How to Clean a Furnace

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Winter is here, and the need to maintain a warm home is crucial. Furnaces of every type get overworked during this season, and hence it is essential to keep it clean and well maintained. Furnace airways can get clogged with dirt, which might affect productivity. Under such cases, the fuel efficiency of the furnace is lowered. Regular furnace maintenance can prevent this from happening.

It is recommended to clean the furnace before every winter when it will be used extensively. A thorough cleaning of a furnace can be divided into three parts – the filter system, the blower, and the heat exchanger. There are a few items that will come in handy to complete this job:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Replacement filter (if required)
  • Toothbrush
  • Vacuum cleaner

Outlined below is a general step-by-step procedure for cleaning furnaces:

  • Turn off the power switch before beginning then remove the chamber door
  • Vacuum the inside of the burner
  • Filter system- Remove the filter carefully. If the filter is so dirty that light does not pass through it, then it needs replacement. Otherwise, clean it (depending on the type of filter) by either vacuuming or using mild soap and tap water. It is advisable to change the filter once every three months.
  • Blower- After disengaging power to the furnace, remove the front panel of the furnace by loosening the screws. Remove the fan without damaging the wires connected to it. Vacuum the blower carefully and then use a toothbrush to clean it further. Mild soap and water can also be used to clean the blower assembly. Replace the blower to the original position.
  • Clean the surface igniter by blowing the dust off with a straw
  • The flame sensor (for a gas furnace) can be cleaned using a fine cloth after removing it from its bracket
  • Heat exchanger- The chamber should be cleaned using a damp cloth. A narrow vacuum attachment can be used to clean all loose debris.
  • If the drive belt is cracked or frayed, replace it and adjust the tension
  • It is advisable to oil the shaft bearings and the blower motors for their smooth functioning.
  • Reinstall the chamber door, plug-in the furnace, and switch on the power and gas. Turn it on and observe if the flames (in a gas furnace) are even and blue.

Refer to your furnace’s owner maintenance manual for the exact cleaning procedure for your furnace.

To have your furnace maintenance done by a professional technician, contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling. Call 215-947-1166 to schedule an appointment today.

What is a Furnace Inspection?

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When you’re preparing your house for winter, don’t oversee your heating system. We often get this question a lot about how frequently one should have a furnace inspection. HVAC experts recommend twice a year inspection of your overall system – in fall for heating and spring for cooling.

At Good Deals Heating & Cooling, we suggest twice a year assessment on both your air conditioning and furnace. It will not only prolong the life of your HVAC system and but also help you save on energy bills. Our licensed contractors can provide an expert evaluation of your heating and air conditioning system and a free estimation of repair or replacement. It will help catch problems at an early stage before they grow bigger and prevent your system from major breakdowns.

What Steps Are Involved In A Furnace Inspection?

Let’s review a few of the steps we execute during a routine furnace inspection:

  • An examination for leaks, corrosion, and proper ventilation
  • Verifying that all features are giving their peak operational performance
  • Inspecting any gas leakages in a gas furnace
  • Checking evaporator coil
  • Inspecting and cleaning the burner
  • Checking ignition and safety controls
  • Performing a thorough inspection of the heat elements and heat exchanger.
  • Checking the duct system confirming good connections.
  • Checking electrical connections, including wiring, and control box
  • Checking the belts for wear or cracks.
  • Testing that the system’s shutdown and startup control cycle is functioning correctly.
  • Measuring temperature changes and adjusting the thermostat accordingly.
  • Testing the multiple gas pressures to make sure that the precise amount of fuel is being supplied to the burners
  • Checking the air filter of the furnace. A dirty filter can restrict the required airflow, thus reducing the unit’s efficiency and damaging the vital system mechanisms over time.

Performing a thorough inspection of a furnace system takes more than just flipping a switch. It would be best if you had your furnace examined on a timely schedule to ensure your furnace system is functioning correctly.

Having your heating system shut down amid winter will not only bring discomfort, but it can cost you hundreds of dollars in getting it repaired or sometimes replaced. Preventative maintenance has proven to be the most cost-effective way to dodge costly furnace repairs later.

Contact Good Deals Heating & Cooling experts about our annual HVAC health checkups and to schedule a furnace inspection by our licensed contractors. Call 215-947-1166.

Is It Safe For My HVAC To Use Both Heat And A/C In One Day?

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This year isn’t the first year that spring seems to be confused. One day the weather will be winter chilly, and the next day the weather will be hot. With this influx of outdoor weather keeping your home at a comfortable temperature becomes a challenge. Some people think that it isn’t safe to run the HVAC in both heat and air conditioning modes on the same day.
Is this true? Will I kill my HVAC system?

Will It Kill My HVAC System?

The plain and simple answer is that running both the air conditioner function and heat function of your HVAC system in one day won’t kill it.

Your HVAC system is designed to keep your home at the desired temperature, whether that means heating or cooling. If you couldn’t run both on the same day, then the system wouldn’t be able to do its job. Frequently switching between the two won’t hurt.

One important note to keep in mind is that you need to let the HVAC system finish its session before switching. The compressor needs to come to a complete stop and shut off before you adjust the temperature.

Pay Attention For Signs Your HVAC System May Have Problems

Instead of worrying whether or not to run your HVAC system on both heating and cooling in the same day, you should focus on signs that your HVAC system may be having problems. Here are several symptoms that the HVAC system may be having issues:

  • A circuit breaker keeps tripping when HVAC turns on
  • The unit is continuously running with no pause or shut off
  • Failure of the system to meet the set temperature
  • The air coming out of the vents has an odor
  • An noticeable increase of contaminants (i.e., dust) in the home
  • The unit stops turning on when it usually would

Schedule Regular Maintenance

An HVAC system is designed to have regular maintenance. For most units that means at least once a year. By staying on top of routine maintenance allows the HVAC system to run at peak performance. It will also help to prevent unit failure by catching and repairing small problems.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning units are designed to help control the climate in your home. Because these units are designed to operate in both the summer and winter, they are very flexible. You don’t have to worry about switching between the heating and air conditioning. What you do need to worry about is keeping your system in good working order to ensure that it is ready to go when you need it.

To schedule a routine maintenance service call for your HVAC system, contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

Maintenance Tips for Furnace Heating

Good Deals Heating and Cooling furnace heatingRegular maintenance is key to ensuring proper functionality, efficiency and a long lifespan of any home heating system. Regardless of the type of furnace heating system, there are a couple of things to consider in order keep it working at the optimum level. Mentioned in this article are some of the important maintenance tips.  Although the best approach is to hire a professional, some of following things can be done by the homeowner.

Note: It is always important to turn off the fuel and electrical supply before doing any work.

Filters

One of the most common problematic areas is the filter.  If the filter is dirty with accumulated debris, the airflow will be impeded. Blocking the airflow will reduce both the efficiency and the lifespan of the furnace heating system. To prevent airflow problems:

  • Regularly (at least once a month) examine the filters (particular if they are fiberglass)
  • Clean permanent filters on monthly basis
  • Electronic air cleaners should be cleaned every other month

Electrical System

Some furnace heating systems may have failures in their electrical systems. If the fuse blows repeatedly or the trip switch goes off, it is a definite sign of an electrical problem. Electrical issues should be handled by a qualified and experienced professional only.

Smell of Gas

If the furnace heating system runs on gas and there is a smell of gas within the house, the best thing to do is to get out of the house leaving the doors and windows open. Call 911 and report that you smell gas.

Yearly System Check

While it is important to carry out regular inspection work and light maintenance work by the homeowners, it is mandatory to get these units inspected by professionals once a year.  A professional will check for any leaks or potential issues from wear and tear.  It is a wise homeowner’s decision to get the furnace heating system serviced at the end of the heating season; service companies are likely to offer seasonal discounts during this period.

It is always better to track the performance of the furnace heater. The key is to address problems early.

For more information, contact Good Deals Heating & Cooling at 215-947-1166.