Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating Repair’

Should My Furnace Be Making That Noise?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

woman-surprised-by-noiseProbably not.

Yes, that answer is a bit flip. But if a sound from a furnace is significant enough for you to ask the question, chances are high it’s an abnormal sound. You’re accustomed to the noise your home’s furnace makes—at least if you’ve already had it working for one winter—and when a new sound interrupts it, you’re right to be concerned. It might be a small issue, or it could be a warning you need to have furnace repair in Andover, MA from professionals.

(And we do mean professionals. Never try to go “do-it-yourself” with a furnace fix, and don’t let amateurs take on the work either.)

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4 Common Heating Repairs You Should Know about

Monday, November 6th, 2017


For the most part, you ought to let a local heating technician worry about heating repair. It’s certainly not a DIY project, in the majority of cases, and a technician is the best person to diagnose the problem quickly, so they can get started on the repairs ASAP. However, we do think there are some things to know, in general, so that you can help yourself prevent and detect problems earlier.

Take a look at some of the most common things we repair in a heating system. Learn why it’s so important to maintain your heater properly and to call for repairs as soon as you notice a problem. And contact us for more information!

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Heating Repairs You May Need Early in the Season

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Early on in the heating season, you’re hoping to avoid high heating costs. Luckily, you won’t need to run your heater too much early on in the colder seasons, so your monthly bills won’t be so high. However, we strongly recommend investing a little bit of money into your heating system now, so that you won’t need to pay a ton of money for repairs late in the season.

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Remember: Colder Weather Makes Your Heater Work Harder

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

As temperatures drop, your heating system works overtime to keep you warm. The insulation in your home helps to keep heat from moving outdoors, but severe weather makes this a lot more difficult. And when your heater goes through all of that work, you pay a lot more on monthly heating costs, and your system becomes a lot more likely to break down.

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Repairing a Furnace: Can You Do It on Your Own?

Monday, January 25th, 2016

We know that do-it-yourselfers love a challenge. Building a shelf, fixing a broken dresser drawer, or making a quilt are all impressive acts that make it seem as if you can handle anything that comes your way. And while we support DIY projects like these, we want to warn against trying to tackle a heating system repair without the help of a professional.

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Items to Check before Calling for Heating Repair

Monday, December 21st, 2015

It’s never advisable for anyone to take on their heating system unless they are a trained expert. However, as the homeowner, there are a few things you can check before calling us for help in order to rule out certain problems ahead of time. This helps us resolve your issue faster and more effectively. Remember that the pros from Basnett Plumbing & Heating are always here to help you with any heating repair issue you may have in Maynard, MA.

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Why Is a Cracked Heat Exchanger a Problem?

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Inside your gas or propane furnace is a very important component known as the heat exchanger. This component allows the hot air to generate safely because it separates the toxic combustion gases and vapors and expels them directly to the outside via your furnace’s flue. But like all components in a furnace, heat exchangers can age and wear, and they’ll display age and wear by cracking. This can be a very serious issue and requires the assistance of a trained expert to replace your heat exchanger.

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Acton Heating Repair Question: Why is my Furnace Making Noise?

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Every mechanical device makes noise during operation, but there is a difference between normal operational noises and noises that indicate something may be wrong. There are normal sounds your furnace will make as it cycles, such as a click when the system turns on, or a whoosh sound as the air moves through the vents. But there are other sounds that can indicate it’s time for heating repair in Acton. If you hear one of these sounds, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating and schedule an appointment with one of our trained specialists.

Sounds That Can Indicate Problems with Your Heating

Here are a few examples of sounds that your furnace should not make:

  • Wobbling noise – If it sounds as though a component in your furnace is unbalanced, the blower wheel may be loose.
  • Screeching noise – a screeching noise can be indicative of a loose or worn belt, or issues with the fan motor.
  • Booming – a booming noise occurs when the burners are so dirty that the ignition process does not happen instantaneously, as it should. As a result, a small amount of gas will build in the time it takes the burner to light, and when it does light, causes a boom sound. This is a potentially dangerous situation and a technician should be called as soon as possible.
  • Thumping – blower systems have ball bearings at each end of the blower shaft. If these bearings become too dry or move out of alignment, they may make a low-level thumping sound as your system operates.

Can I Fix It Myself?

It can be very tempting to try and repair certain things on your own, especially when it’s cold out and you may not be getting the warmth you need from your heating system. Trying to repair a heating system problem on your own is not advisable for several reasons, the top reason being your safety. Heating systems require expert knowledge for repair; unless you have expert knowledge, it’s best to call for a technician.

If your heater is acting up, Basnett Plumbing & Heating is ready and available to help you with all your heating repair needs, so call us today!

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Why Uneven Heating May Signal a Need for Heating Repair in Littleton

Monday, September 30th, 2013

When the weather turns cooler, heating systems in homes throughout Massachusetts will be turned on. We need effective heating to make life cozy here through the late fall and into deep winter. And although modern heaters can provide a level of heating throughout a home that the old fashioned wood fireplace could never have achieved, there are times when you might experience uneven heating in your home.

If you notice this issue in your home, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating for heating repair in Littleton, MA.

A heating system can appear to function normally—making the same sounds, blowing heated air from the vents, circulating hot water from the boiler—but fail to get all the rooms as warm as it should. Resolving uneven heating is sometimes a simple fix. The vents in some rooms may be shut, or shifted furniture has blocked a vent. A single window open just a crack can suck the warmth from a large space without you noticing it at first. A more serious issue, but one that doesn’t stem from your heating system, is poor home insulation. A house that doesn’t receive proper winterizing to seal up heat loss through the walls, attic, and around doors and windows, will have a difficult time keeping warm.

But your heating system can be at fault, and when you are attempting to find the cause for the uneven heat in your house, you should consider having professional HVAC technicians check your heater to see if it needs repairs. There may be a problem with your ductwork, such as breaks and gaps that allow the hot air to dissipate before it reaches the vents. If you have baseboard radiators, damaged baseboard fins can cause a loss of heat in specific places. For homes with zone heating, the thermostat might be faulty and not activating the heat in some regions. All of these troubles require expert attention and repair.

A trained technician can diagnose problems with your heater, and can also point you in the right direction if your home has poor insulation that is causing heat loss. Call in the experts today at Basnett Plumbing & Heating if you experiencing issues with uneven heating and think your system may need maintenance in order to get it running properly again. Heating repair in Littleton, MA is only a phone call away with Basnett Plumbing & Heating.

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Faulty Pilots and Furnace Repairs

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Most people understand the importance of the pilot light, and why it needs to burn steadily during the cold months to keep their furnace or boiler working. Today’s pilot lights are usually gas powered and should stay lit during the heating season. But sometimes pilot lights can develop problems, which will lead to a loss of heat or no heat at all.

In this post, we’ll examine what causes a faulty pilot in your gas-powered furnace and what repairs can fix it. To help keep your pilot light burning through fall and winter, look to Basnett Plumbing & Heating in Littleton, MA for furnace repair and service on other heating systems.

A pilot light can go out for simple reasons, such as a sudden draft. You can easily relight it using a long match or a grill lighter. But if the pilot light won’t come back on or it continues to fail, the problem may be more serious and require a technician to look at it.

A pilot light, just like any flame, needs a steady oxygen supply in order to burn. Dirt can clog the oxygen flow in the air intake, making it difficult for the pilot light to remain on. This can be a much trickier fix then it sounds, and venting may not be the only issue.

If there is an interruption in gas flow, the pilot will also shut off. This can happen because of an obstruction in the gas line or a faulty gas regulator. There is also the possibility of a gas leak, which you cannot determine yourself with a visual inspection. Professionals use special equipment to determine leak locations and how to fix them, and they can also safely repair any trouble in other places with gas flow problems.

Remember that working with natural gas systems poses hazards from carbon monoxide. You should leave anything beyond the simplest repairs to the professionals—you don’t want to create a gas leak in your home! A heating repair expert can get the task done speedily and safely. The technicians at Basnett Plumbing & Heating perform hundreds of fixes and installations every year. When it comes to Littleton, MA furnace repair, they are a great team to have working for you. Contact Basnett Plumbing & Heating today.

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