The best way to prevent illness during the winter season is to keep your house warm with an efficient furnace, boiler, and heat pump. If you’re having problems with your furnace or heating system, give our team of licensed technicians a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 to receive assistance. We offer trustworthy heating and air repair in areas of New Jersey such as Brick, Manchester, Middletown, Trenton, and Tom’s River. Prior to starting a project, our staff will provide you with the price to ensure you’re satisfied.
Furnace Repair & Installation Services
Our team of trained technicians offer repair and installation services for gas, oil, and electric furnaces. We provide maintenance options for two-stage, single-stage, and modulating gas furnaces to restore the delivery of warm air to your household. The staff at Team Electric offers heating repair services in areas of New Jersey such as Manalapan, Tom’s River, Middletown, Brick, and Trenton. Give us a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 to schedule your appointment.
Ways to Troubleshoot a Broken Furnace
Broken Electronic Ignition & Pilot Light
The natural gas in a gas furnace is ignited with a pilot light or an electronic ignition system. A problem with the thermocouple in a furnace will impact the performance of the electronic igniter and can eliminate the distribution of warm air in your household. On the other hand, a clog can cause the pilot light in old furnaces to burn out. An ordinary source of furnace problems is an unresponsive electronic igniter.
To fix a broken electronic igniter, turn the power switch on the furnace to the off position. Leave the gas furnace off for 5 minutes. Next, flip the power switch to the on position to reset the electronic ignition system. Once the power switch is turned to the on position, activate the furnace to confirm if it’s circulating warm air. If the furnace is circulating cold air, flip the power switch off and deactivate the gas. We recommend calling a licensed technician to inspect the heating element and gas burners in the furnace.
If you would prefer to clean the gas burners and fix the heating element on your own, it’s important to grab the manual for your furnace. Follow each of the steps in the manual to prevent damage to the electronic igniter, pilot light, and gas burners. To eliminate the hassle of troubleshooting a broken furnace, give a licensed contractor on our team a call by phone at (732) 201-3305. We offer heating repair services in areas such as Tom’s River, Brick, Howell, and Trenton. Our technicians will troubleshoot the electronic igniter and eliminate clogs in your furnace.
Inefficient Blower Motors
The blower motor is engineered to extract heat energy from the furnace and dispense it throughout your house. If the airflow in your household is weak, the source of the problem may be an inefficient blower motor. To increase the disbursement of heat, you will need to add oil to the ports of the blower motor. This is not an easy project because you will have to remove the bolts and screws from the fan to access the oil ports.
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Deactivate Electricity & Remove Access Panel
The first step to lubricating a blower motor is to deactivate the circuit breaker at the electric panel in your garage or utility room. Next, grab a screwdriver to remove the screws from the safety panel. Pull the access panel off the furnace to gain access to the fan and gas burners. Use a flashlight to illuminate the bolts that integrate the blower motor with the assembly.
Use a Wrench to Remove Blower Motor & Apply Oil
Apply a wrench to the bolts to remove the blower motor from the assembly of the furnace. Locate the oil ports on the blower motor and apply a couple of drops to each port. Once the oil is applied to the fan, attach the bolts and screws to the housing to reconnect the blower motor. Next, activate the furnace to confirm if the airflow is stronger. Are you having problems removing the fan from your furnace? To avoid a stressful situation, call a technician on our team to perform a heating and air repair service.
Malfunctioning Limit Switch
An overactive blower motor can be caused by a damaged limit switch in your furnace. The blower motor in a furnace is not designed to operate continuously. This type of problem will decrease the life cycle of the fan. To prevent damage to the blower motor, it’s important to call a technician to replace the limit switch and perform a heating repair.
Once the limit switch in a furnace breaks, the gas flames and heating element will be deactivated at the beginning of the heating cycle. The blower motor will remain on to remove the heat from the furnace. The motor will stay on until the furnace is reset. The only way to fix a continuously operating fan is to replace the limit switch.
Perform an inspection of the switch to confirm if it’s working properly. If the circuit is open, you will need to install a new limit switch in your furnace. Our team of HVAC contractors has the tools required to remove and install a brand new limit switch. We offer convenient heating and air repair in areas of New Jersey including Manchester, Old Bridge, Tom’s River, and Trenton. Give our staff a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 to receive help with a broken furnace.
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Unresponsive Control Boards
Depending on the age of your system, the cause of a broken furnace may be damage to the ignition and integrated furnace control circuits. The control circuit is engineered to operate the electronic igniter, flame sensor, valve, and blower motor. Ordinary signs of broken furnace control boards include inoperable induced draft motors, insensitive igniters, and continuously operating blower motors.
If you are having problems with your integrated furnace or ignition control circuits, give our staff a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 to receive assistance. We offer heating repair services near you in Freehold, Elizabeth, Tom’s River, and the surrounding areas of New Jersey. Each member of our team is trained to fix draft motors and ignition systems.
Heat Pump Repair, Installation, & Replacement Services
We offer fast and convenient heat pump installation and repair services to households in New Jersey. Common types of heat pumps include air-source, water-source, and ground-source heat pumps. We offer heat pump replacement and maintenance solutions in areas of New Jersey such as Brick, Middletown, Tom’s River, Manchester, and Trenton. If you’re having a problem with the expansion valve, compressor, or refrigerant lines in your heat pump, give our team of licensed technicians a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 to create an appointment.
How a Heat Pump Operates
Unlike a furnace, a heat pump does not produce heat. Heat pumps are designed to move heat energy from a single location to another area. Heat pumps are engineered to remove heat from the outdoor air. Once the heat energy is extracted from the air, it is circulated to the air in your home through coils that are filled with refrigerant. The interior of a heat pump features fans, a reversing valve, coils, and a compressor.
Ordinary Types of Heat Pump Problems
Broken Starter Capacitor
Heat pumps are equipped with a starter capacitor that transfers an electrical signal to the motors at the beginning of a heating or cooling cycle. If you notice a tapping noise when your heat pump is operating, this is a sign of a damaged starter capacitor. We offer capacitor repair or installation services for heat pump systems. Call a specialist at (732) 201-3305 to request a heating repair service.
Frozen Outdoor Unit
If the outdoor unit of a heat pump is frozen, the airflow in your household can be negatively impacted. A majority of heat pumps are equipped with a defrost cycle that is designed to remove frost and moisture. The defrost cycle is usually activated automatically when the heat pump is initiated for a heating cycle. On the other hand, you may need to activate the defrost cycle manually on older units.
During a defrost cycle, the operation of a heat pump is reversed from a heating cycle to a cooling cycle. Once the heat pump is in a cooling cycle, it will extract heat from the air in your house and move it to the outdoor unit. The heat energy will melt the ice and frost in the heat pump system. If the defrost setting does not remove the ice from the outdoor unit, this is a sign of a damaged blower motor.
The source of the ice buildup on your heat pump may be a collection of dirt, sticks, and debris near the unit. To eliminate the ice, you will need to remove dirt and leaves surrounding the heat pump to restore airflow. To receive support with a broken heat pump, schedule an appointment with our staff. We offer heating and air repair services in locations such as Jackson, Old Bridge, and Tom’s River. If you’re struggling to determine the cause of the ice on your heat pump, give our team of technicians a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 to receive help.
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Incorrect Size & Capacity
The size of your heat pump is extremely important. If you accidentally choose a heat pump that is too small, it will be unable to provide a sufficient amount of warm and cold air during the winter or summer seasons. The undersized heat pump will start to work harder to maintain a livable temperature in your home. This will cause the total cost of your utility bills to increase. To prevent high humidity levels, choose a heat pump that is able to provide a single ton of cooling capacity for every 500 square feet in your household.
Oil & Gas Boiler Repair & Installation Services
Oil and gas boilers are an excellent way to distribute warm air and hot water throughout your household. Although there are many benefits to installing a boiler, this type of heating system is vulnerable to various problems such as frozen condensate pipes, low water pressure, and defective motorized valves. We offer heating and air repair services in locations such as Jackson, Brick, Middletown, and Tom’s River. Give our team of licensed technicians a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 to receive help with a broken boiler.
Common Types of Boiler Problems
The source of low boiler pressure can be malfunctioning radiators, a water leak, or a broken part. To properly distribute warm air in your household, the pressure of the boiler should be set to 1.5 bar. Once the pressure falls below 1.5 bar, the boiler will become inefficient and will not operate correctly. You will need to repressurize the boiler to increase the pressure rating to a safe level.
Minimal Warm Air & Hot Water
If your boiler is not producing hot air and warm water, the source of the issue may be a malfunctioning thermostat. Perform a visual inspection of the thermostat and grab the instructions provided by the boiler manufacturer to troubleshoot. Try to adjust the thermostat to confirm if the temperature of the air and water changes. If the adjustments to the thermostat do not impact the distribution of warm air, you will need to replace the thermostat.
A broken diaphragm or damaged motorized valves may be the reason your boiler is not able to produce hot water and warm air. In addition, low water pressure may be the source of the problem. To confirm if a low pressure rating is disturbing the circulation of warm air, perform an inspection of the pressure gage on the boiler. The proper pressure rating for a boiler is 1.5 bar. Do you need help with a boiler problem? We offer heating repair services to homeowners in Howell, Tom’s River, Jackson, and Trenton. To receive help with a broken motorized valve or low pressure, call a specialist by phone at (732) 201-3305.
Condensate Pipe Bursts
As the temperature of the water in a boiler rises, excess moisture is produced as the water is transformed into steam. The extra moisture is flushed from the boiler through condensate pipes. These pipes are designed to distribute moisture to the drain outside your house. During the winter season, it is not uncommon for the water in condensate pipes to freeze. If the frozen water in the pipes is not thawed quickly, the pipes can burst and cause a water leak to form.
To prevent a pipe burst, do not install condensate pipes in an area of your house with minimal insulation. If you are required to install a condensate pipe near an exterior wall, an easy way to prevent the formation of cracks in your plumbing lines is to wrap insulation around the pipe. If you need help thawing or replacing a condensate pipe, give our staff a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 to schedule an appointment.
Banging & Whistling Noises
Your boiler should not produce loud banging or whistling noises while it’s operating. Abnormal noises can be a sign of sediment buildup, a malfunctioning pump, or low water pressure. If there is too much sediment at the base of your boiler, you may start to notice a variety of noises while the system is activated. Immediately call a licensed contractor to receive help with a boiler problem.
Heating Repair & Install Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Do you have a question about a heating repair, installation, or replacement project? View our frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) below. If you have any additional questions, give us a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 or schedule an appointment online to receive support.
The size of your furnace will depend on the size of your home and the surrounding climate. It’s critical to purchase a furnace size that is compatible with your home to ensure optimal comfort.
If you accidentally purchase a furnace that is too small for the house, you will have heating issues such as cold spots and high utility fees. Prior to purchasing a new furnace, it’s important to be familiar with British Thermal Units (BTU’s). A BTU is a unit that measures the total heat output from a furnace. Modern furnaces on the market are able to supply up to 100,000 BTU’s in the home.
Throughout the standard heating process, a furnace will lose a small fraction of its generated heat due to common issues such as leaks in the duct work, windows, and walls of the house. An average household will maintain 90% or less of the heat generated from the furnace.
We recommend a furnace that is able to provide 40 BTU’s of heat output per square foot in your house. If you purchase a furnace that is too small for the house, you may have to deal with the inconveniences of frigid temperatures for the lifespan of your furnace, which is between 10 – 12 years. This is a long time to be uncomfortable! If you need assistance selecting a new furnace for your home, give us a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 or schedule an appointment online. We offer reliable furnace repair and installation services to homes in New Jersey.
When it comes to investing in a heating system, there are many different types of units on the market to compare and choose from. Types of popular heating systems for homes include furnaces, heat pumps, and boilers. To supply the home with warm air, a heat pump is designed to extract heat from the outdoor air and transmit it into the house.
This continuous flow of warm air will keep your home comfortable during the Winter season. In the Summer, a heat pump will remove the heat energy from the indoor air and send it outside. Since a heat pump transfers heat instead of producing it, this is an excellent option for residents that are looking for an efficient heating method.
On the other hand, a furnace is a forced-air system that relies on natural gas and burners to create flames and heat. Once the burners are activated, the flames will transfer heat to a metal heat exchanger. Next, the heat exchanger transfers its heat energy to the surrounding air to ensure optimal temperature regulation. After the air is heated, a furnace blower will transmit the air throughout the ductwork in your home.
As the warm air enters each room through your vents, the cold air is attracted to the return ducts and the heating system. The furnace will process all incoming cold air and utilize the heat exchanger component to increase its temperature. Our team offers heating and furnace repair services to homes in New Jersey in areas such as Trenton, Elizabeth, Brick, and Tom’s River. Give us a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule an appointment.
The last thing you want to deal with throughout the Winter season is a furnace that is blowing cold air. This issue produces a wide variety of comfort and safety issues for you and your family. If you have a forced-air furnace that is powered by oil, cold air may be an indicator of a lack of fuel. When this type of furnace runs out of oil, the burners will not be able to produce flames or heat energy. In addition, the oil furnace may continue to transmit cold air throughout the home.
Another issue that may cause your furnace to blow cold air is an extinguished pilot light. The flame on the pilot light may have disappeared due to a malfunctioning thermocouple, dusty pilot orifice, broken outdoor gas regulator, and natural gas availability in your area. If you don’t feel qualified to disassemble your furnace and pilot light, we recommend hiring a professional HVAC technician to relight the pilot light.
If the furnace is producing cold air throughout the home, this may be caused by a broken thermocouple. A thermocouple is a sensor that controls the gas flow and ignition process of the furnace. This component is a copper rod that comes into direct contact with the pilot light. The thermocouple is designed to deactivate the gas supply if an issue with the pilot light is detected. If the furnace is producing cold air, this is likely a sign of an issue with the thermocouple or pilot light. If you’re unaware of how to fix this issue yourself, call an HVAC professional on our team to receive assistance.
Newer furnaces that depend on an electronic ignition process may produce cold air due to damaged parts and components. These furnace systems often include an intermittent pilot light or a hot surface ignition mechanism. To restore the flow of warm air, you will need to disassemble your furnace and replace the parts. We highly recommend having a member of our team help you with this issue. We offer furnace repair, tune-up, replacement, and installation services in New Jersey. Give us a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 or schedule an appointment online to receive help.
The lifespan of a furnace will vary depending on operating schedules, brand, manufacturer, efficiency rating, and fuel source. The average lifespan of a gas or electric furnace will range from 10 – 12 years. Many homeowners choose to invest in an electric furnace because they’re easier to install and maintain. Alternatively, a gas furnace is able to heat the home at a faster rate.
A common sign that indicates a furnace is at the end of its lifespan includes high heating bills. As a furnace becomes older, it will become less efficient to operate. This will directly affect the total cost of your energy bills each month. Another sign of a failing furnace includes wide temperature variations throughout the home.
If some rooms are too hot while others are too cold, this is an indicator of a malfunctioning system. Team Electric, Plumbing, & Air provides furnace services for small to large homes in New Jersey. Give us a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 to receive help with an installation, replacement, or tune-up.
If your furnace is leaking water, you should call a professional to receive an immediate repair or tune-up to avoid damage to the flooring and walls in your home. A continuously leaking furnace is an indicator of a condensation issue. Condensation issues are common with various types of high-efficiency furnaces.
This type of heating system takes more time to remove the heat from the combustion gases when compared to standard furnaces. This may cause the gases to become cold and condense. Usually, excess condensation is eliminated by the floor drain in the home. However, if the condensation line becomes clogged, this will cause a moderate to severe furnace leak. Other issues may include a cracked condensation pipe or a malfunctioning condensate pump.
The furnace may also be leaking water due to an issue with the flue pipe. If this pipe is cracked or incorrectly sized, this will cause moisture to build up in the furnace. If the furnace has been leaking for a long timespan, you will notice a large pool of water on the floor in your laundry room or basement.
Issues with the humidifier may also be the culprit of your furnace water leak. If the humidifier has a leak, excess moisture is able to escape and travel into the furnace. The humidifier leak may be caused by a clogged humidifier filter. When these filters become older, they are susceptible to scale build up issues from your neighborhood’s water supply.
If you do not immediately address this issue with a professional, the debris build up may potentially block the drain and cause a severe leak. Our team offers furnace tune-up, repair, and installation services to homeowners in New Jersey. Schedule an appointment to receive help with your heating problem.
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