Tips & Advice
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is an appliance used to provide heating and cooling services in moderate climates. These pumps don't generate heat; instead, they move heat from one place to the next, and in so doing, they're able to heat and cool your home at a lower cost. Air-source heat pumps are the most commonly used models on the market. Other choices include water-source and geothermal heat pumps.
What is the furnace flame sensor?
A furnace flame sensor is a device that's found in the burner assembly of your home's furnace. This thin metal rod sits directly facing the furnace's flame stream, and it tells the furnace whether ignition has occurred once the gas valve has been opened. If the gas valve has been opened and the sensor fails to detect a flame, the furnace will automatically shut down.
How much does a new furnace cost?
A new furnace can cost anywhere from $400-$2,300. Pricing varies by brand, and the brands with the best reputations for quality and reliability often come with a price premium. When purchasing a new furnace, it's important to factor in installation costs. These costs usually exceed the price of the furnace, and can run anywhere from $1,600-$6,000.
How much does it cost to repair a furnace?
It typically costs $160-$270 to repair a furnace, but, in certain cases, the bill can climb as high as $800. If your furnace is still under warranty, certain parts may be covered, but you'll still have to foot the bill for labor costs. Variables such as the furnace age, size and overall condition will impact total repair costs.
What is a furnace pilot light?
A furnace pilot light provides ignition for gas furnaces. Typically, this pilot light is a small blue flame that sits before a burner that provides heat for the furnace. A furnace pilot light usually burns continuously. While pilot lights are present in gas furnaces, they are not present in furnaces that have an electronic ignition.
Where is a residential furnace usually located?
A residential furnace is typically placed in a central location within the home. A furnace might be located in a utility closet, a garage, a crawlspace, an attic, or a basement. In many cases, a furnace will be located in close vicinity to appliances such as a hot water heater, a water softener, or a central vacuum cleaner.
How do you reset a gas furnace?
To reset a gas furnace, start by making sure the pilot light has been extinguished. Next, turn down the room thermostat to its coldest setting, and cut the furnace's power from your home's circuit breaker. Cut the main gas supply to the furnace, but make sure that the gas line that leads to the furnace pilot is on. Light a match, and use it to ignite the jet of the furnace's pilot flame. Then restore the furnace power and main gas supply, and press and hold the furnace reset button for roughly half a minute.
How often should a home's air ducts be cleaned?
Most homes would benefit from having their air ducts cleaned every five to eight years. If there are pets in the home, or residents with respiratory ailments or compromised immune systems, the air ducts should be cleaned more frequently.
How long will it take to have air ducts professionally cleaned?
For the typical single-family home, air-duct cleaning takes between two to four hours. If there are pets in the household or it is an older home, cleaning the air ducts could take a bit longer. The ductwork in condominiums and townhouses might require less than two hours to clean.
Why is it necessary to have air ducts professionally cleaned?
Dirty air ducts can have a negative impact on indoor air quality, and poor indoor air quality can lead to allergies and respiratory ailments. A dirty air duct is also more likely to become infested with vermin. Hiring a professional to clean air ducts helps ensure the task is tackled efficiently and thoroughly.