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September 2020

Is My Furnace Leaking Gas?

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Signs of a Furnace Gas Leak Rotten Egg Smell This is the most obvious sign of a gas leak. A smell of rotten egg coming from your furnace is something that should be addressed immediately. A faulty gas valve or even an electrical issue can give off this kind of smell so it's best to have a professional HVAC company come out and take a look. It's also possible that the smell could be coming from another appliance in the home such as a hot water tank or stove. What To Do: If you notice a rotten egg smell coming from your furnace or air vents, it's important to shut the furnace off immediately and call a professional for help. Go ahead and shut off your gas lines as well if you know how. Open the windows in your home to let the gas disperse. Do not light any matches or use devices that could cause a spark. Call your local HVAC professional or the gas company. Once the gas leak has been resolved, be sure to invest in a quality carbon monoxide detector for your home if you do not already have one. Remember that carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas, and could be in your home without you even knowing it.
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Why Is My Furnace Short Cycling?

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My Furnace Keeps Short Cycling. What Is Going On? A furnace that is short cycling can be a frustrating issue when you are trying to keep warm. Does your furnace keep turning on and back off in a short period of time? This is what is called short cycling. A short cycling furnace can be a frustrating issue to have. Unfortunately, after not being used all spring and summer, some furnaces have some issues when it comes to firing up for the first time in the fall. Common causes of short cycling furnace include: Dirty filters Oversized Furnace Faulty Thermostat Blocked Exhaust Vents Blocked Air Vents Bad Flame Sensor Dirty Furnace Filters Dirty air filters are one of the top causes of furnace and air conditioner break downs. If your filter hasn't been changed in a while, go ahead and take a look at it. Keep in a mind a brand new filter should be white in color. If you have a clogged air filter, not much air will be able to pass through it and it can cause your furnace to overheat, tripping the limit switch which is a safety feature built into your furnace to prevent a fire from occurring. This is a simple fix that could prevent a future furnace repair. Furnace Is Oversized This type of issue is unfortunately only fixed by having your current furnace removed and the correctly sized furnace installed. If you have an oversized furnace for your home, it will end up...
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Common Furnace Problems

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List of Common Furnace Problems Once the first cold weather of the heating season hits, our phones start ringing off the hook with people having first of the season furnace problems. A lot of these following issues can be prevented by having annual maintenance completed on your furnace. Most of the furnace issues we see are basic repairs and can be fixed rather quickly. Here is a quick list of the most common furnace problems we hear about on a daily basis: Dirty, Clogged Filters A dirty filter by far the leading cause of breakdowns that we see on furnaces. Dirty or clogged furnace filters reduce airflow, making a furnace work harder to circulate indoor air. Left unchanged, a dirty air filter will eventually overheat your furnace and you will need a furnace repair. In some cases, a clogged filter may damage the limit switch, which will shut off your unit completely or trip a circuit breaker to prevent a fire from starting. If you have a standard 1'' filter, these should be changed every 30 days depending on the environment of the home. If you have a 6'' media filter, these are usually good for 6-12 months but should still be checked on a regular basis. Electronic Ignition or Pilot Light Problems All new furnaces today come equipped with electronic ignition. If you furnace has a pilot light it is most likely quite old. If your ignition system is not operating properly, there will be no heat coming from...
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