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Noticing Issues with the Furnace

 

Your furnace should always be properly maintained and inspected. Doing so will help keep it working properly and efficiently during the cold winter months. If there is an issue, you will want to have the furnace fixed as soon as possible. Ignoring a problem will only lead to a more costly repair bill when it finally is fixed. You will also increase the chance that other parts become damaged in the process as well. When one part does not work, it can damage other parts because those may have to work harder.

 

Be aware of any odd noises that you might hear. This can include grinding, squealing, or even humming noises. They all can be indications of an issue. The furnace should operate at almost unnoticeable levels. If you notice any odd or loud noises, make sure to contact us. We can come and inspect the furnace system for you. This will help to keep it operating as long as possible. If you are not sure how often maintenance should be done, contact us. We will be able to recommend a schedule of when your furnace should be inspected and maintained.

 

As always, you will want to make sure that you inspect the filter regularly as well. This will help you to notice when the filter is clogged or full of dirt and dust. When the filter becomes clogged with dirt and dust, you will then notice the system is no longer efficient. Make sure that you also change the filter based on the recommended schedule. Doing so will always make sure that you have the best air flow possible through the system. If you are not sure what size filter you need, contact us. Having the right size is important for the furnace to operate.

Having a Mini Split in your Home

 

Keeping your home warm and comfortable is important during the cold winter months. If there is a room that you struggle with keeping warm in the winter, a mini split may be a good option. The mini split also has increased efficiency for heating your room or home. If you have any questions about if a mini split is right for your home, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the options you have for your home, and recommend which one may be the best.

 

If the mini splits have heat pumps, you can reduce the heat and energy loss in your home. Ductwork can eventually become damaged, and therefore lose the energy savings for your HVAC system. But a mini split can utilize itself to produce heat without it being lost. Some people even install a mini split in their garage to help efficiently heat it for them. The mini split can efficiently heat any room, while also keeping your heating energy bill low. Some people find the mini splits much more beneficial for heating their home than just a regular HVAC system. They can have several benefits for helping keep your home warm.

 

No matter what your heating unit is, you will require it to have maintenance to help keep it performing efficiently. Without maintenance or inspections, parts can wear and become damaged with age use. Make sure that everything is always working up to the best performance it can be. Also notice if the mini split or furnace makes any odd noises. This can indicate an issue with it. If there is an odd noise, it should be inspected and repaired as soon as possible. Doing so will help prevent even further problems with the system. It can also lead to an expensive repair bill when it breaksdown completely.

Remember Maintenance Inspections

 

Before the winter weather arrives, now is the ideal time to have your home HVAC system properly inspected. If there is an issue, it is always best to have it inspected and repaired now, compared until later when you absolutely need your furnace. If you cannot remember the last time that your furnace was inspected, you will probably need it done now. Having the tune-up done on it now will help to prevent further issues and wear and tear of it later.

 

Always remember to inspect the furnace filter. This will help keep the air clean in your home. The filter removes any particles and will keep the air clean for you and your family. This is especially important if you or a family member smokes. Removing the smoke and tobacco particles from the air will help for easier breathing. The filter should also be changed on a regular basis if your home has pets in it. This helps to remove the pet dander and fur that could be in the air of your home.

 

You will also want to be aware of any odd noises that your furnace might make when it operates. This could be one of several things wrong with it. Make sure that you contact us so we can fully inspect it for you. Sometimes the ductwork should be inspected for any issues or damage. If it is clogged, ductwork cleaning can be beneficial to help eliminate the sound, while also having an efficient furnace. When the ductwork is cleaned, the air can move efficiently through it. This will also reduce the amount of wear and tear the overall system has to use. If you are not sure if the ductwork needs to be cleaned, make sure to contact us and we can inspect it for you.

A New Furnace might be needed if you notice these signs

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A new furnace is something you might not be thinking about now. The truth is eventually you will need to install a new furnace. There are some signs that can point toward the end of your current furnace. The first sign a new furnace is needed is the age. If your furnace is more than 15 years old, it may be wearing out. The average life expectancy for a gas furnace is 18 years. You should replace a furnace that’s over 15 years old with a new one. These are 15% more energy efficient than older furnaces.

High energy bill

A variety of problems could be causing an increase in energy. But if you have repaired your furnace and ductwork cleaned your energy bill shouldn’t increase dramatically. A sudden increase in your heating bill from the years before may mean that your furnace is on its last legs. As internal parts wear out, your gas and electric bill may go up. The extra money you are paying in gas and electricity could go towards buying a new furnace.

Frequent repairs

Furnaces have the most repairs during the last two years of their lives. It doesn’t take too many repairs before keeping your old furnace running isn’t worth the cost. Add up the cost of repairs to your furnace over the last two years and see if it’s cost efficient to buy a new one.

Strange noises

When you turn on your furnace, does it make any rattling, popping, or banging noises? Older furnaces make these strange noises at the end of their life. Also, notice if the blower is turning on and off frequently. Does it blow cold air? This is another sign that your furnace needs to be replaced soon. Another sign can be if the heat is not distributed properly throughout your home.

The furnace flame

If your furnace’s flame is yellow instead of blue, it could be a sign that your furnace is producing carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless toxic gas that can be fatal. Other signs that your furnace is producing carbon monoxide could be streaks of soot around furnace. You may notice extra moisture found on windows, walls, or other cold surfaces. Another sign is rusting on flue pipes or other pipe connections.

 

Maintaining the HVAC System in your Home

 

The HVAC system in your home is essential during the cold months of winter, so make sure that it is working efficiently. You will want to make sure the filter is checked on a regular basis, and is replaced when necessary. If the system switches on and off, the system will have to work hard and it could cause the system to wear our quickly. If you have pets, you will want to change the filter more often. Remember to never operate the furnace without a filter. This is because the dirt and dust can get into the system, and cause further wear with it.

If you are able to open up the inside of the furnace, you are likely to see some debris or dust buildup. You do not need anything special to clean this out, just grab a regular vacuum and clean it.

Also be aware of any strange sounds coming out of your system, or if the system does not seem to be acting right, do not ignore these signs any longer. You will also want to make sure the system is inspected and maintained before further issues happen with it. This can lead to a breakdown that will require repairs. If it is cold out, your home will be less that ideal for the temperature, especially if the part has to be ordered.

Increasing the Furnace Performance

Keeping your furnace operating efficiently is important. The best place to start your furnace maintenance is with the filter. Keeping the furnace clean and dirt free is key to it running smoothly and efficiently. An important task you can do regularly is to vacuum all the dust from the air registers around the house. If… Continue Reading

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