A well-functioning furnace is a necessity to keep your family comfortably warm and avoid mid-winter breakdowns or unnecessarily high heating costs. If you have concerns about how well your furnace is performing, the approaching end of winter is an ideal time to assess its efficiency and potential lifespan.
Here are some key factors to weigh to gauge furnace performance:
Anytime a gas leak happens in your home, it’s always an occasion for alarm. It only takes a single spark for even a minor leak to have explosive consequences. As you rely on your gas furnace for warmth this winter, it’s important to know how to detect gas leaks and prevent them from happening in the future. The following offers plenty of good tips for gas leak detection and prevention.
Upgrading to a condensing furnace puts you on the fast track to energy savings in the winter. Such a furnace has substantially better energy efficiency than a standard, noncondensing furnace or boiler. The term “condensing” refers to the last step in the heating cycle the furnace goes through.
Not every furnace filter has an arrow stamped on its side, but when you do see it, it indicates which direction the filter has to face. It always points to the direction of the furnace’s air handler or blower compartment. Even though the filter may look the same on each side, there are differences that affect how it lets air through it and into your HVAC system.
In Fort Wayne, winter can be serious business. That's why it's important that your furnace is running right. Today's furnaces are generally very reliable, as long as you keep up good annual maintenance. Scheduling regular maintenance can help detect small problems so they can be corrected before they evolve into major repairs or even replacements.
Fall is here, which means it won’t be long before colder temperatures will be felt in the Hoosier state. Before winter arrives, it’s important to have your home’s furnace maintained and inspected by your local trusted HVAC company. Regular preventive furnace maintenance provides multiple benefits for you and your heating system. Here is an explanation of some of them:
When you schedule your annual furnace maintenance this fall, one of the primary targets for inspection will be the heat exchanger. So what is a heat exchanger, why is it important to have it inspected each year, and what can go wrong with it?
Now that spring is well underway, and winter is receding in the rear-view mirror, it's a good time to assess whether you need to upgrade your home's heating system. Spring just happens to be the best time to replace a furnace for several reasons. They include:
Furnace problems can be a major inconvenience when it's cold outside and you need heat inside. However, if your furnace is on the fritz, the solution may not have to be a major expense. If you have a hunch you may be able to fix the problem or you at least want to give it a shot, try these furnace troubleshooting tips.
There are many different components inside your furnace that work together to keep you and your family warm. Knowing what these components are and how they work is helpful when you're dealing with an HVAC technician and helps you see the significance of having your system regularly maintained. Here are the key components of your heating system.
It’s never a good idea to ignore a furnace smell. Except that burning dust smell that often occurs at start-up, an odor can indicate a serious problem. Smells serve as warnings that it’s time to have an HVAC pro evaluate it for safety.
Furnace motors are made to last for several years in most cases, but they don’t last forever. If your motor is showing signs of serious wear and tear or if it’s broken, you’ll need to consider furnace motor replacement. Keep in mind that you don’t have to automatically go with the same type as your current one. The following information can help you choose between an ECM and PSC motor.
The arrival of colder weather signals that winter is on its way and it's time to get your furnace ready for use. These tips can help you make sure that your home's heating system is running safely, reliably and efficiently this season.
Chances are you already know that a clogged air filter can eventually choke the life out of your HVAC system. However, you probably don't know that a dirty furnace coil can do the exact same thing if you're not careful. A dirty coil can impact your HVAC system in more ways than one.
You've decided to spring for a new furnace for your Fort Wayne area home. It's just a matter of going to your trusted HVAC contractor and setting up an installation, right? Actually, there's a lot more involved with furnace installation if you want your new system to work safely and efficiently in your home. Following are some guidelines to keep in mind for your furnace installation.
If you equate saving money this heating season with turning the thermostat for the furnace down, you could be shivering unnecessarily. It could be possible to reduce the amount of time this hard-working appliance runs by cutting its heating load. Your home may be losing heat through all its cracks and crevices, or it could be seeping outdoors from the windows and insufficient insulation.
Colder temperatures will be coming to the Fort Wayne area soon, which means it's almost time to start heating your home. Having your furnace run most of the time when it’s freezing outside helps keep you warm, but also leads to high heating bills. You can save money this winter while still heating your home by having a variable-speed furnace installed.
You probably know your furnace has a filter, and you probably also know it needs changing now and then. But what else do you know about it? The fact is, your furnace filter (which is the same as the air conditioner or air filter) is a key component of the HVAC system for keeping you comfortable and in good health, as well as ensuring the system runs properly, all winter long.