Heating Emergency Checklist


Want to prevent a heating emergency this winter?

Be sure to add these things to your checklist.

  1. Schedule annual maintenance.

Regular maintenance keeps your system working efficiently.

  1. Check your furnace filter monthly.

This will prevent breakdown due to overheating.

  1. Call an expert at the first sign of trouble.

This keeps minor issues from escalating into larger ones.

  1. Replace your equipment if it is 10 years or older.

An older heating unit may require frequent costly repairs.

  1. Enroll in a maintenance plan.

This makes heating maintenance simple and convenient.

Don’t take any chances with your heating system this winter.

Talk to a heating expert today!

How to Avoid an Emergency Heating Repair

Have you ever come home after a long day of work, only to find that your house feels especially chilly? You turn up the temperature on your thermostat, yet your heating system just doesn’t seem to want to kick on. Unfortunately, this is a problem that many homeowners throughout the metro Atlanta area face during the winter. A heating system breakdown is not only inconvenient but can also be very costly. Be sure to employ these tips if you want to avoid an emergency heating repair this season.

Schedule a Heating Tune-Up

Preventive maintenance is the number-one way to keep your heating system running with minimal issues. We recommend scheduling a heating tune-up at least once a year for optimal performance.

During a tune-up, an HVAC specialist will inspect your heating equipment for safe and proper function, looking at all moving parts and making tweaks as necessary to maximize efficiency. Your HVAC specialist will also change your unit’s filter to prevent overheating and keep your indoor air clean. This filter should be checked monthly and cleaned or replaced as needed in between service visits. If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual heating tune-up this season, be sure to do so as soon as possible.

Call a Heating Expert at the First Sign of Trouble

Sometimes problems do arise, despite our best efforts to prevent them. If you notice that something seems to be off with your heating system, call an expert at the first sign of trouble. Scheduling a repair early on will prevent smaller issues from becoming larger, more costly ones. Some signs of trouble you should watch out for include:

  • Yellow or flickering burner flame
  • Loud noises or funny smells
  • Unexpected furnace shut-offs
  • Difficulty keeping your home warm
  • Abnormally high heating bills

When a more intensive repair is necessary, especially with an older unit, a heating specialist can also help you decide if it would make more financial sense to upgrade to a new heating unit.

Enroll in a Maintenance Plan

Whether you want to continue using your existing furnace or recently installed a new, high efficiency heating unit, enrolling in a maintenance plan will help you extend the life of your heating system. A maintenance plan makes heating maintenance simple with regular, scheduled tune-ups and special discounts on repairs. At Anchor, we give our customers from Marietta down to Peachtree City peace of mind through our EZ-Pay Program. Customers get two annual maintenance visits per year, a 10% discount on repairs, and 24 hour emergency service for their Trane furnaces and heating units, all for a low, monthly fee.

Don’t let a heating breakdown inconvenience you this winter. Call (770) 942-2873 or contact us today to schedule heating maintenance!

Will Your Furnace Last Through the Winter?

With winter in full effect  here in Atlanta, you’re probably starting to rely on your heating system full-time to keep you comfortable at home. It’s no secret that you use your heating system the most during winter; but have you thought about the stress that full-time use for months on end could put on your heating system? Even if your furnace seemed to be functioning well when you first turned it on this year, that doesn’t mean it’s going to last you all season.

Schedule Heating Maintenance to Keep Your Furnace Running

The most important thing you can do is schedule heating maintenance for your furnace. During a service visit, a heating professional will clean your furnace, lubricate all moving parts, and optimize it for peak performance all winter long. Your heating professional will also catch any minor repairs that may be needed before they escalate into larger issues. Regular maintenance for your heating system is the key to extending the life of your furnace.

Maintain Your Furnace Between Service Visits

In addition to scheduling furnace maintenance, there are a few simple measures you can take to help extend the life of your furnace. First, be sure to check your furnace’s air filter every month. Your heating professional will take care of this during your annual furnace tune-up, but it’s important to check it in the months between visits, as most filters need to be cleaned or replaced every one to three months. Some units have an indicator light that tells you when your furnace’s air filter is starting to get clogged.

Old Furnace? Consider Replacing Your Unit

If your furnace is malfunctioning, inefficient, or eight to ten years old, it might be time for a replacement. A new, energy efficient furnace will keep your home more comfortable, all while consuming less energy. Trane furnaces have especially high efficiency ratings and come with features like built-in intelligence to make maintenance a cinch. Our financing options make upgrading your furnace more affordable than ever.

Not sure if your furnace will make it through the winter? Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 today to talk to a heating specialist!

Is Your Air Conditioner Short Cycling?

Guess what? It is still hot and humid and it is also still humid and hot. And we are not sure when it will stop being hot and humid or if you prefer, humid and hot. So let’s talk about a common air conditioner problem you may be experiencing during these dog days of summer – short cycling. Cycling is a normal operational process for HVAC systems. Typically, your system should have 2-3 cooling cycles within an hour on a moderate summer day. If your system is cycling inconsistently in rapid successions, then you have a short cycling problem. Short cycling not only harms the energy efficiency of your system, it puts excess wear on your equipment which can lead to frequent breakdowns and repairs. Let’s figure out what may be causing this issue:

  • Oversized Unit – Air conditioners must be sized properly for each home – not too small, not too large – they have to be “just right”. It is possible that the air conditioning system in your home is simply too large for the space it is supposed to cool. It may be cooling your home too quickly causing short cycles that will prematurely wear down your equipment.
  • Clogged Air Filter –  Dirty filters result in insufficient air flow through your system. This will cause your system to work much harder to compensate for the loss of airflow. Filters need to be replaced at least quarterly, but check it monthly and if it looks dirty or clogged go ahead and change it. It is a small price to pay for big savings down the road.
  • Low Refrigerant – Contrary to popular belief, your system does not “use up” refrigerant like a car uses gasoline. If you have low refrigerant, it usually means you have a leak. This can put excess stress on your system causing it to short cycle.

Proper maintenance of your system is the best way to prevent short cycling from occurring. If you are experiencing problems or if you need to schedule maintenance, call the experts at Anchor Heating & Air – 770-942-2873.

Your August Home Checklist

August is a month of transitions. Your household may be transitioning into a new school year, from summer to fall activities or from hot weather to milder temperatures – hopefully! Use this time of transition to mark a few of these items off of your home checklist:

  • Tidy Your Mudroom or Drop Zone: Especially if you have kids in the house, take this opportunity to get a busy entryway under control. Clear the clutter, clean rugs and floors, wipe down shelving and put back only the essentials.
  • Prepare for Your Fall Wardrobe: Evaluate your summer clothing to determine what pieces need to be donated and what can pieces can transition into Fall. Set aside anything that needs repairs or that needs to make a trip to the cleaners before it is stored or pushed back until next summer. Preview your current fall wardrobe and donate anything that you no longer like or no longer fits. Make a list of any items you need to shop for before the cool weather comes.
  • Refresh/Restock the Pantry: Toss out anything that is out of date. Donate in date items that you probably won’t be using to a food pantry. Organize and take stock of your inventory. Think about the type of items you like to cook during cool weather and begin a list for those staples.
  • Deep Clean Your Kitchen: This is often the most used area of the home, therefore it needs a deep clean more often. Sorry, it’s just the way the cookie crumbles (and makes a mess and you have to clean it up).
  • Put Away Summer Gear:  Inspect your summer gear for damage and clean it before storing it away until next year. Make note of any items that need to be replaced because you may find them at the end-of-season sales.
  • HVAC Maintenance: During the little lull between the dog hot days of summer and the frigid cold days of winter is the time to schedule your HVAC maintenance. Your system works hard to keep you cool all summer, it may need a little TLC from your HVAC technician after all that hard work. Another reason to schedule maintenance during this in between time is to ensure your heating system will be ready for the first cold snap. Sometimes the temperatures drop drastically and you don’t want to turn the heat on only to discover that it isn’t working!

Simply call Anchor at 770-942-2873 to schedule your maintenance appointment. We will help you maximize efficiency, energy savings, and unit life.