Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating Repair’

Signs Your Furnace Is Struggling

Monday, January 25th, 2021

It’s the middle of winter… which doesn’t mean much for Florida residents. But let’s face it, the contrast in temperature definitely makes winter feel cold to us in comparison to summer! And when we get cold, we want a heating system that functions like it is supposed to, while doing so affordably, right?

The best way to keep your furnace working well is with maintenance. Professional, annual, furnace maintenance allows our technicians to fully inspect, clean, and adjust your furnace. This ensures that it operates as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible.

That doesn’t mean, however, that your furnace will never have a repair need between maintenance sessions. In fact, due to natural wear and tear or even unprecedented damage, you could find yourself facing a few repair needs over the course of the system’s lifespan. The important thing here is to be aware of when your furnace is showing signs of repair needs, so you can call us right away, before those needs become much more urgent.

Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs of a struggling furnace!

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Shriek, Bang, Hiss: Sounds You Shouldn’t Hear Your Heater Make

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Heating systems aren’t something we give a whole lot of thought to on a regular basis here in the Navarre area—especially considering we’ve had a 90° New Year’s before. But as briefly as we might need our heaters, when they are running we want them to run well right? Meaning, you want your heater to work as efficiently and effectively as possible, and to last as long as possible.

Well, to ensure this is the case, you have to take care of your heater properly. This means if you have a furnace system, getting it maintained once a year. If you have a year-round heat pump system—a very popular choice for many Florida residents—you should have it tuned-up every six months.

And in addition to regular maintenance, you should always be aware of signs that indicate something is amiss with your heater, like strange sounds. We’ve listed a few below that you should pay extra attention to (and call our pros when you hear them!)

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Sounds You Don’t Want Your Furnace Making

Monday, January 27th, 2020

Some of the noises that come from the electronics and appliances in your home can be easy to ignore. It’s also easy to deny anything is wrong, since fixing the issue can be a bigger nuisance than listening to it.

But there are certain noises that shouldn’t be ignored if they’re coming from your heating system. For instance, a rattle could be something benign, like a loose panel. But another possibility is that it’s a cracked heat exchanger making the sound, which is actually quite dangerous.

Here at Kool Breeze, we understand how important protecting yourself and your family is. So if you’re hearing suspicious noises from your furnace, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our techs. Below are some of the noises worth calling in about!

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Does Your Heater Need Repairs?

Monday, December 16th, 2019

Do you know when your heater needs repair? You may not run yours for as long or as consistently as homeowners elsewhere along the east coast, but when you do need your heater, you want an effective one!

Knowing the signs of a heater in disrepair means you can take care of those repairs right away, helping the system last longer and reducing your monthly heating costs. So, what are these signs?

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What to Do If Your Heat Pump Is Stuck in Cooling Mode

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

man-standing-in-front-of-thermostat-looking-coldWith temperatures dipping into the 50’s at night this past week, you might have decided to use your heater. True, we use it very briefly around our area, but given the contrast in temperature, it can be quite chilly at night without a reliable heating system! So, what if you’re using a heat pump, and all it will do is blow out cold air?

The first thing you want to do if this happens is to check the thermostat to ensure that you actually have it set for heating mode. This may seem apparent, but there’s always a chance that a family member switched it back over, preferring a different temperature than you. Assuming you’ve checked this and the heat pump is blowing out cold air when you’ve switched it over to heat, it likely means that your heat pump is actually stuck in cooling mode, despite what your thermostat is saying. But, how does this happen?

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“Do I Need to Worry about Getting a Heater Tune-Up?”

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

technician-looking-at-inside-of-furnaceWe get it, your air conditioner is the main HVAC system of choice for pretty much 90% of the year. When you use your heater—if you use your heater—it’s for a very brief amount of time, maybe even only at night.

But, when you do use it, don’t you want to make sure you’re doing so as efficiently as possible? The only way to make sure that you do is with heating maintenance. This probably seems like a weird time of the year to start thinking about it—after all, don’t our summers last until January?

But it’s better to have a prepared heater than to be without one, if met with a surprise cool snap this fall.

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Do I Really Need Heating System Maintenance?

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.Obviously, we understand why you’d ask this. Not only do many homeowners believe—mistakenly so—that maintenance isn’t that important, but we live in Florida! We barely even use our heating systems, why schedule maintenance for them?

Well, simply put, because we do use them. Your heating system has an important job and you would likely be able to effectively use it for however brief a period you may need it, otherwise we doubt you’d be reading this blog post right now.

But to make sure that your heater actually functions and you’re not calling for emergency heating repair in Niceville, FL during our brief-but-chilly winter months, then you’ll want to schedule preventive maintenance for your heater, no matter what type of system you’re using. While this won’t guarantee that you won’t have a problem, professional maintenance is the only way to reduce your risk.

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Warning Noises from Your Furnace: A Guide

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Furnaces are notorious for making strange noises during operation, particularly after years of use. While not all of these sounds indicate a major issue, you should call a professional anytime you hear something unusual coming from your furnace. Let’s take a look at some of the more common warning noises that can come from your furnace, and what problems they can indicate.


A grinding noise coming from your furnace indicates that the bearings in your air handler motor are wearing down. The air handler is the section of your furnace responsible for the circulation of warm air throughout your house. The air handler motor is what turns the fan and keeps the air circulating. Inside the motor is a group of bearings, designed to lubricate the motor and keep it running smoothly. Over time, however, the bearings can lose their lubrication. This actually increases the resistance on the motor, causing it to eventually overheat and burn out. If you hear grinding coming from your furnace, you should call a professional immediately before you have to replace the motor.


Squealing coming from your furnace is also often located in your furnace’s air handler. The motor is connected to the fan by a rubber loop, called a “fan belt.” This belt is responsible for the transfer of motion that makes the air handler fan turn. Over time, the fan belt stretches and cracks, creating more friction between the various parts of the air handler. That is what creates the loud squealing noise that you can hear when your furnace starts. If not treated right away, the fan belt will break and render the air handler unable to operate.


A banging noise can actually have a couple of different causes. It could be your ducts expanding and contracting from the hot air running through them, which isn’t a big deal. It could also be due to part of your burner assembly firing late, due to carbon build up on the burner itself. That is a big deal, and needs to be treated. You’ll need to call a professional to confirm the source, one way or the other.

To schedule an appointment or if you’d like to know more about our heating repair options in Navarre, call Kool Breeze today.

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How Can I Make My Heating More Reliable?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

There is no way to ensure that your heating system will never breakdown, but there are some steps you can take to help make your system more reliable. To be clear, we aren’t talking about handling a heating repair for your Pensacola Beach home yourself. Instead, we have some suggestions on how you can make your heating system more reliable:

Schedule Regular Maintenance

It’s recommended that you schedule heating maintenance annually. Maintenance isn’t just a quick review of your system; it’s a full tune-up that also includes safety and performance testing. During a maintenance visit, the components in your system are inspected, cleaned and adjusted, and all moving parts are lubricated. With professional maintenance, your system can perform optimally, which helps prevent potential repairs from developing.

Make Needed Repairs

At some point your heating system will need repair. You may hear signs of problems, such as strange sounds, or see signs of problems, such as leaks or a decrease in heating. It can be very tempting to wait before making needed repairs, or even ignoring signs of problems, particularly if your heating system is still operational. This is never a good idea. Problems with your heater won’t fix themselves and typically become worse with time. Waiting for your heating system to completely breakdown can be a time-consuming and costly mistake. If you are seeing the signs that it’s time to schedule repair, make an appointment with your technician.

Is It Time for Replacement?

Do you have an aging system that has become unreliable? Are you making multiple repairs to your system just to keep it operational? It may be time to consider a heating replacement. One of the many benefits of a new heating system is that you’ll have a reliable heating system that you can count on.

Taking steps toward prevention can help reduce the amount of heating repair you may need in Pensacola Beach. Need more information? Call Kool Breeze today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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