If your home is not heated using forced air, chances are a boiler will make sure you stay warm during cold nights. A hot water system delivers hot water through a network of pipes that run to every room in your house. The heating effect gets maximized through radiators. The most common issues with hot water heating tend to be not be major, but small problems that add up over time. Mineral deposits within the water tank, a pilot light malfunction, or an issue with a radiator itself can require professional repair. On average, you will pay between $183 and $582 for these problems. The exact amount will depend on the exact problem, as described in our boiler repair cost guide.
Our team is NATE-certified.  North American Technician Excellence represents the entire HVAC industry and is an independent, third-party, non-profit organization.  NATE-certified technicians are skilled professionals who have verified real working knowledge of HVAC systems through specialized exams.  Whether your heating or cooling system requires routine maintenance or complex repair, the NATE-certified team from Nerthling's Heating and Air Conditioning shows up on time, prepared to complete the job quickly and accurately, without unnecessary multiple house calls.  We work on all makes and models and offer affordable and convenient service plans to protect your equipment from wear and tear, and ensure like-new performance.
After an HVAC professional services the furnace, there are a few steps homeowners can take to keep it running smoothly. Most importantly, perhaps, is changing the air filter regularly, at least every three months, according to Energy Star, which is a branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A clogged air filter will restrict air flow, which can also negatively affect your health through exposure to environmental contaminates.
All major furnace manufacturers strongly recommend an annual tune up by a qualified, insured, and trained technician staff. Failing to do so in many cases means voiding your manufacturer warranty, which could mean a total loss for your equipment if something goes wrong. In the grand scheme of things, the cost of an annual tune-up is well worth it as compared to the cost of replacing a furnace all together.

When your furnace filter becomes dirty, dusty and clogged, you can expect some negative effects on your furnace efficiency and your indoor air quality. The forced air is supposed to get blown through the filter and the filter is supposed to trap any particles so they don’t end up in your air ducts and throughout the house. When the filter has trapped too many particles and it is clogged up, the air keeps blowing, but some of those trapped particles will end up in the system and your living space. Another effect is that the furnace has to work harder to get the same amount of air through that dirty filter, so your heating bills may go up.


So the furnace went out (again). We’re probably not the people you want to be dialing, but in these circumstances, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in North America should be your very first call. You don’t even have to worry how late (or early) it is – our NATE-certified technicians available at all hours, every day of the year. We’ll be there in a jiffy and get the job done fast – so you can get back to your routine and not have to even think about needing another furnace repair anytime soon.
• If your furnace is inside the house, it may be located in an area that is magnifying the sound it makes – such as under a staircase. Often moving the furnace to another part of the house can reduce that noise. You may find that it’s in an area that was previously occupied by another older type of furnace, and you never heard those sounds from that one. Please keep in mind that modern furnaces are built differently – with multiple speeds and stages – which may create different sounds and require more airflow than your old ductwork has available. If the furnace doesn’t get enough air, it gets cranky.

• If your furnace is inside the house, it may be located in an area that is magnifying the sound it makes – such as under a staircase. Often moving the furnace to another part of the house can reduce that noise. You may find that it’s in an area that was previously occupied by another older type of furnace, and you never heard those sounds from that one. Please keep in mind that modern furnaces are built differently – with multiple speeds and stages – which may create different sounds and require more airflow than your old ductwork has available. If the furnace doesn’t get enough air, it gets cranky.
If your thermostat has a small lever that moves along a calibrated scale that indicates “longer” (not the heat temperature lever), you can try adjusting this—the heat anticipator. Just set it one calibration mark closer to the “longer” setting if the furnace goes off and on too frequently or one mark away if the furnace allows room temperature to rise too high or drop too low before going on or off. It may take several hours for the thermostat to stabilize at this setting, so wait a while and then adjust it again if necessary.

While there's nothing you can do to guarantee your air conditioner or furnace will never need repairs, there are ways to take better care of your system. Changing out the air filters every 3-6 months, making sure nothing is obstructing or interfering with the outside unit, and keeping all vents unblocked in well-used rooms will help keep your air conditioning and heating system operating efficiently.
Your furnace's flame sensor is essentially a safety mechanism. As a thin metallic rod in front of the flame inside the unit, it's sole purpose is to confirm that your gas valves only open when a flame actually exists to burn that gas. When the flame sensor stop working, on the other hand, gas leaks can occur. To repair your furnace's flame sensor, expect to spend between $80 and $250. Even a full replacement of this part typically does not go above that range.
Marky Mark's Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, LLC offers a range of residential and light commercial HVAC services in Thornton, CO & Westminster, CO. Call 720.961.4016 to request an emergency repair, schedule yearly maintenance, or get a free estimate on a new furnace or air conditioning system. Our team of licensed HVAC technicians can address all makes and models. We offer quick turnaround, competitive pricing, innovative products, and high quality service. When temperatures start to change in Thornton, CO & Westminster, CO and the Northern Denver Metro area, call on the heating and cooling experts at Marky Mark's Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, LLC.
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