A new furnace will be needed for your home eventually. Make sure to be aware of any signs that it might be starting to show. If your furnace is past its 15-year mark and beginning to have maintenance issues, there is a very likely chance it will need to be replaced. It may be working, but it is likely not operating at maximum efficiency and your utility bills are probably at all time highs as a result. The older they are, the more maintenance they need, usually incurring the most breakdowns in the last two years of their lives. If your furnace is roughly 15 to 20 years or older and you have a repair costing more than 15 percent of a new furnace, you should go ahead and replace it.
Another sign a new furnace is needed is how it is operating. If your furnace is operating with little to no maintenance issues but you’re noticing a higher utility rate, it is a problem. You would like to get your bills down, there may be some lower cost solutions for you. Some alternative options may be updating your thermostat to a programmable one, cleaning or updating your duct system. You could also purchase an electric fireplace or portable heater, or just adding some extra blankets around the house. You can contact us, and we can advise you on the options.
Older furnace operate harder
An older furnace is bound to work harder to provide the levels of heating it did when it was new. This means higher energy bills and more frequent repairs. Once you begin seeing significant bill increases, it may be time to look into getting a new furnace. The amount of money you will save in the long run from a more efficient unit will be worth the short-term investment.
An inefficient and old furnace can result in some rooms being colder or warmer than others. This is likely the result of an old furnace and outdated duct system. This results in its ability to distribute heat evenly throughout the house.
Noticing dust and soot
When you notice soot or rust around the furnace or registers, it can be an issue. It can also cause excessive dryness, affecting the walls, wood flooring, furniture, and plants in your house. If you notice plants starting to wilt, it could be cause by it. If family members are experiencing dry eyes and itchy throats, or headaches, it may be time to replace a furnace. No matter what issue you notice, make sure to contact us. We can inspect it for you.
Furnace issues can happen out of the blue. It is important to remember to contact us any time the furnace has an issue. By having it inspected regularly, you can help prevent further damage to the parts of it. If there is an issue with the furnace, we can inspect and repair it as soon as possible for you. This will help you to have an efficient furnace as well.
Furnace issues with the filter
One of the furnace issues you might notice deals with the filter. A clogged air filter is one of the biggest causes of furnace problems. If your furnace turns on but does not blow hot air very long, there is a good chance that your filter is too clogged. When dust builds up on the filter it reduces airflow through the system and this can cause your furnace to shut off. So check for dirty air filters. If this is the issue, it could have caused soot to collect in your heat exchanger. So make sure you schedule a non-emergency furnace cleaning and safety check.
Sometimes the furnace issues occur because of components. If the furnace does not work, it may be from the thermostat. Make sure the thermostat is set correctly. This is more common with programmable thermostats because you might have set a program last season, but forgot to adjust it as the temperatures have changed.
Check the circuit
Occasionally, something has caused the circuit breaker to the furnace to trip, turning it off. Also, there is usually a switch (looks just like a light switch) near the furnace that turns it on and off. Verify that nobody turned this off by mistake, while trying to turn off another light
Modern gas furnaces no longer use standing pilot lights. Instead they use either intermittent pilot or hot surface ignition to start the furnace. These are more efficient than a standing pilot light because they are not constantly burning a small amount of gas just to keep the furnace ready to start. When the thermostat signals the furnace to switch on, electricity runs through the igniter and heats it up. If you notice an issue with the furnace, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.
Furnace noise should not be ignored if you hear them. Heating systems are an important part of your home. They help keep you and your family members warm during the cold winter months. It is important to understand when your heating system might be in need of repairs. A common sign that your system might need repairs is when you hear the system making strange noises. It is important to catch the need for repairs in time to have them fixed before they cause larger, more complicated issues.
Grinding furnace noises
If you are hearing a grinding noise, this can be a common noise heard from a heating system that is having problems functioning properly. When you hear a grinding noise, it usually means that some of the parts in your heating system might be scraping against other parts in the system. The grinding noises could also be a sign that a bent fan blade is striking a metal component that is nearby, a part of the motor could be overheating, or a piece of debris could also be stuck in the blades of the fan.
A loud banging noise coming from your heating system could mean that your radiator is broken or not functioning properly. Replacing a radiator can be very expensive. It can also be time consuming. You will want to be sure you investigate a banging noise immediately. A banging noise that occurs when the heat kicks may mean the radiator is in need of repairs.
Another common noise heard from a defective heating system could be a humming noise. A common cause of this type of noise could be caused by a few things. One is that the heating system is working too hard and might be in danger of shutting down. The humming can be caused by the motors in the fan. It could also be another part of the heating system working too hard. The noise could be from the job it is designed for. If you notice an odd noise or anything out of the norm, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the furnace and HVAC system for you.
The thermostat is important for your home. If you are looking to save money on monthly energy bills, consider programmable ones. Regardless of the type of programmable thermostat you choose, you will save energy on your cooling and heating bills if you program and use the thermostat correctly. Keeping your home at the same temperature when no one is home uses more energy than adjusting it for your absences or when you’re sleeping. HVAC systems can cool or heat your home to your comfort level before you return or wake up in the mornings.
Adjust the thermostat
Remembering to adjust your temperature day and night adds another task to your schedule and it is sometimes easy to forget. Having a device that does it for you automatically simplifies your life while cutting your energy consumption. If you use a heat pump for some of the heating in your home, a programmable thermostat will help you save energy during the winter.
Types of thermostats
You can choose among three different types of programmable thermostats that can be adjusted to your schedule. The first kind is the 7-day thermostat, good for households where family members have different schedules every day. The next type is the 5-2 model, which has settings for the work week and a separate one for the weekend. The last kind is the 5-1-1 model, ideal for families who have the same weekday schedule and a different schedule for each weekend day.
Have a smart thermostat
If you choose a thermostat that has WiFi or a smart model, it is a benefit. You can change the temperature from a smart-phone or anywhere you have online access. This feature lets you change the temperature remotely whenever you need to override the system. Some smart programmable thermostats allow you to lock the settings. This is so that someone coming home unexpectedly cannot lower or raise the temperature to excessive levels. Plus this would drive up energy costs. Some models of programmable thermostats have sensors inside them that tell you when to check the air filter. Changing your air filters regularly will keep your system running efficiently. If you have any questions about a programmable one, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on which one might be best for your home.
Keeping your home warm and comfortable in the winter is important. This should include regular maintenance of the furnace system. Having a dirty furnace can result in an unnecessary loss of efficiency and can damage the furnace.
Make sure to check the filter on a regular basis, and replace it when necessary. Dirty filters should be replaced to prevent equipment from working harder, which results in energy waste and possible internal damage. Inspect the blower compartment as well. Use a vacuum to remove any dirt or dust, which can result in improper performance and low-efficiency. We can also inspect the furnace and filter for you, to ensure it is as clean as possible. If you have pets or anyone in your family smokes, you may need to replace the filter more often. You can contact us and we can advise you on the proper schedule that would benefit your home and furnace. Also remember to remove clutter from around the furnace. Items stored near the furnace are a fire hazard. They may also obstruct combustion air supply. This could cause incomplete combustion and the production of carbon monoxide gas.
You will also want to listen for unfamiliar noises. Set the thermostat on the heat option and move the setting above room temperature. If you repeatedly hear any new or unfamiliar sounds while your unit is operating, there may be a problem. Poorly performing burners can produce unfamiliar noises. Also notice any unusual odors. If you smell any unusual odors, your unit may be operating improperly. Units may emit unfamiliar odors if components are operating in abnormal conditions. You can also look for visible signs of a malfunctioning unit. Examples include unusual amounts of moisture on windows inside your home, visibly burnt components, or unusual dirt or rust accumulations on the vent pipe or in the unit. If you notice an issue, make sure to contact us as soon as possible.
Having a warm and comfortable house is important for you and your family. If you ever notice an issue, it is important to call us as soon as possible, so we can inspect the furnace system for you. This can include the unit itself, filter, ductwork, thermostat, or some of the individual parts themselves. By noticing an issue at the first sign of it, you can help to reduce the chance of further wear and tear to the parts of your HVAC system.
One way to cut heating costs is to change your furnace filter often during the winter season, a time when heaters are highly used. Not only does changing the filter increase the lifespan of the furnace, but it also ends up saving you money. A clogged filter requires more energy, so be sure to change it once every three months to ensure an energy efficient furnace. It is important to replace the filter when recommended, over time they will become dirty and clogged. If you notice that the air quality is poor in your home, it could be caused by a clogged filter. If you are not sure how often to clean the filter, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the schedule and also inspect it for you.
The ductwork will also need to be checked for any damage, cracks, or punctures in it. If there is any damage to it, you will lose any heat that is produced from the furnace. This can also increase your monthly heating bills and further strain on the system. The more the furnace has to run, the sooner it may need to be replaced. If you notice any odd noises or issues with the furnace, make sure to schedule an appointment, so we can inspect it for you.
Having the furnace inspected is recommended and one of the most important things you can do. It can help you to notice a sign of an issue before it turns into a problem that is much worse. Noticing an issue at the first sign can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run. It will also help decrease the chance of an unexpected breakdown when you least expect it.
Having the furnace inspected also helps to locate any issues such as a carbon monoxide leak. When the heat exchanger in your furnace becomes cracked, gases like carbon monoxide can escape into your home. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and potentially deadly. For your family’s safety, it’s important to inspect your furnace regularly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s also wise to install a carbon monoxide detector outside of each bedroom to protect and alert family members. If you are not sure about a detector, make sure to ask us, and we can advise you how many to purchase and where to place them.
Also, the inspection can help inspect the furnace’s internal parts wear out over time, which could cause it to stop working. We can inspect the furnace and replace any parts that may have worn are increasing their chance of failing. If you notice an issue with the furnace, make sure to contact us as soon as possible so we can inspect and repair it for you. This can help you to have a warm and comfortable home this winter for you and your family.
Furnace efficiency is something that everyone should be aware of. In order to improve the efficiency of your furnace now, taking a few simple steps will help reduce the chance of an unexpected breakdown later. Make sure to contact us so we can come and inspect the furnace and system for you. If you have a forced-air system, then you can improve its performance by making sure the filter in the furnace isn’t clogged. How often you need to change the filter will depend on your individual home and system. Check it every month or two until you have a sense of the right routine. We can also advise you on what the schedule should be for your heating system.
Another way to improve the furnace efficiency is to have a programmable thermostat. This is beneficial because you can program the heat to come on when you actually need it, you will not waste money heating an empty house. There are some thermostats that you can control remotely through your smart phone or computer. A thermostat only turns a heater on or off. Contrary to popular belief, turning the temperature way up will not make the house heat up any faster.
Ceiling fans can also improve the efficiency of your furnace. To distribute heat throughout the room, find the small switch on the main body of the fan that reverses the fan’s direction. When you do not feel a breeze, that means the fan is blowing air upward, circulating air without cooling the room. Hot air that is trapped at the ceiling will be forced down along the walls.
Remember to visual check the ductwork in your home. You can increase the efficiency of the system by sealing all the joints to permanently keep the ducts from leaking hot air. If you are not sure if the ductwork has a leak in it, we can inspect it for you. Noticing an issue at the first sign can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run. By having the system regularly inspected by us, the furnace efficiency can increase for your home.
It is important to have the best quality in your home. This will help the overall health and breathing of you and your family. Many people seem to assume that air pollution is a problem that only happens outside. Oftentimes the indoor air quality can actually be worse than outdoor air quality due to improper ventilation.
One factor that impacts the quality of indoor air is the cleanliness of the ductwork through which it must pass. Duct cleaning is not something most people do as a normal part of their regular household chores. If you want to help your health, make sure to periodically have the ductwork cleaned professionally.
Additionally, some houseplants can help improve indoor air quality. Any plants will help by giving off oxygen, but some plants do far more by also absorbing high levels of pollutants. Aloe Vera is one of the top five household plants for cleaning the air. Since it is a desert plant, it requires relatively little water or other attention, making it an excellent choice for anyone whose primary goal in purchasing a plant is to clean the air.
Make sure inspect the filter regularly. Filters are designed to capture dust and other pollutants that might be in the air of your home. Overtime, the filters will become clogged with this. If you are not sure how often to clean or replace your filter, make sure to contact us, and we can advise you of the correct schedule. This can help to keep the air in your home the best it can be.
When the furnace heats up, another control turns on the blower fan, which circulates warm air throughout the house. In the case of a hot-water system, a pump circulates hot water into radiators located throughout the house.
It is best to have us conduct inspections and adjustments on your furnace. This way we can ensure the parts and components are working efficiently with one another. When we inspect the HVAC system, we can check the furnace, thermostat, ductwork, and filter.
The best place to start on your furnace is with the filter. A dirty filter will cause excessive strain on your furnace, increase heating costs and reduce the life of your equipment. Make sure that the furnace filter has a cover over the slot, ensuring an efficient return-air system. Not having a cover poses a safety issue.
Also remember to never operate the furnace without a filter in. This can cause dirt and dust to get into the moving parts of the HVAC system, and causing further damage. It will also allow the dirt and dust to circulate back through the air in your home. If you or your family members suffer from allergies or asthma, having clean air in your home is important.
If you ever notice anything out of the norm with the HVAC system, make sure to contact us. This way we can inspect the furnace system for you, and keep it operating as efficiently as possible for you.