Furnace Repair & Replacement in Tampa Bay
The words “you need a new furnace” tend to strike fear in the hearts of every homeowner, but they needn’t come as a complete surprise. By learning the usual indicators of furnace failure, you can attend to potential problems promptly, before they lead to complete system failure. If you do need a total furnace replacement, be sure to protect your investment with regular preventative maintenance from the professionals at Air Rescue in Tampa Bay, FL.
How do I know my furnace is in danger of breaking down?
There are many red flags signaling your furnace efficiency is declining. These include, but aren’t limited to:
- Your home is colder than usual
- Your heating bills are gradually increasing when your usage isn’t
- Your pilot light is yellow rather than bright blue
- Your furnace isn’t running as warm as it should be
- Your furnace makes a banging, squealing, or scraping sound when you first turn it on
- You smell gas (turn off the unit and get out of the house!)
Likewise, if your furnace has been on the job for 15 years or more, it’s working on borrowed time and is probably due for a replacement. Don’t ignore any of these indicators of an impending furnace failure. Call Air Rescue in Tampa Bay, FL, for a thorough inspection of your equipment and a no-obligation quote for repairing or replacing your furnace.
Who inspects my furnace or vents and determines whether they need repair or replacement?
When you call on Air Rescue to diagnose a problem with your furnace, the person performing the inspection will be a licensed, bonded HVAC technician with ample experience in the field. He or she will examine the entire unit inside and out. They will check all vents for any blockage or leaking, test your burners for proper function, and verify that all electrical elements, belts, moving parts, and blowers are in good working order. Your inspector will also check the heat exchanger and air filter, perform a few basic system tests, and do any basic cleaning or maintenance that may be required.
If we determine your furnace needs to be repaired, your Air Rescue HVAC technician will be certain to discuss your options with you before beginning any work. Once we’ve agreed upon a course of action, Air Rescue will complete the repairs immediately, or begin ordering any parts that may be required before we begin. In all our dealings with you, you can rest assured we do whatever it takes to get the job done as soon as possible, without sacrificing quality.
All my furnace needs is a new blower motor. How much does it cost to replace just that?
It depends on whether your furnace needs a new blower motor or needs the entire squirrel cage fan assembly replaced. Only an on-property inspection by an Air Rescue HVAC technician can determine for certain what would be best in your situation.
Do valves on gas furnaces or water heaters need to be changed out? If so, how often?
In Air Rescue’s experience, gas valves don’t require a replacement that often, but our motto has always been “When in doubt, check it out.” If you suspect a problem with your gas valve or any component of your furnace, give us a call. We promise we won’t try to sell you on a service or repair you don’t need!
How often should I change the filter on my oil furnace?
Oil furnace filters should be changed once a year, like any other furnace filter. What Air Rescue would ask you, in turn, is: How long have you had that oil furnace, and is it doing the job of heating your home to your satisfaction? Oil furnaces are not that practical for heating Florida homes. We’re confident you’d like the cost, performance, and energy efficiency of a heat pump much better. Call our office in Tampa Bay, FL, to discuss what it would take to upgrade your home to a heat pump for heating and cooling.
Is furnace repair or replacement deductible when I sell my home?
In many cases, yes! Be sure to ask your tax preparer or realtor what the guidelines are and how you can best take advantage of them when you sell your home.
Make sure you’re prepared this winter. Call for furnace repairs!
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