Why Does My Furnace Have a Burnt Smell When I Turn It On?

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With chilly weather around the corner, many are getting ready to turn on their furnace for the first time. But, if you switch it on and smell something burning, don’t be alarmed — it’s normal and dissipates within an hour or two. Curious as to what is causing this smell and when you should be […]

How Long Can I Expect My Furnace to Last?

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Furnaces are often out of sight and out of mind until they malfunction. To avoid an unexpected huddle under a pile of blankets, conduct routine maintenance on your furnace during its 15- to 30-year lifespan. What Affects the Lifespan of the Furnace? Make and Model You can’t expect older models to keep up with all […]

Single vs. Two-Stage Furnaces

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Considering buying a new furnace? There are many different brands and types on the market. Single-stage and two-stage furnaces are two options for homeowners to consider when choosing a new furnace. What are the differences between a single-stage and a two-stage furnace and how do you decide which one is right for you? This article […]

AFUE vs. Thermal Efficiency

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When you are investing in a brand new heater, you may hear the terms AFUE and Thermal Efficiency Rating being thrown around quite a bit. What does AFUE stand for? What is Thermal Efficiency Rating? Is one more important than the other? Why do they even matter?  Not to worry, when you have questions, the […]

Furnace Spotlight, Trane

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There are a lot of big brand furnace names out there! All of them claim to be the best, which makes shopping around for a new furnace extremely difficult. The experts at Cote’s Mechanical agree that a Trane furnace is one of your best bets. When it comes to saving you money and giving you […]

Gas Vs. Electric Heater

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As the temperature drops with the cold breath of winter, many people are gearing up to combat the cold with their heater. New homeowners or those getting a heater replacement may be intimidated by the prospect of trying to figure out which kind of heater installation is best for their home. Have no fear, the […]

Variable Speed Furnace vs Two-Stage Furnace

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When you set out to buy a new heater, you’ll find that you have a wide range of options to choose from – starting with the choice between a gas or electric heater. An electric heater is often the better option, especially if you live in a warmer area such as Texas. But even once you’ve chosen […]

Electric Furnace Troubleshooting: Common Problems and How to Fix Them

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When your electric furnace stops working in the dead of winter, it can be rather inconvenient. The issue may be major and costly, or it could be something simple that you may be able to fix yourself. Here are some troubleshooting tips that can help you figure out what’s wrong with your electric furnace: 1. Your […]

Avoid Dangerous Heater Malfunctions with Maintenance

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As the cooler months approach, it’s almost time to turn off the A/C and turn on the heater. But be warned – that source of comfort may also be a source of great danger. Gas, electricity, and high heat are all dangerous on their own, and they all might be found within your heating element. […]