Saddleback Plumbing Heating & Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Why Is My Furnace Short Cycling?

Monday, January 8th, 2024

We’re finally experiencing some cold weather with temperatures low enough to cause you to start using your furnace. After so many months of not using your heating system, there are certain issues that can pop up that interfere with your furnace’s ability to heat your home adequately.

A common repair we see this time of year is short cycling. If you have a furnace short cycling in Orange County, you may be confused about what exactly is going on. A short cycling furnace needs prompt attention. Let’s explain why.

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Why Your Furnace Is Making That Clicking Sound

Monday, January 9th, 2023

Now is not the time of year when you want to encounter furnace trouble. Sometimes, though, the problems show up anyway and the best thing you can do is know how to handle them.

With our extended season of sweater weather, your furnace is working hard lately. That’s why it pays to know if and when it needs repairs. One of the warning signs that your heater is in trouble is when it begins making strange new noises. Odd noises are often an early sign of a repair need in your furnace.

Today, we want to focus on if and when you should reach out for assistance in handling a furnace clicking sound.

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Don’t Ignore These Strange Heater Noises

Monday, December 26th, 2022

Our extended season of “sweater weather” means you’ve probably been using your heater a lot. Hopefully, the transition from heating to cooling has been easy. Your heater should be able to heat your home to a comfortable temperature and do so quietly so that you barely hear it running.

But what if your heater is making a commotion as it tries to do its job? We know how easy it can be to ignore strange sounds from your heating system, but you shouldn’t ignore them. Your heater is trying to alert you that something is wrong. Don’t ignore a genuine plea for help. Here are some strange noises that warrant a call to our team.

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Late Winter Is a Good Time to Assess Your Heater’s Seasonal Performance

Monday, February 21st, 2022

The weather has swung back and forth in Southern California this year. We’ll have temperatures in the low 50s one week, and the next week the thermometer will edge up toward 90°F. Your heating system has likely gone through an uneven time, working hard for a stretch, then hardly working for another stretch. 

Winter ends early in Southern California, so late February is a good time to look over the season and assess how well your heater has managed it. Some simple analysis can help you understand if you need heating repair in Mission Viejo, CA or if it’s time to have a new heating system installed.

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Why Your Gas Furnace Keeps Shutting Off So Soon

Monday, January 10th, 2022

So far, this has been a cold winter for us in Southern California! Our temperatures may make many other parts of the country envious, but it’s still cold for us. We imagine you’ve relied on your home’s gas furnace through the holidays and have it going steady most days into the new year. 

Unless, of course, you’ve got a gas furnace that isn’t doing its job. A trouble people sometimes run into with gas furnaces is when they shut off too soon. “Too soon” could mean the heater is running for several minutes, or it could mean the heater is running for only a couple of seconds. Either way, your house isn’t getting warm and you think you need heating repair in Orange County to fix it. 

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The Ups and Downs of Getting a Tankless Water Heater

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Tankless water heaters have a long history stretching back to the late 19th century. It wasn’t until relatively recently, however, that they became feasible options for homes. More and more tankless water heaters are installed in homes each year as people discover the big benefits that come with them.

But tankless water heaters are not universal in homes because they do have several drawbacks. We think tankless water heaters are great options to consider, but you’ll need professionals to help you decide if you’ll get the most benefits out of installing one. We’ll go over some of the basic upsides and downsides of tankless water heaters to help you get started thinking about a new water heater installation.

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How Can I Stop Paying So Much For Heating This Year?

Monday, November 1st, 2021

We’ve started to have our first brushes with colder autumn weather, and even some rainfall. Although we don’t have to deal with the full chill of winter that strikes many other parts of the country, we still need our heating systems to run at key times. And wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to pay for the occasional heat we need?

Of course, this is impossible. Heat is a form of energy, and powering a gas or electric heating system costs money. If you dread having to use your heater each winter because you don’t like what it does to your utility bills, we have some potentially good news: you might be paying more each year than necessary. Because Southern California residents aren’t as used to running central heating systems, they often make errors that lead to higher costs. 

In this post, we will look at several ways you can curb heating costs—both small tips as well as bigger jobs that our professionals can help you with.

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Even in Southern California, You Need Fall Heating Maintenance Every Year

Monday, October 4th, 2021

This last week in Southern California gave us our first taste of fall weather, with temperatures cool enough for long sleeves, overcast skies, even a touch of rain and a thunderstorm. And then this week … right back to 80°F. 

It never drops below freezing here, and our winters are mild and the envy of many other states. That doesn’t mean we can ignore the heating systems in our homes. We still need them, especially during winter evenings. To ensure a dependable and safely operating heater for your house this winter, you’ll need to schedule heating maintenance in Orange County, CA. We hope this is something you do every year, and we have a way to make that easy. (But more on that at the bottom of this post.)

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Why Your In-Floor Heating Isn’t Working

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Heating for homes in Orange County is usually done with forced-air systems, such as a furnace or heat pump. But the popularity of in-floor heating has grown over the last decade as an alternative to having heated air blown out of vents. You may live in a recently built home that took advantage of the benefits of in-floor heating, which means you have a hydronic boiler supplying the heated water that runs in cables under the subfloor to deliver heat. This system needs special care, and there are not many local HVAC contractors who work with them. 

But we’re proud to offer hydronic boiler repairs in Newport Beach and throughout Orange County. When you have trouble with a hydronic heating system that isn’t doing its job, call us to take care of it. 

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The Clicking Furnace: Here’s What Might Be Wrong

Monday, December 28th, 2020
3D illustration of furnace

When you first turn on your gas furnace, you can expect to hear some clicking noises. This is the ignition system coming on to ignite the burners. But since you’re reading this, you’re hearing clicking noises at other times as well. Times when you didn’t normally hear clicking, and you’re concerned that you may need to schedule furnace repair in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.

You’ve got the right idea. In general, out of the ordinary sounds from a furnace are warning of a malfunction of some kind that could enlarge into a full system failure or even a safety hazard. Clicking is one of the more common warning sounds, and it may also occur when the furnace is experiencing other troubles, such as the furnace not coming on at all. Below are some of the common reasons for the clicking furnace.

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