Heating Service

Providing Heating Repair and Replacement Services from Bellingham to Mount Vernon to Anacortes Area Since 1951

It can get really cold in Bellingham when winter rolls around. And, if you want to live comfortably, you need a reliable, affordable way to heat your home. For many people in our area, that may mean replacing their old furnace or heater with a new one. Unfortunately, like all things, home heating systems don’t last forever—especially without regular maintenance visits from an HVAC professional. They break down and eventually need to be replaced.

In those situations, going without heat isn’t really an option. It’s not only irritating but can also pose a hazard to your house and fixtures. That’s why, when it comes to furnace and heater repairs in Bellingham, you shouldn’t settle with just any HVAC contractor. You should call LaVergne's Plumbing and Heating.

For more information on furnaces and the heating services we offer in Bellingham and Mount Vernon, read on.

A Layman’s Explanation of How Furnaces Work

Understanding and appreciating your home’s heating system is the first step to getting the most out of it.

A furnace is the indoor piece of HVAC equipment used to distribute heat throughout a home or business. This is accomplished by warming air and then forcing it throughout a building. As the heated air spreads throughout the home, it raises the temperature until the thermostat tells it to stop. The typical heating cycle goes something like this:

  1. Gas, propane, or heating oil, enters your home from either the utility’s gas network or your home’s heating fuel tank.
  2. When the interior of your home starts to cool, the thermostat sends a call for heat to your furnace.
  3. When the furnace is told by the thermostat that heat is needed, the burner ignites the gas in an enclosed metal vessel called a heat exchanger. The fuel byproducts are then expelled through your exhaust vents. This stops potentially toxic gases from mixing with your home’s interior air.
  4. A minute or so after igniting the gas, the blower pulls air into the furnace through your ‘return air’ ductwork, and then pushes it across your furnace’s now-hot heat exchanger.
  5. The furnace’s heat exchanger transfers the heat from the burning gas inside it, to the air passing over it.
  6. Your furnace’s blower fan continues to push the warmed air throughout your home until your target temperature is reached.
  7. Once the desired temperature is reached, your thermostat turns off the gas valve and stops the flow of warm air.
Fun Fact: The word furnace is derived from the Latin word fornax, meaning oven. Since propane and gas furnaces weren’t invented until the 1880s, this word predates them by millennia!

Heating Services We Offer from the Bellingham to Mount Vernon to Anacortes Area

Furnace Repair

Every time the heat goes out, everyone crosses their fingers and hopes it’s something simple. A loose wire, a bad fuse, or a quick cleaning, for example. And, sometimes it is.

When you need a furnace repair—large or small—you can trust our Bellingham-area heating contractors to get the job done. From filter replacement to full furnace overhauls, we’re never more than a phone call away.

Furnace Repair

Furnace Installation

Are you the proud owner of a brand-new home in Mount Vernon, Bellingham, or Anacortes? Just someone looking to add an additional furnace in the attic or garage? Then, you’ll need an HVAC contractor you can trust for good advice.

Installing a new furnace isn’t something you can just do yourself. It takes an understanding of combustion and a lot of technical training. Fortunately, we have the expertise you need to get the job done right.

Furnace Installation

Furnace Replacement

Your furnace has been good to you. It may have even made it well past its 15 to 20-year life expectancy before its blower motor spun its last. But now you’re faced with a tough choice: fix it or replace it?

Once your furnace reaches double digits, it’s usually better to replace it and reap the benefits of new technology and lower utility bills. And we’re the Mount Vernon HVAC company that can help you do it.

So, the next time you’re scouring the Internet for “furnace repair companies near me,” know you’ve come to the right place.

Furnace Replacement

Furnace Maintenance

There’s one way to make sure your furnace has a long life. And that’s to get regular visits from an HVAC professional in the Bellingham area. This will not only help you spot problems before the weather gets cold, but will also help you save money on your utility bills.

Schedule an annual tune-up on your furnace or AC to keep it running efficiently. It can help you avoid the inconvenience and expense of costlier repairs, leaving more of your hard-earned money for more enjoyable things.

Furnace Maintenance

Boiler Services

If you have baseboard heat or radiators, you likely have a boiler system. Common in older homes, these systems use heated water or glycol to transfer heat to all the rooms in your home. When the heat is released into the rooms, the water returns to the boiler to be reheated and pushed back out. With longer lifespans than conventional systems, these units require a specialist to fix. Fortunately, our Bellingham HVAC experts are boiler repair and replacement experts.

Boiler Services

Radiant Heating Services

You swing your feet out of bed and instantly regret it. The floor feels like ice beneath your feet. Well, with a radiant floor heating system, that’s no longer a problem. But, putting it in and servicing it can be a complicated process, needing an experienced HVAC contractor to properly install. Call us at 360-685-8098 for more information on radiant floor heating installation in Bellingham and Mount Vernon.

Radiant Heating Services

Heat Pump Repair

Heat pumps may be one of the most efficient and popular types of HVAC systems, but they can still break down. Their year-round use often leads to small component failures. Fortunately, if your system goes out, our heat pump repair experts are here for you.

Call 360-685-8098 to schedule heat pump service in the Bellingham area.

Heat Pump Repair

Heater Service

Not all homes in Bellingham need a typical forced-air heating system. Some people can get by with a more generalized, frills-free type of heating system. But, rest assured, our HVAC experts can still diagnose and fix any problems you might encounter. Even if you use the term ‘heater’ to refer to a furnace, we’re just a phone call away should you need help.

Reach out by form or phone to schedule service with Bellingham’s favorite heater service experts.

Heater Services

Heater Maintenance

All heaters needs to be serviced once a year, regardless of what type it is. This will ensure everything is functioning as intended and help prevent early system failures. To learn more about our heater maintenance offerings in Bellingham, give 360-685-8098 a call.

Heater Maintenance

Heater Replacement

Eventually, even the best heater will break down and need to be replaced. Finding the right unit to put in requires the knowledge of a true HVAC professional. Fortunately, as a Bellingham resident, you’re within LaVergne's’s service area.

Heater Replacement

Commercial Heating

Do you own a business in Mount Vernon or Bellingham? Then, you'll want to build a relationship with a local heating company you can trust. As true commercial HVAC specialists, we are here to help you, your employees, and your customers get and stay comfortable. To get scheduled for heating service or regular commercial maintenance, reach out to us at 360-685-8098.

Commercial Service

Ductless Heating

Was your home in Bellingham or Mount Vernon built without ductwork? Are you looking for an efficient way to cool a new addition? Then, you want to reach out to LaVergne's for more information on ductless mini-splits. These efficient devices can both heat and cool your home. And, for many families, they're the perfect HVAC solution.

Ductless Heating

What to Look for in a Heating Contractor

Your heating system is a major component of your home’s comfort systems. It represents not only safety in winter but also a substantial investment. That’s why it’s vital that you select the right person to repair and maintain your furnace, boiler, or heat pump. Here in Bellingham, there are plenty of HVAC companies to choose from. The below five characteristics, however, are what separate the pros from more questionable heating contractors:

  1. Current Insurance and Licensing: Washington only licenses contractors who meet certain training and skill requirements. The presence of a valid license is the best sign of a qualified HVAC contractor. To see if a potential HVAC company has one, check out their website. You’ll find ours at the bottom of our site, for instance. If you cannot find a license number, call the company and ask for it. If they cannot provide it, go with a different company.
  2. Comprehensive Insurance: What happens if a heating technician makes a mistake while working on your boiler and floods your home? Do you know who pays medical bills if that same person hurts themselves on your property? These two scenarios are why it’s vital that your chosen heating company carries up-to-date insurance. This is something we provide to ensure your peace of mind.
  3. Glowing Reviews: Visit their online review profiles. What do former clients say about them? Do you know anyone who has used them before? If so, ask if they’d refer them for heating repair or installation work in Bellingham. If they have a few negative reviews, don’t write them off. What matters most is how they handled the situation and if they responded in a professional, empathetic manner.
  4. Experience and Expertise: When it comes to heating service in Mount Vernon or Bellingham, experience should top your list of requirements. The more years of experience an HVAC contractor or company has, the better able they are to quickly pinpoint what’s wrong with your heating system. They also tend to be more adaptable and come carrying the right equipment and parts.
  5. Warranties and Guarantees: Things can go wrong with even the newest heating or cooling system. Repairs can fail and parts can arrive defective. That’s why it’s vital to choose a heating company with a comprehensive warranty and guarantee policy. At minimum, your satisfaction should be acknowledged.
  6. Special Offers and Rebates: Check out what kinds of deals the company is offering. Does it align with your current heating needs? If so, print off the coupons and keep them on hand. You can check out our special offers page for discounts.

And, as you might guess, we possess all five characteristics in spades. Reach out to us at 360-685-8098 to schedule heating service in Mount Vernon or Anacortes.

Call LaVergne's Plumbing and Heating for Professional Heating Service from Bellingham to Mount Vernon to Anacortes Area

LaVergne's Plumbing and Heating sets itself apart from other heating contractors in the Bellingham area. The first way we do this is by committing ourselves wholly to ensuring you are happy. We’re so confident in our ability to make you smile that we guarantee your satisfaction. From proper system performance to quality workmanship, we hold ourselves to a higher standard. If you ever find yourself disappointed, reach out to 360-685-8098. We’ll do everything we can to rectify the situation.

So, the next time you need heating service in Bellingham or Anacortes, LaVergne's Plumbing and Heating is here for you. From furnace repair to new heater installations, we have the skills you need. Dial 360-685-8098 to get scheduled and to join our family of happy customers.

Furnace FAQs

Do I Really Need Furnace Maintenance in Bellingham?

We suggest having your heater or furnace examined on a yearly basis. Due to seasonal stresses, it’s best to schedule this heating tune-up in autumn, right before the first frost. A lot of heating failures occur because this vital part of homeownership is ignored in favor of a ‘fingers-crossed’ approach. During your inspection, our HVAC expert will look for signs of damage. They will also clean any dust away and test electrical components. From improved efficiency to manufacturer warranty requirements, there’s few better ways to protect your heating system.

How Often Should I Replace my Furnace Filter?

A key part of maintaining your heating system’s performance and efficiency is regularly changing the air filter. If you have a standard 1-inch filter, changing it once-a-month is advised. For 4-inch filters, meanwhile, manufacturers recommend waiting six to nine months between replacement. If you have shedding pets in your household, check more frequently. The best way to tell if it’s time for a new one is to look at it. If it’s more gray than white, it’s likely time to swap it out.

What Brands of Furnaces and Heating Products does LaVergne's Plumbing and Heating Work With?

Our heating experts work with all brands of HVAC equipment including Coleman, Carrier, Bryant, Payne, Trane, Lennox, Rheem, Ruud, Amana, Daikin, Mitsubishi, Fujitsu, Crown, Frigidaire, Gibson, Goodman, Lochinvar, Maytag, Weil McLain, AO Smith, Kohler, American Standard, GeoExcel, General, Aprilaire, Honeywell, White Rodgers, Dynamic, and Skuttle.

What Do I Do if My Heat Goes Out?

First, go through the below checklist before calling us to make sure it’s not something simple:

  1. Is power getting to your furnace or heater? Is a fuse or circuit breaker tripped? Make sure your power switch is in the ON position.
  2. When was the last time you swapped out your filter? If it’s been a while, try installing a new filter first. This can solve a lot of heating problems.
  3. Verify your thermostat is set to “heat” and not “cool.” If you notice the display is dim, try swapping out the batteries on the back of the unit.
  4. Is there snow or other debris blocking your outdoor vent? Remove the obstruction if so. This will allow your system to work more effectively.

If you still don’t have heat, it’s time to contact Bellingham’s favorite furnace repair experts at 360-685-8098.

How Can I Reduce My Heating Bills?

The home heating bill is one of the biggest expenses for households in the Bellingham and Mount Vernon area. You can help lower it by changing your filter and completing your required annual maintenance. Alternatively, you can turn your thermostat down to 68°F instead of 70°F or 72°F (20°C instead of 21°C or 22°C). To save the most money, however, consider installing a new furnace. As technology advances, furnaces have become more fuel-friendly.

How Much Does a New Furnace Cost?

The cost of a furnace installation is dependent on several factors including the type of furnace being installed, how much extra work is involved, and how large of a furnace you’ve chosen. Your home may also have two units which may raise the cost of a furnace replacement in Bellingham.

Your CSR referenced a no heat call. What is that?

A no heat call is an industry term referring to a customer with a complete lack of heating power. Their furnace, boiler, or heater has gone inoperable for one reason or another. Because these scenarios can be life and death, especially in Bellingham's summers, we prioritize these appointments on our schedules.
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