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Why Does My Furnace Filter Get Dirty So Fast?

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Why Is My Furnace Filter Getting Dirty So Quickly? Furnace filters can become dirty quite quickly depending on your home and living conditions. Your furnace filter is one of the most important parts of your HVAC system. Allowing your filter to become too dirty can result in your furnace short cycling or your AC to freeze up. Not only does the furnace filter help cut down on dust in the air, but it also helps protect all of the important parts of your furnace and air conditioner. Depending on your home and living conditions, you may ending up changing your furnace filter more or less frequently than others. If your furnace filter is getting dirty faster than usual, here are some things to check: Dust In Your Home Cleaning and dusting your home on a regular basis is a good way to extend the life of your furnace filters. It's advised to dust and vacuum your home at least once per week to cut down on the overall dust level of your home. Having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once per year is recommended as well as they are able to clean much deeper than a regular vacuum. Did you know that your carpets are the biggest filters in your home? Fan Is Set To "On" Instead Of " Auto" This setting is found on your thermostat. If you have the fan in your furnace set to "on", this means that the fan will run continuously until you turn...
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Air Conditioner Vs Heat Pump

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Should I Get an Air Conditioner or a Heat Pump? Heat pump, air conditioner, they're all the same thing aren't they? I mean they both sit outside and look the same right? Well, kind of, but they are also both quite different in how they operate and their overall energy costs. Depending on where you live, one may be more economical than the other. Let's take a look at both units and see which one might be better for you in the long run. Heat Pump: A heat pump system can both cool and heat your home. Heat pumps work by having the ability to literally reverse it's operation through the use of a reversing valve. During the hot summer months, the heat from the indoor air is collected at the evaporator coil inside and then transferred to the outside condenser through the use of refrigerant. If you feel the copper refrigerant lines going into your indoor coil, you can feel the heat being removed from your home. Once at the outside unit, the heat is dispersed into the air. This process happens in the opposite order during the colder months in heating mode. Heat from the air is collected at the outdoor unit and then transferred inside to warm your home. The only downside to this is that sometimes it is too cold outside for your heat pump to adequately heat your home. Normally, once temperatures drop below 32 degrees you will need to use your auxiliary heating source,...
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How Much Is a New AC in 2021?

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New Air Conditioner Cost 2021 | Columbus, Ohio How much can you expect to pay to have a new air conditioner installed in your home in 2021? Let's find out! High Efficiency Air Conditioners When it comes time to buy a shiny new air conditioner, many people look to replace their old unit with a higher SEER rated one to save money on energy bills. By having a high-efficiency air conditioner installed, such as the 19 SEER Bryant 189BNV,  it is possible to save up to 38% on energy costs. With this increase  in energy savings, you can expect to pay more up front to have a high-efficiency AC installed. Most high-efficiency air conditioners can be installed for between $4,500-$8,000 depending on the efficiency rating, brand and other accessories you may want added on.  It's important to note that if you are looking to purchase a high-efficiency heat pump, you can expect to pay a bit more than you would for a regular air conditioner. This is due to the fact that a heat pump is able to both heat and cool your home, making it somewhat of an all-in-one package.  You can expect to pay between $5,000 all the way up to $13,000 or more for a new high-efficiency heat pump system and air handler on average. Standard Efficiency Air Conditioners If you are looking to go the budget friendly route and purchase a standard efficiency air conditioner, such as the Comfortmaker N4A3, prices can drop quite a bit. Standard...
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Best Time to Buy an Air Conditioner

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What Is the Best Month to Buy a New Air Conditioner? The HVAC Off Season The best time by far to purchase is a new air conditioner in Columbus, Ohio is during the "off season" which includes both early Spring and Fall. Winter and summer are the busiest months for HVAC. A lot of people assume that the best time to buy is during the winter when demand is the lowest, but this is not the case when it comes to getting the best deal. During the winter months in Columbus, HVAC companies are just as busy as the warmer months fixing and replacing furnaces instead of air conditioners. You are most likely to get the best deal when during an HVAC contractor's slow time when they need the business to keep the schedule full. I can tell you from over 7 years of working as an HVAC professional that February and March are absolutely the slowest months for the heating and cooling business in Columbus, Ohio. During this time of the year most furnace repairs have already been dealt with and it's just a waiting game until people start turning on their air conditioner's for the first time. You will likely find heating and cooling companies offer discounts during these months, even offering great deals for installing an AC and a furnace together. Avoid the Scams One popular deal that seems to be offered by HVAC companies is "buy an air conditioner and get a free furnace!". Don't buy...
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My Gas Fireplace Won’t Ignite

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Gas Fireplace Won't Light A gas fireplace that won't ignite is a common problem among fireplace owners. Let's check out some common causes and options to repair your gas fireplace. Tripped Breakers A good place to start would be to check the circuit breaker panel and ensure the breaker for your gas fireplace has not tripped. When the electrical wiring in your home becomes overstressed with excess electrical current, the breaker will trip to prevent overheating. Gas Valve Issues Be sure the gas valve to your gas fireplace is set in the "open" position and that your gas is turned on as well. This part is usually located in the firebox. Some older models of gas fireplaces have a key in the wall or floor as well to control the gas valve. If your gas valve and gas are both turned on, you may have a gas flow problem or the valve itself may need to be replaced. Pilot Light is Out This small light is responsible for igniting the gas that is being sent to your gas fireplace. It is a common issue for a pilot light to go out due to a strong windstorm. If your pilot light is not staying lit, it's a good idea to check the orifice as it can become clogged with dirt and soot causing it to go out. If this happens, you will need to purge the air from the pilot tubing with compressed air. Thermopile or Thermocouple Issue If your thermocouple...
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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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Furnace Blowing Cold Air

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What Causes a Furnace to Blow Cold Air? If your furnace is blowing cold air, it will not properly heat your home. This type of issue is actually a very common HVAC problem to have. There are several possible causes of a furnace blowing cold air, so it can be hard to give advice without gathering further information. However, below are some common causes that will cause your heating system to blow cold air. Thermostat is Set to ON Position Is your thermostat set to the ON position instead of the AUTO position? Check your thermostat for this important setting. If you have your thermostat set to ON instead of set to AUTO, the furnace blower will blow air continuously even when the burners aren't warming the air, causing cool air to come out of your registers. By setting your thermostat to AUTO, the blower will only blow air when the furnace is heating. Some people choose to leave their thermostat on the ON position as it helps filter air throughout the house. Your Furnace Has Overheated It is possible that your furnace has overheated. Your furnace has a safety mechanism inside called a "limit switch" that monitors temperature and will shut down when it becomes too hot to prevent a fire from starting inside your furnace. The most common cause of a furnace overheating is a dirty air filter. Your furnace filter protects your furnace. If your filter is dirty, not much air can pass through and in turn,...
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Why Does My Air Conditioner Have Ice Build Up?

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Air Conditioner Ice Build Up Does your air conditioner have a build up of ice on the outside? Wondering what could be the cause or fix for this? Read on to find out! Restricted Air Flow The major cause of ice build up on an air conditioner is restricted air flow. Without the proper air flow being able to flow over the evaporator coil, the temperature will easily drop below freezing and ice will begin to accumulate both inside and outside. Most people only notice their outside unit being frozen but chances are if you our outside unit is a block of ice then so is the evaporator coil that sits on top of your furnace out of view. R-22 refrigerant works to cool your home by making your indoor coil extremely cold as warm air blows over it. The best way to prevent ice build up on your air conditioner is by regularly changing your filter and keeping it clean. If your furnace filter is clean, there is a chance that your evaporator coil may be clogged with dirt, hair ect. If you have never had this cleaned in the past, it may be time. Other items that can cause your air conditioner to freeze: Blocked drain pipes Refrigerant leaks Low temperature outdoors Night time setting of your thermostat is too low Signs Your Evaporator Coil Is Frozen As previously stated above, if your outdoor unit is a bock of ice, chances are so is your evaporator coil. Signs that...
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