What you need to know about furnace repair.

What you need to know about furnace repair.

  • Furnace Repair

Furnace Repair

We understand the stress and headache that a malfunctioning furnace in the middle of winter can cause. Not only is it an inconvenience for you and your family, but it’s also a concern for safety in your house. 

If you start to notice inaccuracies in your furnace like not producing heat, not turning on, blowing cold air, etc., we encourage you to have an HVAC expert address your concerns. 

Here are some common furnace repair questions you may have:  

#1: How much does furnace repair cost?

The short answer is that it depends on what repairs are needed. We see a ballpark average furnace repair cost around $500 in Anchorage, Alaska.

Gas Furnace

Due to the complexity of gas furnaces, furnace repairs may require more time to service and additional costs for parts. Gas furnaces can run (on average) $450 – $1,200 for repairs. Costs will vary based on the manufacturer, availability of parts, and the time it takes to do the repairs.

#2: How much do furnace parts cost?

Here are some of the most common parts that we replace when furnaces malfunction. Please note that prices vary based on furnace and part makes and models. Some manufacturers allow universal parts to be used on their products, others require brand specific parts, which can affect the price of the parts.

  • Blower Motor Capacitor $150 – $450
  • Blower Motor $400 – $1,500
  • Igniter $150 – $300
  • Relay Switch $150 – $300
  • Thermocouple $100 – $250
  • Control & Circuit Board $200-$1250

#3: How much does an after-hours emergency call cost?

We understand that furnace malfunctions happen at all times of day, which is why we are always on call to help you. 

  • Service Calls: During business hours the base service rate is $140 per hour, with a 1 hour minimum. During this time, our HVAC experts will assess your heating unit, discuss any repair or replacement recommendations (with costs) and get to work right away, or schedule time for future repairs. 
  • After-Hour Services: (evenings and weekends). We understand that our response time is critical during after-hours and emergency calls. The average emergency call service fee is around $360 – $500. Please note this does not include part costs. 

Prevent furnace malfunctions with annual maintenance. Our winter start-up inspections detect problems early before they cause issues or require replacement. Call us today to schedule a furnace maintenance check with one of our experts.

3 Reasons for a garage heater

  • Garage Heater

When you think of HVAC, do you think about your garage heater?

Garage Heater

Most Alaskan homes don’t have basements to house HVAC systems, so we rely on space in our garage for our furnaces and heaters. Because our heating units are often in cold places, it is critical to think about the heating solutions that surround them. In many cases, a garage heater can be a resource.

Did you know when it comes to heating your house for winter, a majority of Alaskans don’t think of the temperatures in their garage? 

Efficiently heating your garage is one area that can impact the comfort levels for the rest of your house. A garage heater can also protect your HVAC equipment (if your heating equipment is in your garage). A garage heater can increase longevity and protect your home and vehicles from the harsh Alaska winter weather that causes wear and tear. 

Do you heat your garage? Here are three reasons why you might want to consider using your garage heater or getting a garage heater installed. 

  • Protection for your heating systems and pipes

Because our heating systems are likely in our garage, a garage heater can help maintain temperatures that allow HVAC equipment to operate efficiently. Garage heaters keep our HVAC equipment from getting too cold or from freezing. These heaters also decrease the possibility of pipes freezing as well as overflow vents and equipment sweat.

  • Temperature comfort to your home

 A garage heater helps maintain warmer temperatures inside of your home. A garage heater will help to eliminate large drafts of cold air that come in from using your garage during the winter. A heated garage will also provide comfort for the rooms surrounding and above or below the garage space. Adding additional insulation to garages and crawlspaces can also help increase comfort. 

  • Protection for your vehicles

Parking your car in your garage during the winter months can help decrease unexpected car problems. A heated garage will help to protect your car battery. Car batteries are not to endure cold temperatures over an extended period. A cold car battery is often the number one cause of cars not starting up in the winter. By parking in a heated garage, you will extend the time between maintenance checks.

When it comes to heating your garage, you do not need to heat it to a comfort level equal to the remainder of your home (often between 65°F – 68°F). Keeping your garage thermostat steady at a temperature between 40°F and 50°F will give you benefits to the three listed items above. You may find that while working on projects in your garage during the colder months that you will want to increase the temperature for comfort. 

If you find your garage heater working overtime to keep your garage temperatures between 40°F and 50°F, call us for a maintenance check. We can analyze the BTUs, potential heat leaks and offer solutions for improvements to your heating system. 

We install garage heaters

Our team of experts is certified to install and maintain garage heater units. Our team of experts at Always On Call Mountain Mechanical can help you select a garage heater with the correct BTU output appropriate for the size and environment of your garage. We are your one-stop HVAC team for all of your HVAC needs. PLUS, if you call us for our Winter Start-Up Inspection, you can rest assured that we will check not only your heating system, we will also check your garage heater and your gas fireplaces (when applicable).

We are committed to providing exceptional customer service and are proud to serve our loyal clients in Anchorage and Eagle River, Alaska. Always on Call Mountain Mechanical is the plumbing and heating company you can trust with your needs. From repairs to installations, we perform every job with the professionalism it deserves. 

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When do you need a plumber? 4 Warning Signs

Did you know that the average American uses nearly 100 gallons of water a day? We understand that when you have a plumbing problem, you will need a plumber urgently.

After reading a few articles and watching a few YouTube videos, some small leaks look like they can be an easy, quick fix. In some cases, this is true but, in others, not so much. We’re here, at Mountain Mechanical in Anchorage, for when you need a plumber!

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4 WARNING SIGNS

#1: YOU HAVE NO WATER.

If you turn on your faucet and nothing comes out, you’re in trouble. No water is a warning sign that there may be a big emergency in your home.

In this emergency, you will want to call a plumber. It’s also wise to call a neighbor to see if they are experiencing a water outage as well. If it appears to be more than just your house, a plumber can help you figure out who to call for your property. If it’s just your house, a plumber will come out to assess and diagnose the situation.

#2: YOUR WATER IS NOT HOT.

One way to wake up in the morning is jumping in a cold shower, but that is not ideal! Lack of hot water may be a warning that something is wrong with your water heater! Let our plumbers be your plumbing partner! We can help troubleshoot an issue with your water heater, included why a water heater may be sweating.  

#3: YOU HAVE LOW WATER PRESSURE.

If you’re experiencing lower water pressure in one faucet, you’re likely experiencing a clog or clogged aerator! Clogged pipes may be a plumbing problem you can handle yourself. However, if it’s more than one faucet, you may be experiencing a broken or cracked piped.

#4: YOUR HOUSE SMELLS LIKE SEWAGE.

A sewage system, sump pump, or toilet will be the first place you want to look. Whenever you smell something wrong, it’s a tall tell sign that you need a plumber.  

Always On Call Mountain Mechanical is the leading heating & plumbing company in Anchorage, AK. We service all of Anchorage, Eagle River, and Chugiak Alaska. Call us if you have questions about water heaters, sump pumps,  and more.

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4 Types of Furnaces. Here’s what you need to know.

    What if my furnace breaks down? 

    Furnaces are a necessity in Alaska, so when yours breaks down, it becomes an urgent problem, fast. Rest assured, Mountain Mechanical is a group of certified technicians, always on call, to handle any of your HVAC needs, no matter what type of furnace you have.  

    There are four types of furnaces:

    • natural gas
    • oil
    • baseboard
    • propane

    Furnace Filters: Which one should you buy?

    HVAC ANCHORAGE

    You’re standing in front of all the furnace filters at the store what you thought was an easy task has left you with questions. You start looking for the furnace filter size you need but now have questions about what brand to buy. Then you start looking at filter thickness, what type of filter, and what price point. How do you know what furnace filter to buy? Don’t worry you’re not alone. 

    Honeywell, 3M, Lennox, etc,.. all familiar names, so which one do you get? Each furnace filter offers something a little different, and all of those differences can help improve or change the air quality that your furnace blows through your house. Here is some advice to help you feel confident when it comes time for you to pick up a new furnace filter. 

    Furnace Filters: The Ultimate HVAC Equipment Defender.

    Furnace Filters. What you need to know about the filter in your heating unit.

    Homeowners often believe that the furnace filter’s primary job is to clean the air in your home.

    Your furnace filters will help aid in improving air quality, by remove particulates and contaminants from the recirculated air, but their main purpose is to protect blowers and other internal components from damaging build-up.

    Baseboard Heaters

    Winter Start-Up Inspection: Hot Water [Boilers] Baseboard Heaters

    Even, steady and smooth heat distribution is one thing that people love about this heating option. Baseboard Heaters [boilers] are often viewed as a low-maintenance heating option making them a popular choice, and with advancements in boilers and baseboard systems, these heating systems are becoming just as efficient as forced air systems.

    However, there is still a level of maintenance that is required to ensure you are maximizing your heating system’s efficiency. Our Winter Start-Up Inspection special can help give you peace of mind.

    A Winter Start-Up Furnace Inspection.

    • HVAC SERVICES

    Should I have my forced air furnace inspected?

    We designed our start-up furnace inspection to put your mind at ease! Our winter start-up inspections take a deeper dive to look at what’s going on behind the walls of your furnace. Just like any preventative maintenance, we advise you to have an inspection yearly, and here is why.

    UPDATE: A COVID CONSCIOUS BUSINESS

    COVID19 UPDATE: Mountain Mechanical is a COVID Conscious Business.

    Being COVID conscious means that we may ask you a few additional questions and ensure that everyone in your household is healthy prior to our arrival, as precautionary measures to ensure our crews stay safe. Our technicians may arrive at your residence with face-coverings and gloves, or you can request face-covering and gloves to be worn in your home.