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Furnace Service - Available 24 Hours

When your furnace stops working, several issues can arise – especially during cold weather months. In addition to the discomfort of feeling ice cold inside your own home, there is the possibility of your pipes freezing and bursting. That is why Shanks is available around the clock – even on weekends and holidays. We know furnace emergencies do not necessarily occur at convenient hours. When you need professional assistance the most, our team of technicians is on standby to help.

Furnace Repair

A furnace is a complex appliance with multiple parts working in unison. If a single component malfunctions, the entire system can shut down.
Give us a call if you encounter any of the following problems:

Compressor Running Constantly (Short Cycling)

When a heater erratically turns on and off, it may be short cycling. Common causes for short cycling include:
  1. Heaters that are too powerful for your ductwork
  2. Unevenly distributed or obstructed vents
  3. An overheated thermostat
  4. A dirty air filter restricting airflow
  5. Condensate switch defects
  6. A corroded flame sensor

Failing to regularly maintain your heater will heighten the chances of short-cycling issues. That’s why it’s wise to invest in regular maintenance.

Poor Air Quality

Over time, air ducts will naturally collect dirt, allergens, contaminants, and micro-organisms. When your heater turns on, the air will blow these unhealthy particles throughout your home, causing respiratory problems, allergies, and asthma attacks. Just like the surfaces in your house that need to be regularly cleaned, ductwork requires frequent maintenance to remove the grime, bacteria, pollen, mold spores, insect droppings, and pet dander that accumulate over time.

Dirty Filters

Your heater’s air filter can significantly improve air quality: blocking airborne pollutants and contaminants before they can enter your heating system, air ducts, and home. We recommend replacing your air filter every one to three months. This will mitigate your exposure to irritants and allergens and make your heater more energy efficient.

Another pro tip is upgrading to a higher quality air filter that can trap smaller contaminants, resulting in healthier air. Top-quality filters are rated by MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value). Consult with our HVAC specialists to see what air filters are compatible with your system.

Carbon Monoxide Detection

Heaters that use natural gas, propane, or oil are vulnerable to carbon monoxide (CO) gas leaks. CO is colorless, odorless, and potentially deadly. Other symptoms of exposure to carbon monoxide include shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches, nausea, mental confusion, vomiting, decreased muscle coordination, heart/brain damage, and loss of consciousness.

If you have a combustion heater, take this wise precaution: Have a professional install a carbon monoxide detector right away. A carbon monoxide detector will trigger an alert when toxic gases are present. Should this alarm sound, turn off the unit, ventilate your home, and call a professional immediately.

Inexplicable Cost Increase in Energy Bills

When your heating system has a defect, it may prove costly. High electricity bills can be caused by duct leaks, dirty filters, faulty thermostats, and numerous other deficiencies. The older a heater becomes, the more likely its efficiency has waned. If you notice your heater working overtime and your monthly utility bill constantly increasing (especially in winter), give us a call. We can save you money over time by installing a state-of-the-art unit, a heat pump, or a ductless system.

Call our heater repair pros for help at (816) 258-2056 for help right now. Shanks is ready to help you immediately.

What Causes Your Heater to Stop Working Properly?

Countless issues can lead to heater malfunctions. Here are some frequent complications:
  1. A dirty blower can cause equipment failure. When insufficient air blows across a heat exchange, it can overheat and fail.
  2. Dirty air filters can restrict airflow and cause short cycling.
  3. A dirty flame sensor covered in gunk can turn off your heater by failing to sense the flame.
  4. Dirty burners can have trouble lighting.
  5. Wiring and electrical issues can cause breakdowns.

Should I Call a Heater Repair Technician or Try to Fix the Problem Myself?

For minor issues and simple maintenance tasks such as replacing an air filter, DIY solutions are viable. At the same time, many heater malfunctions require professional expertise. This is especially true when installing or repairing gas or oil heaters where a single error can cause dangerous carbon monoxide leaks. By choosing Shanks, you’ll get trained, insured, and experienced HVAC pros.

How Much Does a Heating Repair Cost?

Many factors alter heating repair costs. To get an estimate, we calculate:

Should I Repair or Replace My Heater?

You should seriously consider replacing your heater if:
  1. Your heat pump is over 10 years old
  2. Your boiler, furnace, or gas heater is over 15 years old
  3. Your unit is unevenly or inadequately heating your home
  4. Your system is outdated and incurring high energy bills
  5. You lack a programmable thermostat
  6. Your heater needs frequent repairs
  7. Your system is exacerbating humidity levels and poor indoor air quality

What Is the Average Life Span of a Heating System?

The average life expectancy of heating systems is getting longer as technology and maintenance techniques improve. A well-maintained furnace can last 15 to 20 years, and a boiler can last up to 30 years if regularly serviced.

Call (816) 258-2056 to find a heater repair technician near you. We answer calls 24/7, and emergency heater repair is available under certain circumstances.

Signs it's Time to Buy a New Heater

As a heating system ages, expensive repairs and replacements will increase in frequency. When a repair exceeds 50% of the cost of a new system, we recommend upgrading to a modern unit that is more energy-efficient and in better condition.

Repairs Get Too Frequent and Too Costly

Over time, repair costs can pile up. We advise tracking the money you spend maintaining an old heater to accurately assess the price of upkeep. Paying for numerous repairs to keep an aged and inefficient system running can be more expensive than you might think.

An Older Unit

If your heating system falls into the 15+ year category, it is wise to proactively shop around for an updated unit. This will save you from stress and frustration, health and fire hazards, and the costs of yearly repairs and pricey emergencies. Fixing old units with obsolete replacement parts can be a particularly costly hassle. Get an energy-efficient unit sooner than later!

High Energy Costs

If your heating system leaks, overheats, short cycles, or performs at subpar levels, monthly utility bills can quickly get ugly. Fortunately, our preventative maintenance program can help. Shanks Heating & Air Conditioning is staffed with knowledgeable HVAC specialists who can clean, repair, and upgrade your unit to optimize efficiency.

Other Heating Services

We service alternative heating systems, such as geothermal heating units and heat pumps. Geothermal heating solutions have many perks. Sure, they can be costly upfront. But over time, they can save energy and money. They are also eco-friendly, enjoy long life spans by operating indoors, operate quietly, and work during power outages. Heat pumps are a great alternative as well. Centralized and easy to install, they can help with heating especially cold rooms and old properties that lack ductwork.

Heater Replacement & Installation

It is always wise to replace a heater before total system failure. You can avoid being left in the cold by paying attention to key performance issues and signs of decline. We can handle all stages of heater installation, and even retrofit your ductwork. Our technicians follow manufacturer specifications and work with great attention to detail to ensure everything works perfectly.

Heater Maintenance

No one wants to recirculate dirty air, breathe carbon monoxide, or waste energy. By checking your entire heating system, we can ensure your health and home are safe.

Shanks Heating & Air Conditioning is one of the most trusted HVAC companies in the country for many reasons. Our loyal customers appreciate our focus on:

Highly Trained and Experienced Technicians

We proudly stand behind the quality of work we deliver. Each Shanks employee loyally adheres to a strict code of ethics that emphasizes courteousness, treating customers respectfully, and providing straightforward advice and upfront prices. Fully certified, vetted with background checks, and constantly enrolled in continuing HVAC education courses, our team is ready to take on any challenge.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Steps to Troubleshoot Common Heating Problems Before Calling for Repair

Heating problems result from a wide range of issues. Some are complicated, while others are easy to detect and simple to fix.
The next time your heating system starts acting funny, these helpful tips may offer fast solutions:
  1. Clean/replace the air filter
  2. Check your thermostat’s batteries and connectivity
  3. Inspect your heater’s condenser for debris
  4. Check the pilot light and burners
  5. Double-check all vents and registers
  6. Check for blown fuses or tripped breakers
  7. Fasten the access panel
  8. Contact a qualified Shanks Heating & Air Conditioning Specialist

Our Heating Service Experts Won’t Leave You in the Cold. Call Today at (816) 258-2056

On standby 24-hours a day, every day of the year, our emergency HVAC team is ready to solve even the most complex issue when you need service most. Once an HVAC appointment is made, you can be confident our team will show up on time. After all, our company motto is: Always On Time…Or You Don’t Pay A Dime

For heating repair services in your area, call (816) 258-2056 or contact us online to request an appointment today!

*Check with your local franchise. Services may vary by location.