November 21, 2016
Heating repair is one of the most important services to consider at this time of year. We are now entering the coolest time of year, and we’ll see some chilly nights in the months ahead. If your current furnace is not working, it needs to be fixed immediately for the sake of efficiency and your family’s safety. However, some homeowners do not know enough about their furnace to determine what type of repairs need to be made. The result of this ignorance can be costly. According the U.S. Department of Energy, between 2007 and 2012, the average homeowner spent $700 on gas heating and over $1,700 on oil heating. With costs that high, you cannot afford to simply be out of the loop on the well-being of your furnace, unless you actually enjoy paying more on heating bills than necessary. Even if you do call up your local heating company for service, a lack of knowledge on your furnace may mean you struggle to communicate with a heating contractor on what exactly is going wrong with our furnace. If you want to avoid all of these hassles and more, it’s time to study up on furnace parts so you save money and ensure a safe, highly-efficient heating system in your home.
How Can Air Tech Help You?
Air Tech is here to help you brush up on your knowledge of all things furnaces this season. Our team of licensed and fully-trained heating contractors is ready to provide durable heating repairs that ensure your furnace will be ready to protect you from any cold weather. Our furnace repairs are durable and work to extend the lifespan of your heating system by years. In fact, they guarantee you won’t have to make another service call for a long time to come, saving you tons of money on repair bills. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, your furnace will operate safely, avoiding the risk of home heating fires and carbon monoxide exposure. With your family kept safe, you will be able to relax so much easier, especially when you know your furnace is free of hazards. We will also ensure you walk away with greater knowledge on your furnace, so you will be better prepared to handle it when the next system breakdown occurs.
6 Furnace Parts You Should Know About Before a Heating Repair
While your furnace is made up of several little parts, you should know these 6 essential components more than anything:
- Pilot Lights: The operation of your furnace’s pilot light will differ depending on its fuel type. In a gas furnace, for example, the pilot light is a small flame that is always burning a small amount of excess gas and should always be blue in color since it indicates a steady balance of gasses within the system. However, in an electric furnace, the light is lit by an electronic ignition once you turn it on, which will die out if blocked by debris.
- Burner: The burner of your furnace creates heat inside a combustion chamber, which in turn creates heat in the heat exchanger. If the burner is malfunctioning, the air will not be heated. This may meant the air will take a longer amount of time than usual to heat, or it may even not heat at all. This will throw off the balance of heat in your home and needs to be fixed immediately.
- Heat Exchanger: The heat exchanger efficiently transfers or exchanges heat from one matter to another. It will pull in air and heat it. Cold air is replaced by the warm air created by the burner. This warm air is then pushed into a long tube or pipe by the blower motor. If exchangers use a fluid, it may use water or oil.
- Blower Motor: The blower motor is responsible for pushing the warm air through the ductwork and out of the vents. They are typically sized in accordance with the size and layout of the home they need to heat. Larger blower motors are used in homes where the air needs to travel long distances, especially if the home has more rooms to heat.
- Furnace Belt: In order to blow the warm air through the house, the blower motor will turn the furnace belt. Belts will wear out over time, so it’s important to inspect this area up close. The belt will need to be replaced if it is making loud noises. If your motor is easily accessible, this is often just a matter of turning off the power, removing the old belt with a wrench or screwdriver, and replacing it with a new part.
- Vents: The warm air from the furnace will come out vents located across your home. You should make sure that these vents are kept clear of dust and are not blocked by furniture or other items. If not, it may take its toll on indoor air quality and will send allergens throughout your home. Please clean them on a regular basis, or any asthma or allergy sufferers in your household will be the first to experience furnace issues.
Stop A Small Problem From Getting Worse – Schedule A Heating Repair Today
Contact Air Tech today if you want to learn more on your furnace’s internal components and have us provide high-quality heating repair!