Archive for September, 2017

Even though fall is only just beginning, it’s important to start preparing your home for the cold winter months ahead so you won’t have any unexpected surprises. It’s hard to switch your mindset to the winter weather, we know; but that denial is exactly how important home details get forgotten as you switch off your air conditioner and flip on your furnace. Avoid furnace repair with these tips and pieces of advice, and ensure a comfortable and cozy winter.

People heat their homes in so many different, and potentially unsafe, ways: gas fireplaces, electric heaters, wood fireplaces, oil or gas furnaces, radiant heaters, boilers and even leaving your oven open! Safety is the most important part of the warm-to-cold season transition, but it is oftentimes overlooked when the cold hits earlier than expected.

Turning on that furnace for the first time after months of inactivity can be a shock to you, your system and your house. So instead of waiting for the first freezing day and causing a jolting change in your home’s atmosphere, turn on your furnace now. Take it from our Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone experts. We visit many Haverhill homes every winter for furnace repair because they did not prepare their homes for the peak winter months.

Don’t wait until it’s freezing outside to see if your system works—turn it on now! No really, right now! Did you do it? Once your furnace is switched on, stop and assess your surroundings:

  1. Listen: Does it sound like your furnace is struggling to work? Are you hearing more noise than you are used to from your system, or is there excessive airflow? Anything out of the ordinary might be a sign that you need furnace repair.
  2. Smell: Does it smell like something is burning around your furnace? Our Climate Zone professionals STRONGLY RECOMMEND keeping a fire extinguisher around your furnace for emergency purposes, especially when you are turning it on for the first time in months. If you smell burning, first check to see that there is not an actual fire or smoke coming from your furnace. If there is, turn off the system immediately, put out the flames, get out and call 911. If there is not a fire, wait and see if the smell goes away after an hour or two, but if it doesn’t, call our experts for an inspection or tune-up.
  3. Look: Once your furnace has been switched on, check your carbon monoxide detector’s readings. If the reading is over 30 or your detector goes off, turn off your furnace system and immediately call Climate Zone for furnace repairs and an inspection. You never want to compromise your safety for comfort and carbon monoxide could cause hazardous conditions in your home. You may want to exit your home until the detector’s reading falls below 30 again.
  4. Feel: Do you feel vibrations on your air ducts or walls? An inspection from our Climate Zone experts could help identify the cause of this before it becomes a major problem with potential furnace repair.

Aren’t you glad you turned on your furnace now and tested it before it was too late into the winter? After you’ve followed these sense guidelines, you should have a pretty good idea if your system is working properly and safely. By design, equipment that heats up always poses potential danger to its surroundings, so always put safety first when it comes to your furnace. By testing your furnace early, you’ve dodged the peak heating and furnace repair rush caused by those who didn’t plan ahead and turn their heating system on early to test it. If you have any questions or concerns as you are turning on your furnace, give our Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone experts a call at (978) 872-1190 or stop by to ask us questions in our Haverhill store.

Fall is creeping into Haverhill and with every change of the season come changes in your heating and cooling system, too. There are hundreds of reasons why your home’s furnace or heating system might need repairs, but there are a few reasons we’ve identified as the most common. Before reaching out to Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone for heating and cooling service, here are some of the reasons why you might be experiencing an uncomfortable fall so far:

  1. Thermostat malfunctions – With wear and tear, your thermostat might become faulty and could cause problems with your fan and your comfort.
  2. Months without use – Especially as the fall season begins, one of the most common furnace or heating problems we see at Climate Zone is inactivity. It may take a few days for your furnace to kick back into gear and fully heat your home.
  3. Dirty filters – Clogged air filters greatly reduce airflow through your heating and cooling system, forcing your furnace to work harder than it should. This lack of airflow can also damage the lifespan of your system over time.
  4. System pilot or ignition control problems – A faulty ignition or pilot makes it extra difficult to heat a home. Unlit pilot lights are usually caused by drafts or clogs in a heating and cooling system.
  5. Lack of maintenance – We say it over and over again, but the top reason we see unnecessary heating and cooling service is because a homeowner has failed to schedule annual maintenance that could prevent unexpected breakdowns and issues. These routine inspections help your furnace and entire system run smoothly and reliably so you can live in ease.

Now that you have a better idea of the top five problems we see at Climate Zone, how can you ensure that these won’t happen to you this fall? Here are some tips on ways that you can avoid these problems and get back to enjoying the cool fall weather:

  • Change your air filter – It’s standard to clean or replace your filter once a month, according to most manufacturers. Get this done early and set a reminder each month to check your filter. If you are unsure of how to check your filter, check out our latest blog on simplifying air filters.
  • Reduce drafts – Close windows and doors when they are not in use during this change of seasons to avoid fall drafts and future problems with your pilot light.
  • Check your thermostat – If it’s been a week or so since you’ve turned on your furnace and you’re still not noticing any heat, check the batteries in your thermostat and see if they need replacing.
  • Call in the Climate Zone experts – Schedule your annual maintenance and have a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician come in and inspect your furnace and whole heating and cooling system to make sure there are no problems looming on the horizon. Our Haverhill experts will prepare your system for the upcoming winter and handle any major repairs that are necessary to your comfort. Important items like carbon monoxide checks, equipment safety checks and adequate combustion air checks are all standard during this tune-up process.

If you have any questions about your heating and cooling system and its most common problems, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill at (978) 872-1190.