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With these tips, keep your generator running safely during storm season

With hurricane season almost here once again, it is important to keep your generator running safely and confirm that it’s ready for the weather ahead. Here at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend a generator checkup before the storms hit so that the generator won’t give out at the exact moment that you need it the most.

Furthermore, it is vital to observe safety measures both while the generator is in storage and when it is in use. The following measures will allow you to enjoy the comfort and convenience afforded by your generator while you wait out the storm. To schedule a generator checkup, contact our team.

6 ways to keep your generator running safely during storm season

#1. Have your unit inspected

Generator maintenance is crucial, not only to keep your generator going through storm season, but to also extend the life of your generator for many seasons to come.

Pictured: With summer storms blowing in off the Gulf in the summer, it's important to keep your backup generator running safely and effectively.

Pictured: With summer storms blowing in off the Gulf in the summer, it’s important to keep your backup generator running safely and effectively.

#2. Change the fuel

When your unit has been in storage for nearly a year, remove the old fuel and dispose of it properly, then refill. After the generator has been running, remember to always let it cool down before refueling.

#3. Check the oil

If the generator is in storage, the oil should be changed at least once a year. When the generator is in operation, the oil should be changed every 8 to 24 hours.

#4. Operate the generator outside

Due to the danger of carbon monoxide contamination inside the house, the generator should only be operated outside and away from any household ventilation. Invest in carbon monoxide detectors inside the house so that if the toxic gas from the generator does get in the house, you’ll be alerted to the danger immediately.

#5. Do not connect the unit to the home’s electrical outlet

The generator is not equipped to power the entire house at once. Attempting to do so is a safety hazard that could damage your generator at the very least. Use a heavy-duty extension cord that is rated for outdoor use to connect appliances to the generator.

#6. Power only the essentials

There may be many appliances and devices that you wish to use during a power outage, but think in terms of what you need, not what you want.

For backup generator installation or checkups, call the team at Bob’s!

A backup generator can be your lifeline during a storm, and a seasonal generator check will help ensure you have the power you need no matter the weather. If you need generator maintenance, repair, or installation, contact us here at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

5 signs your furnace needs repair from Bob’s this winter

What are the most important signs your furnace needs repair? Knowing what signals an impending problem could save you and your family a major headache this winter.

In this blog, we’ll review the things that can tip you off that something isn’t right with your furnace, so that you can call us at Bob’s for 24/7 emergency heating repair.

5 major signs your furnace needs repair

1. Your heating bills have been rising

An unusually high heating bill is a clear sign that your furnace requires repair. There are many reasons that can cause the energy bills to spike, from a broken part to the need for cleaning or dust buildup.

Either way, hire the professionals at Bob’s for a thorough inspection of the furnace. We’ll get the repairs done and your heating bills back down.

(By the way, to prevent heating problems ahead of the winter season, consider scheduling a fall furnace tune-up with our team!)

2. Your furnace is making strange noises

Strange noises coming out of the furnace is another indication of something wrong with your system. If your furnace rattles, bangs, or squeaks, you should get it checked by a professional.

An experienced technician will quickly determine the cause of the noise and perform the required repairs.

3. Your heating is not up to your standards

Insufficient heating is a clear sign of a furnace trouble. The problem can occur due to different reasons. However, most likely, it is due to a faulty blower fan or motor. Also, the problem can happen due to a problem with the pilot light or heat exchanger. A qualified technician will inspect the furnace to determine the problem and perform repairs.

4. Your air ducts are emitting dust and dirt

If you notice an unusual amount of dirt and dust coming out of the heat registers, it could be your furnace. Your system could be giving a sign that it is about to fail. A certified technician can inspect the furnace to find out the cause of the issue.

5. Your heat exchanger is cracked

A biggest risk with gas furnaces is a carbon monoxide gas leak. This gas is produced inside the combustion chamber of the furnace. A cracked heat exchanger can potentially leak carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide is an extremely hazardous gas. It’s both colorless and odorless, and can be fatal for you and your family. If you suspect that your heat exchanger is cracked, turn off the heat and gas and then call Bob’s for 24/7 emergency repair.

Call the pros at Bob’s for 24/7 emergency repair

If you notice any of the signs your furnace needs repair listed above, you should immediately contact the experienced technicians at Bob’s for furnace repairs.

We’re proud to serve Morgan City, Thibodaux, Houma, and surrounding areas in Louisiana, and we offer professional repair and maintenance for all types of furnaces.

To get started, give us a call at (985) 384-0283 or contact us online.

5 benefits of scheduling a fall furnace tune-up

Winter is almost here in southern Louisiana. Have you had the pros here at Bob’s inspect your furnace yet this season? There are multiple benefits to scheduling a fall furnace tune-up, including lower energy bills and more reliable system performance. And autumn is the perfect time to get your heating inspected!

If you’re looking to schedule a furnace tune-up here in Thibodaux, Morgan City, or Houma, call the team at Bob’s at (985) 384-0283. Or, contact us online.

5 benefits of scheduling a fall furnace tune-up

The fact is that the fall is the best time to schedule a tune-up of the furnace. Here are five reasons why you should consider scheduling a full fall furnace tune-up with us.

1. Avoid emergency breakdowns

The primary benefit of scheduling a fall furnace tune-up is that it boosts your chances of avoiding an emergency breakdown of the furnace this winter.

To avoid the need for furnace repair, you should consider getting your furnace checked and serviced during the fall.

2. Increased lifespan

A furnace that is serviced regularly will undergo less wear-and-tear. It will run more efficiently, saving you money in the short-term and reducing the “mileage” being put on the system every winter. Over successive years, this will result in extended lifespan of the unit. 

3. Avoid paying high energy bills

A properly tuned-up furnace will work efficiently without using extra gas or electricity. If the furnace is not tuned up or cleaned properly, it could need more energy to produce less heating as it has to push heated air past dust and grime. That’s not a winning combination for your bills or indoor air quality.

By scheduling a furnace tune-up this autumn, you can save on your energy bills—all winter long.

4. Maintain your system’s warranty

A regular tune-up will help maintain the integrity of the warranty of the system. Most manufacturers require that your furnace be serviced regularly by a professional in order to keep the warranty valid. Skipping a fall service date can void the warranty. Don’t be kicking yourself when your furnace breaks down and you find that the warranty has lapsed.

5. Keep your furnace running safely

Lastly, keeping the furnace in good condition will ensure the safety of the household. An experienced technician will scan for any gas leakage from the heat exchanger during a routine inspection. Such an issue, if not resolved, could be dangerous. A cracked heat exchanger can potentially leak carbon monoxide gas.

Call Bob’s to schedule your fall furnace tune-up

If you want to avoid the unpleasant situation of a furnace breakdown during the winter, you should consider getting your furnace checked up during the fall. Here in southern Louisiana, Bob’s is the team to call. Call us at (985) 384-0283 or contact us.