Advice From the Pros

Troubleshooting Your Furnace

A furnace is crucial for comfort and survival in cold winter weather. Without it, we would be huddling around wood fires to stay warm. Unfortunately, furnaces need regular professional tune-ups and homeowner upkeep to run strongly and efficiently.

Even with proper maintenance, however, furnaces can break down and develop problems that impede regular functioning. If your furnace is acting up or refusing to turn on, go over these furnace troubleshooting tips first, before you call in the pros.

The first step to take if you suspect that your heating system will not turn on should be to check your thermostat. First, make sure your thermostat is set to heat mode. Customers often call us after trying to turn the system temperature up with no result but forget that their thermostat is still set to cool mode. Make sure your thermostat has functioning batteries. Finally, try turning the fan to the on position.

Next, check the power supply to the furnace. Make sure to look in the breaker box for tripped breakers, as well. In fact, go ahead and flip the FURNACE or HEAT breaker off and on again if it is labeled. Make sure to also check the power source inside. It will usually be a plug or a light switch.

The next step should be to perform a check of the air filter. Over time, furnace filters get dirty. Dirt and dust can quickly clog the filter, which impedes airflow, worsens indoor air quality, and can even prevent the furnace from turning on in some cases. It can also become a fire hazard and cause premature breakdowns due to excessive dust and dirt. Many customers don’t know it, but the sharply reduced air flow from a dirty air filter can cause several safety switches to trip in order to protect your furnace and your home.

Lastly, check the air flow. Simply put your hand up to the supply and intake vents around the house to check to see whether they are moving air through to your rooms.

As always, when in doubt, call the professionals! If you encounter anything that doesn’t seem safe or seems way off during your inspection, don’t hesitate to bring us out to take a look. Gentry is here to help.

 

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Benefits of a Furnace Tune-up

With winter right around the corner, there are a lot of things to do to make sure your home is ready to ride out the cold months ahead. Although most homeowners take this opportunity to make sure their yard is in order and their lawn is well prepared for the coming months, it is important not to forget about the interior of your home as well! At the top of your winter-preparedness list should be the task of making sure your home’s furnace is tuned up and ready for the strain it is about to be put under in the coming months.

Most professionals will recommend that you have your furnace professionally tuned up at least once a year, and the best time to do so is in the fall. Suffering a breakdown in the middle of the winter is never an enjoyable experience. In addition to having to sit in the cold while you wait for a technician to come out to your home, you could find yourself waiting in those conditions for quite a while as the demand for furnace repairs and replacements are at an all-time high during the winter months. There are many benefits to having your furnace tuned up before the winter finally arrives, and we have put together a short list of some of the top perks.

Help Improve Your Energy Efficiency

By investing in regular maintenance for your home’s furnace, you can ensure that your heating system is up and running at peak efficiency. By keeping your furnace functioning like this, you are helping to reduce how hard it has to work to heat your home, drawing less power and helping to lower your home’s monthly energy bills. If you want a great way to save money this winter, invest in a furnace tune up.

Ensure Your Furnace Is in Good Shape

From checking your furnace’s air flow, to giving it a complete, multi-point inspection, having a tune up performed on your furnace now is a great way to ensure that your furnace is ready to handle whatever the weather can throw at it over the course of the winter.

Reduced Chance of Breakdown

One of the last things you want to have happen this winter is for your furnace to stop working entirely, especially when appointments for heating services are hard to come by. By scheduling your appointment now and having the work done that needs to be done, you can help to decrease the chances that you will need an emergency service for your furnace over the course of the winter.

Keep Your Home Safe

All furnaces burn some type of fuel to produce their heat. When your furnace has cracks or leaks around the fuel area, this could seriously compromise the safety of you and your family. Leaking fuel or carbon monoxide can be extremely dangerous to your health and can be quite difficult to detect. By having a heating professional inspect the heat exchanger, gas burner, and gas valve calibration, you can work to keep your family and home safe and comfortable all winter long.

 

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Financing Your New HVAC System

 

The unfortunate truth is that when we learn that we need a new HVAC unit or major system component (such as an evaporator coil, furnace, outdoor unit, or ductwork) replaced, it is typically a sudden and unexpected expense. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (or HVAC) system in your home is one of the most expensive components in your house. On average, installing a complete home HVAC system can vary from $3,000 to $20,000, depending on the needs and desires of your home’s and family’s unique situation.

Not only that, because this system sees almost constant use year-round (proper cooling and heating tend to be essential when it comes to keeping a comfortable home), it is also one of the most likely components to need repair or replacement. For most people, HVAC financing is a large expense, and paying for the whole balance out of pocket isn’t always feasible. Paying by check or credit card are still the most common approaches, but financing is gaining more traction, especially during these uncertain economic times. Luckily, there are plenty of options out there that allow you to finance the HVAC system that is right for you.

Your heating and cooling system affects how you feel every moment when you’re at home. It also accounts for around half of the energy your home uses every month. So, every dollar you are able to spend moving up to a higher-efficiency system can produce comfort and energy savings you’ll appreciate for years to come. You may also be able to take advantage of federal tax credits.

It is important to know that financing offers can vary throughout the year. If you are interested in financing and your timing is flexible, never hesitate to ask your HVAC company when the best deals come out. 0% financing is available at different times of the year. Terms start at 18months and can extend to 72 months depending on what the manufacturer is offering and what system you select. Terms up to 10 years may even be available with an interest fee. Keep in mind that higher efficiency systems usually have better financing offers and may save you even more money in the long run.

Give Gentry Heating and AC a call when the time comes for you to start exploring replacement for your HVAC system and components! We are here to help.

 

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