Heating repair should your first concern at this time of year if you expect to stay warm and comfortable in your home. 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. That’s already a high cost, and it may only worsen if you allow any existing heating problems to worsen. Furnaces today are the most energy-efficient they have ever been, with an AFUE of up to 98.5% and a lifespan of up to 15 to 20 years. You shouldn’t allow such a good furnace go to waste, and instead take care of furnace repairs at the first sign of a problem. The problem? Most homeowner do not care to know enough the inner workings of their furnace in the first place. Sure, many people know what a furnace does and achieves, but how many of them know the difference between a heat exchanger and a blower motor? We’re guessing not many, which is unfortunate. A lack of knowledge on the furnace’s internal components may result in several unforeseen consequences, like an inability to communicate heating problems to a professional or poor heating system efficiency. Even brushing up on just a few of the furnace’s most essential parts may go a long way in both identifying the source of the problem and communicating issues to a professional one you make a service call.
Why Should You Call Gold Star Plumbing?
Gold Star Services should be your first choice for any heating repair this fall and winter. We can provide amazing heating repairs that will ensure your furnace will be more durable than ever before. We can also provide an annual furnace tune-up that will ensure any issues, even the smaller and hard-to-find ones, will be fixed. You will have high-quality heating for the next 12 months without worrying when the system breaks down. In addition to ensuring your furnace is ready to go, we can teach you more about its internal components. A call our way is the gateway to learning more about what keeps your heating system running and that can bring you numerous benefits. Since you will know what can cause trouble in your furnace, you will know to take greater steps in avoiding problems, ensuring you will save money on heating maintenance. This will especially help you avoid dangers like home heating fires and carbon monoxide exposure.
5 Essential Furnace Parts to Know About Before a Heating Repair
Your furnace is made of several parts but we had to narrow it down to the most essential parts, we would say the following 5 are the most vital:
- Pilot Light: The pilot light on your furnace will differ if you own a gas or electric furnace. The pilot light in a gas furnace is a small blue flame burning a small amount of gas. Meanwhile, in an electric furnace, the light is lit by an electronic ignition once you turn on the furnace. However, in either furnace, the flame risk dying out if blocked by debris. If this occurs in your furnace, turn off the gas or breaker and clean the pilot light with a small brush. Though this will prove effective in most modern furnaces, please call a professional for further inspection if it does not.
- Burner: The burner in your furnace is responsible for creating heat inside a combustion chamber, which will then give heat to the heat exchanger. If the burner is malfunctioning, the air will not be heated. In some cases, this may result in the air taking a longer time to heat or not heat at all. Either way, this will make your indoor atmosphere uncomfortable due to an unbalanced level of heat.
- Heat Exchanger: The heat exchanger does exactly what it says—it efficiently transfers or exchanges heat one matter to another. It is arguably the most important furnace component of them all. As it takes in air and heats it, this warm air is then pushed into a long tube or pipe by the blower motor.
- Blower Motor: Though the blower motor is responsible for pushing warm air through the duct work and out of the vents, larger motors will need to be considered if you live in a larger home and have more rooms to heat. If you do not have a large enough motor, your furnace may be able to produce warm air, but there will be a noticeable temperature difference in your home. Though the furnace will still produce warm air, there is a noticeable temperature difference between vents located close to the furnace and ones located farther away. If the furnace breaks down, there will be no air coming out of vents.
- Furnace Belt: The furnace belt will help your blower motor release heat. However, when it breaks down, it may be the reason why your furnace is making so much noise. 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. If you cannot find this belt on your own, please call a heating technician for high-quality service.
Don’t Get Caught In The Cold – Schedule A Heating Repair Today
Contact Gold Star Plumbing today if you want greater knowledge on your furnace and have one of our contractors provide excellent heating repair!