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When the cold weather hit a couple nights ago, we tried to turn on our heat, only to find that it doesn't seem to be working. :-/ I really need some reputable and affordable to come diagnose the problem so we can stop freezing at night! Thanks!

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My bro in law is a licensed a/c guy who works full time at Shands as an a/c tech and does private work on evenings and weekends. Some people prefer an actual company, which I fully understand, but if you would like his # let me know and I will message it to you.

We absolutely LOVE LibertyAir.  They are reliable & quick.  We've even called Philip (the owner) after hours and he always answers...and provides a solution.  They replaced our AC, furnace and hot water heater 2+ years ago.

libertyairac.com

333-1985

My husband is a custom home builder and highly recommends Bertie Heating & Air.  http://www.bertieair.com/ and the phone number is 331-2005

Hi Jennifer. Please message me. :-)



Jennifer Lasseter said:

My bro in law is a licensed a/c guy who works full time at Shands as an a/c tech and does private work on evenings and weekends. Some people prefer an actual company, which I fully understand, but if you would like his # let me know and I will message it to you.

Would you have turned off the pilot any time during the year?  A lot of people turn off the gas to just their furnace during the spring and summer months and simply need a pilot light. 

My coworkers say 1) Make sure it has a pilot.  Look for the blue flame to make sure it is lit.  You might have an electronic ignition where you don't need a match to light it.  If it isn't firing, then call a heating an air contractor.  The people I quierd agree with Kristen Cooper's husband.    

Do you smell gas at the furnace?  GRU will respond for free to investigate any and all gas leaks at an appliance or just general smell of gas in your home.  (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

 

 

And here's what I did with my hot water heater.  I youtubed videos on lighting the pilot on my brand of hot water heater.  Or just get the make  and google it for an owner's manual too.  There are you tube instructional videos on everything these days.  I repaired by washing machine that way.  and I'm not handy at all. 

Between our home and our business we have a total of 11 HVAC systems, so at any given time one of them needs something. We use and recommend Mike and Mark at Elite Air & Mechanical. They've been our sole service and maintenence provider for the past four years. They're always responsive, usually within a couple of hours of the call, and their pricing is very fair. They don't over-diagnose and there's never any sales pressure. .

Bertie Heating and Air!

We used Bertie once. They charged us $126 to flip a breaker back on. Never again.

We have a custom home built by a local premiere builder. We had an engineer calculate the heat and air conditioning load of our home prior to agreeing to the HVAC specs. We agreed in writing to a 12 seer A/C unit (a high number in 1998), and chose Bertie's bid for the purchase and installation.

We had enormous electric bills from the get go. Bertie and the builder said there was nothing wrong with the unit -it must be our personal habits of use. The electric bills stayed high for years, no matter what we did. The unit needed multiple repairs over the years.. Finally, after 11 years, we had the unit replaced by another contractor. Imagine our surprise when the old unit was removed and we discovered that Bertie had installed a 9 seer unit originally, instead of the 12 seer we had in our contract.

According to GRU, that substitution of a cheaper (for Bertie but not for us) unit cost us at least $50 per month - for over 11 years!!! The first full month after that new unit was installed, our electric bill dropped about $200.

I would never recommend Bertie. Our contractor is Total Services. Honest, dependable, down to earth, and affordable.

No pilot light so we had to call someone out. :-/ Good news is that it's fixed. Bad news is that the entire system doesn't have much time left. :-(

Kristin Foster said:

Would you have turned off the pilot any time during the year?  A lot of people turn off the gas to just their furnace during the spring and summer months and simply need a pilot light. 

My coworkers say 1) Make sure it has a pilot.  Look for the blue flame to make sure it is lit.  You might have an electronic ignition where you don't need a match to light it.  If it isn't firing, then call a heating an air contractor.  The people I quierd agree with Kristen Cooper's husband.    

Do you smell gas at the furnace?  GRU will respond for free to investigate any and all gas leaks at an appliance or just general smell of gas in your home.  (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

 

 

And here's what I did with my hot water heater.  I youtubed videos on lighting the pilot on my brand of hot water heater.  Or just get the make  and google it for an owner's manual too.  There are you tube instructional videos on everything these days.  I repaired by washing machine that way.  and I'm not handy at all. 

Thanks for all the suggestions! It was so nice being able to go off of recommendations as opposed to randomly calling someone!

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