Indicators That It’s Time to Repair or Replace Your Furnace 

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Indicators That It’s Time to Repair or Replace Your Furnace 

  • Heating

As the cold season is in full effect and your furnace is under the spotlight. Now that the temperature has dropped, your furnace-use has likely skyrocketed to keep your home and your water warm enough to survive. Unfortunately, just like every other major appliance you love in your house, your furnace doesn’t get any younger. Whether this thought has occurred to you already or not, something could go wrong with your furnace that warrants a repair call or a replacement furnace altogether. Here’s four indicators that its time to repair or replace your furnace:

Age 

Typically, the average lifespan of a furnace is 15-20 years, but higher quality furnaces that have been well maintained may extend far beyond that. This first issue may seem obvious, but we’ve found that not many people can answer how old their furnace truly is. Rule of thumb dictates that if your furnace is old enough to acquire its own driver’s license and go to prom with another beautiful furnace, it is probably time for a replacement.

If the age is getting up there, usually after year 10, it is most likely reasonable to assume that you may be in store to repair or replace your furnace pretty soon, especially if no maintenance work has been done previously. Parts get old and rust/corrosion takes its toll. Also, it’s important to dig out your furnace warranty information and maintenance history. Some furnace warranties extend as long as 20 years, so check your warranty, whatever service you need may be covered. 

Noise

This may come as a shock, but your furnace does not double as a percussion instrument. The only noise it should be making is the low grumble it exudes when it is cycling, similar to a reluctant family member who forgot to do a chore. Bangs, scrapes, booms, screeches, thumps, or any other array of comic book onomatopoeia should be treated as a sign that a repair or assessment call needs to be made as quickly as possible. Noises coming from your furnace can be attributed to any number of issues but if it is particularly loud and disrupting when turning on it may be a sign of a serious safety issue that should be addressed straightaway. 

Efficiency 

Is your monthly heating bill becoming an increasing burden? If so, your furnace may be to blame. In the past furnaces were far less efficient than today’s best models. Many furnaces common in homes have efficiency ratings (the amount of fuel that is turned into heat) that are in the ~70 percentiles. The most efficient options today have ratings as high as 98.5%.

An increased heating bill without increased use is almost certainly indicative of a furnace in need of repair. You will want to act on this realization as quickly as possible, or turn your furnace off altogether, for every second this furnace is running you are paying for resources that you are not necessarily in need of. The main culprit of this problem can usually be traced to the ductwork within the furnace, but that’s not to say it couldn’t be a plethora of other reasons. A repair should be able to take care of the issue, but in some less frequent cases you may end up having to start shopping for a new furnace depending on how severe the issue. 

Sight and Smell

As you’ve probably guessed by now, a furnace in distress can mostly be noticed by you in the moment. We’ve already covered hearing, but often times visual and auditory cues will key you in that something’s wrong. Two liquids pooling around your furnace that you’ll be able to see and know that something is wrong are water and gas. One of these things is a lot more dangerous to have pooling than the other, but either way you will want to notify your contractor about the issue immediately. If you smell gas, odds are the furnace is leaking gas but you just can’t see it. In both cases if you can see or smell gas, you will want to turn off your furnace as well as its gas supply valve in that moment. Especially if it is leaking gas, your home could be at risk if not treated appropriately and right away

If you’ve concluded that a new furnace is necessary, it’s not all bad news, and may be a long-term win. You can ensure your home is equipped with a safe, quiet, warrantied and efficient furnace that results in lower monthly heating costs, no unexpected repair bills, higher home resale value and greater peace of mind.

Schedule furnace service today with Papalia Home Services! Whether you need to repair or replace your furnace, we’ll make sure you stay warm this winter.

By admin

10 Warning Signs That a Furnace Replacement Is Imminent

10 Warning Signs That a Furnace Replacement Is Imminent

10 Warning Signs That a Furnace Replacement Is Imminent

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10 Warning Signs That a Furnace Replacement Is Imminent

The summer is fast fading and when that happens we know what to expect – shorter days and cooler nights.  If you are a homeowner who lives in a snowy climate, chances are you will be checking your furnace for proper performance.  Now would be a good time to troubleshoot it or you may not have heat during the fall and winter. A furnace that hasn’t been tuned up will run you into high energy costs, not to mention the price you must pay for maintenance or repairs. Getting it done now will give you peace of mind, ensure that you have reliable heat for the winter and save you the risk of replacement later, or having to worry about repair costs.  Here are 10 warning signs that a furnace replacement is imminent.

1. Your Furnace Sounds Like a Monster

No furnace is completely soundless, but if it is making noises like a hungry tiger on the prowl for food -groaning, whining, banging – repair may include replacing a loose belt, priming the ignition, or finding the correct component to replace it with.  Troubleshooting as soon as you hear those noises and you will be on your way to to quickly remedying the situation.

2. Turning Up the Thermostat Doesn’t Do the Job Anymore

Your natural reaction to feeling cold is to turn up your thermostat to a temperature where you feel comfortable again.  Lately, however, this just doesn’t work anymore. Now you won’t have the proper heat during the cold season months.  This suggests that the thermostat may be on the blink, or your ducts might be leaking.  For constant, reliable heat, call in a specialist to see if the problem is your thermostat and he will suggest a replacement.

3. Your Electric Bill Skyrocketed

When you’re paying more than you normally do for electricity it means your furnace isn’t working properly.  Rather than doing guesswork , it is best to call a specialist in so that they can remedy the problem.

4. Yellow Pilot Signal

If you notice that the pilot light on your furnace is glowing yellow you probably think everything is alright. This is just as big a warning as the yellow traffic signs on street corners.  A yellow light indicates that the gas balance of your furnace is not in good condition.  What you want is for the flame to be blue, which means that the gases are perfectly balanced.  Yellow means that carbon monoxide is being emitted, which is dangerous, and lethal to you and your family.

5. You Have Difficulty Starting and Keeping Your Furnace On

This is a sure sign that you need furnace repairs.  Problems can range from improper wiring, a broken fan motor or getting a new pilot light.  Most furnace repair companies will provide easy financing provided you catch the problem before it becomes too severe.

6. Your Family is Experiencing Respiratory Problems

When your furnace needs fixing you may notice that it is linked to frequent problems with breathing such as asthma and chest related illnesses.  A system that doesn’t work properly pours dust, mold and other pathogens in the air which circulate in your home. Diminished air quality is an incentive for getting your furnace fixed as soon as possible.

7. Hot and Cold Spots

If you constantly feel a draft while your furnace is on it means that it is no longer strong enough to heat your entire home.  If you find ice forming on your roof this may indicate that the heat from your house is escaping through the attic rather than keeping place in the living section where it is supposed to be.  Getting your furnace tuned-up will provide greater efficiency by getting rid of those cold and hot spots.

8. Air Condensation

You may not need furnace repairs for condensation, but if it keeps up it could mean you’ll be making constant calls for checkups that could lead to a higher risk of replacement. It is best to only allow two minor furnace issues occur in succession before you call for a maintenance person.  

9. Your Furnace is a Dinosaur

The average furnace last between 10 to 20 years with a good unit lasting into the upper level of that range. If you have had your furnace for over 15 years, now is a good time to begin looking for a new one.  A new furnace gives constant, reliable heat, eliminates repair costs and maintenance visits.

10. Your Furnace Gives Off an Unusual Odor

Your furnace is only supposed to have the scent of fresh gas or oil if you are using it for the first time of the season.  If after several consecutive uses, there is still a strange smell during your generator use, then something isn’t normal. Contact a specialist right away to diagnose the problem.  Strange odors are more serious than you might think.  Not only does it mean your unit is not functioning properly, but it also poses safety hazards to your environment.

Call Papalia Home Services today if you check any of our 10 warning signs that a furnace replacement is imminent!

By admin

Furnace Maintenance by Papalia

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Furnace Maintenance by Papalia

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Furnaces are often uncomplicated and relatively easy to keep up. The purpose of systematic maintenance is effective operation and efficiency so you save on heating costs.  Whatever kind of furnace that is heating the house, there are several steps to take to preserve the heating in prime operating condition.

At Papalia Home Services, we specialize in furnace maintenance as well as installation of new systems!

Why Choose Papalia For Furnace Maintenance?

Safety Features When Working on Heating System

Several safety factors should be considered before working on the furnace. Turn off all power to the heating unit before working on it. At the main electrical panel, remove the fuse that regulates the furnace or trip the circuit breaker. Another alternative is to take out the main fuse or trip the circuit breaker for the power for the entire house. If the circuit trips or the fuse blows continuously when the furnace is turned on, then the problem exists in the house’s electrical system. This issue should be repaired by a professional electrician.

Maintaining a Clean Furnace

If the furnace is dirty, the heating system will run less efficiently and waste fuel. Dirt can reduce the efficiency of all three workings of the system, so cleaning is a significant part of system maintenance. Belt adjustment and lubrication are important steps.

Precautions with a Gas Furnace

If the furnace has a gas power source, and gas can be smelled in the home, the home owner should not turn off the gas and should not use any lights. The first step is to call the gas company and leave the doors open.

Annual Professional Furnace Check

To maintain the heating system in top condition, the furnace should be serviced by a professional once a year. The end of the heating season is the best time to get the furnace maintained. This is the least-busy season for service professionals, so it is possible for the homeowner to get a discount. Service is more likely to be completed more rapidly.

Warranty for Heating System

Another step to take is to purchase an extended home warranty when purchasing the furnace or when arranging to have the furnace serviced. The furnace will be serviced on a regular basis with parts being guaranteed.

No matter what kind of heating system a house has, the homeowner must not wait until the furnace stops working before calling for maintenance. If a heating system is kept up, the homeowner will save cost on fuel and lengthen the life of the furnace.

If you need furnace repair, replacement, or maintenance, call the experts at Papalia Home Services today! Don’t forget to check out our maintenance club!

By Dan Burrows

5 Benefits From Getting a Furnace Tune-Up

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5 Benefits From Getting a Furnace Tune-Up

  • Heating

Fall has officially started and your AC has been shut down for the season, but now it’s time to think about staying warm. A furnace is one way to stay warm this winter. However, if you already own one, you’ve likely kept it inactive for around six months. Those months of inactivity will wear down any heating system. To make sure it’s still in working order, we suggest calling someone to tune-up your furnace. Doing so can ensure your family’s safety and comfort for the upcoming winter.

Here are five ways that getting a furnace tune-up can help you this winter:

 

Have a long-lasting furnace

Like the other systems in your house, keeping your furnace well-maintained can extend its life. Poorly-maintained furnaces, on the other hand, have a shorter lifespan, break down more often, and cost more to run due to inefficiency.

 

Stay safe from dangerous leaks

Damaged or poorly-maintained gas furnaces can be dangerous, as they’ll leak gasses that could pose a threat to your family or home. Carbon monoxide is deadly to people and many animals, and the other gasses the furnace could leak are highly flammable.

 

Costs less than full repairs

Maintenance costs money, but a maintenance job will cost less than a full repair job. During our furnace tune-up jobs, we can fix any small problems that could become something worse down the road. By doing this, we’ll keep you from having to pay more money and deal with the inconvenience of a broken furnace.

 

Know your furnace’s condition

When we tune-up your furnace, you’ll be able to get a good understanding of its health. This will help you decide if you’re willing to use your furnace for the winter. If you don’t, you can always buy a new one. If you’ve got your tune-up earlier, you can also get more time for deciding on which model you want.

 

Improve energy efficiency

The Department of Energy says that about half of the average homeowner’s energy bills come from using the furnace. However, this percentage can be reduced through proper care. Worn-down parts and other problems can reduce your furnace’s efficiency, but you can keep it working its best through regular tune-ups. A well-maintained furnace uses about 30% less energy than normal.

 

 

What makes Papalia my best option for furnace maintenance?

It’s critical to understand that furnace repair isn’t something you should do yourself, or even leave to your regular handyman. Furnaces are complex appliances, and repairing them requires a good deal of knowledge and experience. That’s why you should choose a fully licensed, highly experienced company with a proven track record of satisfied customers.

Papalia Home Services has been serving homeowners and business owners in the Boston Metro West area for more than 26 years. We’ve worked hard to build a reputation for excellence, and we continue to work hard to maintain that reputation every day. That’s why we invest in ongoing education for our people and the best parts the industry provides. As a result, we provide superior customer service from the moment you contact us until the moment we wave to you as we drive away. Call us today to schedule your tune-up!

By Brian Renadette

4 Warning Signs That It’s Time to Repair Your Furnace

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4 Warning Signs That It’s Time to Repair Your Furnace

  • Heating

When is the last time you thought about your furnace’s health? If you’re like most people in Acton, the answer to that question is never- until it stops working. If your furnace is still under 10 years old, you most likely would not want to invest in a replacement already. With the proper maintenance, a furnace can last up to 15-20 years!

So what are the four major signs you need furnace repair in Acton?

 

1. The Temperature Has Dropped

The first indication you need furnace repair in Acton is the most obvious – your house is cold. The main purpose of a furnace is to provide heat for your home, so if it is blowing cold air, you have a problem. There could be a variety of reasons why your furnace is not heating appropriately. Fortunately, the solution for this can be as simple as having your pilot light out. So, take a peek inside and call your local heating specialist at Papalia Home Services. Other ways to troubleshoot a cool furnace are to check your thermostat is functioning and make sure the air filter is clean. These can also impact your furnace’s ability to heat the home.

2. You Smell Gas

The second sign you need furnace repair in Acton- you smell gas. If you have a furnace which doesn’t run on natural gas or propane, then relax. If you have a gas run furnace – this is the most serious issue you can encounter. Detecting the aroma of gas in your home could be a matter of life and death, so swift action is required.

A gas leak is very serious business, and should be addressed by you before any repair service is called. If the odor of gas is so easily detected that there is no question exactly what is happening, you could be in immediate danger. Before any repair services are called, you should:

  • Open all the windows in your house
  • Turn off the furnace immediately
  • Switch off the gas lines to stop the gas flow wherever it may be
  • Evacuate the premises until you can no longer smell the fumes

Gas can ignite with the smallest spark, which would make for a much larger problem than just your furnace.

With all of this being said, you will want to make absolutely sure that a gas leak coming from the furnace itself. Most of the time there will be a hissing noise coming from the furnace or one of the gas pipes if a gas leak is an issue. There are a few different smells that resemble the odor of gas, and it may also be coming from another appliance in the house. Make sure it is the furnace causing the issue and then call a heating technician immediately.

Fortunately, almost all gas leaks in a furnace come from the unit’s heat exchanger. This essential part of the furnace may be broken, but they can be easily replaced by a local heating specialist. Consistent service and maintenance are key to keeping your furnace running smoothly.

3. Pooling Liquid

A puddle of liquid collecting under the heating system can be another sign to schedule a furnace repair in Acton. There are two types of liquid that would most likely be pooling around your furnace: water and gasoline. Either liquid left unchecked is bad news. Water leads to rust, corrosion, and mold. It can damage the area that holds your furnace and could be costly to clean and resurface. Gasoline is even more dangerous, for left unattended it can be a threat to your entire house. With any spark in the area, the gas could catch and a fire could break out. Be sure that you have the tools necessary in your house to combat the threat of a fire if it happens. A fire extinguisher and a phone close by are essential in case of emergencies.

With the presence of either liquid, your best bet would be to shut off your furnace. Water and gas are both harmful to your furnace and should be addressed immediately. Then call your trusted heating technician at Papalia Home Services to schedule a furnace repair and stop any further damage.

4. Unusual Noises

Your furnace should not be making any noises besides the predictable humming noises you’ve come to expect. If any high-pitched squeals, thumps or bangs happen consistently, the noise is most likely from a loose part in the furnace. The longer this is left to moving around or broken, the more damage can be done to other parts of the furnace. This means more expensive furnace repairs or a possible replacement if there is irreparable damage. Scheduling a furnace repair in Acton with your local heating professionals will save you money in the long run.


Whether it’s no heat, the smell of gas, liquid puddles, or odd noises – it’s important to take any sudden changes in your furnace’s performance seriously. Regular furnace repair and maintenance may not only lower your utility bills but in the case of leaking gas, can save your life.

Whatever you do, don’t ignore it. An improperly working furnace is not only a drain on your utility bill, but it can also evolve into a much more expensive furnace repair or possibly require a total unit replacement.

Why Choose Papalia Home Services?

  • Over 25 years of experience serving Boston Metro West towns
  • Licensed technicians
  • Award-Winning Service
  • 24/7 service

Don’t let a troublesome furnace leave your family in the cold! Call the trusted heating professionals at Papalia Home Services to schedule your furnace repair in Acton. 

Call us at (978) 218-8631

By Dan Burrows