Allbritten offers heating repair, maintenance, and installation services here in Fresno and the Central Valley. We repair and tune up all types of heating systems from all manufacturers, and we’re proud to install new Carrier furnaces and heat pumps. Whether you need emergency heating service or a new system, Allbritten is the team to call.

Here’s what you should know when your furnace begins to smell

If your home has a gas or electric furnace, you’ll be running it extensively this winter to keep your home warm. There are many potential indicators that a furnace isn’t working right, from strange noises and performance issues to ever-increasing energy bills. However, one important warning sign of an impending or ongoing furnace problem is strange furnace smells.

No matter what type of furnace or heating system you have, never ignore furnace odors. In a vast majority of cases, they are a sign that something is not working the way it should. In this article, we will review some of the potential odors produced by gas and electric furnaces and whether or not those odors are an indicator of a major problem with your heater.

However, in general, strange odors should always prompt a call to your local HVAC technician for an inspection. Here in Fresno and the Central Valley, be sure to call our team at Allbritten for fast and reliable heating repair from our experienced, friendly techs.

What kind of odors can a furnace produce?

Here are some of the most common furnace odors:

  • The smell of electrical wiring or plastic burning
  • Metallic smell
  • Burning dust or smoke
  • Rotten Eggs
  • Mold or mildew
  • Pet odors
  • Sewage

As we’ll review in the sections to come, not all of these smells are directly caused by the furnace, but they may indicate a fixable issue all the same.

1. Burning dust smell

A burning dust smell may emanate from the furnace once you start the furnace at the beginning of the winter season. This smell is completely normal and should go away within several days. However, if the musty smell persists, try solving this problem by changing out the air filter. If the problem persists after switching the air filter, it indicates a serious problem with the furnace. In such a situation, you should immediately turn off the system and call our team at Allbritten.

2. Metallic smell

If you notice a metallic smell coming from the furnace, it might be due to a component inside the furnace overheating. In some cases, the smell will be similar to the burning of hot plastic, oil, or rubber. If you smell odors that suggest that something in the furnace is burning or overheating, you should immediately shut off the furnace and call Allbritten for an inspection.

3. The smell of rotten eggs

The odor of a rotten egg or sulfur is another cause for serious concern. Utility companies put odor-indicating substances in natural gas, which is normally odorless. So, if you notice a potent rotten egg smell in your home, it could indicate a gas leak. You need to immediately shut off the gas furnace and call Allbritten for an inspection of your system.

4. Pet smells

Sometimes, the smell of pet waste or hair will appear to emanate from the furnace registers. If you get a strong whiff whenever you turn on the furnace, it’s important that you inspect the floor level ventilator registers. Cleaning up the mess near the vent can solve the problem.

5. Sewage smell

In case you notice the smell of sewage water emanating from the vents, it may be that an open sewer line or a broken wastewater line may be located near the system. A quick inspection of the external vents can help identify the source of the smell. You may have to call a plumber to resolve the issue.

6. Moldy Smells

A smell of mold coming from the furnace indicates a potential mold infestation inside the ductwork. You should not take mold infestation lightly. A mold infestation can degrade the quality of indoor air. It can cause people to suffer from flu-like symptoms, accompanied by sneezing and coughing.
Through our duct cleaning service, the qualified furnace technicians at Allbritten will not only remove mold and mildew from the ducts but also take measures to ensure that it does not recur as well.

7. Chemicals

This is one of the most dangerous smells you could experience in your cozy home. If the scent is a distinct chemical odor and similar to that of formaldehyde, it is likely that there is a crack in the heat exchanger component of your furnace. The heat exchanger component works by cycling heat out of the combustion chamber and then into the plenum. If this component is broken, it drastically increases the risk of fire. It may also distribute carbon monoxide fumes throughout your house.

8. Smoke

If you experience a smokey smell coming from your furnace, immediately turn the furnace off and open a couple of windows. This may occur when the furnace chimney (also called a “flue pipe” or “exhaust vent”) is blocked. The furnace’s combustion exhaust has to go somewhere, so it is forced into the ductwork.

Be sure to assess your safety in a situation like this. For example, if the smell is faint then open a window to ventilate and call a professional to schedule a service. If the smell is sudden or strong, you may need to temporarily leave your home and wait for a professional to come and identify the source of the smoke.

Call Allbritten to have our team inspect your furnace

Abnormal smells coming from a furnace could be one of the signs of a failing or damaged system. Here are some of the other signs of a failing furnace or that a furnace needs repairs.

When you need furnace repair here in Fresno and the Central Valley, call the locally trusted professionals at Allbritten. Our experienced, expert techs can quickly diagnose furnace odors and get your system back to running safely and effectively.

Now is the time to schedule a fall tune-up for your heater

It’s that time of year again. As we get into fall and summer begins to fade into memory, our nighttime lows are dropping. Is your heating system ready for the colder months of winter? With a fall heating tune-up from the professionals here at Allbritten, it will be. In this article, we’ll review why heating maintenance is so important for your system, why fall is the best time to schedule a tune-up, and what makes the team at Allbritten the best choice for your HVAC service needs here in Fresno and the Central Valley.

To schedule a fall tune-up with our team, give us a call today.

An Allbritten technician works with a furnace as part of a fall heating tune-up here in Fresno.Your heating maintenance matters for your home

Annual system maintenance is a crucial part of owning a furnace, heat pump, or ductless heating system. Homeowners who neglect their heater’s tune-up and upkeep needs are setting themselves up for potential disaster and higher energy bills.

During your service appointment, your Allbritten technician will thoroughly inspect the system, looking for potential problems that might lead to a breakdown. They will tighten physical connections and parts, and optimize the system’s comfort settings and communication with your thermostat. We will clean out dust, dirt, and grime from inside of the system, and check your home’s air filters to ensure that adequate airflow is reaching the heating unit.

Beyond preventing breakdowns and making your heating system more efficient, here are some other reasons tune-ups just make sense:

  • Manufacturer’s Warranties: A vast majority of manufacturer’s warranties protecting your heat pump, furnace, or ductless system from defects and other errors come with the stipulation that you must schedule annual maintenance with an HVAC professional. In other words, skipping maintenance can void your warranty.
  • System Lifespan: Professional maintenance can greatly extend the lifespan of your system, putting off the day where you need to replace the heater.
  • Safety: If your home has a gas furnace, a tune-up is an important safety check to ensure that your furnace is undamaged and continues to run safely, with a precise and controlled combustion pattern. Our technician will check safety sensors on the system to ensure this is the case.

Why schedule a tune-up in the fall?

You’ll want to schedule your heating tune-up before you turn your furnace on for the first time this winter. This gives our technicians an early chance to catch any issues that could lead to a breakdown or energy-efficiency problems. It also ensures that your heating system is running its best and most efficient throughout the entire winter, which means a more comfortable home for you and your family, as well as lower utility bills.

If your home relies on a heat pump or ductless system for your winter comfort, a fall tune-up also is an opportunity to have our technicians inspect and maintain the system after a long, hot summer of extensive use. Without a professional inspecting and working with the system, the cumulative wear-and-tear experienced by the system over the summer months can snowball into performance and efficiency issues in the winter.

Trust in our HVAC professionals

Only have a certified and experienced professional work on your furnace, heat pump, or ductless system, and never attempt to perform your own system maintenance. Not only will this void the manufacturer’s warranty, but—without the tools, training, or know-how—you’re putting your system at an incredible risk, which could negatively impact either your energy efficiency or your home’s comfort.

For a professional heating tune-up here in Fresno and the Central Valley, contact our HVAC professionals here at Allbritten. Our experienced techs work with all heating system types, makes, and models. We’ll get your heater ready for the colder temperatures ahead—all with the great service and guarantees that Allbritten has been known for since 1932.

One of the best ways to ensure that your heating (and cooling!) systems receive regularly scheduled tune-ups and maintenance is by joining our Guardian Maintenance Club. As a Club member, we call you to schedule your seasonal tune-ups, plus you get a number of other great perks! Give us a call today to learn more about the Club and how to join.

A home maintenance budget and plan can help protect your cooling and heating systems

How our Guardian Maintenance Club can save you money

Here at Allbritten, we care about our customers. It’s one of the reasons we’ve been in business serving Fresno and the Central Valley since 1932! We understand the your HVAC maintenance is probably one of the last things on your mind. That’s where our Guardian Maintenance Club comes in: with regularly scheduled tune-ups, homeowners have one less thing to think about.

Club members don’t just get the perks of regular tune-ups. They also get a number of added benefits as our way of thanking you for choosing Allbritten. Let’s dive into the reasons why you should join our Guardian Maintenance Club!

Why you should join our Guardian Maintenance Club

A technician explains more about how our Guardian Maintenance Club can save you money.

Members of our Guardian Maintenance Club not only save money from the regular tune-ups, but also receive a number of other perks.

#1. Prevent expensive breakdowns

When it comes to your HVAC system, it’s true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s because repairs and replacements are more expensive than regular maintenance. When you invest in scheduled maintenance, you ensure your HVAC system is in good shape for years to come.

Our team’s work can help catch small issues before they become significant problems and make performance tweaks when necessary. Allbritten will help save you from shelling out money for costly breakdowns.

#2. Reduce your energy bills

Even if you don’t notice any obvious physical signs of a failing HVAC system, there’s one red flag that will catch your eye: rising energy bills. Just because your HVAC system is working doesn’t mean it’s at its peak performance. By joining our Guardian Maintenance Club, you’ll have an HVAC system that runs efficiently and keeps your bills low every month.

#3. Extend the life of your system

The biggest HVAC expense is replacing your entire system. What if you could extend the life of your system for years? That’s what preventative maintenance can do. Regular checkups and tune-ups will extend the life of your HVAC system, reducing the chances you’ll need to invest in an entire installation soon.

Think of it like how an annual checkup with the doctor helps you live longer—except we make house calls for your heating and cooling system!

#4. Keep your warranty intact

If you submit a repair claim under the manufacturer’s warranty, you may be required to send proof of annual maintenance. Some HVAC manufacturers are very strict about this. Investing in our maintenance program will keep your HVAC components covered under warranty and save you money if something goes wrong. For a new system, you’ll have a complete paper trail proving that your system has seen regular checkups.

#5. Exclusive perks

When you’re a member of our club, you get access to special offers and exclusive discounts. For example, Club members get 15% off of Allbritten’s repair services. It’s just one way we like to say “thank you” for being an Allbritten customer.

Call us to learn more about how our Guardian Maintenance Club can save you money

Don’t wait another year to start saving money and preventing HVAC breakdowns. Call us to learn more about the Club and how you can join.

Here are 5 signs you need furnace repair this winter

Problems with your furnaces can go unnoticed during the warm months of summer. When chilly weather rolls around, however, you may realize that your home’s heating system is not at full capacity. Be aware of these five signs that you need winter furnace repair.

If you need furnace repair here in Fresno and the Central Valley, call your friendly, local team at Allbritten. Our technicians are ready to help you with your heating repair needs.

#1. Moisture or odor is present

Water or gas that collects around the base of your furnace is likely caused by a leak. Often, water leaks are caused by a clogged line, which can be repaired by a technician. Gas accumulation is rare because you’ll smell the gas as soon as a leak occurs. If you smell gas, immediately shut down the furnace, turn off the gas, and seek help from an expert at Allbritten.

#2. Your furnace is making strange noises

Bangs, bumps, and thumps are one of the most common signs that something’s wrong with your furnace, particularly when your heating system is getting on in years. The only way to determine what type of system breakdown is responsible for the noise is by having a professional take a look.

#3. You’re having issues with your thermostat

If you’ve set the desired temperature in your home to 67 degrees but you’re still shivering in a sweater, you may be facing a communication breakdown between your thermostat and your furnace. This is often caused by an electrical problem, such as a tripped circuit breaker, loose wires, or blown fuses.

#4. The air output is weak

If hot air seems to barely be blowing from your vents, your system is not working as effectively as it should be. Your HVAC technician from Allbritten can determine whether the issue is caused by a belt, fan, or motor within the furnace. If the air coming from your furnace is cold, either the pilot light or the thermocouple could be damaged or worn.

#5. Your heating bills have been on the rise

Utility bills that have significantly risen mean your furnace isn’t doing its job: to heat your home efficiently. This could be a sign that it’s time for a tune-up. If you’re already halfway through winter, call Allbritten for a furnace tune-up.

Call Allbritten for furnace repair here in the Central Valley

When you need furnace repair in Fresno, trust the team at Allbritten. We’ve been serving the Central Valley for more than 70 years. Contact us for fast, reliable service.

Here are the 5 signs you need a new heating system installed

Winter weather is on the way. Is your furnace ready? Cranking up the heat only to find that the system isn’t working is inconvenient when the weather outside is cold. Here’s the good news: by being proactive and keeping an eye out for these 5 signs you need a new heating system, you can avoid any heating problems this winter, and have a more comfortable home.

If you live here in Fresno and the Central Valley, be sure to call Allbritten for all your heating needs. We offer free in-home estimates on new heating and furnace systems.

furnace-tuneup-air-quality5 signs you need a new heating system installed in your home

1. Your energy bills are higher

The older your furnace system is, the more energy it will need to use to heat your home. Even then, an older furnace won’t heat your home quite as well as it used to. When the system works harder to keep your house warm, it shows up on your energy bill. If your bill seems significantly higher this winter compared to last season, it may be one of the signs you need a new heating system.

2. The system makes strange sounds

While it’s normal to hear some noise as your system kicks on, a sound you aren’t accustomed to could indicate that there are significant problems with your furnace. Signs of age include banging, rattling, and squealing noises. In such situations, it’s best to turn the system off and have a professional look at it.

3. Your furnace starts and stops more than it used to

When your furnace is properly installed, it should run consistently without constantly starting and stopping. As the system ages and becomes less efficient, it will turn itself off-and-on more often as it struggles to keep the room at the temperature you prefer.

By the way, this is a good reason to have a professional install your new furnace or air conditioner. An improperly sized HVAC unit—that is, one that is too small or too large for your home and your comfort needs—is going to either over-run or constantly start-and-stop.

4. There is visible damage to your system

Your furnace is made of metal components that expand and contract as the system works. Over time, the repeated expansion and contraction can cause the metal to crack. In a worst-case scenario, cracked metal can cause the release carbon monoxide into your home.

If you notice physical damage to your furnace, turn the system off and call the pros at Allbritten in for a system inspection. We’ll be able to tell you whether or not your system is safe to continue using.

5. Your system frequently needs repairs

Maintenance and repairs for your furnace are expected and necessary on occasion, but a system that has you calling Allbritten frequently for heating repairs is probably one that needs to be replaced. Consider this: the money that you’re putting into repairs could go into a new furnace—one that is more energy-efficient and less likely to breakdown.

If you’ve been doing 2-3 repairs per-winter for the past two winters, it’s probably a good idea to get a free in-home estimate from us on a new furnace.

Call Allbritten to learn more about new heating systems

Allbritten is a proud Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer serving Fresno and the Central Valley. Since 1932, we’ve brought winter (and summer) comfort to local homeowners. If you need a new heating system this fall, the time to call us is now. Contact us for a free in-home estimate.

Here’s why we value our HVAC technicians and plumbers

Allbritten has served Fresno and the Central Valley since 1932. In all those years, we’ve learned how to put together a phenomenal team of people. To give our customers the best experience, we need to hire the best. That’s why Allbritten has friendly HVAC technicians and plumbers on our team, ready to help homeowners with their cooling, heating, and plumbing issues.

In this blog, we’ll review some of the reasons and ways we aim to hire the very best here in Fresno and the Central Valley. If you’re ready to work with a team of passionate professionals, it’s time to call Allbritten.

Training for business, teaching for life

We are dedicated to giving our staff the tools they need to succeed. That’s why we provide our HVAC technicians and plumbers with extensive training in their trades. We would never send a technician to your home who isn’t prepared to do the job properly. We think too highly of our customers, and we think too highly of Allbritten techs not to give our best.

Of course, our in-house training is just the tip of the iceberg. Our team also receives top-notch training from Carrier—we are, after all, a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer—and our home performance experts are BPI-certified.

Compensating fairly for quality work

Sure, we could undoubtedly find cheaper labor than the top-notch people we employ. However, we believe in the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” Allbritten employees are paid fairly and given the opportunity to advance within the company. If investing in our team means providing our customers with the best possible services and products, it’s worth it. Judging by our customer reviews, we think it is.

Showing respect breeds respect

Albritten employees are renowned throughout the Central Valley for the courtesy they show our customers. When an Albritten technician enters your home, you will know that he or she understands what a great privilege the invitation represents. We demonstrate the meaning of respect to our employees every day.

Here’s a small gesture that goes a long way: before entering your home to work on your air conditioning or heating system, our technicians will put on protective blue booties over their shoes, so as to not dirty your floors. We believe in doing this because we, and our employees, respect your business and value your home.

Building pride in everything we do

We’ve always taken pride in what we do. For our team, home services isn’t just another job: it’s a career, and it’s a profession we’d be proud to pass down to our own children. We know our customers rely on us to understand our trade and to be professional at all times. That’s we let our employees know how much we value them, and we expect them to pass that value to our customers.

At Albritten, by putting our HVAC technicians and plumbers first, we make sure that our customers come first. Contact us today and let our team prove its level of commitment by doing what we do best—serving you.

Interested in working with the Allbritten team? Look at our current openings and apply online.

Here’s what you should know about ductless AC systems

Too many homeowners here in Fresno, think that their cooling and heating options are limited to a traditional air conditioner, with the usual ductwork. That’s just not true anymore: with a ductless AC system professionally installed by Allbritten, you can get great indoor comfort without the need for a major home renovation.

Pictured: A ductless AC system requires no existing ductwork, making it an ideal choice for homes without this network of ducts.

A ductless AC system requires no existing ductwork, making it an ideal choice for homes without this network of ducts.

Here’s the best part: Allbritten offers free in-home estimates on new systems here in Fresno. Call us to get started, or to run your questions past our team of friendly experts.

What is a ductless AC system?

A ductless heating and cooling system does not use ductwork to deliver hot or cold air into the home through vents in the floor or ceiling. Rather, a unit is installed in a room (typically, wall-mounted) and then connected to a compressor outside.

Here are just some of the reasons a ductless AC might be right for your home:

  • You have a historic home with no existing ductwork for a traditional air conditioning system.
  • You’re adding a room to your home and don’t want to run ductwork to it.
  • You want to turn a garage, sunroom, or workspace into a useable space in the summer.
  • You have multiple family members feuding over temperatures in the home.

If any of these are true, call Allbritten for a free in-home estimate.

Installation

In each room selected for ductless HVAC, a unit is installed on the wall, in the floor, or recessed in the ceiling. It is connected to an outdoor compressor through a small, unobtrusive hole.

Refrigerant is pumped from the compressor to that room. If a heat pump and an inverter are installed in the outdoor unit, then heat can be delivered to the room as well.

Energy-efficiency

Much of the energy lost by traditional HVAC systems is from poorly insulated ductwork and the compressor constantly turning on and off. In contrast, ductless systems slow down and speed up without ever fully stopping, and there’s no ducts for heated or cooled air to travel through on the way to the living spaces in your home.

Due to this efficient operation, homeowners can save anywhere from 25 to 50 percent in heating and cooling costs. Plus, the installation of the unit may qualify you for federal tax credits and local rebates. For more about this, contact us here at Allbritten.

Other considerations

Ductless systems will save you money in the long run. The units do require maintenance, typically removing the filters and cleaning them on a regular basis. However, that’s true for all AC systems: ideally, you should schedule an annual tune-up to keep the unit running right.

If properly maintained by certified HVAC technicians, your ductless system should last. That’s especially true for the Carrier systems we install here at Allbritten.

Your next steps

Once you’ve made the decision to go with ductless AC system, your next step is to get in touch with us here at Allbritten. We’re air conditioning installation experts here in Fresno and the Central Valley, and our team has the experience to match your home to the best system for you and your family.

To learn more about ductless AC units, or to get your free in-home estimate, call us today!

Ahead of AC tune-up season, here’s why you should join our Guardian Maintenance Club

It’s February. Here in Fresno, the high is in the 70s this week, and it looks like winter is beginning to give way to the earliest days of spring. That means summer is just around the corner. Now’s the time to start thinking about an AC tune-up, and joining our Guardian Maintenance Club.

(In fact, you’ve probably heard our radio ad about how joining our Guardian Maintenance Club is a great New Year’s resolution!)

As a member, we call you to schedule your maintenance, both in the spring (air conditioning) and in the fall (heating). Plus, you get a bunch of other great perks, just for signing up. It’s a great deal!

In this blog, we’ll review why becoming a Guardian Maintenance Club member is one of the best ways to keep your home’s HVAC systems running right, and to save money.

No-hassle scheduling

Between work, school, kids, and family, we get it: the ongoing maintenance of your air conditioning unit is probably not what you’re thinking about.

It is for us here at Allbritten, though, and that’s why the Guardian Maintenance Club is so great. We call you to remind you that it’s time for a tune-up that you can schedule at your convenience. Easy, right?

Just one missed year of maintenance can be bad news for an air conditioner. That’s one year of extra wear-and-tear, grime buildup, and problems going unaddressed. As a member of the Club, you can have the peace of mind that your air conditioner has a stellar maintenance history.

Of course, that’s in addition to the many other benefits of a tune-up, which include:

  • A reduced chance of your air conditioner breaking down during the hottest months of summer when you need it most.
  • Greater energy-efficiency and lower summer energy bills.
  • A longer system lifespan thanks to ongoing upkeep.
  • Keeps your manufacturer’s warranty intact, as most warranties have a clause that requires professional maintenance.

Priority service

Guardian Maintenance Club members are first in our hearts. They’re also first in line when it comes to service! As a member, you’ll receive priority service on any of our services.

So, while regular maintenance will reduce the likelihood of your system breaking down, won’t it be nice to know that you have a trusted company on call for plumbing repair?

Repair discount

Here’s our point-of-view: a local company should reward customers for their loyalty and business. That’s why we don’t just provide Guardian Maintenance Club members with priority service, but we also offer them a discount on future repairs.

On any of our repair services, you can also take 15% off. Allbritten is a large, trusted business with a number of different services, so this discount can really add up for homeowners!

Join the Club and start saving!

Stay on top of your home maintenance and save money by joining our Guardian Maintenance Club. It’s easy. Just contact us or give us a call at (559) 292-4919, and we’ll send you details about how to join. Then, we’ll send out one of our experienced and friendly techs for your upcoming AC tune-up.

Here are 5 different heating noises and what they mean

Furnaces are complex, mechanical devices with many moving parts and functions. While newly installed furnaces are quieter than ever, they’re still going to make some noises. Still, there are some out-of-the-ordinary heating noises that you should be alerted by. These sounds could indicate that something is wrong with your system.

Heating noises, furnace sounds, and what you should not ignore

You should immediately contact a professional technician at Allbritten for furnace repair if you hear any of these noises.

1. Buzzing noises

If you hear a buzzing noise, you should get the system checked by a professional furnace repair technician from Allbritten. A buzzing noise usually indicates that something is wrong with the capacitor or the fan. An experienced technician will use specialized tools to determine the exact cause of the noise.

2. Vibrating noises

Another noise that indicates furnace repair is a loud vibrating or thumping noise. Again, you should call a professional to get your heating system checked if you hear this noise. The noise is usually caused when the motor becomes out of balance.

The vibrating noise may also occur due to an unbalanced blower wheel. Getting the system checked will help in detecting and resolving the problem with the furnace.

3. Squealing noises

A squealing noise can occur for many reasons. An experienced technician will use specialized tools to find out the cause of the squealing noise.

Generally, the noise occurs due to lack of lubricant in the shaft bearing. Also, the noise could indicate a problem with the blower motor. Finally, a loose blower belt can cause a squealing noise, too.

4. Banging noises

Your furnace can make banging noise due to many reasons. Some of the probable causes of the banging noise include the following:

  • A delay in ignition due to dirty burners
  • The excessive buildup of gas inside the chambers
  • A fault in the heat exchanger

5. Rumbling sounds

A loud rumbling sound coming from the furnace is usually due to an issue with the blower wheel. A faulty burner could be causing the noise, or the noise could also be caused by rapid expansion and contraction of the air ducts. The issue is common when the ducts are made of metal. An experienced technician will inspect the furnace and perform the necessary repairs.

When your furnace talks, call Allbritten in to listen

If you live in Fresno, contact Allbritten for furnace repair from expert techs. Our professionals can troubleshoot problems and resolve issues with all types of heating systems.