The Most Common Types of Furnace Repair

Knowing the most common types of furnace repair saves you from costs and worries. Listed below are the 10 most common types of furnace repair so you can fix it yourself or understand the technician.

Dirty or Completely Clogged Filters

Dirty or completely clogged filters will decrease the efficiency of your furnace. Your system will work hard to push adequate air to heat your home. This can damage the fan motor’s limit switch if left unattended, leading to a costlier repair than normal. It is also a fire hazard.

Thermostat Inaccuracies

The thermostat is an essential component of your furnace, as it acts like the brain of the system. It tells your furnace the temperature you want to maintain in your home and how often to turn it on to keep that temperature. A malfunctioning thermostat will not be able to give the correct instructions to your furnace. Your system may still work, but not as it should be or what you expect.

Deterioration on Components

Some components of your furnace will deteriorate over time. These include bearings, belts, filters, switches, motors, pilots, fan blades, and burners. Make sure to check these parts regularly to make sure they are in good working condition.

Ignition Problems

Ignition problems will make your system unable to generate any heat even if the other parts are in good working condition. There are several kinds of ignition systems, such as electric-powered or electrical spark and gas-powered or hot surface systems. Seek the help of a licensed HVAC professional to check on this for safety reasons.

Recurrent Cycling Between On and Off Modes

Something is wrong with your furnace if it seems to be cycling rapidly instead of the usual cycle of running for a time and staying off for a time. Call an HVAC professional to check your unit. It could be a dirty filter or a malfunctioning thermostat to a fan motor.

Odd Noises or Grumbles

It is normal to hear some noise when your system is running because of the fan and the blower. However, peculiar, odd, and irregular noises like bangs, rumbles, squeaks, clangs, rattles are indications of potential problems. This could mean that your furnace may have swallowed outside fragments or been occupied by household pests. It could also mean that some components have loosened or detached.

Your System Refuses to Work or Keeps Resetting

A thermostat issue could make your system to reset continually. It could also mean that there is a trip in the source of power. An interruption of gas power to the furnace can lead to a non-functioning system. It could also be caused by a problem with the gas pipe valve or the flame sensor.

Higher Electric Bills Even if Your Furnace is Not Working

A furnace repair is imminent if your electric bills are higher than usual, even or especially if your system does not heat your home adequately. High-energy consumption can indicate a dirty, underpowered, or damaged furnace.

Neglected Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is important to keep your system in perfect working mode. Timely replacement of certain components, lubrication of certain kinds of motors, tightening of screws and bolts, removing debris, and changing filters are a few vital maintenance tasks that can make your system healthy.

Although you may be able to identify the issues with your furnace, troubleshooting the real issue may be difficult. This is where the services of a qualified and professional HVAC contractor comes handy. They are trained for this task and can clean, maintain, and perform furnace repair as well as perform an energy audit. Be sure to call American Air for your HVAC needs!

The Care and Keeping of Your HVAC

You can enjoy the benefits offered by an HVAC system if it is in good working condition. To keep your system in tip-top shape, follow this easy, workable preventative HVAC maintenance plan.

What to do NOW

  • Purchase a high-quality and high-efficiency pleated air filter
  • Remove any blockages, such as leaves, grass, pollen, and stones
  • Make sure that approximately 2 feet of the area surrounding your outside system is clear of clutter

Monthly and Seasonal HVAC Maintenance

  • Examine refrigerant lines every month
  • Change your filters at least every 3 months
  • Turn the water off on the furnace humidifier during summer
  • Change the humidifier filter and turn the water on during fall

Annual Maintenance

  • Change your carbon monoxide detector battery
  • Make sure that your outdoor AC is placed on solid, flat ground
  • Mix bleach and water to clear the air conditioning condensate drain

Tips on Keeping Your HVAC System Healthy

  • Make sure your filter is excellent. If not, replace it with a superior quality filter. Superior quality pleated filters have an electrostatic charge. This functions like a magnet so they can grasp very small particles, including those that transmit germs and bacteria.
  • Check the filter every month and depending on the model of filter follow a 30, 90 or 180 day period when replacing the filter . Replace the filter as soon as it looks dirty and clogged. You will need to change the filter more frequently if you have pets.
  • Leave at least 2-feet clearance around the external AC unit and heat pump. Clear the top and sides of the external AC units and pumps by removing rubble and litter, such as stones, leaves, twigs, and pollen during spring, summer, and fall. Avoid unloading cut grass or clippings near the HVAC.
  • Examine the insulation of on the refrigerant lines that lead into your home. Replace it immediately if it is damaged or missing.
  • Ensure that the system is flat on the floor. Examine your external AC unit and heat pump annually to make sure that they are on level and firm ground.
  • Remove any clogs and blockages. Mold and algae accumulate on your system. Remove this by mixing a cup of bleach with water then pour it into the AC condensate drain. Do this once a year. Set the humidistat between 35-40% relative humidity then switch on the water supply.
  • In summer, turn the water supply to the furnace humidifier off. Alternatively, change the humidifier wick filter in fall.
  • Prevent adding unnecessary strain on your system. Avoid closing more than 20% of your home’s registers.
  • Change the battery in your carbon monoxide detector every year.
  • Have a reliable heating and cooling provider service your system yearly. American Air will send an expert HVAC technician to your home to conduct an inventory on your system and examine its status. If you need information, do not hesitate to ask the technician.

Practicing the above preventative HVAC maintenance tips will help in lengthening the lifespan of your system.

7 Reasons to Have a Ductless Heating & Cooling System

Ductless heating and cooling systems have become extremely popular. Find out why.

1. Cost-Efficient

Ductless heating and cooling systems use much less power to operate, giving you 20-30% energy savings in a month. The improvement is because the heated or cooled air is brought straight into a room. These systems may make you eligible for rebates or tax credits from the government.

2. Improved Air Quality

These systems feature filters that can decrease dust, allergens, pollen, bacteria, and other air pollution. This means you and your family get to breathe cleaner air, leading to better health.

3. Environment-Friendly

Ductless systems follow the Energy Star standards. This indicates that they are very energy efficient. These heating and cooling units use R410A, an HFC refrigerant that does not harm the ozone layer. These systems reduce your carbon footprint. This makes ductless heating and cooling systems eco-friendly all through their life spans.

4. Easy to Install

Compared to the normal, ducted systems, ductless HVACs are easier to install. They are smaller than regular systems. They also require less time and changes to your home. Installation can take as little as one day.

5. Flexibility

Ductless HVACs come in split- or multi-split systems. You can install them in room additions, apartments, townhomes, condos, or just specific rooms.

6. Enhanced Comfort

You decide on the number of units to install and where to install them without having to worry about major changes to your home. Ductless systems allow you to set the temperature based on the preference of the family members, with different temperatures in different rooms. This makes everybody happy and saves the family from any arguments brought by discomfort.

7. Quiet Operation

Ductless systems work quietly because most parts are installed outside your home. This allows you to warm or cool your home without hearing obnoxious sounds. TV or movie viewing, working, sleeping, and even conversations are better with less noise.

Whether you use it to cool or warm your home, ductless heating and cooling systems give you energy savings, efficiency, personal control, and comfort. These systems are a great for meeting your home temperature needs all year round.