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Regarding your post, Every technician performs a maintenance differently. Today's modern furnaces really don't require as much maintenance as older style systems did. For instance: Older furnaces had drive belts, pulleys and motors with oil ports.Today's blowers are direct drive no belts, no pulleys, sealed bearing motors no oiling required. All of the new modern technology cuts the maintenance time in half if not more. Today's equipment has multiple safety's in place so that in case of a failure the system will shut down. non serviceable control boards or (Brains) monitor system functions. Unlike oil systems, the maintenance on a gas system can possibly be completed in less than half the time. I'd say 20 to 30 minutes is about right unless a service issue arises. In the 30 minute time span, the doors can be removed, system components can be visually inspected, the flame can be inspected and co test can be performed for spillage and vacuum of the combustion area can be performed if needed. The air filter should be checked and the humidifier can be activated. Remember that probing into a perfectly functioning system can be detrimental to its lifespan. My advice is change you air filter, keep the area around the equipment free of dust and try not to store in close proximity to the heating plant. Be sure you have an updated quality carbon monoxide detector in your home. Regarding the crack in your heat ex-changer, If the heat ex-changer had a crack in it, the system it should have been shut down right then and there. Be aware that Carbon monoxide may be entering your living space due to that crack. Have a knowledgeable company come back and do a CO test in your home at the supply vents and use a scope to check your heat ex-changer for cracks. I hope this helps you. Bottom line, you have to trust the company that you are using. If you feel uncertain about their capabilities, then more than likely, you instinct is correct. Good Luck to you.. Happy Holidays
High-efficiency condensing furnaces (90% AFUE and above) are a bit more complex than conventional furnaces. The main differences between a conventional and condensing furnace are the heat exchanger technology used to extract heat from the combustion process and the method used to exhaust the combustion gases. In these ways, the furnaces are very different. The condensing furnace does not have a significantly more efficient combustion process than does a conventional furnace; both use gas burners with electronic ignition. The difference lies in that the condensing furnace has a more efficient heat extraction process after combustion.
Great article! I am having trouble identifying what to use for the aluminum or zinc strips to prevent organic growth and staining. How wide are the strips? Are they predrilled? I am starting to see black stains on the north facing asphalt shingles. Do you recommend treating that befor adding the metal strips? If so, 50/50 bleach and water or a commercial product?
Start with your utility company; they can help a great deal. Comparing previous bills isn't always a good measure, as the weather is never exactly the same month to month. Instead, if you take your energy bill and divide it by the square footage of livable space in your home, don't count areas like unfinished garages or basements -- you can calculate how much you are spending to heat or cool each square foot of your home. Your energy provider can tell you what the average cost per square foot is in your region for that same period of time so you can compare apples to apples.
When your gas furnace isn’t blowing hot air, the issue could be due to a faulty pilot light or broken ignitor. Remove the furnace cover panel and visually inspect whether you can see a flame from the pilot light. A natural gas furnace will be blue and yellow in color, and a propane furnace should have a bluish green flame with a yellow tip. If you can see a flame and it appears normal, the issue could be related to the furnace blower motor or other complex furnace parts. If the flame appears low or non-existent, it’s best to contact an experienced furnace repair company. Remember to never touch any open wires; contact a professional.
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Though forced-air furnaces are normally quite reliable, they can break down. To avoid break downs, it pays to know how to take care of your furnace and fix it when something goes wrong. Inevitably, a furnace stops working when you need it most. Consequently, fixing becomes urgent very quickly. The following instructions will help. With a little do-it-yourself experience and the proper guidance, you can troubleshoot and repair a variety of furnace problems yourself.
As a Carrier dealer, with a wide variety of products to choose from, we can keep your family healthy and feeling comfortable all year long. We carry a complete line of indoor comfort equipment with innovations that raise the standards of comfort and reliability, including air conditioners, heat pumps, gas furnaces, programmable thermostats, humidifiers, ductless split systems, air cleaners, ultra violet lights, ventilators and zoning products. Let the experts at A. Johnson Heating & Air help you customize a solution that's right for you.
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Before performing DIY furnace maintenance, Richard makes sure to switch off the electrical power and the fuel supply. The distinctive red power switchplate can usually be found at the top of the cellar stairs or near the burner itself, while the fuel shutoff valve is near the oil tank or on the incoming gas pipe. Note the location of both in case of a future leak or fire.
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This job involves removing the access panel, loosening a couple of bolts that hold the blower motor at the proper tension, and adjusting its distance or realigning the belt. In many cases, it’s a good idea to remove the belt and buy a replacement at a home center. Last, when reinstalling the belt, be careful not to over-tighten it; this can wear out the motor bearings.

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"During the winter, all the air that your family is breathing comes through this filter," says Richard. "You can't change it too often, but never let it go for more than a year." Changing the filter is something any homeowner can do easily. At the same time, Richard checks the blower belt's wear and tension. (The blower, driven by an electric motor, moves heated air from the furnace through ductwork to room vents.) A loose belt can slow the blower, compromising efficiency. If the belt deflects more than ¾ inch when pressed firmly, it can be adjusted by sliding the motor backward slightly.

The national average for furnace replacement is between $1,800 and $2,500. The cost can range dramatically higher depending on the model of furnace you select, any repair work you require, your location and the cost of installation. Furnace installation costs can be more than the furnace itself due to the cost of doing business and the expertise needed to install the HVAC equipment. Installing a new furnace generally requires technical know-how and the proper tools and licensing. It’s best to hire a pro and budget for furnace installation rather than risk potentially unsafe DIY installation. This will ensure your home’s safety. Check to see if your HVAC contractor has the proper licensing to do the job. If you need duct repair or replacement, expect to pay more for your furnace installation costs. The price for duct repair could be an hourly rate ranging on average anywhere from $85 to $150 per hour, with additional costs for parts.
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