For most of the year, Mount Airy has a relatively cool climate, which is why having a reputable heating repair company is important. A malfunctioning heating system won’t provide proper temperature control. When you need a furnace, heat pump, or boiler repair, you can turn to Jay’s Heating, Air & Plumbing to quickly diagnose and fix it. Fully licensed and insured, we can handle any heating repair, big or small, before there’s no heat and your safety is at risk.
Types of Heating Systems
Our customers in Mount Airy and surrounding areas depend on our NATE-certified technicians to repair:
Furnaces: A furnace uses gas-fired burners or an electric heating element to heat air that is blown through ductwork to every room. Common repair parts include blower motors, heat exchangers, heating coils, and flue or vent pipes. Furnaces are reliable and low-maintenance but can come with safety risks (gas furnaces) or high operating costs (electric units).
Heat Pumps: A heat pump provides heating and cooling. A reversing valve allows it to switch functions. It consists of indoor and outdoor components that are maintained similarly to a standard HVAC system. A heat pump provides year-round comfort, is safe and affordable to operate, and improves temperature/humidity control, but it is costlier to install and less efficient in extreme cold.
Boilers: A boiler produces hot water or steam that circulates through pipes to supply heat throughout your home. It has a combustion chamber, burner, heat exchanger, valves, and controls. Boilers are known for even heat distribution, cleanliness, and low operating costs but are expensive to install and don’t provide cooling (you need AC equipment for this).
Signs and Symptoms of Heating System Issues
Any heating system can develop problems and need repairs. Here are some of the reasons to call a professional to evaluate your system:
Insufficient Heating Output: There’s little or no heat, or cold air blows when the thermostat is set to heating mode. Temperatures varying significantly from room to room can also be a sign you need heating repair.
Unusual Noises: If your heater is making banging, whistling, squealing, rattling, loud humming, or other unfamiliar noises, call a heating repair technician to check it out. The sound is usually due to a loose, worn, or broken component.
Inconsistent Temperature: A malfunctioning heater can cause the temperature in your home to constantly fluctuate no matter how much you adjust the thermostat. Without a prompt fix, your heater can waste energy and require a costlier repair or replacement.
Increased Energy Bills: Higher utility bills are a subtle sign you should call a heating repair service. The system may be working harder to compensate for reduced performance due to an internal problem.
Poor Indoor Air Quality: From increased dust and humidity to symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure (such as burning in the eyes and nose, a dull headache, dizziness, or nausea), a heater malfunction can have a range of indoor air quality effects.
Recognizing and addressing heating system issues early avoids calling a repair company during an emergency. It can save on costlier repairs and help your heater last longer. Lastly, it can protect the health of your household.
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DIY Troubleshooting Tips and Safety Measures
Never try to fix a heating system yourself. It requires years of training and experience, not to mention a license and certification. But you can safely troubleshoot your heater if it’s not performing as expected. Here are a few tips:
Check and Adjust Thermostat Settings: Settings can be changed accidentally. First, check the thermostat is set to “Heat”. Once the correct mode is set, raise the temperature a few degrees and see if the furnace kicks in. If not, check for damaged wiring or other components and call for help.
Change Air Filters Regularly: A dirty or clogged filter can restrict airflow, so heat isn’t properly distributed. It can also cause the system to overheat and shut down. Dirt and dust on the filter can get into the system and reduce efficiency as well. Depending on the filter, check it every one to three months and follow the user manual to change it.
Proper Ventilation and Duct Inspection: If there are leaves or debris near exhaust vents, clean them away. Replace any blocked screen mesh on vent pipes. If the flue appears blocked, it will need to be disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled (call a professional for this).
Check ductwork as well. Dust and dirt near vents can be vacuumed out and small gaps can be sealed with metal duct tape. If there’s substantial dirt or performance issues or ducts appear seriously damaged, hire a heating repair contractor for a professional solution.
We also recommend the following safety measures to ensure your home is safely heated:
Keep flammable items away from your heating unit
Never use an oven to heat your home
Keep the heater out of reach of kids and pets
Only let a professional perform heating repair
If you smell a gas leak, call the fire department
Install and test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms
Why You Need a Heating Repair Professional
The expertise of a heating repair professional is invaluable. Safety is a consideration if you have a gas furnace or other heater, especially if there’s a potential leak. Working with gas lines and connections, ignition components, or electrical parts can be dangerous if you’re not experienced. Regardless of the issue or type of system, a professional can avoid further damage and anticipate any issues during the repair process. They can help improve efficiency and avoid repairs or early system replacement, so your system is more cost-effective over time and improves heating performance and indoor comfort.
Hire a Local HVAC Expert in Mount Airy, NC
At Jay’s Heating, Air & Plumbing, we’re familiar with the regional climate and the heating needs of homeowners in Mount Airy and beyond. Being local also enables us to respond quickly to emergency calls. Therefore, we’ve built trust in the community. A reputation for prompt service, effective solutions, and excellent customer service means people continue to rely on and recommend us for heating repairs.
Contact Us to Request Heating Repair Services
Our HVAC technicians are NATE-certified, factory-trained, and fully licensed and insured. We provide 24/7 emergency repair services in Mount Airy and are A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau (plus recognized by Angi and HomeAdvisor). Every job includes fast, friendly service, flat rate pricing, and a complete satisfaction guarantee. To request prompt heating repairs or emergency service, call (336) 663-0496.