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Heating FAQ

When Milwaukee-area homeowners have questions about their home comfort, they ask West Allis Heating & Air Conditioning. Our Comfort Advisors are heating and cooling experts. They know the HVAC industry inside and out, and have decades of experience which makes answering your questions and concerns simple. Curious what’s included in our tuneup service? Wondering how long your heating or cooling system will last? Find answers to these questions and more in our heating and cooling FAQs—or call us at 414-543-2800 if you don’t find the answers you need below.

There are many reasons that could be the issue. Check out our blog here for some of the most common reasons: Why Won’t My Furnace Turn On?

There could be a number of different reasons such as; a dirty filter, thermostat settings, a faulty switch, or a faulty blower. Be sure to change your filters regularly and have your thermostat set to “Auto” and not “On” for the easiest fixes. If neither of those is the issue, give us a call and we’d be happy to diagnose the issue for you.

A ‘boom’ or ‘thud’ sound from your furnace likely stems from two causes:

  1. A delayed gas ignition resulting from too much air mixing with the gas
  2. Expansion and contraction of your ductwork from; dirty filters, undersized ducts, closed vents in your home

Manufacturers require annual maintenance to maintain valid warranties. Properly maintained equipment will need fewer and less costly repairs. It will also lower energy usage while adding to your comfort. Check out our Comfort Maintenance Agreements to ensure your systems are always in top shape.

A tune-up and cleaning is a 15-point service check in which the technician examines the entire system, cleans and inspects all of the heating components, makes sure there are no safety hazards or items that require attention, and provides recommendations and pricing for repairs (if needed).

For more details, visit our blog What to Expect During a Furnace Tune-Up

With proper maintenance, a furnace can last 15 to 20 years. Our technicians will let you know when you should start thinking about replacing your unit, and explain what options are available to meet your needs and budget.

There are several variables that are taken into consideration to determine the cost of a new furnace. The best first step is to set up a free estimate with one of our Comfort Advisors who can go over different equipment options and help you determine what would work best for your home and comfort.

For a one-inch furnace filter, it is recommended that you change it every month. For a high-efficiency furnace filter (four-inch or larger), it is recommended that you change it every six to 12 months. If you have pets, allergies, or smoke indoors, you may want to change your filter more often.

Ductless systems create zones in your home, alleviating cold spots. This makes them ideal for rooms that do not have ductwork, such as sunrooms and garages. They are fairly quiet and extremely efficient—allowing you to save money on your energy bills. Ask our Comfort Advisors if a ductless system may be right for you.