Frequently Asked Questions About Home Heating Repair

At Maki Electric, Heating and Air we always want to help our clients make the best choices for heating and cooling their home, and part of that is educating them and answering questions as they arise. Here are answers to several of the top questions our customers ask regarding their home heating repair needs.


Q: Should I repair or replace my heater? 

A: If you are trying to decide whether to repair or entirely replace your heating system, Maki Heating and Air should always be called to help give you expert advice as we can’t always identify the extent of the problems over the phone. 

When you call us out to have a heating inspection done, we will evaluate multiple facets such as the overall efficiency of your system, the cleanliness of the ducts, and the age and health of your furnace. We will give you a realistic prediction of common issues in a furnace the same age as yours, but because each system and home is unique, we can’t always anticipate if repair or replacement will be the most cost efficient choice until we actually see the unit. 

As HVAC systems get older, and the frequency of repairs needed increases, we can work together with you to decide on the perfect time that an entirely new heating system will be more cost efficient than ongoing repairs, saving you money and time in the long run.


Q: How can I prevent furnace repairs?

A: Annual heating inspections and tuneups give the friendly professionals at Maki Electric, Heating, and Air a chance to take a close look at your home’s entire heating system and recommend the next steps in order to keep it in great shape.

While certain unforeseen problems are unavoidable, with regular cleaning, maintenance, and care, the risk of serious repairs can decrease greatly. By investing in the current health of your home’s heating and air-conditioning system, you can save yourself more expensive repairs in the future. 

If our professional service technicians can catch problems early, not only does that stop the original problem from damaging more of the system, but it can also make your heater run more efficiently, which saves both energy and money. We provide inspections on everything from your furnace and mini split system to your ductwork and heat pump.


Q: How much do repairs typically cost? 

A: This one is impossible to answer since every heating unit repair is different. Many factors contribute to repair cost breakdown, including:

  • the age of your heating system,
  • the make and model of your unit
  • the amount of damage that has been done to your equipment due to past issues
  • the frequency with which your unit is cleaned and inspected 

We can’t give you an accurate price for our repair unless we actually diagnose the issue and make a plan on how to fix it. At that time a plan can be proposed and we will always make sure a trained heating professional gives you the total price estimate before beginning any work so that you’re never surprised with extra charges.


Q: How do I know if my heating system needs repair?

A: There are many obvious signs that will let you know if your furnace needs repair or replacement, and usually people can tell fairly quickly if things aren’t running smoothly. Obviously, a lack of airflow or cool air blowing when it is supposed to be warm is an indication that your furnace needs servicing.

Also, make sure to look for: 

  • odd smells when your furnace is running
  • difficulty with maintaining a constant temperature
  • higher energy bills than average for the time of year
  • unusual noises coming from your heating system
  • a furnace kicking on much more often than it typically does in order to maintain a regular temperature in your home

If any of these symptoms arise, call Maki right away to avoid more damage occurring.

At Maki Electric Heating and Air Conditioning, we pride ourselves on providing friendly, reliable service to Placer County, the Greater Sacramento Area, and all surrounding foothill communities. We offer our customers exceptional service and the highest quality products in the HVAC market today. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, simply give us a call at (530) 885-3449 or (916) 782-9242.


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