Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some tips for maintaining your furnace:
- Check the air filter regularly and replace it as needed. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow and cause your furnace to work harder than necessary.
- Inspect the blower belt regularly and tighten or replace it as needed. A loose blower belt can cause the blower to work less efficiently.
- Keep the area around your furnace clean and free of debris. clutter around your furnace can restrict airflow and make it more difficult for your furnace to operate properly.
- Have your furnace serviced by a qualified technician every year to ensure that it is operating at peak efficiency.
There are several common furnace problems that can occur. One of the most common is when the furnace doesn’t produce enough heat. This can be due to a variety of issues, such as a clogged filter or dirty burner assembly. Another common problem is when the furnace makes strange noises, which can be caused by loose parts or a buildup of debris in the unit. Additionally, furnaces may sometimes cycle on and off too frequently, known as ‘short cycling.’ This can be due to a variety of factors, including incorrect thermostat settings or a problem with the limit switch.
Regular maintenance, proper insulation, and using a programmable thermostat can help improve your furnace’s efficiency.
You should have your furnace serviced at least once a year, preferably in the fall before winter sets in. This will help ensure that it is running efficiently and safely.
The cost to repair a furnace will vary depending on the type of furnace and the problem that needs to be repaired. For example, a gas furnace may cost more to repair than an electric furnace. Some common problems that can cause a furnace to need repairs include: a faulty igniter, a cracked heat exchanger, or a clogged filter.
Installing a new furnace can be a significant investment, costing anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 or more. However, there are a number of factors that can impact the final cost of installation, including the type of furnace you choose, the size and age of your home, and whether any special work is required to complete the installation. As such, it’s important to consult with a furnace professional to get an accurate estimate for your specific situation.
There are a few possible reasons why your furnace may smell when you turn it on. One possibility is that there is dirt or dust build-up on the furnace’s heat exchanger. When the furnace turns on, the heat exchanger warms up and can cause the dirt or dust to burn off, creating a smoky or burning smell. Another possibility is that there is a problem with the furnace’s ventilation system. If the ventilation system is not working properly, it can cause fumes from the furnace to build up and be released into your home when you turn on the furnace. If you notice a burning or smoky smell coming from your furnace, it’s important to have it checked out by a professional to ensure that there isn’t a more
Most furnaces last between 15 to 20 years. However, regular maintenance can extend the lifespan of your furnace.
If your furnace is not working properly, there are several signs that you can look for to troubleshoot the issue. One sign is that the furnace does not produce enough heat. Another sign is that the furnace makes strange noises. Finally, if the furnace does not cycle on and off properly, this could be a sign of a problem. If you notice any of these signs, it is best to call a professional to come and take a look at your furnace.
If your furnace is more than 15 years old and frequently requires repairs, it may be more cost-effective to replace it with a newer, more efficient model.
The frequency depends on the type of filter you’re using, the presence of pets, and how often your furnace is running. It’s best to check the filter monthly and replace it as needed.
BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and is used to measure the heating or cooling capacity of your furnace. One BTU is the energy needed to change the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.
Yes, annual maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your furnace and improve its efficiency.
A dual-fuel system uses both a heat pump and a furnace, switching between the two for optimal efficiency.
Most furnaces require electricity to operate, so they will not work during a power outage unless you have a backup generator.
Check the paperwork that came with your furnace or contact the manufacturer to determine if your unit is still under warranty.
Reduced airflow, pilot light issues, and thermostat malfunctions are common problems during the winter months.
Yes, a dirty filter can restrict airflow and make your furnace work harder, reducing its efficiency.
If you smell gas, turn off the furnace, open windows for ventilation, and immediately call your gas company or a certified technician.
The heat exchanger is the component that heats the air in your furnace. A cracked heat exchanger can lead to carbon monoxide leaks and should be addressed immediately.
Cleaning involves removing dust from the blower, cleaning the flame sensor, and checking the belts. It’s best to give us a call to schedule a furnace tuneup.