Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Furnace’

How Does a Warm-Air Furnace Work?

Monday, February 1st, 2016

If you’ve got a furnace keeping your home warm, then you’re like most homeowners in the area. A furnace is a reliable, cost-effective whole-home heating system that most homes are already set up for. It typically (though, not always) runs on natural gas, a clean-burning fuel, and today’s units are very efficient.

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Why You Should Replace a Furnace After 15 Years

Monday, January 4th, 2016

It’s a tough decision to replace a furnace that you’ve had for many years when it’s been working reliably for such a long time. But there are actually many good reasons to replace a furnace, even before it breaks down for a long time. We’ve got two good reasons listed below: your health and your wallet. For more information, contact our friendly team of professionals.

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Your Short Guide to Installing a New Furnace

Monday, October 19th, 2015

The furnace may be the most common heating system installed in homes in the U.S., but it’s still a system that most people have some difficulty understanding. When you decide it’s time for a new heater, it may be difficult to know where to start. We’ve compiled a short list of things you should know when you are beginning your search for the perfect heating system.

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Schedule Your Fall Furnace Tune-Up Today!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

With the beauty of fall drawing near and the pleasant change of weather that goes along with it, it’s easy to forget that the chill of winter is not far behind. Is your heating system prepared to handle the extra workload that is soon to come?

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What Is the Manifold in a Furnace?

Friday, December 19th, 2014

There are a number of components in a combustion furnace that ensure the gas or propane flows correctly and safely. One of these components is the manifold. You don’t hear too much about the manifold because it is often overshadowed by the burner and heat exchanger, but without the manifold, there no heat for your home.

What Is the Manifold?

The manifold is a straight, metal tube that directs the gas from the main gas valve to the burners. The burners are usually open tubes and each has a small nozzle inside known as “spuds” through which the manifold disperses the gas or propane; there can anywhere from 2-10 burners with correlating spuds. The size of the holes for the spuds will depend on which fuel type is used. For the manifold to operate correctly, the correct pressure has to be set according to the manufacturers specifications. Natural gas and propane each need a different pressure level, so your heating specialist will use special tools to accommodate for whichever fuel type you use.

The main problem that can develop with a manifold is corrosion and/or rust. Typically this can happen if the furnace hasn’t been well-maintained. Manifolds are not exposed to the elements and as part of the burner, are inside the cabinet. During regular maintenance the manifold will be inspected and cleaned, which helps to significantly reduce the development of rust or corrosion. The nozzles of the manifold will also be cleaned so that the fuel jets of the burner flow as they should. If a problem develops with your manifold, you’ll need the assistance of a trained expert because manifolds are factory-made and require expert handling.

Furnaces can be complex, and attempting to repair parts without knowing exactly what you are doing can be risky. If you are having problems with your furnace, don’t try to guess what’s happening. Instead, call an expert from APC Plumbing & Heating for furnace service in Denver and get qualified help.

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