Furnace Repair Services

Residential Furnace Repair

Around the Clock Heating & Air specializes in repairing, installation, and maintenance of residential gas furnaces.

We offer expert services at reasonable prices as well as free estimates on equipment replacement. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority. If we can’t fix it there is no cost to the customer.

How often should I get my furnace serviced?

We recommend having your furnace clean & safety checked once a year preferably every September just before the Winter months start approaching us.

Here are some of the reasons why a clean & safety check are especially important:

  • Keeps you safe
  • Reduces repairs
  • Save time
  • Maintains manufacturer’s warranty
  • Filter checks
  • Wire checks

Keeps you Safe
Furnaces rely on fuel that includes natural gases, or propane to generate heat. The combustion process must therefore be precise for safety and efficiency. Consequently, any minor hitch can result in gas leakage in your home or exposure to dangerously elevated levels of carbon monoxide in the home that can lead to serious health problems or death. Therefore, do not take chances with the safety and health of your family. We recommend having your furnace clean & safety checked once a year preferably every September just before the Winter months start approaching us.

Reduces Repairs
Having a technician check your furnace can significantly reduce the number of furnace repairs that you could have possibly done. Some heating problems can easily be averted through clean & safety checks. This is because the checkups include cleaning the furnace as well as fixing any small problems before they turn into major problems. Remember, your furnace works overtime during winter due to the enormous demand of warming the home and this eventually results in system failure if a clean & safety check is not done on time.

Saves time
Getting your furnace clean and safety checked before winter is not only convenient, but it will also save you on time and leave you with peace of mind. Besides, when done at the right time the charges are bound to be more affordable.

Maintains manufacturer’s warranty
If your furnace is under the manufacturer’s warranty, you will benefit by having your furnace clean and safety checked because the manufacturer states that the warranty is canceled if the furnace is not maintained. Getting a checkup validates your warranty thereby helping you save on higher future expenses.

Filter Checks
Filters and Electronic air cleaners. We highly recommend having your filter changed once a month and the electronic air cleaner elements cleaned once a month. This helps keep your furnace running efficiently. We highly recommend using fiberglass filters vs pleated ones in systems using 1-inch filters. Pleated filters even when clean can dramatically slow down airflow to the furnace. In severe cold temperatures sometimes even, clean pleated filters can cause a furnace to overheat and shut down.

Wire Checks
Furnace checkups should include wire checks because when wires are loose or broken, you are exposed to a fire hazard. In addition, corrosion can damage your system.

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Furnace Repair Near Me

We service the following areas:

Lake County

Cedar Lake
Crown Point
East Chicago
Lake Station
New Chicago
St. John

Porter County

Burns Harbor
La Crosse
La Porte
Long Beach
Pottawattamie Park
Trail Creek

When should I replace my furnace?

1. How old is your furnace?
A good place to start is to compare your furnace’s age to the national average. The average life expectancy of furnaces in homes today is between 16 and 20 years. If your furnace is close to this age or older, you should begin shopping. Shopping for a replacement furnace in an emergency does not allow time to make your best decision. Most people prefer to replace their furnace as a planned home improvement rather than a panic replacement when your furnace is faltering or failed. For starters, look at your furnace to see if you have a pilot light. If you do, it is almost certain to be over 25 years old!

2. Gas & Electric Bills Going Up?
Rising gas and electric prices are not the only reason for high bills. Furnaces often lose their efficiency as they age especially if they have not been properly maintained. As a result, your furnace may run longer to provide the same amount of heat. This will cause your gas & electric bills to go up. The money you pay the gas & electric company every month could be used to pay for a new furnace.

3. Any Furnace Repairs in the last 2 years?
Furnaces are like cars. As they age, you can replace one part only to have to replace another part next year. It doesn’t take long to spend $1,000 just to keep the old furnace running. Furnaces incur the most breakdowns in the last 2 years of their lives. Another repair sign is whether you had to wait to get parts replaced. As a furnace ages, it gets harder to get replacement parts or at times parts are no longer available. This waiting can really be cold on a below-zero night.

4. Does your thermostat keep you comfortable?
If your thermostat is old or non-digital, you might consider upgrading to a digital programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat. Setting programs to lower temperatures when no one is home can significantly save on your electric bill.

5. Is your burner flame yellow instead of blue?
A yellow or flickering flame may be a sign that poisonous carbon monoxide could be created by your furnace. Other signs of carbon monoxide are: Streaks of soot around furnace, Absence of an upward draft in your chimney, Excess moisture found on windows, walls, or other cold surfaces, Excessive rusting on flue pipes, other pipe connections, or appliance jacks, Small amount of water leaking from the base of the chimney, vent, or flue pipe; Rust on the portion of the vent pipe visible from the outside.

6. Is your furnace making strange noises?
Old furnaces often start to make some strange noises as they get toward the end of their life. Have you heard any banging, popping, rattling, or squealing noises coming from your furnace? Another noise is when you hear the furnace blower running excessively. Does your blower turn on & off frequently or does it blow cold air sometimes? If so, this is a sign that your furnace may need to be replaced.

7. How have you & your family been feeling?
Furnaces as they age run the risk of developing cracks in the heat exchanger inside your furnace. Carbon monoxide, if present, could leak into your home undetected. Signs of this may be frequent headaches, a burning feeling in nose or eyes, nausea, disorientation, flu-like symptoms. Should you experience any of these, air out your house, open a window to the furnace room and immediately call the gas company and then call the heating company and ask them to send out a service technician. Cracks in the heat exchanger can occur undetected which is why no one advises waiting until they occur.

8. Is your house dry or dusty?
In addition to upgrading your furnace, you should consider Installing a humidifier and an electronic air cleaner. The humidifier improves the humidity level in your home. The electronic air cleaner improves indoor air quality, removal of harmful viruses and mold spores.

Before and After Furnace Images

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