Maryland Heating Repair Pros at Your Service
If you lived at least one winter day in a home without your furnace heating, you know it’s serious. Trying to stay warm by layering clothes and consuming insane amounts of hot tea is only a temporary solution in Maryland.
Call for Comfort (410) 721-5595 or (301) 464-5161
Don’t worry – your preferred Maryland heating repair company is just a phone call away. Make sure you act as fast as possible, because not only can you get sick from long exposure to cold, but there are other bad consequences. If you leave your home unheated for a long period, some of the pipes might freeze and burst – not something you want to deal with in the middle of a Maryland winter.
Furnace Repair Maryland
Whether your home uses forced air heating or hot-water radiators, our experts at Grove Heating and Cooling can find and fix the problem ASAP. Maryland furnace repair is something we get a lot of calls about during winter.
Some of the common problems with a gas furnace include:
- Thermostat issues: mismatched or poorly calibrated thermostat
- Electronic ignition problems
- Clogged, neglected air filters
- Failing motor
The lack of heat in your home is not the only way furnace problems manifest themselves. Watch out for any signs of a furnace not performing as usual: making louder noises, cycling on and off continuously or not responding to thermostat temperature adjustments. Maryland heating repairs usually have to do with a malfunctioning furnace or thermostat, but our technicians are trained to investigate and uncover other issues as well.
Gas Furnace Types in Maryland
With decades of experience we have the skills, equipment and training to handle any type of heating and cooling in Maryland. If we may be of service in keeping you comfortable with any type of furnace give us a call (410) 721-5595 or (301) 464-5161 or schedule an appointment with the form on the right of the screen.
Most older homes with gas furnaces in Maryland will find that they have the conventional type. These are less efficient and work on the process that the gas which is burned is initially used to heat the exchanger and then is vented quickly. This leaves a lot of the energy lost as it is vented out of the system.
A newer more efficient style is the condensing furnace. This type is different in that it contains two heat exchangers. The first works similar in capturing the energy in the form of heat from burning gases and the second heat exchanger then is used to absorb the same gases which have condensed exited the first exchanger.
Gas Furnace Efficiency Levels
The standard AFUE rating (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) is used in the HVAC industry to set levels and categorize equipment.
- 55% to 72% AFUE is considered older, obsolete technology – Low Efficiency
- 78% range is the lowest AFUE level allowed for new furnaces – Low Efficiency
- Low 80 percentages AFUE – Mid or Standard Efficiency
- Percentages in the 90s are considered – High Efficiency
Energy Star standards set a AFUE of 90% or greater to qualify for its gas furnace models in Maryland. All of our core service areas of Annapolis, Laurel, Odenton, Bowie, College Park, Glen Burnie, Crofton, and Pasadena are in Energy star’s “U.S. southern region”
9 Signs for a Furnace Replacement in Maryland
There are some signs of a Furnace unit ready to be replaced so if you are sensing any of these give us a call before it becomes an emergency:
- Age – Furnaces typically last 16 – 20 years, however extreme conditions, improper installation or cheap / bargain units will have a shorter lifespan. This is a great time to contact us and start shopping for a energy efficient unit. Waiting until the unit fails completely usually means that you make a poor decision in an emergency situation. Being prepared and knowing your options (like choosing Geothermal in Maryland) is a nice option to have to reduce your long term energy bills. Mini splits are a good choice for replacement if the home is
- Your furnace frequently malfunctions or stops working. If your furnace is older and runs louder you can usually hear it running at strange intervals or at short or long intervals instead of the “normal” cycles.
- Your heating costs gradually went up over the past years. This can be difficult to know because one Maryland winter may be more harsh than another and fuel costs can fluctuate but when looking over the monthly or yearly bills you can get a good estimate.
- You’ve neglected furnace / HVAC maintenance for a long time, but then you are having regular issues with repairs. Most cases and units incur the most repairs in the last 2 years. Much like an automobile, you will have to decide when it is the right time to make the replacement. We will glad to help you with options, selection and our experienced opinion. Another good tip is to check into our regular maintenance plans. They really do save you money, bring you peace of mind and save you from an emergency in Maryland’s winters.
- Older, poorly functioning Furnaces lack the ability to keep a house moisturized and this leads to an excessively dry atmosphere inside the home. Some units have a humidity setting and this fails as the unit ages. This excessive dryness can irritate allergies, produce coughs, increase dust in the air and dry throat, nose and skin. You may even notice plants suffering and needing watered more frequently as well as creaking floors and furniture.
- Is the thermostat doing it’s heating job efficiently? If some rooms are cold while others are comfortable it can be that the unit lacks the power to produce enough heat. At the same time the furnace may not be able to push enough air through the system.
- When the furnace is NOT electric and has a Pilot light that light should be blue (not yellow) a yellow flame usually indicates a very poorly running furnace and can be an indication of carbon monoxide poisoning. You may also notice soot remnants on the outside of the unit or nearby. The furnace vent pipes may be moist or even rusted. All of these are indicators there could be a problem and needs attention.
- Are you Hearing new and different noises while heating? Like your vehicle, a furnace can produce a wide range of noises, none of which are a good sign. Whistling, popping, snapping, banging, rattling or even squealing are a sure fire warning that something is wrong and most likely failure is in the near future.
- Headaches, Burning in the eyes or nose, flu like feelings, nausea or feeling disoriented can all be signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. Poorly built units can develop cracks in the heat exchanger and this can lead to leaks which can fill the surrounding area with harmful gases. This is serious and can be detected with a carbon monoxide unit found at most home improvement stores.
Heating and Furnace Questions in Annapolis, Laurel, Bowie, College Park, Glen Burnie, Crofton and Pasadena Maryland
What is a programmable Thermostat?
A: A programmable thermostat is usually a wall mounted unit which allows you to set conditions that you choose for your furnace or AC will heat or cool your home or business environment automatically throughout the day, week, month… There are many types of programmable thermostats and they have been around for years, with many changes and improvements. The latest improvements include WiFi capabilities. However simple models are more common in Annapolis, Laurel, Bowie, College Park, Glen Burnie, Crofton, Pasadena Maryland like this one pictured below:
We were asked the question “What is this at my furnace? a Duct Humidistat?”
A Maryland homeowner sent us this image and asked the question. A duct humidistat is an electro-mechanical device which was used in many older Maryland furnace ducts to sense and control the humidity levels in a given area. Some were manual like this older model and could be set by a person according to the temperature as a guide. However, today’s heating systems like a furnace use more sophisticated, automated systems for sensing and controlling humidity in keeping us comfortable. They keep residential homes comfortable and they are also used in commercial applications to control the humidity levels in important service rooms like computer server rooms, Printer and printing services, sensitive production rooms for technical elements, food storage warehouses, growing and greenhouses and indoor swimming pools.
To save you headache, we also offer convenient maintenance plans to ensure your furnace is ready for heating in Maryland and there will be no surprises. Our core service area of; Annapolis, Laurel, Bowie, College Park, Glen Burnie, Crofton, Pasadena holds many interesting residential and commercial heating applications and we appreciate each one of them. We are your heating and furnace repair company in Maryland.