>> 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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Keep Your Heating System in Top Shape!
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.
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.
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.
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
QUALITY DURING WINTER MONTHS
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.
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
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.
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
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.
FURNACE CLEANING AND TUNE UP
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
LEFT UP TO PROFESSIONALS
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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