Are There Common Furnace Repairs For KC Homes?

Common furnace repairs in KC

Furnaces have been running constantly in the KC area this winter. Because of the really cold weather, furnace repairs are in high demand.

But there are some common repairs that we do on heating systems in Kansas City homes.

Four Furnace Repairs We See In Kansas City Homes


Blower Motor Repairs. The blower motor on your furnace is responsible for pushing that hot air through the duct work in your home. It is also responsible for delivering the cold air as well in the summertime.

Consequently, your blower motor is working 12 months out of the year. So when we have prolonged periods of usage, it is one of the parts that breaks down first.

Ignition Controls. Today’s furnaces don’t use pilot lights anymore. This is a good thing, since a draft in your basement will no longer blow that thing out on a cold night.

Furnaces use an ignition module that will start your natural gas when your furnace calls for heat. Over time, those igniters can wear out from a lot of usage. So when we see the bitter cold we have seen this winter, we repair a lot of furnace igniters.

Inducer Motors. The inducer motor on your furnace is responsible for making sure the flue gases escape your home through the furnace vents.

When they start to wear out, you can sometimes hear a funny noise coming from your furnace. As always, if you start to hear sounds that don’t sound “normal”, contact City Wide for a full assessment.

Pressure Switches and Limit Switches. These types of switches are safety features on your furnace and help to prevent your furnace from overheating or leaking gas into your home.

Over time, these switches can wear out just due to normal usage. But they are extremely important to making sure your furnace is operating safely.

All of these repairs can happen at a moment’s notice. But sometimes they can be detected early, like when a furnace tune-up is being done at your Kansas City area home.

City Wide Heating and Cooling offers planned maintenance for your heating system, so just let us know if you have any questions about your furnace!




Benefits of the City Wide Maintenance Agreement – Sign Up and Save

Maintenance Plan IconJust like your car needs a tune-up occasionally, your furnace and air conditioner benefit from regular tune-ups as well. There are many benefits to an annual tune-up, but did you know there are even more benefits to signing up with City Wide Heating and Cooling for our Preventive Maintenance Agreement? It’s true. At City Wide, we believe having a tune-up is so important, we offer some extra perks when you sign up to automatically schedule a furnace and AC tune-up every year. Check out the details below.

Be First in Line

When you sign up for our PMA (Preventive Maintenance Agreement), you’ll not only get two tune-ups a year, you’ll get priority service. That means that if you have any trouble with your furnace or air conditioner at any time, you’ll get to go to the front of the line and receive service before any other customers who don’t have the PMA. It’s always great to be first in line.

Save on Parts & Labor

Besides being smart and keeping your equipment in tip-top shape by having a tune-up twice a year (one furnace, one AC), you’ll also save on repair costs. If you should require any repairs on your system you’ll get a 10% discount on all parts and labor. Not to mention that your chances of a breakdown are greatly reduced by having an regular maintenance.

Save on Energy Bills

A system that runs efficiently will use less energy to achieve the desired results. That means lower utility bills for you. Considering that heating and cooling your home accounts for over half of your energy bills, that can be a significant amount of money that’s staying in your pocket.

Sleep Easier Knowing Your Home Is Safe

Having your furnace and AC checked each year may also catch problems before they start. This not only reduces the risk of breakdowns which can be a hassle, but it also reduces the risk for fire or carbon monoxide hazards which can be a lot more than a hassle…they can be deadly.

Less Expensive Than Two Tune-Ups a Year

If you were to schedule two tune-ups a year (one for your furnace and one for your air conditioner), it would cost you more than becoming a Preventive Maintenance Agreement customer. With our PMA, you’ll get those tune-ups, and priority service. Plus, we include free air filters and humidifier pads. There are no extra charges unless something is broken. And then you get a discount on the parts and labor!

The City Wide Preventive Maintenance Agreement (PMA) is the most cost effective way to maintain your system. So if you’re going to get regular tune-ups every year anyway, why not take advantage of all of the extras you’ll get by signing up for our preventive maintenance agreement. It will cost you less. Call us today for information on how to sign up!  For the best heating or cooling services, call City Wide Heating and Cooling at (913) 384-6006 or (913) 236-5555. For special deals and promotions, be sure to check out our website!

How a Late Season Furnace Tune-Up Can Help Your Home Now and Later

Furnace MaintenaceWhile we typically recommend Kansas City area homeowners get a furnace tune-up before furnace season gets going, it’s still a good idea to get one during the peak of winter if you forgot this fall.

A late season furnace tune-up can help your furnace perform well for the rest of the heating season and it can also help your system come air conditioning season.

From Independence to Olathe, furnace maintenance performed by the heating and cooling experts at City Wide Heating & Cooling are the most comprehensive in the Kansas City area.

Freshen It Up for Efficiency

Winter tends to drag on, especially here in the Midwest. Your furnace has probably been running for several months now and could use a little TLC. In just the few months that your furnace has been running, it has probably accumulated a lot of dust and debris, clogging up many of its vital parts. Keep things humming along by freshening up your furnace system with a late season tune-up.

What Is Good for Your Furnace Is Good for Your Air Conditioner

A late season furnace tune-up is actually a great way to prepare your heating and cooling system for the warmer months. Your furnace and air conditioner share a lot of the same parts when they operate, so taking care of the basics doesn’t just help one system, it helps both!

Both systems use air filters, ductwork, your furnace blower and condensing unit to pump fresh air through your home. Our ultimate furnace tune-up will take care of and refresh each of these heating and cooling parts as well as so many more.

Keeping your furnace efficient for the rest of winter can also translate to a more efficient air conditioner in the spring and better efficiency means lower heating and cooling bills.

Call City Wide Heating & Cooling today at 913-384-6006 to keep your furnace efficient now and your air conditioner efficient later.

Carbon Monoxide – What You Need to Know

You hear about it on the news – a family of four found dead in their home. The culprit is carbon monoxide. It’s tragic, and worse yet, preventable. That’s why, at City Wide Heating and Cooling, we think it’s important to educate and sometimes just remind our customers in Olathe and surrounding areas of the dangers of carbon monoxide. It seems the problem can be worse in the winter because many people try to run heaters indoors which can lead to CO buildup. Also, your furnace can create carbon monoxide if not vented properly or if it has a leak. An annual furnace tune-up can detect and prevent these deadly leaks.

Be Aware of These Carbon Monoxide Symptoms

Carbon Monoxide is odorless and colorless, so essentially you don’t know it’s there. There are warning signs to look for, however, to alert you to its presence. Look for any of these signs and be aware that these could be caused by high concentrations of CO gas. If you experience any of these symptoms, get to fresh air immediately and call 911.

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Cramps
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Nausea
  • Disorientation
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of Consciousness

Many of these symptoms mimic the flu, so be aware and don’t just assume it’s a normal sickness. As the amount of carbon monoxide begins to build up in your bloodstream, you will begin to vomit. A loss of consciousness is certainly the most frightening symptom. Usually deaths occur when the gas builds up overnight while unsuspecting victims are sleeping and rendered unconscious before they even realize there is a problem.

How Does Carbon Monoxide Kill?

Carbon monoxide bonds with the hemoglobin in your blood. It will accumulate very rapidly in the blood, leaving the blood cells short of needed oxygen. It also leaves the blood very slowly which is why repeated or prolonged exposure can raise the danger. The elderly and very young are more susceptible and don’t forget about your pets. They are at risk as well.

Precautions to Prevent Accidental CO Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is formed by burning some sort of fuel. If the flame is impinged upon, the fire is not completely extinguished (smoldering coals), etc., the result can cause incomplete combustion. The CO is the gas that is not burned off. Sometimes if there is a leak in a furnace, water heater, or other appliance, the gas can leak out inside the house instead of being vented to the outside.  Fuel-burning appliances are the only ones from which carbon monoxide results. Electric appliances don’t create CO. Improperly vented natural gas or propane heaters and fireplaces or a wood burning fireplace can all create carbon monoxide.

  • For the natural gas and propane appliances, have a technician from the gas company do a leak check and also look at the vent. They usually do this for free.
  • If you have a wood burning fireplace, you should always check to make sure the damper is open and the flue is clear. It’s a good idea to have your chimney swept (cleaned) every year or two.
  • Always operate kerosene-powered heaters in ventilated areas too.
  • Burning wood creates more CO than natural gas. That’s why you should never charcoal grill in a tent or garage as the gas can build up in this enclosed area. The same goes for warming up your car in the garage.
  • If you have a garage and you want to warm your car up in the winter, DO NOT warm it up in the garage. The exhaust from the car can seep into your house through the door if your car is in the garage. If you must warm it up, pull it out of the garage so the gas can dissipate outside.
  • Also, if there is a heavy snowstorm, remember to check your outside vents to make sure they are not plugged up with snow. You should check these regularly throughout the year to ensure that birds, squirrels, mice, etc. have not built a home and blocked the airflow.

Make Sure Your Home Has a Carbon Monoxide Detector!

The best way to protect yourself and your family from this silent killer is to purchase and install a carbon monoxide detector. Like a smoke detector, it will sound an alarm if carbon monoxide gas is detected. If you think the furnace in your Olathe home could use a safety check, call City Wide Heating and Cooling to schedule a furnace tune-up at 913-384-6006.

The Trick to Avoiding Emergency Furnace Repair

While it may not be the first thing that homeowners think about, a furnace tune-up is something that should be scheduled every year. It’s the one thing you can do that will help prevent an emergency furnace breakdown. Not getting a tune-up could quickly turn into an expensive proposition involving major furnace repair that will soon be followed by waves of regret. There are actually many benefits that come with getting a furnace tune-up:

Efficiency That Saves Money

Furnace tune-ups keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. Having a more efficient running furnace helps lower utility bills, which means more money in your pockets.

Tune-Ups Keep You Safe and Sound

Having your furnace checked out will ensure that potentially dangerous scenarios don’t develop in the future. These could manifest in a variety of ways: electrical issues that could lead to a fire, gas leaks that could literally blow up a home or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Catching Small Problems before They Become Big Problems

Byspotting small issues like loose parts, parts that need to be lubricated, dirty parts, electrical wiring, etc. before they cause breakdowns, you’ll not only avoid freezing while you wait for repairs, but you’ll also save money by keeping small problems from becoming major repairs with major costs.

Warranties Remain in Effect

Many homeowners don’t realize it, but most manufacturer warranties will be null and void if you don’t have annual tune-ups performed on your system. Imagine a major repair not being covered because you failed to have regular maintenance done on your furnace. It’s well worth the money and effort to keep that manufacturer warranty intact.

Preventative Maintenance Agreements Are Well Worth the Money

Many people wouldn’t bat an eye about getting preventative maintenance on their car like oil changes, tire rotations, etc. You should think of your furnace and AC the same way. The easiest way to make sure you don’t forget to schedule regular tune-ups is to sign up for City Wide Heating and Cooling’s Preventative Maintenance Agreement (PMA). Besides the benefits mentioned above, some key advantages for the PMA customer are that you’ll receive priority service over those without the maintenance agreement. Two tune-ups per year (both air conditioner and furnace checks), as well as indoor air quality maintenance. Finally, you’ll get a 10 percent discount when it comes to parts and labor on any repairs. Put those all together, and they add up to peace of mind that you really can’t put a price on.

To find out more information on furnace maintenance, just call City Wide Heating and Cooling at either 913-384-6006 or 913-236-5555.


How to Tell When You Need an Air Conditioner Tune-Up

Warmer weather is on the way! which means your air conditioner is going to be running more often and working harder. It probably sat dormant all winter, so we came up with a few things to look out for. Here are some signs you might need an A/C tune-up.

Your Energy Bills Are Sky High

This is an easy way to tell if you have a problem. In the early months of spring and summer your air conditioner shouldn’t be working too hard, so if you have a large energy bill you probably have an issue. If your air conditioner is not working at its prime it could be sucking-up more energy to get the job done. Read tips for staying cool in this article 3 Tips for Staying Cooling Without Cranking the AC.

Dirty air conditioner filter causes high electric bills

You Notice Odd Noises

It’s normal for your air conditioner to make some noise the first time it’s turned on for the year. However, if it keeps making noises hours after, there might be an underlying issue. Noises like whooshing or buzzing are normal when it’s first turned on and are usually just the air compressor working to get started. Noises to watch out for though, are squeals and roars that don’t go away. If you experience this, it’s probably time to call in the professionals.

The Temperature in Your Home Doesn’t Match the Thermostat

If you notice your room is much warmer or cooler than the thermostat setting it could be one of two things. Check your thermostat first to make sure the batteries are working. If the thermostat is running fine, then it’s probably your air conditioner. In that case, check your air filters to make sure they’re clean and change them if they’re dirty. If they’re already clean, it’s time to call City Wide!

Thermostat settings for air conditioner

For any heating or cooling services, call City Wide. And be sure to check out our website for special deals and promotions!