The A/C Guy of Tampa Bay Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Why You Still Need Heating Maintenance in Florida

Monday, February 19th, 2024

In the Sunshine State, we don’t use our heat nearly as much as the folks in northern parts of the US. This does mean we pay a lot less for heating (though we make up for it when we’re paying for cooling). But does it mean our heating systems won’t need as much care?

If you imagine heating maintenance as something people have to do if they spend much of the year buried in snow, we’ve got news for you. Heating maintenance is critical, even when a heating system doesn’t get used much each year. We’ll explain exactly why, and what benefits you’ll enjoy.

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How Long Do Heaters Last?

Monday, January 22nd, 2024

You know your heater is built to last, but for how long? That part is always up in the air, and it depends on a few factors. Many of which are under your control on a day-to-day basis.

An “it depends” answer is never helpful, but while it is the truth around your heater’s lifespan, we can outline the parameters under your control to help narrow down that timeline. So, how long do heaters last on average? Let’s find out.

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A Small But Mighty Reason Your Furnace Stopped Working

Monday, January 8th, 2024

Your furnace has a few safety features in place to help prevent problems with gas and carbon monoxide, but what if one of those features was actually getting in your way right now? It’s true—there’s one sensor that could be stifling your furnace’s ability to do what it does best.

It’s a common enough furnace repair in Tampa, especially where we don’t use our furnaces all too often and can neglect maintenance here in Florida. Let’s walk you through what this sensor does, and why it’s not something you can fix on your own.

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The 50% Rule for Replacing Your Old Furnace

Monday, December 25th, 2023

How do you know when your furnace is on its last leg, and when it still has some fight left in it? There are a few ways to tell when it’s the right time, one of those being the 50% rule. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth fixing your furnace or not, you came to the right place.

When your Tampa furnace is broken and you call a technician in, you don’t know what the bill is going to be. The repairs could be minor, or it could be four figures worth of fixes. Here’s how you figure out what works best for your budget and your home when you get hit with that kind of estimate.

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How to Prevent as Many Heating Repair Requests as Possible

Monday, November 27th, 2023

We see a lot of requests for heating repair in Tampa—more than you may think. In Tampa, we don’t use our heaters all too often, but when we feel the need to turn the dial higher and kick the heater on, we want to know it’ll be there for us.

Having constant heater repair requests gets in the way of that surety, and we don’t want that for you. Instead of calling your heater repairman once per year, like clockwork, let’s tell you how a lot of these problems start so you can be proactive and stop them before they surface as real problems.

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Classic Signs of a Broken Furnace

Monday, September 18th, 2023

When your furnace kicks on, you hear a bit of a noise, then you feel warmth begin to fill the house, and you stop thinking about it. But in the background, your furnace goes through its paces trying to keep your home warm.

There are so many components and aspects of its operation that a broken furnace in Tampa, FL isn’t exactly uncommon. Let’s talk about what signs you can’t ignore and what they mean.

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Why We Recommend Annual Furnace Tune-Ups

Monday, December 26th, 2022

Some homeowners go years in between furnace service, and those service calls end up being about serious repairs. Tune-ups, or annual maintenance, greatly reduces the need for furnace repair in Tampa, FL for a few different reasons.

Let’s make this clear: even a well-maintained furnace will still need repairs throughout its life, but far fewer than a neglected furnace ever will. These are the main reasons we recommend furnace tune-ups throughout the year.

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With Spring Approaching, Is It Time to Get a New Heating System?

Monday, March 7th, 2022

It’s almost spring, and warm weather always arrives early in Florida—in fact, it never truly goes away. You probably needed to rely on your heating system at some points during this winter, but soon you’ll have the heater shut down for most of the middle of the year.

Spring is a good time to assess your home’s heating in Dunedin, FL—specifically, whether it’s the right time to replace the heater with a new one. You can think over how well the heater worked for you in the past few months, and if you do decide that you want to replace it, you’ll have an excellent opportunity during the slower months of spring to arrange with our HVAC technicians to do the job.

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Troubleshooting a Heater That Won’t Turn On

Monday, February 7th, 2022

We’re getting more cold weather this season than usual for Florida, so we hope you remembered to have annual heater service in Clearwater, FL through our maintenance plan. (If you haven’t, it’s not too late to sign up!) Maintenance can stop the majority of heater malfunctions, but not all of them. You may run into that most dreaded of all heating problems: a heater that won’t turn on.

When this happens, you don’t need to panic. If your furnace or heat pump needs professional repairs, all you have to do is call The A/C Guy of Tampa Bay and we’ll see the problem is fixed. Before you call us, however, you can go through several troubleshooting steps. The heating system may not have as big a problem as it at first seems, and going through these checks may get the system working again. 

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What Are Those Odd Odors From the Furnace?

Monday, January 24th, 2022

Your furnace shouldn’t smell like … well, much of anything. Neither the system itself nor the heated air it sends into your home. Basically, it should smell like your home usually does during our short winters. 

So when you notice an unusual smell—moldy, dusty, acrid, sulfurous, etc.—coming from your furnace, it may indicate a malfunction that requires professional furnace service in Tampa, FL. Please don’t hesitate when it comes to weird odors from your HVAC system, as they can sometimes alert you to a safety hazard. Even if the situation isn’t as serious as that, these odors often warn that a furnace needs repairs before it stops working.

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