We are headed for a cold front this week. Our winters are usually very unpredictable. It is important that your furnace is working properly. If not, it may be time to invest in a new one. Here are our 7 signs that it is time to replace your furnace: Age of Your Furnace How old …
How to Tell When Your Furnace is Not Operating Well! Scale: Flakes of rust, produced by the by-products of burning gas (Carbon dioxide and water vapor). Scale may fall on the burners and impede gas flow. Over time, it can damage your furnace by harboring moisture, thereby fostering rust on a large scale. Your service …
Thermostat on Automatic Fan? When running your air conditioner make sure your fan is on the automatic setting on your thermostat.
Keep Vents & Grills Clean Keep all vents clean. On your return Air Filter grill vacuum the grill each month when you change your filters.
Clear Around Vents Make sure the areas around your vents are clear so that nothing blocks your air flow on both outlets and return air grilles. Drapes and furniture can effectively block air from coming into the room. Check that the dampers are open all the way in your vents.
Thermostat Placement Don’t place lamps, TV sets or other heat-producing appliances near the thermostat. The thermostat senses the heat causing the air conditioner to run longer than necessary . When installing a new thermostat don’t place it in a location where the sun shines on it directly.
Assess Your Ductwork. Have a technician check your ductwork for any needed repairs or replacement. A leaky duct can zap 20%-40% of your A/C system’s energy.
Never use your gas oven for heating. Prolonged use of the open oven in a closed house burns oxygen, thereby causing improper combustion of gas that creates monoxide gas.
Over time furnaces can develop small cracks in the combustion chamber. These cracks may not be visible to the naked eye. It is through these cracks that carbon monoxide can leak into your home. Also, furnaces that require lubrication on the motors and bearings should be checked by your heating technician once a year.
Replace or Clean Your Furnace Filter You should replace or clean your furnace’s filter two to three times a year. This is a quick and easy job. A new filter makes your furnace more energy efficient and saves you money too.