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|Posted on 11 December, 2014 at 15:15||comments (103)|
Will my home stay warm all winter is a great question!
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If you afraid to turn on your heat because it cost too much, it might not be the heater effeciency...what about your insulation, windows and doors? If your furnace is 15 yrs old and only serviced when it quits working then you might need a new one anyway. Don't put it off...just find someone who has the tools to tell you if it's worth replacing. Ask when is the break even point? You have to compare K/watt use and gas consumption over time vs BTU and EFU rating over time.
Weather you on electric, gas or another form of heat like wood or corn pellet, you have to do some regular maintenance. Don't put off calling a local hvac guy to your home. Things like partially clogged condensate lines don't show up until the furnace is under STRESS.
A thorough inspection and cleaning is good and if you have a high effeciency furnace, you might even need your hvac guy to use his combustion analyzer. See if your really getting 95% effeciency! If you bought a car that is suppose to 30mpg and you where only getting 20mpg you would want to know why?
|Posted on 8 February, 2014 at 15:29||comments (45)|
You may have wondered if you need to have your furnace checked for wear and tear and for possible issues. You might be concerned that your local heating and air company is just "milking you". Being on a regular maintenance plan is highly recommended and gives you peace of mind. If you have an older furnace, it's critical to get a carbon monoxide test yearly. Most furnaces have a ten year warranty, so as unit ages, they can develop stress cracks inside the primary or secondary heat exchanger.
If you suffer from headaches working at home, it might not be just the paperwork getting to you!
There are a lot of parts that work together inside a furnace. Safety switches, relays, sensors, motors, pumps and rubber tubes were air & water travel should work perfectly every time your furnace operates. Some parts are mechanical and If a part is getting weak, the furnace may fire, but it will probably fail when you are depending on it the most. It will cost a lot to fix it when it's freezing cold and possibly 5 am!
Be sure that you have a decent filter at the furnace and even before the ductwork returns. You will feel better knowing your furnace is working at its' best.