Furnace Service

Providing Heating Repair and Replacement Services in Topeka Since 1956

It can get really cold in Topeka 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 Topeka, you shouldn’t settle with just any HVAC contractor. You should call Latta-Whitlow, LLC.

For more information on furnaces and the heating services we offer in Topeka and Berryton, 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 in the Topeka 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 Topeka-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 Berryton, Topeka, or Silver Lake? 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 Berryton 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 Topeka 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 Topeka 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 785-357-1281 for more information on radiant floor heating installation in Topeka and Berryton.

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 785-357-1281 to schedule heat pump service in the Topeka area.

Heat Pump Repair

Heater Service

Not all homes in Topeka 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 Topeka’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 Topeka, give 785-357-1281 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 Topeka resident, you’re within Latta-Whitlow’s service area.

Heater Replacement

Commercial Heating

Do you own a business in Berryton or Topeka? 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 785-357-1281.

Commercial Service

Ductless Heating

Was your home in Topeka or Berryton built without ductwork? Are you looking for an efficient way to cool a new addition? Then, you want to reach out to Latta-Whitlow 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 Topeka, 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: Kansas 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 Topeka. 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 Berryton or Topeka, 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 785-357-1281 to schedule heating service in Berryton or Silver Lake.

Call Latta-Whitlow, LLC for Professional Heating Service in Berryton and Topeka

Latta-Whitlow, LLC sets itself apart from other heating contractors in the Topeka 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 785-357-1281. We’ll do everything we can to rectify the situation.

So, the next time you need heating service in Topeka or Silver Lake, Latta-Whitlow, LLC is here for you. From furnace repair to new heater installations, we have the skills you need. Dial 785-357-1281 to get scheduled and to join our family of happy customers.

FACTS ABOUT HEATING

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At Latta-Whitlow, LLC, we believe the heating system in your home is much more than a heating system... it is your environment.

We can service and maintain all makes and models of furnaces!

Our trained, experienced, and knowledgeable technicians will perform a full 15 point cleaning and inspection on your furnace.

Maintenance is recommended each season. Different procedures are performed for your cooling system than your heating system. Because your HVAC system works so hard throughout the year, several components need adjustment, calibration and cleanings each year.

FAQS ABOUT FURNACES

The frequency of changing the filter depends on many factors. On most filters, the manufacturer of the filter has a period of usage stamped on the side. This is usually 30 days. The filter may need to be changed more frequently when the lifestyle of the home is taken into consideration: Pets, allergies, living on a gravel road, and having windows open are some of the reasons why a filter may need to be changed more frequently. If the filter has a visible presence of dirt and debris, it should be changed.

The filter’s function is to filter the air that flows through the home via the air duct system. A clean filter allows more air to flow through the duct work. This allows the equipment to function according to the manufacturer’s specifications. A clean filter also presents a healthier living environment. Latta-Whitlow, LLC’s data suggests a dirty filter leads directly or indirectly to 71% of all service calls.

Annually. A furnace is a gas appliance with a high consumption of fuel and should be tested annually for gas leaks, carbon monoxide, performance, as well as cleaning the motor, burners, heat exchanger, and checking all parts and functions.

Typically, between the months of September and November, to prepare for the upcoming winter. It’s also warmer out and you can beat the winter rush while taking advantage of specials.

Industry standards for duct cleaning recommend cleaning your ducts every 5-10 years depending on the home. If you have pets that shed, your ducts may need to be cleaned more often.

It would be very difficult to clean your furnace yourself without proper training, equipment, and expertise. Usually homeowners miss the crucial parts of the cleaning and tuning process.

The government recommends having your furnace replaced if it’s over 20 years old. The difference in the energy efficiency of newer furnaces compared to older furnaces can be very substantial. New furnaces burn a lot less fuel to heat your home, saving you big money over the years.

If the pilot light will not stay lit, it is because either the thermocouple or gas valve is bad. A furnace with a standing pilot light is a very old furnace! Government regulations mandate that all furnaces have to have an efficiency rating of 80% or higher in 1992. The industry eliminated standing pilot lights to help achieve this goal.

Water around the furnace floor area can be caused by a variety of issues. In most cases, the hot water heater is located in the same area. Therefore, the water heater may be leaking. If a whole house humidifier is located at the furnace, the drain line on the humidifier may be plugged or disconnected. If the furnace is a high efficiency unit, it will produce condensation. This condensation drains though a combination of tubing and PVC piping. A loose or plugged connection may because of the leak.

Poor ductwork design may be the problem. During the construction of the house, improperly sized ductwork may have been installed. Another possibility is the cooling or heating system is improperly sized. If the room is upstairs, a lack of attic insulation may be the problem. Remember, all problems have solutions, and Latta-Whitlow, LLC has experience you can rely on!
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Address:  3223 S. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66611
Phone:  785-357-1281
Email:  comfort@kansasadvantage.com
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