Heating System Repair

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Since 2001, Complete Heating and Cooling has served the Fredericksburg area for HVAC repairs and maintenance.  Since then, we have continuously increased our heating repair services without sacrificing quality. To help us deliver the best possible service at a low cost, we have dedicated ourselves to keeping up to date on technological advances.

Our goal is to provide reliable, safe, quality service both in and around your home. We offer the Installed-Right and Service-Right warranties for all our heating repair in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and the surrounding areas.

Every homeowner knows the way their system works.  For instance, their may be a brief odor when the heat is turned on during the first cold snap. Maybe there is a low rumble when the system starts up.  Those are normal in your home for your system. However, there are times when normal is no longer normal. The following list, along with our article on common heating system repairs, will help you determine if it’s time for a system repair.

Funny Smells

If you notice an odor after turning on your heating system, it could be as simple as dust burning away from the ducts. It’s normal for this to happen after the heater hasn’t run in a while. If the smell goes away within a few hours, there probably isn’t a reason to worry.

A funny smell could mean you need a heating system repair

If it keeps up, however, that is a sign that something else could be wrong. For instance, your system may have damaged mechanical parts or broken electrical sections. If that is the case, you may smell burning rubber or plastic.

Changing the air filter could help make the smell go away. Often heating systems will produce a strange smell if debris and dirt get caught in the filter.

That being said, we do not recommend ignoring any smells that persists for more than a few hours, or happens when you turn on a brand new heating system. Failing to repair this problem could cause the furnace to break down or a fire.

Screeching, Banging, or Clanking Noises

If you hear strange sounds from your heater, that is a sign there is a problem. Small noises from your system are normal. However, if the sounds are loud or unusual, then you need to call for system repair right away.

Weird noises from the heating system can indicate a worn or loose part in your HVAC system. The sooner you call for a professional to come and take a look at your heating system, the better your chance of preventing total system failure.

Cold Spots


A man is cold indoors which could mean heating system repairs are needed

You turned the heat on hours ago, but there are still cold spots around the house. The heat doesn’t seem to be heating all of your rooms. The first thing you do is check that the vents are working. If they are open, you know your heating system is not working correctly.

Rising Energy Bills

It’s normal for energy bills to go up when you are using the heat in cold months. However, if your energy bill is higher than you expect, your heating system may not be working correctly. It might also mean that your HVAC system is so old that it is no longer able to do its job. Either way, you’ll need to compare your current bills to bills from last year. If something looks unusual, call for heating repair.

Things to Test First

Although it may be tempting to pick up the phone and call the first HVAC company you find, this should not necessarily be your first step. In some cases, the problem is actually quite minor and doesn’t require professional heating and cooling repair. Before calling our company for repair, try these simple fixes first:

A woman checking an air filter to determine the need for heating system repair

Check the air filter

The filter is responsible for catching debris and regulating the air passing through the house. It’s normal for the filter to become clogged and dusty because it is always touching air debris. When this happens, the airflow becomes restricted, and efficiency is reduced This can lead to higher than average energy bills. Sometimes, your HVAC unit will stop working outright when the filter is too clogged.

To clean the filter, you should take it out of its position, turn on a light source, and hold the filter up to the light. If light cannot shine through, it is time to replace the filter altogether.

Check the HVAC’s thermostat

A furnace’s thermostat is responsible for controlling its temperature. If not set up correctly, the furnace can come to a halt while still using a lot of energy trying to work. Fortunately, it’s not hard to check your thermostat settings.

First, you’ll want to ensure that the unit is set to heat and not cool. Be sure that the set temperature is higher than the temperature in the house. For testing, be sure to crank up the thermostat a few more degrees to ensure it turns on, assuming it is working correctly.

Check the air vents

Lots of things can happen to your air vents, such as a leak, getting clogged up with dust, or even getting blocked up by a dead animal. Before calling for heating and cooling repair from the heating repair Fredericksburg experts, give the vents a peek and clean them if necessary. Sometimes, that’s all you need to get your system up and running again.

However, it is important not to try and deal with a leak on your own, especially if you have no experience in doing so. Repair attempts by the inexperienced can greatly worsen the problem, so you will want to hire an expert.

Homeowners in the Fredericksburg or Spotsylvania area can call our experts to help diagnose and fix their HVAC problems. Sometimes, the weather can be truly predictable during the winter, and temperatures can drop very suddenly, so it is of vital importance that you keep your system maintained for your family’s comfort.

Complete Heating and Cooling offers a comprehensive range of heat pump and furnace services, such as installation, maintenance, and system repair to help keep you and your loved ones warm and protected. Don’t wait until your HVAC system fails–give us a call today to give your setup a full checkup!