Houston is hot. We have summer heat for over half the year. We usually have mild-to-warm temperatures in late fall, winter, and early Porter. That makes it easy to underestimate the importance of a furnace. However, our houses do not hold in heat. That means it does not take long before frigid outdoor temperatures turn the whole house chilly. So, if your heat stops working, it can be a real emergency. At Crew Heating & Air Conditioning, we handle furnace repairs in Porter, TX and surrounding areas. Whether you need to schedule a repair in advance or need emergency services, we provide top-notch customer service and high-quality repairs. We respond quickly, diagnose your problem, explain repair options, and handle repairs promptly and efficiently. The goal is to keep you warm and cozy all winter in your Porter, TX home.
You turned up the temperature, but your house is still chilly. Is your heater broken? It may seem straightforward, but we get a lot of calls from people whose furnaces are working. There is an easy explanation for that. Many homeowners in the Porter, TX area are not familiar with how their heating systems work. That is no surprise—we are a city that needs AC to survive. Some of us go entire winters without ever using our heat. So, before you call Crew Heating & Air Conditioning to fix your system, give it a quick overview.
We provide a full range of furnace repair, service, and maintenance in Porter, TX and surrounding areas. If you do not feel comfortable taking any of these steps, we are happy to handle them all for you. They are all included in one of our routine maintenance calls. However, if you think you need a repair, we suggest checking the following things before calling for repairs.
Is your furnace a natural gas furnace? You may not realize that it still needs electricity to operate. Make sure you have the power switched “on.” Also, check that your circuit breaker is on. If you reset the circuit breaker and it immediately switches off again, it indicates a potential electrical issue. Call for Porter, TX professional service, and do not try to use your furnace.
You would be astounded by the number of calls we get from people who have not turned their systems to “heat.” Check your thermostat to see if it is set to heat and set to the desired temperature. Turn your thermostat up about five degrees above your Porter, TX home’s current temperature and listen to see if the furnace engages. If you have a battery-operated thermostat, try changing the batteries if the thermostat is not working.
Your HVAC systems in your Porter, TX home need unobstructed airflow to function correctly. Check your filters. If they are dirty, your furnace will not take in enough air. It could result in your feeling a reduced airflow or the air not heating correctly. Try replacing filters if they are dirty.
Your furnace has an air intake vent located outside of your Porter, TX house. If this vent is blocked, you will not get fresh air into your system, and your furnace will not function properly. Clear debris from the vent and see if that corrects your problem.
Your furnace should not release carbon monoxide into your Porter, TX home. If your carbon monoxide detector sounds an alarm when you use your system, turn off your furnace, open your windows to air out the house, and call for service.
Does it seem like your furnace is struggling to heat your Porter, TX home? Are you having a problem getting enough heat? That could indicate a problem with your unit or that your ductwork leaks.
Most people will notice a burning smell the first few times they use their heat each season. That smell is from dust particles in the unit. It is a complex smell to describe, but one that most adults will recognize. It is not a cause for alarm, as long as it dissipates after the unit runs for a while. However, your furnace should not have other smells associated with it. If it smells funny, turn it off and call for service in the Porter, TX area.
You should either check your pilot light or have a professional check your pilot light at least once a season. It should be blue. Different colored pilot lights indicate that there could be a potentially dangerous ventilation problem. That can put you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, fire, or even an explosion. If your pilot light is yellow, call for immediate service. Your Porter, TX HVAC company may instruct you to turn off gas to the furnace until they can arrive.
You should be able to hear your heat running. Just like your air conditioning, there are sounds associated with your furnace and blower. However, it should be background noises. If you notice loud, unusual, grinding, or squealing sounds, you need to have an HVAC technician in Porter, TX to check out your system.