Should My Furnace Fan Run Constantly?

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Ever go to your air register and feel the air coming out, but it’s not warm? You may wonder if your furnace is malfunctioning, and a repair is required, but this may not be the case. A furnace fan running for extended hours doesn’t necessarily indicate any damage. A little troubleshooting may find the reason behind the constant running and have a simple fix without calling a service technician.

Why is the Furnace Fan Always Running?

The most common reason behind this issue is the settings that you’ve enabled on your thermostat. “Auto” and “On” are the only two modes. The “auto” option means the fan turns on and off automatically as the heat comes on and off. The “On” option switches on the fan, which will run whether the heat is on or not. For most people, turning to the “auto” mode will solve the problem of the fan running continuously.

However, sometimes this issue does occur due to some error in the speed modes and other technical problems. For such mechanical breakdowns, you need to call a professional service provider.

Pros of Keeping the Fan Running

There is no problem with keeping the fan on all the time because these fans were designed to run continuously for long periods. There are some benefits to running a fan all the time. Running the fans ensure proper air circulation within the home, and this is especially desirable in bigger apartments and houses. Further, continuous air circulation improves the air quality in the home, especially in cities where the outdoor air quality can be poor. Good air quality is beneficial for people suffering from allergies or asthma.

Drawbacks of Keeping the Fan Running

The primary issue of a constant running fan is higher electricity bills due to increased energy consumption. Also, if air ducts are exhausting to the outside, warm air may be pushed out by the fan triggering the furnace to come on more often.

If your furnace fan is running constantly, contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling and schedule a service appointment. Call 215-947-1166.

What are the Different Types of Furnaces?

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If you’re wondering how your heating units are providing heat around your house – meet the furnace. A furnace is where the heat is produced and is then circulated in your home via ducts, fans, and blowers that make up the entire HVAC system.

There are many types of furnaces, and they are classified depending on the kind of energy source used. The sort of energy source determines the type of heat transfer. Before you choose a new furnace for your home, make sure that you analyze which type of furnace is appropriate for your home. Though there are many factors to consider, such as efficiency or functionality, it all boils down to your budget and convenience.

Types of Furnaces

Gas Furnaces: As the name suggests — it uses natural gas as its primary energy source. It works by igniting the gas source, which in turn, ignites the burners, producing heat. The generated heat is then transferred to the air and circulated by ducts, fans, and blowers via the heat exchanger. Its efficiency is rated at 98% using the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) ratio — the ratio of heat produced for every dollar of energy consumed. Gas furnaces are highly economical; however, only modern models can achieve such a high rating. This type of furnace has become the most popular type used in the USA.

Oil Furnaces: This type of furnace is commonly used at places with frigid climates because oil performs more efficiently in freezing temperatures as compared to natural gas. Considering everything ideal, the AFUE ratio of oil furnaces ranges from 80 – 90%. An oil furnace also has a lower upfront cost — usually 25% less than natural gas.

Electric Furnaces: This type of furnace is an excellent alternative if you don’t have access to a natural gas line. Electric furnaces are usually inexpensive to purchase upfront, which is generally 50% less than gas furnaces and is more compact as compared to the other two types, making it easy to install. They typically last up to 10 years. Despite being the cheapest and having an extended lifespan, the higher cost of electricity will incur additional expenses in the long run.

Propane Furnaces: Another great alternative if natural gas and oil are not readily available. Propane tanks fuel this type of furnace. Its downside, however, is that it’s less efficient.

Factors to Consider Before Buying a New Furnace

BTU Number of the Furnace: BTU number refers to the heat output of the furnace. The higher the number, the more heat it can produce. Larger homes need a considerable amount of heat to achieve a thermostat setting hence, requiring a furnace with high BTU numbers. The size of your home, climate, and overall volume of your home must be taken into consideration.

Climate and Region: Your location and climate determine what type of furnace is ideal for your home. A general rule of thumb is: if you’re living in a mild, temperate climate — the natural gas furnace is more efficient. An oil furnace is ideal for cold climates and, if you’re in a place with relatively lower electricity rates, an electric furnace is perfect.

Keep in mind that operation costs vary over time, depending on fuel and utility costs, usage, and situations experienced by each home. There also may be rebates and incentives available depending on state laws and provisions.

For help on selecting the correct furnace for you, contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

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.

Why Is My Furnace Not Blowing Hot Air?

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It is cold outside and you return home with the expectation of comfortable warmth, and the last thing you need is to discover that your furnace is not blowing hot air. With that said, here are some common reasons for that occurrence. Some of the cases can be fixed by yourself with a little bit of patience. But there are some instances where you need to go for a furnace repair through a professional.

Furnace Fan Is Always Running

Take a look at the thermostat. If the fan is programmed to be “ON,” the fan will constantly operate, even when there’s no warm air. The cold air you feel is the breeze that is generated by the fan. Switch the fan to “Auto” from “ON” and the fan will only come on when there is hot air to circulate.

Air Filter

The furnace may be producing hot air, but a clogged air filter may be blocking the air from circulating properly. To fix this issue, all you have to do is to change the dirty filter. As long as the air filter is dirty, the furnace doesn’t get sufficient air supply. A clogged air filter also may result in your furnace to running more frequently – shortening its lifespan. Make cleaning or changing the air filters a regular part of your house maintenance routine.

Pilot Light

For gas furnaces, check the pilot light. If it is out, check your owner’s manual for instructions on how to relight it. If unable to ignite the pilot, contact an HVAC service company.

Flame Sensor

A gas burner doesn’t light if the flame sensor is not clean. A dirty flame sensor will continuously switch on and off your furnace. Check your owner’s manual for instructions on clearing the flame sensor.

Insufficient Gas Supply

If there is not a sufficient gas supply, the furnace will not generate heat. Warm air will not be produced as a result. More importantly, insufficient gas supply can even make the furnace lockdown (as a precaution). Have the gas company check the gas pressure.

Drain Line Issues

Furnaces have drain lines to remove condensation. Clogged drain lines can hinder its performances. It is essential to clean the lines to bring back their peak performance.

Damaged Air Ducts

Damaged ducts are another common reason behind a malfunctioning furnace. Holes in the air ducts can allow cold air to be circulated. Depending on where the air ducts are located, the inspection can be by the homeowner or an HVAC service.

Wrong Size Furnace

The selection of a wrong-sized furnace can poorly heat your house. This situation can often happen when adding an addition to the home without upgrading the furnace. A furnace that is too small will never keep a home warm. The only solution is to upgrade to the properly-sized furnace.

If after troubleshooting, your furnace is still not blowing hot air, contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling to schedule a service visit. Just call 215-947-1166.

Does Your Heating System Need Repair?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling heating repairMost of us take our heating systems for granted. After all, they mainly operate in the background, heating our homes through pipes and tubes that remain unseen. However, as with any mechanical system, it can break down, and that’s when you’ll need to call in the professionals for heating repair. There are countless different reasons why you might need heating repair. It could be due to a common problem that’s easy to diagnose and fix, or it might be something a bit more complicated.

By far the most common issue with heating systems is a problem with the air flow. If the air can’t flow correctly, then the system isn’t able to properly disperse the heat through your house. You might find that the system tends to overheat, or that however much you fiddle with the thermostat, you just can’t get it under control. This lack of control can be annoying, but luckily, it’s an easy heating repair fix. In most cases, it will be a worn-out belt, motor, or bearings. A professional can replace the affected part, and everything should be back to normal again- simple!

Another frequent problem that people have with their heating systems is clogged or dirty air filters. As time goes on, your filters will gradually accumulate plenty of dust and dirt that was floating around in the air. When this builds up, the heating system is no longer able to function efficiently. It needs to work harder to heat the house, so in general, you’ll have to crank the system up- increasing your energy bills. To prevent this you should get into the habit of changing your filters every month, and if something goes wrong, be sure to call in some expert help.

While these two issues aren’t all that difficult to fix, there will be other times when your heating system may suddenly stop working for no apparent reason. After all, these are sophisticated machines, and to the untrained eye, it can be tough to diagnose just what’s gone wrong. However, if you call in a professional for heating repair, you can be sure that the problem will be solved quickly and efficiently- and with Good Deals Heating & Cooling, it’s incredibly affordable, too!

Contact Good Deals Heating & Cooling for all your heating repair needs.  Just call 215-947-1166.

Which Is Better: Oil or Gas Heating System?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling heating systemAlthough the choice between oil and gas heating systems is an important one, a surprising number of homeowners hardly give it a second thought. Some people stick to ‘gas only’ policy while others believe there is no other option than oil. Let’s take a look at the characteristics of each of these furnace types.

Features of Oil Heating Systems

In general, oil-powered heating systems can generate more heat compared to any other sources available today. However, this system demands an on-the-site oil storage tank that needs to be filled with oil. Under general circumstances, cleaning and servicing oil-powered heating systems is an easy task. The service is conducted by the oil delivery company, and the customer needs to get into a service agreement/contract to receive such service. However, the maintenance process of the oil heating systems is relatively extensive; these systems gather dirt and soot significantly. To maintain a smooth operation and assure maximum efficiency, you should clean the chimneys and change the oil filters accordingly.

The overall cost to install an oil heating system may be less compared to the gas heating system installation. On the other hand, the overall efficiency of the oil furnaces is lower compared to the gas alternatives. The overall cost to you will have to spend on oil (fuel) will be higher compared to the gas.

Features of Gas Heating Systems

Compared to the oil-powered heating systems, natural gas heating systems feature better efficiency. In addition to the higher level of effectiveness, gas is an affordable fuel compared to oil. Unlike with oil heating systems, however, it is compulsory that your house is located in an area where a gas supply network is available. When it comes to maintenance, gas furnaces demands significantly less attention compared to oil heating systems. Also, gas furnaces don’t need a service contract to get the occasional maintenance done. One of the most notable drawbacks associated with gas heating is that they generate relatively less heat (per BTU) compared to oil. Heating systems powered with gas are remarkably quiet, and the operation is pretty clean. However, the initial cost to install a gas furnace is higher.

For all your heating system needs contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.