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Like all mechanical systems, furnaces are at risk of breaking down from time to time. If your furnace is making unusually loud noises, emitting strange odors or producing inefficient heat, it’s time to call for furnace repair services. Catching smaller issues and repairing them early on can help prevent a bigger, more costly furnace repair from occurring later in winter – or a complete system breakdown on one of the coldest days of the year.

Keep your family safe, warm and comfortable by contacting the heating and cooling pros at A-1 United Heating, Air & Electrical for furnace repair in Council Bluffs, IA, and the surrounding area. Our team of expert technicians has provided trusted and reliable heating services since 1981. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 402-593-7500.

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Aside from total equipment failure, it can be difficult for untrained homeowners to recognize when their furnace needs repair. Fortunately, as previously mentioned, furnaces often exhibit signs of struggling to operate, including:

Rising Energy Bills

Did you do a double take the last time you checked your monthly energy bill? Although sudden cold spells can cause your bills to increase, if your bills are significantly higher than the same time a year ago, your furnace is likely operating inefficiently and needs to be serviced.

Uneven Heating

Are some rooms in your home colder or hotter than others? Uneven or inefficient heating is a sign your furnace isn’t operating as it should. This could be due to an inefficient unit or leaky ductwork. An HVAC technician can help determine whether repair or replacement services are your best option.

Strange Odors

Any strange odors coming from your unit should raise red flags. A mildew smell could indicate a water leak has created a breeding ground for mold growth. Meanwhile, a burning smell could signal an electrical issue that should be inspected as soon as possible.

Loud Noises

A well-maintained furnace is relatively quiet, aside from the slight noise of it starting and stopping a cycle. If you hear banging or rattling noises, there could be a loose or broken part. If you notice these sounds, contact the HVAC technicians at A-1 United immediately to prevent further damage.

Short Cycling

Short cycling occurs when your unit starts a cycle, shuts down before the desired temperature is reached and then starts back up a short time later. Short cycling can lead to comfort issues, higher energy bills and premature system wear and tear. Common culprits include a dirty or clogged furnace filter, an oversized unit, a dirty pilot light or thermostat issues.

Water Leaks

Is there a puddle forming around your furnace? This isn’t a serious problem if it’s dealt with in a timely manner. Water leaking from your heater could indicate a clogged condensate drain line or a break in the condensation line.

Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

Replace or repair your furnace line chart

It’s Better to Replace Your Furnace When…

  • It’s is more than 10 years old and hasn’t been well maintained.
  • The repair cost equals half or more of the cost of furnace replacement.

It’s Better to Repair Your Furnace When…

  • It’s still under warranty.
  • The furnace is under 15 years old and the repair is relatively minor.

If you’re considering furnace installation, contact us for a free, no-pressure quote.


You have a friend in the heating and cooling industry – A-1 United Heating, Air & Electrical. For more than 40 years, our technicians have provided quality furnace services that residents and business owners alike can count on. We’re proud to offer a full range of support services, including 24/7 emergency service in case your heater conks out in the middle of the night, a weekend or on a holiday.

Contact us at 402-593-7500 to learn more about our heating services or to schedule an appointment with a member of our team. We look forward to hearing from you!


Richard Hayes


Rich started his HVAC career in 2000. His experience is in the repair and maintenance of commercial and residential HVAC units, with some time as an installation technician. In 2015 he joined the A-1 United team as a service technician, and in 2017 he became the A-1 United Service Manager. Rich is fully licensed, EPA, NATE, and Unlimited Masters license. He exerts a great deal of effort into ensuring his technicians can provide our customers with reliable and quality service with continued education and training.

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Great job by all. They were careful of the landscape replacing the A/C unit. Inside the heating system was replaced and the fit and finish was great. Explained the operation of everything. They came back two weeks later and checked out the operation of the systems plus installation. The tech was here over an hour checking out everything. New system is quiet. This is a company that care about its customer. We highly recommend A-1.