
- Your thermostat is unresponsive: Often a wiring or electrical component issue, if your thermostat doesn’t seem to register adjustments you make, or the displayed temperature doesn’t seem to reflect the temperature of your home accurately, it’s time for repairs.
- Your unit frequently “kicks” on and off: If your heater is operating erratically or too much, there is a good chance something has gone wrong. In some cases, this issue could necessitate a replacement.
- Your air quality is becoming an issue: If your allergies are acting up a bit more than usual, or you note a heightened presence of dust in the household, the ductwork of your heater may be at fault.
Heating Repair vs. Replacement
When your heating unit has broken down, you’re left with two options. You could either opt for heating repair or consider replacement should any of the following apply.
1. Your heating unit is old – Exactly how long heating units last depends on the unit, use, environment, and maintenance levels. Gas furnaces, for example, can survive for 20 years, so if it’s much older than that, you should think again before sinking more money into heating repair.
2. Repair after repair – Our Arlington heating repair technicians will always be happy to come in and service your unit. But if you’re getting to know them by name or they’re over often, then you should consider opting for replacement. At some point, another repair visit will be more expensive when you consider it’s a dying unit that needs to be replaced soon anyhow.
3. The cost of heating repair is almost half the cost of replacement – If you multiply the cost of a repair by the age of the unit, it should be less than the total cost of replacement. If not, then the repair is too much for a unit that’s too old and replacement is the more financially prudent maneuver.
24-Hour Emergency Heating Repair in Arlington & Northern Virginia
At HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited, our team knows that heating system problems can strike at any time. Rarely does a heater wait for a convenient time (if there is such a thing) to cause trouble. No matter the time of day, our team is always available to meet your repair needs. Our 24-hour emergency service is top-class and can ensure you have access to superior care for any situation.
When you call our experts for emergency repairs, we’ll have fully equipped and highly experienced Northern Virginia heating specialists out the door and on the way to your home or business as soon as possible. Upon arrival, our technicians will quickly diagnose and repair your heater using our knowledge and extensive experience.
When you have an emergency, we ask that you please call us rather than submit an online request. This will enable us to respond to your issue quickly.
Top Quality Heating Repair in Northern Virginia With HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited
We’ve been proudly serving Arlington and the surrounding cities for over 10 years, and in that time, we’ve learned how to provide the best service around. Our specialists offer the very best in skill, knowledge, and service, and our tools and products are top-notch. For heater repairs you can count on, look no further than our specialists.
Contact us today by calling (703) 455-6000 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment. We proudly serve homes and businesses in Alexandria, Falls Church, and surrounding cities.
FAQ About Furnaces in Northern Virginia
How Do You Properly Size a Furnace?
It is crucial to find a furnace that perfectly fits your home. When it comes to choosing the size, it is not about measuring the physical size of the furnace; it is about determining how many British thermal units, or BTU, the unit produces. In other words, how much heat the system can generate to keep you comfortable on a cold winter’s day.
To calculate the best-sized system for your home, you need to take into account the following:
- Your home’s square footage
- Your climate zone (Northern Virginia is Zone 3)
- The number of windows in your home
- The thickness and type of insulation in your home
Generally, Northern Virginia homeowners will want a furnace that can produce between 40 to 45 BTUs per square foot. This size is usually more than sufficient to stave off the chill on the coldest days of the year.
Do you need help choosing the ideal size furnace for your home? Contact us at (703) 493-1200, and we will be happy to help you make the calculations you need to enjoy the comfort you desire.
Can I install a furnace myself?
Whether it’s gas, electric, or oil, there is no shortage of YouTube videos and blogs that attempt to walk homeowners through the process of installing a new furnace. And, while we fully support many DIY projects, we strongly recommend against trying to install your own furnace. There are many reasons, not the least of which is your safety. When you install a furnace, you will be dealing with electricity and fuel in the case of gas or oil furnaces. Mishandling these can result in electrocution, fires, or explosions.
When you install a new furnace, every task must be performed correctly, in the right order, and in compliance with fire codes, building codes, manufacturer requirements, and other standards. A single mistake is all it takes to void the warranty, homeowners insurance, etc. It is simpler, faster, safer, and more cost-effective to hire a trained HVAC professional to perform the installation process. The installation will take between four to eight hours from start to finish, and it is worth every penny of your investment.
I've replaced my furnace, so why is my house still cold?
If you have replaced your furnace but your home is still cold, there are several possible causes. First, you most likely have an air leak. Check your windows, doors, skylights, etc., to make sure they are properly sealed with the appropriate weatherstripping. If that’s not the issue, then it is probable that your insulation is compacted or has blown away from walls, attics, etc.
Why do heat exchangers crack?
Cracked heat exchangers are one of the most common repairs we provide. Heat exchangers can crack when they overheat because of the excess stress caused as the component expands and contracts. This process can cause cracks, usually next to bends or welds. They can also crack due to incomplete combustion, poor airflow, or if the unit is under/oversized for the home.
Do you need a new heat exchanger? Contact us at (703) 493-1200, and we will be happy to replace this critical component at the earliest possible opportunity.
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