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Signs That Your Furnace Is in Trouble

Monday, January 28th, 2019

furnace-technician-flashlightNo, Atlanta is not setting any national records for low winter temperatures. No, this does not mean that you don’t have to worry about keeping your heater in great operating condition. We may not get nailed with snow or subzero temperatures like they do up in the northeast, but it gets more than cold enough to necessitate the use of a good heater in our homes. That is why you need prompt home furnace repair in Atlanta when something goes wrong.

Because we don’t rely on our furnaces all that much, it can be easy to overlook potential problems with the system. That is going to become a major issue when you really do need your furnace, though. That “minor” issue that you ignored or overlooked previously may be the straw that breaks the furnace’s back when it goes into heavy rotation. With that in mind, we’ll use our post today to discuss some common red flags that furnaces may be in need of repair.

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When to Consider a New Furnace

Monday, December 17th, 2018

furnace-technicianLiving in a warm climate does not mean that your heater isn’t every bit as important as your air conditioning system. It can be easy to let the memory of chilly winter nights slip away when we’re in the midst of another hot and humid summer season. However, they will be back before long! That means that you need a reliable heater in your home—and that may mean that you need a new furnace in Atlanta, GA.

Because we do live in a pretty warm area, a lot of homeowners can really push it in terms of how far they let their furnaces go before biting the bullet and replacing these vital systems. No matter where you live, you are going to want to get the most for your money. However, you ideally won’t be waiting for a complete breakdown before you go ahead and schedule your furnace replacement. Here are a few tips to help you decide if the time has come. 

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What Are the Benefits of Using a Furnace?

Monday, April 9th, 2018

cold-manLiving in Atlanta means that you’re used to hot and sunny days. You’ve even resigned yourself to fairly muggy summer seasons. What it doesn’t mean,  despite the heat of summer that lingers for so long, is that your heater is not just as important as your AC. It gets very cold here in the winter, even if it can’t contend with the frigid conditions of Minnesota or the Northeast in general. So what heater should you use?

That’s a big question. There are a lot of heaters to choose from, and there is no single system that is going to be the right fit for every home or every homeowner. If there were, then there wouldn’t be so many to choose from! One of the best options is also, unsurprisingly, one of the most popular. The furnace! If you are thinking about using a furnace to heat your home, then you should probably pay attention to some of the benefits that they have to offer.

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Warning Signs of Furnace Problems

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

We can expect more cold days ahead in Atlanta, so you should pay attention to the operation of your furnace to make sure it isn’t in need of repairs. Make sure you have necessary repairs done as soon as possible, and only rely on experienced and qualified technicians to handle the work. Call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems: we’ve been in business for fifteen years and our technicians are EP-certified and up-to-date with the latest developments in HVAC technology. We can deliver you the heating repair in Atlanta, GA that you need.

Some signs that can warn you about furnace problems:

  • Uneven heating: When a furnace begins to lose its heating effectiveness because of a malfunction, you will first notice it as cold spots in the house. The rooms the farthest from the furnace along the ductwork will not get as warm as the rest of the house, no matter how high you turn up the thermostat. This could be any number of issues, from broken heating elements (for electric furnaces), to a loss of gas flow (for gas furnaces).
  • Burning smells from the ducts: When mechanical parts in a furnace begin to wear down, they will often give off smoke or an acrid odor. When you smell this coming from the vents, it usually means one of the motors is on the verge of burning out.
  • Strange, loud noises: Contemporary furnace manufacturers design the units to operate with as little noise as possible. If anything disrupts the low hum of a furnace, it’s usually a negative sign. Grinding, groaning, rumbling, rattling, and booming can all indicate serious problems. Be especially cautious of clicking sounds from the cabinet of a gas furnace right before the blower fan comes on, since this might be due to cracks in the heat exchanger, a situation that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

Don’t make repair attempts on your own

However mechanically inclined you may think you are, do not try to repair a furnace on your own unless you have professional training with HVAC systems. Simply diagnosing the cause of a particular problem is too difficult, and you can end up trying to fix the wrong component. Gas furnaces are potentially very dangerous to tamper with, so put away your tool kit and instead pick up your phone and call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems for professional heating repair in Atlanta, GA.

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Why Is My Furnace Making Noise?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

It is easy to take our Bryson City furnaces for granted, but without proper maintenance, they can become noisy. There are a few ways you can prevent this. At the beginning of each season, scheduling an annual inspection and filter change with Premier Indoor Comfort Systems ensures a longer life and more comfort.

Rattles and Bumps in the Night

At the first sound of trouble, checking the filter can often be a quick fix.  As air passes through the furnace, a filter picks out much of the dust and some heavier particles that have come along, gotten snagged and accumulated over time to create a solid blockage.

This filter can become clogged and force the furnace to work much harder to push the air through the blocked passage. Located just inside the front panel of the furnace, the filter is very accessible and easily exchanged for a clean one.  This should be the very minimum of regular maintenance and is simple enough to do that it can make anyone feel handy.

Deeper Trouble

Heated air and cold air returning to and from the furnace travel through ductwork which is often metal (those long, silvery boxes tucked up between joists in your basement and covered by a nasty layer of cobwebs).  The vibration of footsteps across the floor overhead or even of just the air movement through the ducts can loosen the fasteners and rattle the metal like a rumble of thunder.

Internally, there are fans and lots of moving parts in the motor.  A noise coming from this area portends a repair of a more complicated nature and should have the inspection of a certified technician, a service easily provided by Premier Indoor Comfort Systems.

With proper care and maintenance, Bryson City furnaces are built to last for decades, providing heat and comfort to the home or office and improving the quality of life for the people inside.  Consult with Premier Indoor Comfort Systems to ensure the efficient operation.

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What To Do If Your Furnace Keeps Turning On or Off?

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Furnaces are designed to last decades without major problems so long as they are regularly maintained.  However, even the best systems have problems. An indication of trouble can be your Atlanta furnace continually turning off and on in short bursts.

Possible Problems

A furnace constantly turning on and off could often be a direct result of poor airflow through the system.  Heat builds up and the detectors sense the proper temperatures have been reached and automatically shut down.  In the room, the thermostat calls for more heat and starts the cycle over again.

A relay switch or control valve may also be worn and working improperly.  A crack in the heat exchanger might fuel the flame to burn too hotly and cause the sensor to misinterpret the information and shut down.

These problems not only impede the distribution of heat to the living spaces, decreasing comfort, but also create intense wear on the motor and controls, threatening the very life of the appliance.

Simple Solutions

Restricted airflow can be caused most often by a dirty or clogged filter.  At the furnace, there is usually a panel that can be removed to check, clean or replace the filter.  It is typically a single or series of cardboard and screen panels approximately 1′ by 2′, but varies by manufacturer and furnace output.

A vacuum to pull lint free or compressor to blow it clean are the recommended tools to use a few times each year.  It is a good idea to change the filters at the beginning of each heating season. The belts are also easily replaced.

The fan belts for the blower may also be worn loose and not pushing the air hard enough to get through the filters.  It is a good idea to check them regularly as well.

Call an Atlanta Heating Professional

When in doubt, call the experts out.  Scheduling an annual inspection and service with Premier Indoor Comfort Systems takes the worry out of living in a furnace heated home.

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How Much Will a High Efficiency Furnace Save Me?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

The furnaces you can buy these days are all much more energy efficient than those available even 10 years ago. However, that doesn’t mean that all of the current models are created equal. There is still a pretty big variation when it comes to energy efficiency and when it comes to price, so you need to really know what you’re looking for if you want to get the best deal out there.

The first thing you should understand when you’re trying to pick out a furnace is how energy efficiency for this type of equipment it measured. All furnaces come with an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating that reflects just exactly how energy efficient they are.

Any furnace you buy today will have an AFUE of at least 80%, but it’s possible to purchase models with AFUEs of 97% or more. Of course, energy efficiency is generally a good thing, but there are some other things to consider when you’re trying to decide just how energy efficient you need your new furnace to be.

What this calculation really comes down to is how much you’ll be able to save monthly and annually with a higher efficiency furnace. While your heating bills will certainly be lower the higher the furnace’s efficiency is, you will also pay more up front for the highest efficiency models.

This higher purchase price may be worth it, however, if you live in an area with particularly harsh winters. If your heating load is very high and you’ll be using your furnace a lot, your monthly savings will make up for the higher initial price of the high efficiency furnace in a reasonable amount of time.

However, if you live in an area with relatively mild winters and you won’t be demanding a whole lot of your furnace, then the amount you’ll save each month with the highest efficiency models really won’t add up to much.

Keep in mind that a furnace with an 80% AFUE is still quite efficient and will almost certainly save you a considerable amount monthly when compared to the unit you’re currently using. And because 80% AFUE furnaces are so much cheaper than those with upper 90% AFUE ratings, they often wind up as the more cost effective alternative overall.

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Downflow Gas Furnace Tips

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Proper care of a downflow gas furnace starts with proper installation and continues through routine cleaning and maintenance. But before you can even have a downflow gas furnace installed, you need to make sure it’s the right fit for your home.

Downflow gas furnaces are so named because of the direction that air flows through them. The cooler air is taken in at the top and directed downward, heating up as it travels, and then is expelled through the bottom of the furnace into ducts that feed the rest of the house. Because of this configuration, downflow gas furnaces are typically installed in attics as opposed to basements.

If you have a basement and you’d rather install your furnace there, then an upflow furnace is probably the better choice for you. However, as many newer homes don’t have basements at all, downflow gas furnaces are growing in popularity and usefulness.

As with any other furnace, it’s important to have a downflow gas furnace professionally installed. This will ensure that the venting system is properly in place and that your house will be heated as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Of course, there are some other things you can do to help your furnace heat your home and keep your energy bills down. For instance, make sure you have proper insulation everywhere, particularly in the attic and crawlspaces where much of the normal heat loss in a home occurs.

You can also make your home more airtight in the winter by sealing up any unused windows and doors with plastic and making sure all storm windows are in place. Basically anyplace that a draft could develop, you could be losing heat and that costs you money. So to ensure that all of the money you’re spending to heat your house is actually going to that purpose, check periodically to make sure your home is still sealed up tight.

Also, just like any other type of furnace, a downflow gas furnace will require regular maintenance to make sure it continues to run efficiently and to replace any parts that may have worn out over time. Having a professional technician come out once a year to carry out this type of service will wind up saving you a bunch of money and can help catch problems before they are able to get out of hand.

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Cleaning the Heating Coil: It Can Save You Repairs Later

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Just like any piece of equipment, your furnace needs some regular attention and maintenance to keep it running right. And one of the most important parts of the furnace to pay attention to during these service visits is the heating coil.

Without the heating coil, your furnace simply won’t be able to put out heat to keep your house warm. That’s because the combustion in the furnace is used to heat the coil. Air is then blown across the heating coil so that it can be warmed before being circulated throughout the house.

If your heating coil isn’t kept clean, it’s easy to see how you could wind up with all types of problems down the line. And since air is constantly being blown across the coil when the furnace is at work, it’s particularly susceptible to accumulating buildups of debris and sediment.

When this happens, there are several consequences. First of all, your furnace will have a harder time heating your whole house and heating it evenly. As a result, all of the parts of the furnace will have to work overtime to keep your home warm and this can cause them to wear out and break faster. Of course, when that happens, you’ll need professional repairs to get you back on track and you may have to go without heat for some time in the coldest part of the year.

Also, a dirty heating coil won’t be as efficient at transferring heat to the air blowing past, meaning that you’ll be getting less heating power out of the fuel your furnace is consuming to heat your home. Essentially, this will mean your furnace is not functioning at peak energy efficiency and that will certainly be reflected on your monthly heating bills.

But all of this can be avoided by keeping your heating coil clean and in good repair. You will likely need to have a professional take care of this for you and it is a standard part of an annual maintenance visit. While you may have to pay a bit each year for that regular maintenance, you’ll be much better off and save a good deal of money in the long run by having it done and your coil cleaned.

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