We asked This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey to show us the proper steps that a service professional would follow for an oil-burning forced-air furnace; the basics on a gas system are similar. In both, fuel is mixed with air and ignited, heating a sealed chamber. Fresh, filtered air then blows across the outside of the hot chamber and into the heating ducts. (Homes with radiators have boilers instead of furnaces. These heat water instead of air, but the annual checkup is similar.) In all, the dangerous exhaust from the combustion chamber is vented out a flue or chimney.
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When a furnace maintenance is performed a combustion analysis should be performed to identify any problems that couldn't be found by a visual inspection. You want to know what the Carbon monoxide level your furnace is producing as well as the oxygen/CO2 levels and stack temperate. The analyzer will also give you a calculated efficiency rating with the information the analyzer receives. You should have >100ppm of Carbon monoxide output during normal operation of your gas furnace. When you have higher numbers or CO numbers increasing during operation their is a problem with the furnace the technician should then find the cause of. This is just a brief explanation I'm trying to get across to those who get their furnace maintained and to those who don't! Check to see if anyone in the company has a NCI certification for carbon monoxide/combustion analysis.
If your furnace sputters to a halt during the evening or overnight in the middle of winter, you can bet that the indoor temperature will plummet by morning and everyone will be cold and uncomfortable. It isn’t as bad as outside because you have wind protection and residual heat, but no one in the house will be happy. The key to finding a quick solution to these kinds of scenarios is to align yourself with a reputable, reliable service provider before there is a problem. If you have a local expert in your corner, you can call as soon as something happens and your service disruption will be minimal.
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
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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If you pull out your home’s air filter, hold it up to a light. If you can’t see light coming through it, it’s most likely been a while since your last heating service, and likely time to get a new one. If it’s a simple disposable air filter, just replace it with a like-size new one. It’s also a good idea to write down the date you installed the new filter, so you know how old it is next time it needs to be replaced. Check the filter packaging to see how long the new air filter is supposed to be used.
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Sometimes a heating and air conditioning system just needs to be repaired rather than completely replaced. You may need air conditioning repair services if there is leaking around the outside unit, the air coming into the house isn't hot or cool enough, the unit is short-cycling or constantly turning on and off, using the system is consistently resulting in higher-than-normal energy bills, or if there is excessive noise during startup and operation.
Yes. You should expect to pay a diagnostic fee to cover the cost of the technician's visit, the diagnosis of your air conditioner's problem, and a quote for the repair options. You will be advised of the issue along with recommended options to correct it, which may include a system replacement if your unit is old or significantly damaged. If you decide to replace the system, the diagnostic fee will be credited toward your replacement purchase.