Furnaces Articles

How to Spot a Cracked Heat Exchanger

January 26, 2024
Father talking to son on front porch, discussing cracked heat exchangers and how it negatively impacts their home. Vailes Home Services blog image.

In your gas furnace, the heat exchanger is made of metal coils designed to absorb and transfer heat. The most common cause of a cracked heat exchanger is overheating.

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What To Do When Your Furnace Is Leaking Water

October 19, 2023
Furnace leaking water out of closet in Fishersville, VA, home. Vailes Home Services blog image.

If you notice a pool of water has formed around the furnace in your Virginia home, don’t be alarmed. In most cases, a furnace leaking water is not a serious or expensive problem.

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Heat Pump Versus Furnace

December 15, 2022
Image of someone pressing control panel attached to HVAC unit. Heat Pump Versus Furnace.

Looking to install a new heater in your Staunton home? Your two most popular choices are a heat pump and a furnace. Each one has advantages and disadvantages when compared to the other.

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When Should You Replace Your Furnace?

November 15, 2022
Image of someone working on a furnace. When Should You Replace Your Furnace?

Your furnace plays the key role in keeping you warm in your Fishersville home, but even with routine maintenance, it does not last forever. Nobody wants to think about replacing any major household system, but it’s generally more cost effective to be proactive in your thinking about it.

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How Do I Keep My Heat During Extreme Cold Weather?

February 15, 2022
How Do I Keep My Heat During Extreme Cold Weather?

With the record-low temperatures and extreme conditions most of the country is currently experiencing, our Vailes Home Improvement professionals want to share some insights and tips with you to keep your indoors cozy while Old Man Winter blusters away outdoors.

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How Do I Know When I Need a New Furnace?

October 19, 2021
furnace in the room in Fishersville, VA

Let’s face it—there’s never a good time for the heat to go out in your Virginia home. You certainly don’t want to wait until your heating system stops working for you to realize you need a replacement!

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Why Is the Furnace Pilot Light Going Out?

February 26, 2021
woman holding a coffee mug near a window

If you ever hear your gas furnace turn on but cannot feel any warm air blowing from the vents inside your Virginia home, chances are the pilot light went out.

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How Can I Make My Furnace Last Longer?

December 15, 2020
Couple enjoying a cup of coffee on a couch, How Can I Make My Furnace Last Longer? | Heating Service | Fishersville

The average furnace lasts between 10 and 15 years. But did you know you can take steps to make it last longer? There is no shortcut or hack to increase your furnace’s longevity.

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What’s That Sound Coming From My Furnace?

December 27, 2019
Blue house in the woods during winter.

It’s normal for your furnace to make some noise. For instance, a dull hum is to be expected. However, louder noises might spell trouble for your heating unit’s components. Remember to turn off your furnace if it makes any alarming sounds and leave the repair job to a professional. To help you, our Vailes Home…

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What’s That Smell Coming From My Furnace?

November 26, 2019
Young woman wearing winter sweater at home smelling something stinky and disgusting, intolerable smell, holding breath with fingers on nose

If your furnace is producing a strange smell, you should always treat it with caution. While the cause for the odor may be benign, it could just as easily be harmful to inhale. When in doubt, always open windows to ensure ventilation, and evacuate your Virginia home. For your convenience and protection, our Vailes Home…

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