Whether you have a boiler, furnace, or heat pump, the heating service experts at All Air Heating & Cooling can provide quality maintenance, repair, and installation. No one wants to wake up to a cold home or find that their heating system isn’t working as efficiently as it should. When you’re in need of professional HVAC service, our experts will quickly diagnose the issue and offer an honest opinion for the best course of action. We understand that needing heating service is oftentimes a surprise, so we’ll do our best to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible from start to finish.

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BOILERS

The perfect heat source for your home’s radiant system, solid Bryant gas- and oil-fired boilers deliver efficient, consistent warmth without the noise and draft of forced air systems. Keep in mind, the higher the AFUE percentage, the more you’ll save on energy costs.

Bryant’s Boilers

Boilers are used most often in the Northeast and are typically powered by natural gas. With several components, water is heated up and pushed throughout the home through a series of pipes. Components of a boiler system include:

  • Burner: A jet that heats the pipe that holds the water.
  • Combustion Chamber: This chamber is where the combustion from the burner heats the exchanger. The combustion chamber can reach temperatures up to several hundred degrees.
  • Heat Exchanger: The heat exchanger is what heats the water in the boiler tank.
  • Aquastats: This is a sensor that detects the temperature of the water, and tells the burner when to stop and start.
  • Expansion Tank: To prevent excessive pressure, there is a small tank off of the main boiler.
  • Backflow Valve: A safety device that prevents water from flowing in multiple directions.
  • Circulator Pump: This is what pushes the water through the system and out to various outlets, either a radiator, baseboard heating, or radiant floor heating.
  • Supply Lines: Heated water or steam are delivered through these supply lines.
  • Return Lines: When heated water or steam cools down, the condensation returns through these lines and is heated up again.

At All Air Heating & Cooling, we have helped homeowners with a variety of boiler repairs. We understand that having a warm home is not only important, it’s essential. Fredericksburg winters can be harsh, so if you’re ever experiencing one of these common issues, get in touch with us right away for HVAC repair.

Common Boiler Repairs Include:
  • No Heat or Hot Water: There are several reasons for this issue, including broken airlocks, broken motorized valves, an issue with the thermostat, or low water levels. Generally, these issues are quick and simple to fix.
  • Kettling: Over time, lime scale or sludge will build up on the boiler’s heat exchanger. This can cause a rumbling sound, similar to the sound a kettle makes when it’s starting to boil. The buildup of deposits restrict the flow of water, which will cause it to overheat and turn to steam. Kettling can cause the boiler to overwork, wearing it down faster than it should and also increasing energy costs.
  • Pilot Light: Just like a pilot light in a gas furnace, this is a small blue flame that keeps the burner lit. The pilot light can go out when there is a broken thermocouple (a safety precaution that prevents gas from flowing into the home), a gust of wind that blows the light out, or there may be a buildup of deposits on the pilot light. It’s best to contact an HVAC company for help if you’re ever unsure about a boiler repair.
  • Boiler Pressure: Your boiler should be equipped with a built-in pressure gauge. The needle should be between 1 and 1.5. If pressure is below 0.5 or in the red section, it’s a sign that water has been lost and needs to be replaced. There may be a leak in the system, the pressure valve may simply need to be replaced, or the radiators could have recently been bled (when air in the radiator is released).
  • No Heat: When the bottom of the radiator is hot, but the top is very cold, this is a sign that it’s time to bleed the radiator. This occurs when there is a build up of sludge or air in the system. If only one of the radiators in your home isn’t getting hot, the radiators could need balancing, which will ensure each radiator is getting enough hot water.
  • Boiler Keeps Shutting Off: If you hear the boiler start to run and then immediately stop, there could be an issue with the water pressure, a problem with the thermostat, a closed valve that is preventing water from flowing, or a pump that isn’t circulating the water.

If you’re in need of boiler repair, you can count on us to provide fast and efficient service. All Air Heating & Cooling Services provides maintenance, repair, and installation for a variety of boiler brands.


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FURNACES

To get the perfect combination of gas heat and cost-saving energy efficiency, take a look at our line of all-star Bryant gas furnaces. From the top-of-the-line Evolution™ Series 95s AFUE modulating gas furnace with PerfectSense™ temperature functionality, our Evolution™ Series 96 AFUE with PerfectHeat® and PerfectHumidity® to the solid Legacy™ Line 80 AFUE.

Bryant’s Gas Furnaces


If your family likes the fuel-efficiency and clean-burning performance of an oil system, take a look at our dependable Bryant Preferred™ Series or powerful multi-speed Legacy™ Line oil furnaces. Remember, the higher the AFUE rating, the more cost-efficient the unit will be.

Bryant’s Oil Furnaces

Whether your furnace is fueled by gas, oil, or electricity, the technicians at All Air Heating & Cooling can inspect the system, diagnose the problem, and offer the best and most efficient solution. When looking for the best HVAC service, look to the experts at All Air for reliable and honest work.

Looking for Furnace Repair? Here are some of the biggest issues our HVAC technicians see:
  • Air Flow Issues: When the system’s fan motors, belts, and bearings are worn down or are not properly maintained, it can cause the furnace to overheat or can prevent air from flowing throughout the home. Issues with the duct system can also cause air flow issues.
  • Clogged Filters: Dirty or clogged air filters is another issue that will prevent air from flowing efficiently through the system. Regularly changing out the filter is also one of the easiest ways to maintain the system. When filters are old and dirty, the furnace will need to work harder than it should, resulting in both higher energy costs and poor indoor air quality.
  • Pilot Light or Ignition Problems: If the furnace keeps shutting off, there may be an issue with the pilot light. Pilot light issues can occur due to a broken thermocouple, which prevents gas from leaking into the home, gusts of wind that blow the light out, and there may be a build up of deposits on the pilot light. When there are pilot light or ignitions problems, it’s best to call for professional heating service.
  • Thermostat Issues: The thermostat is what communicates with the furnace and tells the system when to turn on and off. If thermostat settings are incorrect or there is an issue with how it’s reading the home’s temperature, the furnace won’t work correctly.
  • Lack of Maintenance: Without proper maintenance and upkeep, the furnace is more likely to wear down faster, resulting in more frequent furnace repairs. To ensure that your home has a clean air quality, is as efficient as possible, and to prevent costly repairs, work with your local HVAC company to have your system cleaned and inspected for problems regularly.
Is it time for a furnace installation? Here are some things to consider as you’re shopping around:
  • Fuel Type: Homeowners can choose between a furnace that is run with electricity, natural gas, oil, or propane. There are benefits and negatives to each of these fuel types, so it can be easier to think about which type is best for your home. For example, if your home doesn’t have a gas line already in place, a gas furnace might not be the best option. Whether you want to stay with your existing fuel type or upgrade to a more efficient system, feel free to contact our heating specialists at All Air Heating & Cooling Services.
  • Furnace Efficiency: Regardless of the fuel type, look into how efficient the system is. The rating system, Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE), has a minimum of 78 percent. This means that 78 percent of the fuel is being converted into usable heat. Average furnaces have a rating between 80 and 85, but the most efficient systems can be rated at 95 to 98 AFUE. The more efficient the system is, the higher the upfront cost will be, but you can also expect a decrease in your utility costs.
  • Furnace Size: Homeowners may expect that the larger the furnace, the better. However, when a system is too powerful for a home, it can actually increase energy costs. All Air Heating & Cooling can help you choose a furnace based on the size of your home, the climate, how tall your ceilings are, the quality of the insulation in the walls, and more.

Furnace installation can be a frustrating process, but with the experienced and knowledgeable HVAC team at All Air Heating & Cooling, you can look forward to a warm and efficient home. If you have any questions about selecting a furnace, or the fuel type, get in touch with us today.


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Heat Pumps

Innovative Bryant geothermal heat pumps tap into the earth’s surface to use the energy and heat found in the ground, a pond, or well water as a heat source and heat sink – instead of using outside air like traditional heat pumps. Geothermal heat pumps provide both air conditioning and heat to your home, and are able to maintain the highest efficiency on even the coldest winter nights or the hottest summer days, saving you money.

Bryant’s Geothermal Heat Pumps


The rock-solid Bryant Evolution Series heat pump offers Bryant’s highest efficiency performance and best comfort options. Our Preferred™ Series and Legacy™ Line products provide economical comfort.

Bryant’s Heat Pumps

Think of a heat pump like a refrigerator — a system that uses refrigerant and electricity to move heat. In the summertime, it takes warm air in your home and moves it outside; in the wintertime, it takes warm air from outside and moves it inside.

Heat pumps can be considerably more efficient than a furnace or boiler, but they are only efficient in certain climates, where there is heat in the air during winter to be used to warm a house. In Fredericksburg, and other Virginia areas, a heat pump can be beneficial until the temperature outside reaches around 25 or 30 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature is too low for the system to be useful, a backup furnace or boiler can be used as supplemental heat.

There are three common types of heat pumps:
  • Air-Source: Also known as air-to-air pumps, this is the most common type and transfers heat from outside into your home. These take up little space in a home and can reduce energy costs by up to 50 percent.
  • Ground Source: These are known as geothermal heat pumps, which pulls heat energy from the ground and soil, rather than the air, and transfers it into your home. These systems can reduce energy costs by between 30 and 60 percent, but they are much more difficult to install.
  • Water Source: If there is a source of water by your home, this type of heat pump pulls heat energy from the water. For this system to be effective, there needs to be a regular flow of water.

One of the biggest advantages to having a heat pump is that it can keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and you don’t need to transition between two different systems each year. However, this means that it requires consistent maintenance to ensure that larger, more expensive issues don’t occur.

Heat Pump Maintenance
  • Filters: Just like any other heating system, it requires clean air filters. These should be replaced around every three months, or more if you have pets in the home or anyone with allergies.
  • Clear Debris: Keep the area surrounding the heat pump clear of debris, such as leaves, snow, and ice. Keep bushes trimmed back.
  • Coils: Clean the outdoor coils with a heavy duty degreaser and a hose.
  • Condensate Pan and Drain: Before using the air conditioning, flush the condensate pan and drain. This is one task that should be left to an HVAC company.
Even with regular maintenance, issues can still arise. If your heat pump isn’t working efficiently, or at all, contact All Air Heating & Cooling for reliable HVAC service. Here are some of the more common problems we see with heat pumps.
  • No Heat: There are several reasons why the heat pump isn’t producing any heat, including a refrigerant leak, problems with the heat pump components, or if the weather outside is too cold for the unit to work effectively. If there is a refrigerant leak, call for HVAC service right away as it could lead to other, more severe issues if left unrepaired.
  • Strange Noises: If you hear a banging or a hissing noise coming from your heat pump, there may be an issue with the compressor or it could be a refrigerant leak or a leak in the ductwork. If you hear any unusual sounds from the system, call a technician for repair.
  • Reversing Valve: When it’s time to switch over to heating, a reverse valve allows refrigerant to switch directions so it can pull warm air from outside. You can also look at the thermostat to make sure it’s set to heating as well.
  • Constantly Running: This happens when the heat pump is having a harder time pulling cool air from outside in the summer, or warm air during the winter. Heat pumps tend to run longer and put out less heat than a furnace or boiler, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you expect that the system is working harder than it should, call a professional for HVAC repair.
  • Icing: This is more common in the winter, when the outside unit gets covered with frost or ice. The unit will automatically go into a defrost mode to prevent this from becoming an issue; however, if there is a thick layer of ice, or the coils are covered in ice, it will prevent heat from moving through the unit. This should be taken care of as quickly as possible to prevent more serious repairs.

Heat pumps are an effective and efficient way to heat your home. If you’re in need of heat pump repair, or if you want to upgrade to a new system, the team at All Air Heating & Cooling Services has what you need for quick diagnoses and repairs.