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Furnace Repair and Maintenance For Austin & Round Rock, TX Residents

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Green Leaf Heating and Air Conditioning combine quality work with reliable service. Our values make us the most dependable heating company in the greater Austin area. We commit to providing you with complete HVAC satisfaction. We work hard to guarantee our customer’s happiness and ensure the job is done right from the start. It’s best to avoid a broken furnace in the middle of winter. Call Green Leaf HVAC and Plumbing, and we will show you how quality heating service feels.

Mukund Kidambi
Mukund Kidambi
Arrived 20 minutes after I called and sorted out the issue within the hour. Very friendly and professional. An easy recommendation.
Charlie was here great job
Andria Dowie
Andria Dowie
Our technician Mark W was very thorough and found the issue quickly. He was happy to help and went above and beyond to fix it and make us happy customers. You can tell he loves what he does and that made an otherwise not so happy time a great experience.
Jill Freitas
Jill Freitas
Mark was fantastic! He checked everything and figured out the issue quickly. He was able to explain everything to me step by step to me and when fixed it the next day very quickly. I highly recommend this company and Mark to fix anything electric in your home.
L Otis Ellis
L Otis Ellis
Awesome company indeed
Diane Michel
Diane Michel
Blake came today and fixed my furnace. What a nice young man!! I highly recommend Blake - VERY pleased!
Daniel Roberts
Daniel Roberts
Blake was very professional and did a wonderful job.
Tim Hermes
Tim Hermes
Daniel arrived exactly on time. He was knowledgeable and very communicative the entire time. This was our second time using Grean Leaf and it won’t be the last. They were fast, professional, friendly and identified the problem quickly. Thankful to have our system back up and running.
Getting a new A/C is a huge deal. Nick at Green Leaf made it almost effortless. The team (Mikey, Daniel, Raul and Victor) showed up and knocked out a pretty huge job in a day. They were so great from start to finish. They were so knowledgeable and dare I say “fun” to have around all day? They get the hugest marks from me. If you need a new hvac do yourself a solid and get Green Leaf to help you out.

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Green Leaf HVAC and Plumbing’s Certified Furnace Services

A One Stop Shop For All of Your Furnace Services Needs

Green Leaf is locally owned and operated in Austin, Tx. Everything is better in Texas, so you know you count on us to perform our job to the highest degree. We always provide upfront pricing and will never charge you more than the quoted price. It doesn’t matter if the work takes longer than expected or if we need additional parts. Green Leaf will stand by you and our initial promise. Our technicians have the skills and experience to tackle any furnace repair problem. We are also certified to maintain your furnace in a way that heats your home for years to come. We follow a strict 22-point checklist guaranteed to catch anything plaguing your heater.

What Is A Furnace?

How They Work

A furnace is the part of your HVAC system that warms your home. It usually heats a building by circulating warm air through ducts and into individual rooms through the vents. The most common type of furnace runs on natural gas or oil. However, other kinds rely on electricity. Furnaces have a lot of heating power and are the most reliable heat source in the winter. This is because combustion, or the reaction of burning off fuel, produces a lot of heat energy. There is always a Green Leaf Heating Specialist ready to answer your questions about furnaces. First, let’s talk about the different types of furnaces.

The Four Most Common Types Of Furnace

You start the process of burning fuel and heating your air as soon as you set the thermostat. At that point, a fan switches on, circulating warm air into your home. There are four different kinds of furnaces. The most significant difference between them is how heat transfers into the air. The four main furnace types are listed below from most efficient to least.

Natural gas furnaces are the most popular type in the United States. It, of course, runs on natural gas. Once ignited, it separates the clean, warm air from the toxic waste in the combustion chamber. The warm air is then released into the rooms. The same process repeats once the air cools and the furnace draws it back.

Half of the homes in the US use natural gas furnaces, although that percentage varies by region. Older gas furnaces were only about 65% efficient, but now they have efficiency ratings of up to 98%.

Oil furnaces are similar to gas furnaces. They create heat through combustion or the burning of fuel. These furnaces are most common in the Northeastern United States. Oil furnaces are less efficient than gas furnaces, with an average rating of 80% – 90%. However, on average, oil furnaces are 25% cheaper than natural gas ones. The biggest difference here is that this furnace runs on oil instead of gas or propane. However, heat is still created via combustion. Warm air relies on the oil tank. First, the oil heats up and transforms into a spray as it moves over the burner chamber. It is then released into the air.

Electric furnaces are entirely independent of the other three furnaces. They create heat through a series of electrical components instead of combustion. The parts are usually coils that pull electricity from your house and use the resistor to convert it into heat. Once the air warms, it releases into the air ducts and fills your home.

Electric furnaces are the most affordable kind of system. Some models are up to half the price of natural gas and oil systems. They are also easier to install and may last several years longer than other types of furnaces. However, you should be aware that electricity is more expensive than gas. An electric furnace will make up the difference in energy bills.

Propane furnaces are like natural gas and oil furnaces. They convert propane into heat through combustion at the system’s burner. The heat exchanger absorbs the heat. The blower motor then blows air over the heat exchanger. The heat energy warms the air in the exchanger as it forces its way out and into the home.

A propane-fueled furnace is an excellent option if you are in a place where natural gas or oil is hard to come by. About 10% of US households use propane-based heating appliances.

Using a Furnace In Austin, Texas

The Pros and Cons of Heating Your Texas Home With a Furnace

Whether a furnace is beneficial to your Texas home is a reasonable question to ask. Furnaces are heavy-duty heating appliances, and Texas winters tend to be mild. Surprisingly most Texas homes do have furnaces. Southern Texas homes typically use other heating systems, but furnaces do very well in the Austin area. Winters are mild, but temperatures get low, and you will want a reliable heating source to warm your home.

Take a look at the pros and cons of furnaces in Texas. Then, if it is a good fit, call your resident heating experts at Green Leaf Heating.

Pros of Furnaces in Texas

Furnaces are much cheaper when it comes to furnace repairs or replacement. While the unit is generally less expensive to install, furnaces are also less likely to need repairs. They tend to last longer than other units. Heat pumps, for example, live for about ten years on average, while furnaces last between 15-20. The interior design of a heat pump is much more complicated than what happens inside a furnace. More complex processes create more room for error.

Other heating options rely on outside air to provide heat. Furnaces, on the other hand, create heat through combustion. That means they operate at optimal levels despite how cold it is outside. Take heat pumps as an example again. Their efficiency ratings begin to drop at 40 degrees Fahrenheit. They can no longer heat your home if they spend too much time trying to work in temperatures below 20 degrees.

It does not get painfully cold in Texas too often, but it can be miserable when it does. Texas weather is also famously unpredictable. The last thing you want is a heater that breaks down from exhaustion. Furnaces have perfected their ability to heat your home in a reliable and cheap manner, even in the harshest conditions.

Furnaces, for the most part, are solely used for heating. You only need it for a few months out of the year, and then you switch to a different system. What that means for your furnace is that it takes a lot less damage than a unit that both heats and cools. For the same reason, the filters must only be replaced every 90 days.

Cons of Furnaces in Texas

Furnaces tend to be less expensive than other types of heating when they need repairs or replacement. The caveat is that they are more costly to operate in general.

Electric furnaces use more electricity all around and therefore are less efficient. Oil and natural gas furnaces are less expensive to run than electric ones. Still, the cost to operate varies based on oil and gas prices. Texas has reasonable gas prices, which works well with furnaces, but that is not the case everywhere.

It may be beneficial to speak with an expert in the cost of gas and electricity, like the ones at Green Leaf HVAC and Plumbing.

Furnace repair should only be performed by professionals with the required skills and knowledge. Gas furnaces, especially, pose a high risk to your health. Known risks of servicing your own furnace include:

  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Toxic gas leaks in the home 

Consider your needs carefully when choosing a heating system. It can always be helpful to reach out to someone who knows the ins and outs of heating homes in Texas. Green Leaf performs any furnace service you may need – from diagnostics to installation to furnace repair. We can even keep it maintained for you.

Avoid Furnace Repairs

How Regular Maintenance Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

Furnace repairs are a massive inconvenience, especially when the damage is irreparable. The answer is as simple as regular maintenance. Having your system serviced once a year will reduce furnace repair costs. When repairs are less frequent and less severe, you save money. You will continue to save money every month because a healthy furnace does not have to work as hard. The increase in efficiency lowers your energy bills. Finally, consistent Green Leaf furnace service will prolong the life of your furnace and reduce the risks of malfunction. It’s simple. When your furnace operates lighter, it lives longer. You save thousands of dollars when your furnace continues to operate efficiently because you maintain your system instead of investing in a new one.

Maintenance is essential, but it can also feel inconvenient at times. That is why Green Leaf wants to ensure furnace service is as easy for you as possible. If you have more questions about how you can avoid furnace repair, call Green Leaf. There is always an experienced HVAC technician waiting to answer your questions. Make sure to ask about how one of our maintenance plans can make a difference for you.

Common Problems Experienced by Exhausted Furnaces

Should You Call a Professional or Fix it Yourself?

Most people consider Texas winter mild. We rarely have days that stay in temperatures under 15 degrees, and we don’t get a lot of snow. Still, that does not mean it doesn’t get cold. The worst time to realize you need furnace repairs is when it is already cold outside. There are a few conditions for Texas furnaces that indicate it needs service.

The job of a furnace is 90 percent blowing hot air. If all you can get is room-temp air, there is a problem. Try turning off the fan setting to ensure the furnace is not circulating simple air instead of warm air. Switching off the fan would be a simple fix, but you should also check the fuel levels if that doesn’t work. If you cannot find the problem, it’s time to call a Green Leaf HVAC and Plumbing specialist.

The struggle to blow air at all is also a problem. There could be several reasons why your furnace will now blow air. However, it most likely means something is interrupting the airflow. The cause is generally dirt and debris building up. Pollutants clog the filters and prevent air from passing through. If this happens, some furnaces have a backup feature designed to shut itself off. It is for backup because it’s only to prevent overheating that accompanies buildup. Furnaces will give the illusion that air is not working when this feature is active.

If the furnace isn’t receiving enough gas, it cannot operate. A leak in the gas line could allow it to escape instead of heat. There could also be dirt clogging the hose, preventing the furnace from receiving gas. A clogged gas line is especially likely without regular furnace service. Part of the furnace service includes checking the gas lines for clogged parts and leaks. Preventing furnace repair starts with maintenance.

If you are looking for a technician to service your furnace, call Green Leaf HVAC and Plumbing.

The heat exchanger is one of the most critical parts of a furnace. It absorbs the combusted heat and warms the air. It also filters the fumes of the fuel from the air, so it is breathable. When the furnace is in heating mode, the exchanger expands. It contracts when the system is not in use. These small changes can build up over time. The heat exchanger will eventually crack through overuse and continuous cycling. The heat exchanger is generally an expensive furnace repair. It has also caused the need for total system replacement depending on the extent of the damage.

The pilot light’s function in a furnace is to ignite the burners. A healthy pilot light should illuminate blue and never flicker. A different color of light usually means that gas is building up. For example, a yellowish-orange color could be an excessive buildup of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a very serious gas that is odorless and has life-threatening effects.

You should always call an expert at Green Leaf HVAC and Plumbing anytime the color of your pilot light changes. Furnace repairs are dangerous because of fire and toxic gas leak risks. You should never work on a natural gas appliance without the necessary training. Instead, hire a specialized HVAC company like Green Leaf in the Austin, Texas, area.

Above are just a few of the most common repairs needed for furnaces in Austin, Texas. However, there is one major similarity between the most common furnace repair problems. They are all avoidable with regular maintenance and attention. Furnace repair should mean more than total furnace failure. However, if left unattended, that is what will happen. Be sure to get your yearly inspection to avoid costly repairs and replacements.

Call Austin-operated Green Leaf for all your furnace needs. We will show you how the quality of service you receive from us is different. If you already know that you need a new furnace, check out our furnace installation page.

How Much Is That Going To Cost?

Breaking Down the Cost of Furnace Repair by Part

Your furnace is a critical appliance in your home. It keeps you warm while also keeping your house warm and dry. Your pipes would burst in the freezing weather without it, and mold would reign over the moisture in your air. Keeping your furnace up to date on repairs and maintenance will save you time and frustration. In addition, there are always signs that failure is coming, and knowing what they are will save you money.

You will save money by acting on signs like:

  • Inadequate heating
  • Strong odors: burning plastic or rotten eggs
  • Loud noises
  • Increase in electricity bills

There is a slight difference in furnace repair costs among the different types. Electric furnaces are the cheapest to repair. Their expenses generally sit between $50 and $300. Oil and gas-based repairs are more expensive, between $300 and $1,200. Keep in mind that the replacement of a part will always be more expensive than having it repaired. Keeping your furnace maintained will prevent you from having to make unnecessary replacements.

Call Green Leaf HVAC and Plumbing for greater detail on the cost of repairing a particular part of your furnace.

The typical cost for one furnace service call is between $100 to $300. Not at Green Leaf. We make regular maintenance easy. Our annual maintenance plan includes two service visits per year at $159. The best part is that you can schedule the appointment and forget about it. We will call you before the appointment and remind you we are coming. Your furnace does a lot for you, so keep it happy.

Green Leaf Specialized Furnace Repair and Services

Quality HVAC Technicians in the Austin and Round Rock Area

There is no room for error when it comes to furnace repair. Choosing Green Leaf HVAC and Plumbing means choosing quality work and reliable service. We take pride in the depth of our HVAC skills and knowledge. If you are looking for an HVAC company you can trust, you have come to the right place. Our certified technicians are skilled in diagnosing any problem and repairing any furnace.

Are you in the market for a new furnace? Hop on over to our Furnace Replacement page to see how we can help you on your journey.

Our team is committed to providing you with complete satisfaction. We guarantee that our customers are happy, and we do the job right from the start.

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