If your furnace needs replacement, now’s a good time to learn about recent advancements in home heating technology. Modulating furnaces are an option worth considering if you’d like to improve your home comfort and energy efficiency.
Gas furnaces are an efficient and reliable method of home heating and a popular choice with Michigan homeowners. Just like other types of fuel-burning equipment, a furnace produces potentially-dangerous combustion fumes that need to be vented for safety.
Forced-air furnaces are workhorse heating systems that can provide years of reliable service when they’re well maintained. However, all furnaces are bound to go on the fritz sooner or later. Many problems may be resolved without calling your HVAC technician. Try the following furnace troubleshooting tips out to see if you can get your heat back on.
You turn your furnace on and, after a few minutes, you suddenly realize that it’s blowing cold air. It’s not a good feeling in more ways than one. Before you start imagining a high repair bill or a long cold night without heat, read through these three common reasons for your furnace blowing cold air, and the solutions!
Facing a furnace motor replacement may not seem like it would make much difference in home comfort, but if you upgrade it with an ECM (electronically commutated motor), you’ll have plenty of reasons to be glad you did. Most furnaces and air conditioners use PSC (permanent split capacitor) motors for the blower, and while they’re durable, they’re limited in other ways.
Planning a furnace installation? The first thing you’ll need to know is the heating load for your home, which will determine what size equipment you purchase. Here’s what else you should know about the heating load, and some other points to ponder before you schedule your furnace installation.
When you are installing a new heating system, it is sized to meet the heating load of your home. If your home becomes less efficient over the years due to air leaks, ailing ducts, failing insulation, or simply increased demand, your furnace is going to be in trouble, and so are your energy bills and comfort.
No single parameter impacts heating performance and energy efficiency like adequate airflow and nothing reduces airflow like a dirty furnace filter. The system blower circulates the entire air volume of your house through the filter multiple times every day. Carried into the filter is an abundance of dust, dirt, lint and other airborne particulates. And that’s just the stuff you can actually see: invisible contaminants including mold spores, pollen and microorganisms can actually breed inside the filter media.
When you turn on your furnace for the first time during a new heating season, you may encounter some problems that keep it from working properly. Here are some troubleshooting tips for several common furnace problems that you may be able to take care of without needing to call for professional assistance.