Is Your Furnace Ready for Winter?

Now is the Time to Check Your Heating System

Even though it feels summer just ended, now is the perfect time to think about your heating system. The snow and ice seems like an eternity away, but the reality of a furnace breaking down in the middle of a cold Kansas winter is a real concern. It’s a threat our trained HVAC technicians at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning deal with every winter.

Without fail, some problem or system breakdown is bound to happen to some Manhattan area homeowners at the worst possible time. While you can always call our Standard team for emergency furnace repair 24/7, we want to help you prevent this problem from happening at all.

In this article, we explain how proper furnace maintenance can save you from potential heating disaster. And we will also show you the easiest thing you can do NOW that will go a long way in preventing a problem.

Can You Turn Your Heater On?

Blue flames of an electric ignition in a furnaceYou have not needed your heat for many months. Will it be ready to work when the first cold snap happens in Manhattan?

Waiting until temperatures drop low enough to need your heat is too late. Finding out that your furnace is not working when it’s very cold out means you don’t have time to wait for a repair.

If that happens, you will probably be left waiting in the cold.

You can expect to wait quite some time for a qualified HVAC repair technician to get your heating system back up and working. Just as you may be finding out that your furnace isn’t working, so might hundreds of other families. We have seen this happen every year for the near century Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving the greater Manhattan community.

As we head into another cold Kansas winter, we are here to help homeowners avoid this sort of emergency. The truth is that many of these furnace breakdowns can be avoided. By doing one thing, you could prevent finding yourself without a heating system in the coldest days of the winter.

Prevent a Heater Emergency: What to do RIGHT NOW

Doing a test run of your furnace by simply turning your heater on should be done every year before the cold season starts. When precisely? Our weather is not the same every year so there’s no perfect date to always test out your heating system. You will want to do it well before you need heat.

Do you recall when you first turned your heat on last year? Taking 2019 for example in Manhattan, our first night of freezing temperatures happened on October 11th.

Graph from timeanddate.com showing the freezing temperatures in Manhattan in October 2019
Manhattan, KS temperatures October 2019 as posted by timeanddate.com

Remember, it’s not just about you and your home. When does everyone else turn their heat on? While you may be an energy saver who holds out until it gets quite cold before turning on your furnace, that is not common.

Turning your heater on before you need it may sound dumb, but it is the smartest thing you can do.

Sure, it’s probably still quite warm out, but turning on your heater before you actually need it is important. If you don’t feel the heat or detect some problem such as hearing odd, persistent sounds, at least now you know you may have a problem. You will be giving yourself plenty of time to get any problem fixed before you need to use it this winter.

When hundreds of families across the Manhattan area are all in need of a furnace repair at about the same time, there aren’t suddenly hundreds of more skilled HVAC technicians available to do the job. Our skilled furnace repair team will be working night and day getting broken heating systems up and running.

The Heat Comes On: Are You in the Clear?

If your heating system successfully turns on, emits heat, and appears to be working normally, you may be in the clear. This is especially likely if you have a newer system that is regularly maintained and has had the air filters changed on a regular basis.

It’s always a good idea to have your heating system maintained on a yearly basis. There are a variety of issues that could affect how well a furnace operates that are not always obvious.

Regular HVAC maintenance is the absolute best way to ensure your heater is working well and efficiently. Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning provides a yearly VIP Maintenance Program that allows for us to provide this service to homeowners and give them peace of mind that their system can be expected to run at peak performance year in and year out.

Graphic image of Standard’s VIP Maintenance Program

Standard’s Fall Furnace Tune Up

Contact us to schedule service for a Fall Furnace Check & Tune Up. One of our experienced technicians will come to your home and do all the necessary testing of your HVAC system. We will make sure that your furnace is working properly and efficiently. An inefficient heating system will waste unnecessary amounts of energy, possibly leaving you with a larger than expected energy bill in the middle of winter!

  • Testing to make sure it is working properly and safely
  • Changing the air filter
  • Checking duct work and all other components of your cooling system to make sure any possible problems or issues are detected and resolved
  • Checking that the thermostat is working properly

October: Early Bird Furnace Special

Because a fall tune-up of your heating system is the best way to ensure your house is ready for our next cold Kansas winter, we are offering a special deal for our seasonal maintenance service. Contact us to get our fall furnace special available during the entire month of October 2021. For the special price of $70.00 we will make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm all winter. Call us today at (785) 776-5012.

furnace fall tune up deal
Different types of air conditioners and electric fans in the room

Furnace Making Weird Noises?

Troubleshooting Loud Sounds from your Heater

New furnace in basement of Manhattan homeDuring cold Kansas winters, your furnace is probably the hardest working thing in your home. You likely are hearing it kick on and off periodically to keep up with making your home reach and maintain your desired temperature. But while those soft hums of a working furnace may be easy to ignore, some sounds are not.

Do you hear odd noises from your furnace? Are loud bangs or booms coming from your ducts? If so, you may be wondering if these sounds are something you should worry about. Well, they might be. Depending on what you’re hearing and where the sound is coming from, these odd noises could indicate problems with your furnace.

At Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve encountered all sorts of furnace problems and sounds. We break down some of the common loud noises that heaters can make and what potential issues each could mean.

 

Troubleshooting 4 Types of LOUD Furnace Noises

 

Graphic: furnace making loud bangs

The heater turns on with a BANG!

You turn up the heat, and you hear what could be described as a gunshot! That’s definitely a startling sound. If you hear a loud bang or boom, you might have a serious problem. If a loud bang comes from your furnace when it first turns on, that could indicate a gas build-up. However, a bang could also indicate an issue that isn’t all that severe.

If you heard the sound coming more from your ductwork, that could be the loud sound of your ducts expanding or contracting. But if you’re not sure whether this sound came from the ducts, you don’t want to take any chances.

What should you do?

Turn off your heater and call for a fix. This is potentially a dangerous problem that requires professional help. Call us at (785) 776-5012, and we will come out and inspect your heating system. If you do have gas building up inside your furnace, this could cause more serious (and expensive) problems like a cracked heat exchanger. Getting this issue addressed ASAP is essential.

How to keep this problem from happening?

The good news is that a gas build-up is a preventable problem. Dirty burners can cause it, so maintenance on your heating system may stop it from occurring. Cleaning furnace burners is part of the maintenance service we provide at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. Call us at (785) 776-5012 for maintenance service.

You may also consider joining our VIP Maintenance Program, which puts all your plumbing, heating, and cooling maintenance needs in our hands. You will receive routine maintenance each fall and spring, priority scheduling as well as a discount on repairs.

 

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A rattling sound coming from your furnace

Are you hearing a persistent rattling coming from your HVAC system? This is probably an annoying sound and one that is hard to ignore. It could indicate a few things, including something as seemingly minor as a loose screw or panel that needs to be tightened or secured.

However, other issues can cause a rattling sound, such as a cracked heat exchanger. Have you recently heard a loud bang before the rattling began? That combination of sounds could happen when a heat exchanger has become, which puts your home at risk for a carbon monoxide leak.

What should you do?

If you feel confident in your repair skills, you could examine your furnace for any loose screws or panels and tighten them as needed. But if you can’t find anything loose or if that doesn’t stop the rattling, contact us. What’s causing your heater to rattle may be hard for a homeowner to diagnose on their own, so let one of our experienced furnace repair technicians inspect your system to uncover the real problem. Call us at (785) 776-5012.

Cracked Heat Exchanger blog article

 

Graphic: furnace sound of metal on metal

You hear grinding metal

If you hear a noise coming from your heating unit that sounds like metal on metal, that is a sound you shouldn’t ignore. It may sound like metal scraping or even clanking. Those metal sounds could mean you have a serious problem. It’s possible that your blower fan has gotten out of place and is banging up against the blower house casing.

What should you do?

Turn off your furnace and get it fixed quickly or at least before needing to use it again. You will want to call a heating and air professional to check it out. There may be problems inside the blower. These could be minor issues requiring little repair or something more problematic like a broken blower fan. In that case, it may need to be replaced.

 

Graphic: squealing sounds from HVAC

A squealing sound is coming from your furnace

It’s quite a shocker to suddenly hear a squealing or screeching coming from some part of your home. Problems with your furnace could be making this sound. While this may be quite an annoying sound to endure, the good news is that it could indicate some pretty minor issues. But it’s still not something you should ignore. Your heater may have a faulty belt, or there could be a problem with your fan motor. Some components in your system need to be lubricated. Regular maintenance could help prevent this problem from happening.

What should you do?
Contact us. While this sound could indicate relatively minor issues, you will want a trained HVAC technician to diagnose and fix accurately. Most likely, you need repairs that our furnace repair technicians can handle quickly and easily. But even minor issues, when left ignored, can turn into significant, expensive issues. While this may not be as urgent of a problem as other furnace sounds would indicate, you will want to get it handled before it turns into something worse.

Normal Furnace Sounds

Did you hear some other noise coming from your furnace? Your system will make sounds from time to time, and many of them aren’t indicative of a problem. You may hear chirping, humming, or even a pinging. These sounds are usually harmless and normal for a furnace to make.

But if you’re ever in doubt, or if the sounds are getting louder, you can always contact us at Standard in Manhattan. It’s always best to check out potential problems that may be fixed quickly and cheaply before becoming big and expensive.

Standard Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning vans from decades ago and one today.

 

 

When Does My Furnace Not Stay Lit?

A Common Gas Furnace Problem: Dirty Flame Sensor

While there are a lot of parts working inside your heating system, one of the most common reasons for a furnace breaking down is because of one particular part – the flame sensor.

Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has been repairing furnaces in the Manhattan, KS area for nearly 100 years. So you can imagine that we have seen just about every different kind of heating problem there is.  Often a system may seem completely broken, but actually, it can be easily fixed.

Sometimes we respond to a call from a homeowner who tells us that, up until recently, their furnace was working fine. They could hear the burners come on, but pretty quickly the furnace shuts off. This can be very confusing for a homeowner, but it’s often a problem that we can easily solve. Not only that, but it may also be one you can solve yourself!

This common furnace problem is a dirty flame sensor.

Clean furnace flame sensor in hand

What is a Flame Sensor?

A furnace flame sensor is a stainless-steel rod with a ceramic or porcelain cover. You’ll find it behind the burners, most typically on the opposite side of the ignitor. Simply put, its job is to sense when there is a flame. When there is, the flame sensor signals for your furnace to keep sending gas to keep the heat going.

Does every furnace have a flame sensor?

No. If yours has a spark ignitor instead of a flame sensor rod, then the furnace ignitor is also doing the job of a sensor.

How does a flame sensor work?

Your furnace has a control board that sends electricity to the flame sensor, which then carries the flame to the burner face. The sensor lets the control board know that the current is flowing. That tells the control board to continue allowing gas to flow, too.

If the sensor doesn’t tell the control board that the current is going where it should, then the gas valve closes, and the heat stops coming through your vents.

Flame sensor near burners inside a furnace

DIY Steps for a Dirty Flame Sensor

It is natural for a flame sensor to become dirty over time. But if it gets too dirty, it could stop doing its job. The control board will not be able to sense the current is flowing if the sensor is covered in too much build up.

Fortunately, is it quite easy to clean a flame sensor. Most sensors are easily accessible and so a homeowner may want to clean it themself.

Scotch-Brite™ pad to be used to clean a dirty flame sensorHOW TO CLEAN A FLAME SENSOR

    1. Turn off the furnace power switch.
    2. Remove the sensor rod. It should be easy to remove with a screwdriver. Do not use a wrench, as that could cause the sensor’s cover to crack.
    3. Using a Scotch-Brite™ pad, rub the sensor rod to clean it of all dirt and gunk. Do not use anything harsh like sandpaper.

ADDITIONAL CLEANING NOTES

    • You can use a dollar bill to clean it. Just fold the bill over the rod and, while tightly gripping it, rub it back and forth until the rod becomes somewhat shiny.
    • Do not touch the flame sensor with your fingers. The oils on your hands can get on the sensor and make it more prone to get dirty later.

Furnace Shutdown

Having a dirty flame sensor causing your furnace to stop working can mean you are facing an additional issue. A dirty sensor that is causing the ignition to go out over and over again may eventually cause the furnace to stop working. This is likely just a temporary shutdown, but one that will need to be dealt with in order to get it up and running again soon.

This shut down happens with furnaces that have particular safety function. If a furnace control board senses ignition attempts have failed 5 times in a row, it may shut down the furnace automatically and stay off for a few hours.

There is a work-around to waiting several hours. If there is no safety risk (like a gas leak), a furnace can be reset to bypass this wait. To do this, turn off the furnace’s power switch and wait about 10 seconds before turning it back on.

When to Replace the Sensor

It is not likely a flame sensor needs to be replaced. You should be able to sufficiently clean a sensor no matter how dirty it is. But they are not expensive parts, and you can choose to replace it instead of cleaning it. There are different shapes of flame sensors so be sure you are purchasing the proper kind.

Baxter straight flame sensor rod Rheem curved flame sensor

What if Cleaning the Flame Sensor Doesn’t Fix the Problem?

If after cleaning the dirty sensor the furnace still won’t stay lit, you may find that the burner face is dirty.

To clean the burner face, remove the front plate of the burners with a screwdriver. You will want to be careful to not bump the ignitor. Ignitors are fragile and can be damaged from the oils on your hands.

Individual burners typically pop out easily. You’ll likely find the burner closest to the flame sensor is the dirtiest. If the burner’s base is dirty or corroded, clean it with sandpaper, steel wool or Scotch-Brite pad.

Potential Electronic Issues

Cleaning a flame sensor or burners will not get the furnace running again if the problem is an electronic one. A wire may simply be loose or broken, keeping the electric current from getting to the sensor. A trained and experienced HVAC technician will be able to detect whatever the problem is and fix it.

Standard provides emergency furnace repair serviceContact Standard Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning to handle whatever furnace repair or service you need.

With a team full of qualified heating repair technicians, we can repair and service any heating system or unit. We provide service to homeowners and businesses in Manhattan, Junction City, Wamego and surrounding Kansas towns.

You can rely on our team of highly trained and experienced technicians to get the job done quickly, professionally, and safely. Call us at (785) 776-5012. We are available for emergency furnace repairs 24/7.

History of Home Heating Trends

How Kansas Led the Way for Energy Efficient Gas Heat

Standard Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning serving Manhattan, KS since 1923

It’s always comforting to come home to the gentle hum of a well-working furnace pushing warm air through your vents. If you’re like most Kansans, you have a gas furnace working efficiently to conveniently keep your home comfortable no matter how cold it is outside. This wonderful technology of furnaces are a luxury we’ve all gotten used to. But obviously it’s not always been like this.

If anyone knows how much things have changed, it is our team at Standard Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning. We have been installing heating systems to homes across the Manhattan area for nearly 100 years! We have seen the many changes in HVAC technology and how dramatically these advancements help homeowners enjoy even more reliable and comfortable heat.

History of Heating Trends in Kansas and Across America

Old wood burning fireplace to heat a homeLife was very different across the United States 80 years ago. From cars to sources of entertainment, our grandparents and great-grandparents lived very different lifestyles than we do today. How they heated their homes was also quite different.

And while life has changed and become more efficient and convenient for so many of us, it’s not the same from state to state. The way we heat our homes in Manhattan is not the same as those on the coasts. You may be surprised to learn how heating trends have changed over the years and how they are still dramatically different in different states.

 

 

Coal & Wood Heat

Old fashioned wood fired heating unitBack in the 1940s, about 3 out of every 4 homes was heated by coal or wood, with most of that 75% using wood. Back then, Kansas was right in line with these statistics for relying upon burning wood for heating. Where Kansas was different was with coal. While about 55% of homes across the country were heated by coal or coke, here in Kansas that number was closer to only 40%.

As you can imagine, this source of heat comes with a host of problems and difficulties. There is no wonder why, when at the turn of the century, less than 2% of all homes were still heated by coal or wood. Today, heating with wood or coal amount for just 2% of all American homes. The greatest average usage is in Vermont where about 1 in 10 homes are heated by burning wood.

We saw a lot of change how homes were heated in the 1950s. Coal and wood usage dropped from a combined 75% to just 45% in just a decade. The decline was even more dramatic in Kansas homes. By 1950, heating by wood was only happening in about 6% of all homes across the Sunflower state.

Heat from wood burning has made a bit of a comeback recently. Sometime in the 1990s there was an uptick of people converting their home to use wood for their heat source. Although the popularity of wood-heating has since decreased over past decades.

Kerosene & Fuel Oil

Here is where we really see how Kansas differed from the rest of the country in how we heated our homes. Kansas did not rely upon kerosene and fuel oil as most other states did. Nationally, 1 in 10 homes used this heat source in 1940. But in Kansas, it accounted for less than 4% of homes.

As this source of heat became less popular, today it has all but disappeared from homes here. By 2000, only 2 homes in a thousand in Kansas use kerosene or fuel oil for their heat.

However, things are very different in the northeast. In states like Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island you’ll find most of the homes are heated this way.

Heating Trivia “In Maine, what percentage of homes are heated with kerosene or fuel oil?”

Electric Heat

Many homes today use electric furnaces to heat their homes. We can thank Thomas Edison for inventing the lightbulb which was what was used in the earliest electric heaters. This was at the end of the 19th century. However, it was so incredibly rare as a heat source back in the 1940s that it wasn’t even counted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Even in the 70s electric heat had not really caught on. Only about 1 in 12 homes used electricity for heat.

But the popularity of using electricity to heat homes began to rise in the following decades. According to the U.S. Census, by the 1990s a quarter of all American homes were heated this way. Today, a third of all homes across the country are heated by electricity.

Heating Trivia ”Which state has the highest percentage of homes using electric heat today?”

History of Heating with Gas

Natural Gas drilling rig in Texas, a main source of heating energy in KansasThe standard way most homes are heated across America today is with gas from a utility company. Gas heat has been around for a while. We can trace some of its roots back 100 years when inventor Alice H. Parker patented the first gas fired furnace.

Back in the 1940s, at least 1 in 10 homes were heated with gas.

Here in Kansas, you might say we were ahead of our time. Even as far back as 80 years ago, a quarter of homes in Kansas were using gas heat. Only a handful of other states were using it as much or more than Kansans.

But there were 3 states that really were early to embrace gas heat. In fact, about 45% of Texas and Oklahoma homes were using gas, California topped the list with having two-thirds of all homes heated by utility gas.

Things quickly changed for homeowners in the Sunflower State. By 1950, at least 60% of all Kansas homes used natural gas. That’s more than double the amount of homes to adapt to natural gas over the previous decade.

Fast forward to the end of the 20th century. In 2000, half of all homes across the country were getting its heat from a gas utility company. But in Kansas, 71.5% of homes are heated with gas.

Our state is among several midwestern states that veered off the national average. Illinois and Utah really varied from the norm with having more than 80% of their homes heated by gas. The only other states that had as much, or more, homes using gas heat as Kansas are Colorado and Michigan.

Manhattan, KS is a Different Story

Here in Riley County, we don’t seem to follow the statewide trend. While more than half of the homes in our county do rely upon utility gas for heat, it is not as dramatic. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, gas is used to heat 56% of Riley County homes. This is 15 percentage points lower than the state average, but nearly in line with the national average of 51%.

What are homes in our area using instead? Electricity. Compared to the Kansas average of 17.2%, at least 34% of homes in Manhattan and other towns in our county rely upon electricity to heat our homes. That is about 7,500 homes.

Converting to Natural Gas

A great benefit to using natural gas as your heating source is your monthly energy bill. Natural gas is a much cheaper energy source than electricity. Many homeowners are choosing to convert their electric system to a gas system. They end up with lower energy bills and a lower environmental footprint having a system that is so much more energy efficient.

Is natural gas available for your home? It is possible that natural gas was not an option for your home at one time, but that may have changed. Check with your neighbors. If any of them are using natural gas, then it’s likely you will be able to as well. You can also call the Kansas Gas Service to check for availability to your home. You will also want to ask if they are currently offering any rebates for converting to natural gas.

If you’re wondering about switching from electric to gas, contact us at Standard. We are professional furnace system installers serving the larger Manhattan, KS community. Not all areas, especially in rural Riley County provide access to natural gas, but many areas are serviced by Kansas Gas Service. We can help determine if gas is available for you and provide a free estimate for what it would take to convert the heat source in your home.

Heating Trivia “In 2000,nearly half of all homes in which state had no heating source?”

Heating Today & Future Trends

The options for heating your home have never been better. Today you can choose from a variety of furnaces that use traditional heating sources but do it in an energy-efficient way. Beyond better gas and electric furnaces, new options are now available. These different types of heating units are becoming great new solutions to the heating problems many of us once just had to learn to live with.

Heat Pumps are a new option that wasn’t available to homeowners decades ago. Ductless mini split systems are also a new option for heating your home. What is great about both systems is that they provide both the heating AND cooling your home or space needs. They can be the solution to those places you have had to use space heaters and window air conditioning units.

Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning provides professional installation, maintenance and repair for heat pumps and mini split systems in the Manhattan area. Call us today at (785) 776-5012 to learn how these systems work and if either is right for your home. You can also contact us online for a free estimate.

Standard Heating furnace installer unloading van at Manhattan, KS home

HOME HEATING TRENDS TRIVIA ANSWERS

  1. 2% of all homes in Maine are heated with some sort of fuel oil. That’s 4 out of 5 homes!
  2. Florida has the highest percentage of homes (87.2%) using electric heat. South Carolina comes in 2nd with 58.4%.
  3. Nearly half of all homes (44.3%) in Hawaii report using no heating source.

Biggest Furnace Issues during Cold Weather

Most Common Problems for Heaters during Freezing Temperatures in Kansas

A good quality furnace can last for many years, possibly even decades. At Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we have serviced heating systems in Kansas homes that are over 20 years old. It’s more possible than you may realize. Keeping up with proper maintenance of your HVAC system is the most important determination of how long it will last. Beyond home heating system maintenance, there are certain situations homeowners should know about in order to keep their furnace working at optimum performance.

The extreme cold snaps we experience can experience in Kansas in the winter can put your furnace to the test. The extra demand on your home’s heating system and can lead to furnace problems that are more likely during very cold weather.

Snow over pinecones and Kansas horizon

How cold weather affects your furnace

As temperatures drop outside, the more work your furnace must do to heat your home.

Here we will go over the most common issues for heating systems in extremely cold weather. Understanding these problems common during Kansas winters will help you be prepared to handle issues quickly or even prevent them from happening at all.

Top 5 Common Furnace Issues During Cold Weather:

1. DIRTY AIR FILTER

Filters that are clogged could cause your furnace to cycle on and off frequently. A dirty air filter can lead to poor air flow through your ducts. This could even cause your entire HVAC system to stop working.

DIY REPAIR: Change your air filter

2. THERMOSTAT PROBLEMS

Are you noticing your furnace is cycling on and off? Problems with your thermostat could keep your furnace from adequately warming your house. The problem could be that your thermostat should be calibrated.

DIY REPAIR:

      • Make sure your thermostat is set to a temperature at least a few degrees from the current temperature.
      • Check to see if you need to change the thermostat’s batteries.

If neither of those steps fixes the problem, contact us and a certified heating & air technician will calibrate your thermostat.

3. DRY AIR MAKES IT FEEL COLDER

Thermostat set to heat to 68 degreesDoes your house feel colder than what your thermostat is set at? This could be because of by dry air. Dry air is a regular winter issue for our area. The solution to improving indoor humidity levels is something that works alongside your heating and cooling system.

POSSIBLE SOLUTION:

Getting a residential humidification system installed will greatly improve your dry air problems. Call Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in  Manhattan to learn about getting a humidification system installed in your home – (785) 776-5012.

4. FURNACE SLOW TO HEAT

This is one of the most aggravating furnace issues during cold weather, when it is taking too long to warm your home up when you return at night after work? You could be setting the temperature too low during the day.

Whether you control it manually or by programming it, you may be setting it too low. The amount of work your furnace needs to do to get the temperature back up to your evening thermostat setting may be simply too demanding to happen as quickly as you need.

DIY STEPS:

      • Try putting your daytime setting (or the period of time you are away from home) to a higher number than usual. The downside is that you may see an increase in your energy bill. But it should remedy your problem of not being able to get your temperature to reach the desired number at night.
      • This cold weather problem could be happening because you have an old or failing furnace. You may need to consider getting a new heating system installed. A new furnace will heat your home more thoroughly and efficiently, an improvement you can expect to see with lower monthly energy bills.

A programmable thermostat is a great way to control your home’s system and save money and energy. Standard can install a new digital programmable thermostat to help you best regular the temperature in your house. Learn about all the thermostat options we provide.

Standard van coming to fix furnace issues during cold weather

5. HEAT OFF FROM A POWER LOSS

Your furnace won’t work if there is no power to it. Here in our Manhattan area, we know what a big winter storm can do. A widespread power outage can leave us in the dark and freezing cold for days. But even a small power outage can stop your furnace from working and leave you confused to come home to a cold house.

DIY STEPS:

      • If your home lost power, you could just need to relight your furnace’s pilot light.
      • You can check to see if a circuit tripped, cutting the power off from your furnace. Check the breaker box to make sure all circuits are on.

Winter Emergency Heating Repair in Manhattan, Kansas

Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Manhattan, KS provides maintenance service, routine repairs, installations and 24-hour emergency service. We service the entire area including Wamego, Junction City and other nearby Kansas towns.

If your furnace isn’t properly working, call us at (785) 776-5012 for immediate service. You can also contact us to schedule a seasonal furnace tune-up and a free evaluation of your home heating needs.

Standard promotional graphic for 24/7 emergency furnace repair service

We know furnace and air conditioning emergencies can happen any time of day or night and on any day of the year. For that reason, our Standard team of skilled technicians is available 24/7 for service!