Thayer Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Heating Maintenance: Just What You Need This Fall!

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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It may seem strange to see us talking about your home heating system when we’re still experiencing days with temperatures in the 80s and even 90s. It’s true that summer weather isn’t finished with us, but nothing holds back winter forever. As we enter fall, it’s time to consider what your home heating system needs. 

And we know what it needs: regular professional maintenance!

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Evaluate Your Heater as Spring Begins

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
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This week marks the official start of spring. We may still run into some cold weather surprises, even into June, but this is when homeowners will begin to turn their thoughts from their heating systems and start planning for warmer weather.

But before you shut off your heating system for the last time this season, take the opportunity to evaluate how well your heater managed the winter. This way you can chart out your heating future—and that may involve getting a new heating system, or possibly a heat pump to handle both heating and cooling. 

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Be Cautious About Furnace Problems This Time of Year

Monday, March 8th, 2021
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We made it through a very cold February, and now many of us are hoping we’ll have an easy shot right to spring. It might happen. Or we might have more cold weather and need our heating systems working for a few more weeks. This is one of the reasons it’s still important to pay attention to your home’s furnace.

We always stress with customers that when a heating system needs a repair, it doesn’t matter the time year it is: the repair must be scheduled as soon as possible. For a gas furnace, it’s especially important because it has the potential to become hazardous if malfunctions are ignored. Even though it’s March, keep an eye out for furnace problems at this time so you can move fast to have them taken care of.

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It’s COLD: Can You Trust Your Home’s Heating System?

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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So, how was your week?

Dealing with a combination of cold weather and the extensive loss of power in areas of New Braunfels and Comal County was rough for many people, and all of us here at Thayer hope you and your family made it through this time in safety. We’ve been busy helping out with heating emergencies to make sure our customers stay warm. If you have any need for heating repair in Schertz, TX or the rest of our service area, give us a call—it’s our job to see to your comfort!

Now … let’s talk a bit about heating system reliability. We’re sure that’s probably on your mind.

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Ways a Faulty Thermostat Can Affect Your Home Heating

Monday, February 8th, 2021
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We enjoy mild winters here in Texas, with some occasional cold snaps where we’re thankful to have central heating systems. Because we don’t rely as heavily on our heaters as our neighbors to the north do, we can often coast along with a basic setting on the thermostat during the days and a lower temperature at night and not have to worry about the heating system needing to turn on too often. 

But your heating in San Antonio, TX can start to suffer if the thermostat isn’t working right. Thermostat troubles are often easy to overlook: a homeowner may assume that some of the problems listed below are troubles from inside the heating system itself. This is why it’s important to only call on HVAC professionals when you have heating issues. Our technicians can determine what kind of malfunction is harming your home comfort. If it turns out the thermostat is at fault, we’ll have an easier repair or replacement to take care of that will get your comfort back to normal.

The Impact of a Malfunctioning Thermostat

Thermostats can fail in several ways, from the simplest of manual models to the most complex new smart thermostats with Wi-Fi connections. 

The most common thermostat malfunction is a basic miscalibration. All thermostats have a temperature sensor that reads the air temperature near the center of the house to estimate how warm the building is in general. If the thermostat is miscalibrated, it will either sense the house as warmer or cooler than it actually is, and the house won’t be able to reach your desired temperature. The thermostat will shut the heater off too soon or allow it to run too long. If you find that you’re adjusting the thermostat often when this wasn’t normally a problem, it may mean that the thermostat needs professionals to recalibrate it. (We recommend replacing old manual thermostats that use a mercury sensor; these are out-of-date units.)

A loss of connection to the heater is another problem thermostats have—and it isn’t as easy to diagnose as you might think. Thermostats have multiple wires connecting to the control board of the HVAC system: separate wires to turn on and off the heating system and to turn on and off the blower fan. If one of these wires fails, it means the heater or blower fan won’t respond or won’t shut off. Let a technician determine what’s wrong and how it can be fixed. 

Thermostats can pick up ghost readings that are similar to a miscalibration, except in this case the issue is a hot or cold anomaly outside of the thermostat. If the heating system seems to be turning on and off at odd times, check to see that the thermostat isn’t exposed to a draft (such as an open window) or a new heat source like a lamp or an appliance. A thermostat that was poorly located in the first place may have direct sunlight affecting it. 

No matter the thermostat problem or other HVAC issue that’s hurting your winter comfort, put your trust in our team.

At Thayer Air Conditioning, “Your comfort is our #1 priority!” Call us when you need heating service—we’re already on the way!

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Why Does My Furnace Turn On and Off So Often?

Monday, January 25th, 2021
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During our mild winter months when you run the furnace to keep your household warm, you’ll become used to a standard pattern for how the HVAC system turns on and off. You’ll hear the blower fan come on, then the furnace burners ignite, and the rush of heated air pushed through the ductwork. After fifteen minutes or more, the furnace will then start cycling down, turning off the burners and eventually the fan. When the temperature begins to fall below the setting on the thermostat, the HVAC system will begin another heating cycle.

This is the normal behavior you’re used to from the furnace and probably don’t pay much attention to it. But if the furnace breaks this pattern and begins to turn on and off with greater frequency, you may notice. And then you may wonder: is this a problem?

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How a Heating System Can Warn You It’s In Trouble With Sounds

Monday, January 11th, 2021
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We can imagine that in the future, home heating systems like furnaces will come with complex computer diagnostics that will allow them to identify malfunctions immediately and then alert you to their existence. They may even be able to automatically call your friendly neighborhood heating repair experts—that’s us!—to get the problem fixed ASAP.

But until that technology arrives, you’ll have to use other warning signs from your heater that will tell you it’s time to call us for heating repair in San Antonio, TX. Today, we’re going to look at one specific type of warning, which is unusual sounds.

If you’ve had your heating system for at least one season already, then you know the sort of noises it makes regularly. When you notice something out of the ordinary, it may be a developing repair problem, even if you haven’t noticed any other change in the heater’s performance.

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How Long Can I Expect a Furnace to Last?

Monday, December 28th, 2020
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If you’re asking this question, you’re likely in one of two positions:

  1. You had a new furnace installed (we hope we installed it!) and you’re curious about how many years of good heating performance you’re going to get from this investment.
  2. You’ve had your current furnace for many years—you may have lost count—and wonder when it will be advisable to replace it.

If you’re in the first position, it’s good that you’re thinking ahead. A bit of knowledge can help your furnace last even longer. If you’re in the second, you’re entering a planning stage and may have reason to think your furnace won’t last much longer. It’s important that you don’t just let the furnace run until it completely fails. Getting ahead of an emergency breakdown is part of wise home comfort and will help you avoid high bills and unnecessary expenses.

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Getting a Grip on Higher Heating Bills

Monday, December 14th, 2020
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When we offer to help you “get a grip” on higher heating bills, we’re not offering to make it easier for you to look at higher bills and just cope with having to pay more. No, we want to help you get those bills under control. You expect the cost to heat your house to rise during the winter: even in Texas, our weather grows colder this time of year. But if that rise is much higher than you’ve seen before and it’s not connected to an uptick in energy costs, you can take various steps to lower your bills back down to a sensible level. 

Below are some ways to manage lower winter heating costs in your house. Some you do on your own, others may require calling us to assist.

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The Biggest Gas Furnace Worry: A Cracked Heat Exchanger

Monday, November 30th, 2020
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Gas furnaces are one of the best ways to provide comfort to a home during any winter season. They are reliable, work fast at delivering heat, and are powerful enough to help drafty and poorly insulated homes get through cold days.

Homeowners sometimes have worries about the safety of using a gas furnace. But if gas furnaces were inherently dangerous, they wouldn’t be permitted in homes at all—and they certainly wouldn’t be the number type of heating system in the country. The modern gas furnace is built with numerous safety precautions. If you make sure to keep up with regular maintenance and prompt furnace repair in San Antonio, TX when necessary, you shouldn’t have to worry about your gas furnace posing any hazards. 

However … we do need to talk about one concern: the cracked heat exchanger.

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