Depending on the size and layout of your home, your furnace could be located in one of a number of places. At Absolute Comfort in Crystal Lake, we know how to take care of any furnace repair issues that your system may need, and we’re comfortable accessing your furnace, no matter where it happens to be. If your system needs a tune-up before winter arrives, or you’re worried that it might not make it through the season, then give us a call today. We’re always ready to help!

The Basement

If your home has a basement, then there’s a good chance that’s where the furnace can be found. There’s often plenty of space for the air handler, as well as the ductwork that branches off to the rest of the house. With a central heating system in the basement, you may also have pipes that stretch outside so that the furnace can properly vent while it’s running. There also needs to be room for any gas line that provides the fuel for the furnace, should you have a natural gas heating system.

It’s important not to store anything, such as boxes or plastic tubs, too close to the furnace in the basement. With many homeowners using their basement as storage spaces, it’s often easy to crowd the furnace with stuff, which can pose a fire risk, especially during the winter when the system is running most of the time.

Utility Closet

If you live in an apartment or a townhome, then chances are the furnace is in a utility closet. Without the space provided by a basement or cellar, the air handler has to be placed in the best location, which is often a closet off of the laundry room, or perhaps even in the guest bedroom. These systems tend to be smaller, since they don’t need to heat as much house, but they can pose issues when it comes to accessing them. For natural gas systems, the fuel line usually comes up from a crawlspace underneath the property, or through the wall from the exterior of the home. When you call for service, make sure to note that your furnace is in a utility closet. That will give the HVAC technician the information they need to plan accordingly for repairs and maintenance.

As with the basement furnace, it’s important that a system in a utility closet has plenty of clearance around it. With the closet set-up, the cold air return is likely taking up most of the space that’s not occupied by the air handler, which means it should be fairly difficult to store anything else in the closet. However, it’s always good to make sure nothing has been put right next to the furnace, or is blocking anything that’s vital to keeping your home warm and cozy.

Outside Your Home

For homes with a heat pump or dual-purpose system, the main components will be found outside the house. The purpose of a heat pump is to draw warm air out during the summer and in during the winter. Once colder weather hits, you’ll want to be sure that everything is working properly with your heat pump, but you’ll have to go outside to do it. If you notice that something isn’t right, then it’s important to call your HVAC provider right away. If they’ve never worked on your system before, then be sure to inform them that you have a heat pump and include where it’s located on the exterior of your home.

Reliable Service

No matter where your furnace or heat pump is located inside or outside your home, you can count on Absolute Comfort to provide reliable, trustworthy service every time. We know how to diagnose any type of heating problem, and we always bring the tools, equipment, and knowledge to access your system, wherever it happens to be. Even if we have to crawl under the house to get to a fuel line, or go outside to check your heat pump, we’ll give you nothing but our best. When you need furnace repair, turn to our expert team. We offer 24-hour emergency service, so even when things go wrong in the middle of the night, we’ll be here.

We look forward to hearing from you!