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Keeping Cozy: Furnace Repair While the Weather is Fair

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With winters in Ellicott City that dip into the low 20s, any homeowner can tell you the importance of having a functional furnace to stay warm. But how many understand the work that goes into keeping that appliance ready for when you need it? Just like your air conditioner, or really any other heavily-used fixture, your furnace requires someone to act on the work it needs when it needs it.

Now is the perfect time to get your furnace into tip-top shape before you really start relying on it. And the best name in Maryland to help you do that is Buric Heating and Air Conditioning.

Furnace Repair Versus Furnace Maintenance

There are a few key differences between furnace maintenance and furnace repair. When it comes down to it, it’s a matter of frequency. You should be servicing your furnace on a regular basis, ideally in the late summer or early fall. Consider it the same as a checkup at the doctor’s office or a routine cleaning with a dentist.

And when you go in to get your teeth cleaned at the dentist, there’s always the chance that the dentist may inform you of a cavity you didn’t even notice. Similarly, when you call Buric Heating and Air Conditioning for your furnace tune-up, we may find signs of a problem that would require a repair down the line. But if we catch it early on, we can stop it from getting to that point.

If you’ve been unable to get your furnace taken care of for some reason or another, we understand. Things happen. At the same time, that increases the risk of your furnace breaking down when you need it. When that happens, the Buric Heating and Air Conditioning team is readily available to come to your property for a furnace repair.

When to Seek Out Furnace Repair

The average furnace is a rather sophisticated work of machinery, and more often than not, it’ll let you know when it needs servicing. You just have to know what to look for, such as:

  • Dust buildup around the furnace vents
  • A yellow pilot light
  • Unpleasant noises or smells
  • Higher utility bills

And that’s just to name a few! There are many minor inconveniences that we tolerate in the home. Still, when it comes to your furnace (especially a gas furnace), it’s in the best interest of your household to call when your unit stops doing what it’s designed to do.

For example, if your furnace is no longer able to maintain a consistent and comfortable temperature throughout your home (despite the fact you cranked the thermostat), you have a real issue on your hands. One that you don’t need to (nor should you) put up with.

Other Furnace Problems

These aren’t the only cases of a dysfunctional heating system that requires a furnace repair. Maybe it’s that your furnace is doing the job it’s supposed to, but doing so using more effort and even unusual sounds and smells. There isn’t a furnace on the market that will be dead-silent, but that doesn’t mean your home in winter should sound like the venue for the world’s worst drumline.

Groaning, banging, or whining noises coming from your unit may result from a loose belt or ignition problem. Whatever it is, you should make sure you address the issue sooner rather than later. The same applies especially to the color of your pilot light in gas furnaces. A blue flame indicates a balance of the gases that allow your unit to function. If the pilot light turns yellow, it may show an excess of Carbon Monoxide.

Prompt furnace repair is a serious priority, especially if you have a gas unit. That’s because furnaces tend to work with potentially dangerous substances, so when something happens to disrupt their delicate balance, it needs to be handled quickly and by someone who knows how to handle the equipment and conditions the furnace presents when in disrepair.

At Buric Heating and Air Conditioning, we consider ourselves the right provider for furnace repairs in Ellicott City and beyond. You don’t even need to know what exactly is wrong with your furnace. If you have a feeling that it’s not operating the way that it should, that’s more than enough for us to send a professional to your home for a furnace inspection.

What Happens During a Furnace Inspection

Whether you’re seeking regular maintenance or a more in-depth repair, it all starts with a furnace inspection. With Buric Heating and Air Conditioning, we can send one of our skilled technicians to inspect your furnace from toe to tip. Maybe it’s fine; perhaps it needs work done. In certain cases, it may even be best to go with a furnace replacement. Furnace inspections are an equation with many possible solutions, but the process never changes.

Our team knows what to look for to determine the state of your furnace. They’ll start by checking the basic elements that play an important part in both heating and cooling systems. That includes your thermostat and air filter, which both play a significant role in the efficiency of your unit.

Then they’ll focus on the elements specific to the furnace. That may involve checking or cleaning parts like the:

  • Gas flow
  • Burner
  • Heat exchanger
  • Air handler

By the time we finish, we will have intimate knowledge of your furnace and what it needs. From that point, we can determine the kind of maintenance or repair services you may need.

Benefits of Prompt Furnace Maintenance and Repair

What is there to gain by staying on top with furnace repair and general maintenance? To put it simply, you get unfettered access to the best your heating system has to offer for as long as possible. Furnaces last between sixteen to twenty years, but to get that far, they require consistent care.

That’s only one reason to stay on top of frequent maintenance. You should also consider scheduling your annual furnace inspections to:

  • Lower energy bills
  • Reduce repair costs
  • Improve air quality
  • Increase efficiency

If this isn’t enough, you should absolutely prioritize heating services if your unit is powered by gas or oil. With these kinds of models, a potential repair isn’t just a whole lot of trouble; it’s a way for dangerous gases to be released into your home. Anything that handles these kinds of chemicals needs its own type of care. And for gas furnaces, as well as any other version, Buric Heating and Air Conditioning is the most reliable name in Ellicott City.

Furnace Repair with Buric Heating and Air Conditioning

There’s a lot we have to think about as the weather turns cooler. There are leaves to rake, sweaters to layer, holidays to prepare for, and hot drinks to savor. The cold season is a time to gather up whoever and whatever is important to you in the name of keeping warm both physically and emotionally.

In the rush of all of this, at Buric Heating and Air Cooling, we hope you don’t forget to give some attention to your furnace. And, not to sound too forward, we hope you come to us for help. We’re a family business and a family-serving-family business, and with every client, we aim to leave the house a little more comfortable than when we found it.

So if you’re looking for an upfront and hassle-free furnace repair, call on Buric Heating and Cooling. We’re the coziest part of any season (hot cocoa not included).