Friday, January 12, 2018

Is Your Furnace Not Turning On?

The temperature has been dropping into freezing temperatures and furnaces have been putting in extra work these last few weeks. When the temperature drops in your home, you would expect your furnace to recognize that and to automatically kick on. What happens if your furnace doesn’t turn on? Now, what do you do? The best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few troubleshooting tips to help get your furnace running and your home warm and cozy. Royal Heating & Air is here to help with all of your heating and cooling needs. If you find yourself in a bind, we even offer 24/7 emergency service.

Check Your Thermostat


If your furnace doesn’t kick on, one of the first things you should do is check your thermostat. You should double check that it is set to “heat” not “cool” and that it’s set to the correct temperature. If it’s set too low, it will take a while for the furnace to kick on. If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure that the time and date are correct, as well as the a.m. and p.m. settings. Make sure the batteries are working and that it is firmly attached to the wall. 

Switches & Breakers


Sometimes, all your furnace needs to do in order for it to start working again is for it to be turned on. All furnaces, no matter the age or manufacturer, have a switch that turns it on and off, and it could have accidentally been switched off. If that is not the issue, check the circuit breaker or fuse box to make sure everything is switched on and functioning. You should also make sure that the front panel covering the blower motor is securely fastened - there's a push-in switch under it that must be fully depressed for the furnace to operate. 

Change the Filters


Dirty filters are usually the most common cause of furnace issues. Dust and dirt restrict airflow, and if the filter gets too clogged, the heat exchanger will overheat and shut off too quickly, which results in your house not warming up. It is important to make sure to regularly check the filter and replace as necessary. A clean filter is vital to the efficiency of your furnace.


Check the Pilot Light


Check to make sure that the pilot light is lit. If gas or propane flow to the pilot light is interrupted, even for a moment, the light can go out and will need to be re-lit.  It's also important to make sure your gas is on. Just like the switches, someone may have turned off the gas valve and forgot to turn it back on. The easiest way to check to see if the gas supply is on is to check another gas appliance in your house, such as your stove. If you have no gas, call the gas company or fill your propane tank. 

Look for Blocked or Leaky Ducts


Blocked or leaky ducts can restrict airflow and make your furnace work harder than it needs to heat up your home and in some cases, your home will still feel chilly. Make sure the registers are open and clean. Afterward, check the ducts and ensure there are no leaks.

With this extremely cold weather, Royal Heating & Air wants to make sure your home stays warm and cozy during the remaining winter months. If your furnace needs service or repair, give the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call!

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Friday, January 5, 2018

18th Annual Eagle Days

It’s that time of year again! Make sure you grab your coats, hats, and gloves for one of the most popular winter events at the Lake of the Ozarks! Eagle Days will return for its 18th year at the Lake on Saturday, January 6th and Sunday, January 7th, 2018. This fun, free community event is a wonderful opportunity to view and learn about eagles and Royal Heating & Air is a proud sponsor for this year's event. The best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks has all the information you need for this incredible winter event. 


Missouri is one of the leading states to spot our national bird, the bald eagle. Eagles make nests wherever they can find food and open water, which is why the Lake of the Ozarks is so attractive to these birds. If you would like to see a few up close and personal, then you should make plans to attend the 18th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days. 

The very first Eagle Days at the Lake, which was held in 1999, attracted 651 participants. Last year, over 3,700 people attended, which made it one of the most successful Eagle Days to date. This year's event will feature many fun activities, which include:
  • Wild eagle viewing & program
  • Owl, hawk and turkey vulture programs
  • Coloring contest
  • Photo contest
  • Other activities for kids

There is something for everyone at this year's event. There will even be live eagles from the World Bird Sanctuary with naturalists on hand to answer any question you may have about them. This exciting event will be taking place at Osage National Golf Course.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their binoculars to spot wild eagles. Willmore Lodge and below the Bagnell Dam on the Osage River are both excellent spots for bird-watching. Bring your camera too, as you will be able to get some beautiful photos of these birds during the live presentations. If you're lucky, you may even be able to capture some great pictures of them in the wild.

You can view a full Eagle Days schedule of events on their website at www.LakeOfTheOzarksEagleDays.com. You can also find the photo contest rules, download the picture for the coloring contest and if you want to get involved, the application to volunteer for this year's event. If you have any questions about the event, you can call 1-800-386-5253.

The Annual Eagle Days event is fun for the whole family! 
Royal Heating & Air is proud to be a sponsor for this year's event. Don't forget to bring your binoculars and camera for viewing and photo opportunities. We hope to see you and your family January 6th and 7th at Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days! The best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks
can’t think of a better way to spend the first weekend of 2018. 


Royal Heating & Air - "The King of Comfort"

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Furnace Features That Help Protect Your Home

The first snow has fallen and the temperature has dropped to single digits. Furnaces and heating devices of all types will be running to keep your home comfortable and warm. If you're having a new gas furnace installed, it’s important to remember that with any gas installation comes the risk of overheating, gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning. Modern furnaces not only run more efficiently than ever before, but they also come equipped with advanced safety features that make these issues very rare. At Royal Heating& Air, we want to make sure when we install a furnace, you have all your questions answered. The best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks has some of the key safety features that you will find in furnaces that help protect your home from any gas related issues. 


Limit Switch


The limit switch is programmed to switch off the furnace if it is at risk of overheating. Before the limit switch was installed, this would have meant an explosion, however, limit switches have kept this from becoming a fear. Some modern limit switches are combined with the fan switch, so if the fan failed to turn on, the furnace will not overheat.  

Air Pressure Switch


In newer furnaces, there is an additional blower that helps ventilate byproducts of combustion, such as carbon monoxide, away from the home and through the flue. If there is not enough air pressure moving through the flue, the unit will shut down as the air pressure switch signals the control board to do so. 

Flame Sensor


The flame sensor is one of the most important parts in preventing gas leaks. This sensor detects when there is no longer a flame at the burner, and shuts off the gas after a certain amount of time. In older furnaces, this was called the thermocouple. 

Thermocouple


In older furnaces with traditional pilot lights, the thermocouple is a safety device that checks whether or not the pilot light is burning properly. The thermocouple is connected to the gas valve that leads to the pilot light and has a sensor that detects heat from the burning flame. If the flame goes out or is burning weakly, the thermocouple shuts off the gas supply to the pilot light in order to prevent gas from leaking into other parts of your furnace. 

Carbon Monoxide Detectors


Although carbon monoxide detectors are not part of your furnace, they're closely linked to the safety of your furnace, because they warn you if your system has a carbon monoxide leak. Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems offers an alarm that uses sophisticated electronics and unmated sensor technology to detect the CO levels in your home. 

Keeping You Warm & Safe 


At RoyalHeating & Air, our goal is to keep you warm all winter long. However, when it comes to running a gas furnace, there are risks of overheating and gas leaks. Luckily, modern furnaces run more efficiently than ever before and come with advanced safety features that make these safety issues very rare. If you need to make sure your furnace won't run into any of these issues, or if you need to update your existing furnace, contact the best heating andcooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks. We can help make your furnace run smoothly all winter long! 


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Thursday, December 21, 2017

HVAC Tips For A Very Merry Christmas

It’s that time of year again! Your HVAC unit is working hard to make sure you and your family are warm and cozy this holiday season. Ensuring that your HVAC system is in excellent condition and is prepared for the holidays is important whether you are hosting a holiday party or you’re just enjoying the day with your loved ones. The weather forecast for Christmas is looking chilly, and Royal Heating & Air wants to make sure that your home is ready no matter what your plans consist of. The best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks has put together a list of 5 HVAC tips to help get you through the holiday season. Don’t forget, if you haven’t had your furnace tune-up, now is the time! Make sure your furnace is ready for the cold weather ahead.


Change the Air Filter


It’s a good idea to check your systems air filter about once a month and change as necessary. Every home is different, so how often you change your filter will be unique to your home. A clogged and dirty air filter can make your HVAC system work harder than it needs to. This makes it more difficult for your system to produce the heat that is necessary. A severely clogged filter can even become a fire hazard.

Be Aware of the Vents


Air vents should never be covered up, even if they are located beneath windows where window coverings and couches are regularly placed. When moving any furniture around to make room for your Christmas decorations, or to create extra space for guests, you should always be aware of floor, wall, and ceiling vents.

Find A Safe Place for Your Christmas Tree


It is important to find a place for your Christmas tree that is far away from any heating source. Putting a tree too close to a heat source not only dries out the tree faster, but it also creates a fire risk. You should also routinely water your tree to keep it from drying out.


Clean Up Any Needles


Pine needles can make their way just about anywhere, including air vents. If needles are dropping from your tree, it’s important to clean up around your tree every few days. Not only does it help keep your home tidy, but it also helps to keep any pine needles out of your vents.

Make Use of Alternative Heating Sources


Make your home nice and cozy by using alternative heat sources to give your HVAC system a bit of a break. If you have a fireplace, get cozy and have a movie night in front of the fireplace. Test out new holiday cookie recipes and use the stove top and oven to create some heat while also filling up on delicious holiday treats. While using your stove to cook can help generate some heat, just remember to never use your stove as a heat source to heat your home. 

Merry Christmas From Royal Heating & Air


Happy Holidays from Lake of the Ozarks' best HVAC repair company! If your home isn't feeling cozy this holiday season, call Royal Heating & Air at 573-480-4313. With the cold winter season in full swing, it is important to keep your furnace in tip-top shape. If your furnace fails, don't forget we also offer 24/7 emergency service. Merry Christmas from the team at Royal Heating & Air!

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Is Your Furnace Making Loud Noises?

The colder weather means that furnaces will be on and in overdrive. If your furnace is making loud noises, noises you aren’t used to, it’s important that you pinpoint where that sound is coming from in hopes of solving the issue. Royal Heating & Air knows that noise can indicate a much more serious problem or there could even be damage to your unit. There are many different parts that could create those noises, each part creates a different noise. Noises coming from your furnace should never be ignored. The best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks has a breakdown of the different noises and what you could do to fix it.

Loud Furnace Causes


Blower Motor
If your furnace makes a loud screeching or rattling sound when you turn it on, then the bearings in the blower motor, or even the blower motor itself, could be to blame. The blower motor is what forces the warm air out of the furnace and into the air ducts. The blower motor needs routine lubrication and often a specific kind to upkeep function over time. If this is not done, the fan could seize up which can cause a loud noise and an expensive repair bill. It’s best to contact a professional technician for a proper inspection, oiling, and any other maintenance.

Loose or Damaged Blower Belt
If your furnace has a belt-driven motor, you might hear a squealing sound if the blower belt becomes loose. The squealing can also be caused from shaft bearings and other moving parts that have become dry. During your tune-up, a professional technician lubricates moving furnace parts in order to keep your furnace running smoothly all winter long.

Blower Wheel
Loud clanking that sounds like metal-against-metal, is the sign of a serious problem with the furnace’s blower wheel. The blower fan has most likely become loose and is creating the sound by hitting against the blower house casing. This sound needs to be addressed right away. When you hear this sound, it’s important you turn off the furnace immediately and contact a professional HVAC technician from a complete inspection.

Dirty Burners
If you hear a loud bang when you turn your furnace on, chances are your furnace has dirty burners that need to be cleaned. Dirty burners are dangerous because they can delay the ignition. When the ignition is delayed, gas builds up and “explodes” when the ignition is turned on. Annual inspections, as well as cleanings, will help prevent this from happening. 

The other cause of a loud bang that is felt throughout the home is caused by an unbalanced air-to-fuel ration. In order to work properly, your furnace needs a proper mixture of air and gas. If there’s too much air and not enough gas, gas can build up resulting in a loud booming sound.

A thud sound could also be the metal air ducts expanding and contracting as the temperature changes. This is completely normal and does not indicate any damage to the furnace.

Common Furnace Noises
  • Metal against metal
  • Loud scraping
  • Screeching
  • Rattling
  • Humming
  • Boom or bang
  • Rumbling

You should never ignore any of these noises coming from your furnace. Contact Royal Heating & Air as soon as you notice any of those noises. It’s important to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at the beginning of every heating season. This will help keep your furnace safe and running smoothly all year long. If your furnace still needs its cold weather maintenance, give the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call!

Royal Heating & Air - "The King of Comfort"

Visit our website: www.RoyalHeatandAir.com

CALL TODAY! (573) 480-4313