Heating Repair in Baltimore, MD
When cold weather settles in Baltimore, the last thing homeowners want is a faulty heating system. As your trusted home service partner, United Air Temp is committed to keeping your heating systems in top condition.
Since 1931, we’ve been helping our customers stay warm and cozy in their homes, no matter the weather. We’ve become an industry leader because of our quality craftsmanship, superior customer service, and upfront pricing.
24/7 Emergency Heating Repair
Nobody plans for their heater to break down. But when it does, you need immediate service. Prompt repairs will restore your safety and comfort and prevent further damage to your system. Our dedicated technicians provide 24/7 emergency repairs to ensure your home has the heat you need.
You can help avoid HVAC breakdowns with regular maintenance. During a heating tune-up, our technicians will clean and inspect your heating system, make adjustments and small repairs, and lubricate any moving parts to help keep your system working efficiently. Remember to schedule regular heating maintenance with our team.
Signs You Need Heating Repair
Sometimes, the signs that you need a heating repair aren’t as obvious as you’d think. Here are some key signs that it’s time to call in the professionals for repairs:
- Loss of heat: If your heating system suddenly stops producing heat, then it’s time to seek out professional service.
- Unpleasant odors: Strange smells coming from your heating system, such as burning or musty smells, should be addressed by an HVAC technician.
- Inadequate heating: Uneven heating in different parts of your home is a major indicator that your heating equipment isn’t operating at peak performance.
- Strange noises: Be on the lookout for strange sounds, such as banging, hissing, or squealing, coming from your heating system.
- Higher energy bills: Sudden spikes in your energy bills without a change in how you use your system can indicate a loss of efficiency and effectiveness.
- Frequent cycling: Don’t wait to schedule service if your heating system is short-cycling.
- Pilot light issues: Gas furnaces, fireplaces, and boilers with pilot lights that have a yellow flickering flame or go out should be repaired promptly.
Common Causes of Heating Problems
From simple wear and tear to more complex issues, many different problems can affect your heating system.
Here are some common heating issues for the systems we service:
- Gas and electric furnaces: Broken blowers and damaged or dirty flame sensors can easily cause a furnace breakdown.
- Ductless mini-splits: Frozen coils or a malfunctioning defrost cycle can leave you without heat from your mini-split.
- Heat pumps: Low refrigerant or a malfunctioning reversing valve are serious heat pump issues.
- Boilers: Frozen condensate pipes and boiler kettling shouldn’t be ignored
- Dual-fuel heating systems: Incorrect thermostat settings can cause the system to be less effective.
- Geothermal systems: Blocked loop systems can reduce heat transfer.
- Gas fireplaces: Dust and debris can obstruct the burners, affecting performance.
Sometimes, especially with older units, repair might not be the most cost-effective option. UAT can help you decide if heating replacement is a better long-term solution.
Choose United Air Temp for Heating Repair in the Baltimore Area
For more than 90 years, UAT has provided high-quality services to our community. We’re more than just an HVAC contractor — we believe in building lifelong relationships with our customers.
From our transparent communication and written reports of work performed to our commitment to the environment and our community, our core values guide us in every job.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my furnace making a weird sound?
There are several reasons why your furnace could be making odd noises. If you hear a whistling sound, it could be a clogged filter.
A banging noise often comes from a delayed ignition in the furnace. If you hear a screeching noise, it’s a sign there is a problem with the blower motor or belt.
Why is my furnace giving off a weird smell?
While you may notice a smell when your furnace initially turns on, it should run without making a constant odor. A musty smell often comes from a dirty or clogged filter.
If you notice a rotten egg smell, this is a serious issue, as it could mean a gas leak. An electrical or metallic smell can indicate overheated parts or potential wiring issues.
How can I troubleshoot my heating system?
- Check if the thermostat is set to heat with the fan on auto. Also, ensure the right temperature setting, ideally between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Ensure that your heating system’s circuit breaker hasn’t flipped. If it has, reset the breaker to the on position.
- Check your air filters to see if they’re clogged. Replace them if needed to ensure proper airflow.
- Examine the system for any visible damage or loose parts.
If your heating issues persist, call an HVAC technician for help.
Can a cracked heat exchanger be repaired?
No, a cracked heat exchanger will have to be replaced. The crack can allow gases to seep into the home’s air supply, which is a potentially deadly hazard.