Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Beware a Cracked Furnace Heat Exchanger

Monday, March 1st, 2021

gas-burner-jetsAre you using a gas-powered furnace to provide your home and family with warmth this heating season? We wouldn’t be surprised if you are—the gas-powered furnace is one of the most popular heating system types on the market. This is especially true for our area—our winters require something with power!

Gas furnaces are very cost-efficient and an excellent option for most homeowners. But… there is a potential danger with them. Now, they are not inherently dangerous, but if you don’t take care of your gas-powered furnace properly, then it can become dangerous—risking your exposure to harmful combustion gases like carbon monoxide (CO).

This happens mostly in aging furnaces as a result of wear and tear, and corrosion. What happens is that the heat exchangers get damaged, and then subsequently leak that CO into your living space. Read on to learn more.

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Signs Your Furnace Is Calling Out for Help

Monday, February 1st, 2021

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenIt would be really great if when something was wrong, our furnaces could tell us what it was and then self-repair, right? While technology might make the former a possibility eventually, the latter will just never happen.

And the fact of the matter is, over the years and thanks to wear and tear, your furnace will have repair needs. It’s important that you scheduling routine maintenance every year to help reduce the risk of these repair needs growing into breakdowns or safety hazards. But even with maintenance, repair needs can crop up and surprise you—so it’s a good idea to know the signs.

Consider the following signs indicators that your furnace is calling out to you for help, and then call us to provide that help.

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What Happens During Heating Maintenance?

Monday, December 7th, 2020

tech-working-on-furnaceIf you have been a follower of our blog for long, then you already know what we think of HVAC maintenance—it’s important! After all, maintenance tune-ups are the only way to ensure that your heater or air conditioner runs as effectively and efficiently as it can, for as long as it can. However, it’s one thing to be told you need routine HVAC maintenance, and another to understand why. Fortunately, we are here to clear that up.

Before winter officially gets here and you start using your heater on a daily basis, we do want to alert you to some basic DIY maintenance tasks that homeowners can and should be doing on their own. One of these tasks is to change out the air filter as needed. The standard HVAC system air filter isn’t there to protect your indoor air quality, but rather the system itself. If the air filters get too clogged up, they restrict airflow and cause a number of issues.

Depending on the type of air filters you have in place, you should be swapping yours out for a clean one every 1-3 months. During this time it’s also a good idea to clear away any debris and clutter from around the outdoor or indoor unit of your heater. Doing so will ensure there’s nothing to block airflow and efficacy.

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Is It Time for a Furnace Tune-Up?

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Temperatures are pretty variable around here, but the end of summer is going to be here soon and you’ll be needing your heater on a pretty regular basis. That makes right now the perfect time to schedule your furnace maintenance for the season.

Keep reading as we uncover answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about furnace tune-ups and information on why maintenance is so vital. 

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How to Get the Most from Your Furnace

Monday, January 20th, 2020

couple-looking-very-comfortable-in-homeWhen the holidays are over and the New Year begins, we tend to look at our bank accounts and balk at how little is actually in them. Plus, tax time is coming! With the long winter ahead, you’re likely thinking the same thing many other homeowners in our area are, “how can I save money this season?”

One method of doing so has to do with your heating system. No, we aren’t going to tell you to stop using it as much! We don’t want you to be uncomfortable—but we also don’t want you to sacrifice your budget to keep you and your family warm.

Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to boost your heating efficiency so that you’re paying less for more comfort. We’ve outlined some methods below!

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Furnace Noises: What’s Abnormal?

Monday, January 6th, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsWhen it’s wintertime in the greater Aurora area, homeowners want fully functioning and efficient heaters in their homes. But in order to make sure this is the case, it’s vital that you properly care for said system. Given how much use your furnace will get this season, it’s important to keep in mind the issues that can crop up.

Maybe last year you heard a faint rattling or humming noise that didn’t seem to bother you, but it got louder this year and you’re wondering if you should call in a pro. To be on the safe side, we’re going to go ahead and say, yes! You should.

Now, no furnace is completely silent. There are some sounds you can expect—like the flexing of your ductwork as it adjusts with the temperature fluctuations, or the rumble of the motor—even the whoosh of air coming through your vents. But if you hear any of the following noises, you should know that they are abnormal:

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Furnace Myths That Could Cost You

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

chalkboard-with-words-fact-and-myth-written-onThere is a lot of information out there on the web about how to best care for your HVAC system, how to conserve energy, and even how to select the best heating system for your home. Some of it is good information, but other tidbits come from unreliable sources. Unfortunately, misinformation is often what leads homeowners to use their furnaces inefficiently, therefore costing them more in the long run and/or leading to premature furnace shut down.

We’re going to go through just a few of the most common furnace myths that if you listen to, could cost you. Read on!

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Will a Dirty Air Filter Hurt Your Furnace?

Monday, November 25th, 2019

man-holding-air-filterThe short answer to this is, “yes.” The thing is, too many homeowners think that we say you should change out your furnace or air conditioner’s air filter every 1-3 months “just because.” But the truth is, we’re offering this suggestion as a way for you to get the most effective and efficient use from your HVAC system as possible. And considering how much you’ll need to use your heater this coming winter, we’ll bet good money that you’d like to prevent repair needs.

One method of doing this is by performing a simple maintenance task on your own (we know, we usually advise against self-maintenance, but this is different). You might be surprised to find just how important the small air filter component is in comparison to the rest of your HVAC system. But it’s there for an important purpose—to keep your heating system free of dirt and other debris.

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What Happens During Your Heating Maintenance Appointment?

Monday, November 11th, 2019

jets-of-a-natural-gas-furnaceIt’s that time of year again—the time when we urge our customers to schedule their heating maintenance as soon as they can. We don’t do this to pester you, but rather to stress just how important of a service it is. This is particularly true for gas-powered systems. Gas-powered heaters aren’t inherently dangerous. But if they’re not cared for the right way as they age, then they can become dangerous.

What happens is that components start wearing down and malfunctioning, the burners get covered with dirt and grime, and small problems that could have otherwise been repaired go without service—leading to subsequent problems, with the worse being cracked heat exchangers. Cracked heat exchangers leak dangerous gasses—namely, carbon monoxide—into the living space, where it has the opportunity to make you and your family ill, or worse.

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Don’t Let This Furnace Installation Mistake Haunt You

Monday, October 28th, 2019

technician-working-on-furnaceAre you in the market for a new furnace? With cooler weather rapidly approaching, now is a great time to solidify your purchase and schedule that installation. But this doesn’t mean you should rush! In fact, we advise against rushing into such a big investment like this.

First off, you want to make sure that a furnace makes the most sense for home. Just because it’s what you’ve always had doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from a different type of heater. For example, if your air conditioner is also ready to call it quits soon, you may consider a year-round heat pump installation.

Another factor to consider is the size of the furnace you’re purchasing. You probably already know you shouldn’t buy a furnace that’s too small for your home, right? But what about too big? Well, you may be surprised to find that purchasing too large of a furnace can haunt you from day one. Read on to learn more!

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