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Guide to Troubleshooting your Furnace Problem

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Next time your furnace acts up, there are a few easy things you can check beforehand to save you from a service call. Furnace repair isn’t always this simple, but you’ll breathe a sigh of relief if it’s something minor you can handle yourself. Anything beyond these furnace repair troubleshooting tips should be performed by a professional HVAC technician, not only for your safety, but also to avoid further damaging your furnace.

Check your furnace thermostat.

  • Are there any unusual messages on your display? Refer to your owner’s manual for addressing the message displayed. If you’ve lost your owner’s manual you can probably download one for free online. Just do an online search for your thermostat manufacturer and owner’s manual.
  • Is the room temperature above what the thermostat is set to? If so, the furnace won’t kick on until the room temp falls below that temperature.
  • Does it run on battery power? If so, change the batteries. Thermostat batteries should be changed once a year. Make sure there is power at the furnace. If air is blowing out of your registers then the furnace has power. If not, there are other ways to check for power or restore power.
  • Check the furnace switch. Most furnaces have power switches that are red or look like light switches on the side. Sometimes these switches are irresistible to kids and they flip them off. If your switch is off, it’s an easy fix. Simply turn it back on.
  • The breaker might be tripped. This can happen if the power goes out for a second, especially if the unit was just kicking on. Your furnace is has a dedicated circuit so you have to check the box because nothing else in your home will be without power.
  • Another way to check for power is to look through the sight glass for anything lit on the control panel. The sight glass is a small round hole you can peek through on your furnace. If you see a light, the furnace has power.
  • Check that your furnace filter is clean. Sometimes air filters get so dirty that air cannot flow through them and shuts down the furnace. If the filter is filthy, change it.
  • Look for signs of water on your floor. If you find wetness, call your furnace repair technician because it could mean any number of things like a blocked drain hose, etc.
  • Nothing working and you need heat immediately? Try turning the power switch on the side of the furnace (the light switch looking thing) off and then on again. If there isn’t a furnace switch, you can turn the circuit off then on at the breaker box. The furnace will try to restart itself three to five times. This is only a temporary fix. If you can hold out for your furnace repair technician, it’s best not to do this because it clears the fault or error code from the control board. The fault code helps your HVAC tech diagnose the issue. However, if turning the furnace power off then on doesn’t work, the error code will still be there.

Should these furnace repair troubleshooting tips fail, contact United Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We’ll dispatched a technician right away.

Furnace Replacement or Repair

Written by United on . Posted in HVAC, Residential HVAC


Curious if you should replace your furnace or just repair your furnace? It’s a tough call for many homeowners facing a long winter in Kansas City. On one hand, you don’t want to replace furnaces when they could have many years of life left in them, but on the other hand you don’t want to risk a broken furnace in the middle of a harsh winter. So how do you know?

One big consideration is the age of the unit. Furnaces only have a number of on and off cycles in them. When the parts get some age to them, they tend to go out quicker and require far more maintenance to keep them running. Maintenance plans are designed to extend the life of furnaces, catching minor problems and minimizing wear and tear, but older furnaces may not be worth repairing. Older parts are also harder to come by, and harder to find equates to higher costs. After so many years, many vendors and dealers phase out certain parts or carry the bare minimum of inventory. Replacing a furnace is sometimes a necessity if your particular model is no longer manufactured, especially since furnace parts are brand specific. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to install a cheaper part from a competing or generic brand.

Another key consideration is efficiency. Older furnaces require a lot more gas to deliver the same amount of heat. The amount of gas needed multiplies if the furnace isn’t properly maintained. Recently, laws went into effect that require 80% efficiency ratings for all new furnaces. Some legislators want 90% efficiency ratings, so many are predicting that the higher efficiency will eventually replace 80% as the minimum. This new law has homeowners rethinking how much they’re willing to spend on utility costs. Replace your furnace or pay high utility bills? If you plan on living in your home for several years, you can recoup the cost of replacing a furnace via lower utility costs.

Most older furnaces have no warranty or an expired warranty as well. That puts homeowners on the hook for any repair costs when a breakdown occurs. Since older models can become unreliable (and usually on the coldest day of the year), you’ll need to plan for a service call. Not everyone has the luxury to wait at home or the flexibility to miss work for a service call. Plus, if the parts aren’t available or hard to find, you’ll be stuck in the cold or running space heaters until you can replace your furnace or get emergency repairs completed.

Some consideration should be given to safety also. Homes today are so well insulated that they’re virtually airtight. Older furnaces pull air from inside your home to heat and recirculate throughout. If your furnace is located in the basement (especially in an unfinished basement), it could circulate harmful fumes from any stored liquids or solvents. Furnaces like oxygen and newer, efficient furnaces don’t use your inside air. They pull it in from the outside, which is safer for tightly insulated homes. A pipe draws in outside air and then exhausts it back outside. This fact alone might make you consider a new furnace installation.

Have questions about just how much life your furnace has left? Need a new, efficient furnace installed before winter sets in? Give us a call anytime or call us at 816-761-5262 to schedule an appointment today. We’d be happy to field your questions and have a trained technician give you an in-home estimate for the service that’s right for you!

Energy Efficient Furnace Replacement

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Is It Time to Replace Your Inefficient Furnace, Air Conditioner, Plumbing or Indoor Air Quality Unit?

The only thing worse than a broken furnace, air conditioner plumbing or indoor quality air unit is replacing one unexpectedly. If your system is over 10 years old, installing a system is a blessing in disguise. Older systems are inefficient and your utility bills show it. You’ll notice an immediate difference in your comfort level and on your utility bills – sometimes customers see their rates drop 20% or more.

Custom heating, cooling, plumbing and indoor air quality system replacement estimates

 United Heating, Cooling & Plumbing’s experts install all of the leading manufacturers. We match the perfect unit to the size of your home and your lifestyle. We assess your current system then explain all of your options from standard and high efficiency deluxe to premium models. We’ll take your budget and how long you plan to stay in your home into consideration so you can choose the unit that will give you the level of savings and performance you expect. United offers financing, as well as seasonal rebates and promotional offers throughout the year.