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>> Simple Furnace Repair Tasks You Can Do Yourself.\n>> How to Maintain Your Air Quality During Winter Months.\n>> The Importance of a Furnace Tune Up.\n>> The Major Steps in a Proper Furnace Cleaning and Tune Up.\n>> Why Pay Professionals to Clean Your Furnace Ducts.\n>> Which is Best for Clogged Drains a HydroJet or Snake?\n>> Should You Buy an On Demand Water Heater for Your Home?\n>> Furnace Repair Tasks Best Left up to Professionals.

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furnace repair tips to consider

FURNACE REPAIR - TIPS

TO CONSIDER

Keep Your Heating System in Top Shape!

simple furnace repair tasks you can do yourself

SIMPLE FURNACE REPAIR TASKS

YOU CAN DO YOURSELF

 Replace the Thermostat Battery

 Simply changing the batteries could be all it takes to get your heating system

running properly once again and it’s something that you can do in minutes.

 If your home thermostat isn’t functioning right it could be time to replace it.

There are advanced thermostats available today designed to reduce heating

costs and that offer additional benefits like wireless warnings. Look into one of

these units if you are in need of one and talk with professionals about having

them installed in your home.

 Look at the Breakers

 Your home’s circuit breaker could be key to getting your furnace operational

once again. There’s always a chance that the furnace could trip a breaker, and if

it does it won’t operate any longer at that point. Simply flipping the breaker

switch could be all it takes to get your furnace up and running once again. Take

a look at your breaker box for a switch that’s in a different position than all the

rest. Chances are good that it was tripped by something and needs to be flipped

back for power to be restored once again.

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SIMPLE FURNACE REPAIR TASKS

YOU CAN DO YOURSELF

 If your furnace shuts off, take a minute to look at the breakers before

you call in the professionals. Doing so could save you a lot of time and

money in the process.

 Swap Filters

 While it’s rare, clogged filters can lead to furnace issues and they

certainly reduce efficiency levels. Take some time to swap out air filters

to keep that furnace running smoothly and to eliminate the possibility

of these problems as well.

 Take a look at different filters when buying them as well. Some filters

must be replaced much more regularly than others. If you have trouble

remembering to change filters, or don’t want to deal with the task

regularly, it may be worth spending more to get a longer lasting filter to

minimize the chore.

how to maintain your air quality during winter

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR AIR

QUALITY DURING WINTER MONTHS

 Clean Registers and Ducts

 Your heating and cooling system relies on a series of registers, vents and ducts

to move air around. It’s important to make sure all of those things are kept nice

and clean. While you can wash up the registers and vents around your home

effectively, you’ll have to hire professionals to clean up the ducts themselves,

but a complete cleaning only needs to be performed once every few years to

keep ducts clear of dust and dirt.

 Swap out Furnace Filters Regularly

 Your furnace likely has a high quality filter in place designed to catch dust and

debris as it passes through. Swap out old filters as they become dirty to trap as

much dust and dirt as possible and to keep air moving through your heating

system reliably.

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HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR AIR

QUALITY DURING WINTER MONTHS

 Dust Frequently

 Diligently dust off as many surfaces of your home as you can on a regular basis

to minimize dust particles in your air. Take care to wipe off ceiling fans, shelves,

and any other flat surfaces around your home, particularly those up high. Doing

this on a regular basis will help remove dust from your house and improve your

home’s air quality.

 Install a Filtration System

 There are small and large filtration systems that you can get for single rooms or

multiple rooms of your home. You can even have a large filtration system

installed on your heating ducts themselves to really supercharge your ability to

clean up the air in your home.

 Consider UV Systems

 The last thing that you can do to improve the air quality throughout your home

is to add UV disinfecting systems at key points in your duct system. They rely on

brilliant UV lights to kill of bacteria, viruses and germs that could build up over

time and degrade the quality of your air. These systems aren’t cheap, but can

help keep your home healthier over time.

the importance of a furnace tune up

THE IMPORTANCE OF A

FURNACE TUNE UP

 Extend Furnace Life

 The furnace is one of the most expensive appliances in your home and one of the most

important, especially if you live in the north. To save you money over time you want to extend

the life of your furnace as much as possible. After all, the longer your furnace is running

properly, the more money you are saving by avoiding paying for a new furnace. When you do

finally replace your furnace, you will have had additional years to save up for that replacement

cost.

 Reduce Future Expenses

 Replacing your furnace is a serious expense for sure, but chances are good you’ll need to

replace just a major component or two long before the entire furnace. By applying regular

maintenance procedures you can reduce the need to replace significant components on your

furnace, which cuts ownership costs significantly.

 Improve Energy Efficiency Levels

 A home furnace system operates best when it’s professionally maintained. During regular

maintenance dust and scale buildup are removed, the flame sensor and pilot timing are

recalibrated, the heat exchanger and combustion chamber are cleaned up and the whole

system is optimized to keep your furnace running in tip-top shape.

the major steps in a proper furnace cleaning

THE MAJOR STEPS IN A PROPER

FURNACE CLEANING AND TUNE UP

 Clean up the Burners

 Many major furnace failures and problems are related to dirty or misaligned

burners. Make sure the maintenance professionals that come to your home

take the time to clean up the burners and to align them if they are out of

position. Most experts will clean off burners using compressed air and a stiff

bristle brush. Buildup can become quite thick, so it takes time to clear off

burners properly.

 Clear Condensate Lines

 Another key area that professionals need to focus on is the condensate line

for your furnace. This line can become clogged and cause malfunctions in

furnaces, especially during very cold periods when the furnace runs

constantly. Getting this line cleared out is an important step for technicians

to take to keep the furnace operating properly. Often compressed air is

used to clear out these lines, but there are other techniques available as

well. Often furnaces that suffer from unexplained problems that persist

after a tune up by technicians are suffering from clogged condensate lines.

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THE MAJOR STEPS IN A PROPER

FURNACE CLEANING AND TUNE UP

 Clear Blowers

 Furnace blowers are constantly moving air around, which is why they

are often equipped with filters. It’s important for blowers themselves to

be cleaned out and prepared for smooth operation. They can become

clogged or stop working properly over time, especially the fans

themselves. Compressed air or a simple wipe down will remove dust

buildup on blowers and get them running properly once again. If your

blower begins to sound strange, it’s possible it just needs a thorough

cleaning.

 Replace Filters

 Your system should have a minimum of one in-line filter and many have

additional filters to care for as well. It’s important that each one of

these filters is replaced at the time of cleaning to keep them in good

operating condition and to prevent things like air blockages from

developing.

why pay professionals to clean your furnace ducts

WHY PAY PROFESSIONALS TO

CLEAN YOUR FURNACE DUCTS

Keep in mind that removing debris from your furnace

might not affect air quality, because most of the dust and

grime sticks to the walls of your ducts and doesn’t come

out in the air. With that said, talk with professional

cleaners about the benefits that you can expect and what

will happen if you do have your ducts cleaned. By talking

with professionals you can get an idea of the benefits of

this type of services and it should help you decide if you

want to pay for cleaning or not.

which is best for clogged drains a hydrojet

WHICH IS BEST FOR CLOGGED

DRAINS A HYDROJET OR SNAKE?

 When to use a Snake

 A snake or plumbing auger is best used for milder clogs, or in weaker pipes

that simply won’t withstand a hydro jet cleaning. That’s because an auger is

a gentler cleaning method that works quite well on most household

blockages. A drain snake swivels and pushes its way through most clogs

without an issue, and will create a pathway for water to flow through easily,

but it won’t remove the entire blockage in most instances. Instead it leaves

behind debris around the edges, and new clogs will often form in the same

location in weeks or months after.

 When to Make Use of Them

 Hydro jets are the heavy lifters of the unclogging world and will blast away

dirt, grime, grease and nearly all debris in a pipe system. They leave behind

no traces of a clog and are viewed as a more permanent de-clogging

solution. Unfortunately, hydro jets are very powerful and can actually break

fragile plumbing systems. Professional plumbers usually check a pipe

system using a camera before making use of a hydro jet tool, to ensure that

the pipes are in good shape and durable enough to withstand its forces.

should you buy an on demand water heater for your

SHOULD YOU BUY AN ON DEMAND

WATER HEATER FOR YOUR HOME?

oYour best option is to sit down with a local plumber and to

talk about your options and what the best approach is to

convert your existing plumbing system to work with an on-

demand water heater. Talk about whether you need multiple

heaters around your property, talk about the cost involved to

make the transition, and also discuss if there will be any

extensive floor plan adjustments to fit the heaters around

your home.

furnace repair tasks best left up to professionals

FURNACE REPAIR TASKS BEST

LEFT UP TO PROFESSIONALS

 Pilot Light Failure

 If your furnace is suffering from a pilot light failure, it isn’t going to light up

and produce heat like it’s supposed to. Instead it could be leaking harmful

gases into your home, and it certainly isn’t helping your utility bill in the

process. If you have a furnace that has this problem, don’t try and relight

the light yourself. Chances are good there’s a reason that the light isn’t

working and it’s important to get professionals in to take a look at the

furnace to find out what the problem is.

 Gas Leak or Carbon Monoxide Leak

 Whether you have gases leaking into your home, or your furnace is leaking

out carbon monoxide, this is a very serious problem that you should never

ever try to deal with on your own. These gases are dangerous and

potentially explosive as well. Only trained professionals should be dealing

with this type of risk. Working on your furnace in this condition could put

your life in danger, and it could void your warranty or even your

homeowner’s insurance. Keep this in mind before you try and fix a

potentially dangerous issue, because it’s just not worth it.

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FURNACE REPAIR TASKS BEST

LEFT UP TO PROFESSIONALS

 Failed Blower

 Often when your blower stops functioning properly it’s because the belt

that connects the motor and the blower is bad and has failed. This isn’t a

hugely complicated issue, but it’s still something that’s best left up to

professionals. They will open up the blower compartment and swap out the

belt for you so that the blower can be made operational once again. This

procedure won’t take very long, but trying the project on your own could

expose delicate parts to you and leaves the furnace open for damage. Be

careful if you decide to try this repair on your own, because there are

problems that can arise from an improper repair.

 Adjusting the Limit Switch

 If your furnace blower runs constantly and you don’t have your thermostat

to the Blower ?On? position, you probably have a limit switch issue. The

limit switch in your furnace is responsible for cycling your blower and it’s a

delicate little instrument. It’s vital that it’s adjusted carefully, which is why

it’s best to leave to professionals, even if you can find information about

how to do it yourself.

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