Welcome to the Heating FAQ page! Here are some common questions and answers about furnaces:
What is a furnace and how does it work?
A furnace is a heating system that is typically located in the basement or attic of a home. It works by burning fuel (usually natural gas or propane) to create heat, which is then distributed throughout the home via ducts and vents.
What are the different types of furnaces?
The most common types of furnaces are gas and electric. Gas furnaces are more efficient and typically less expensive to operate than electric furnaces, but they require a gas line to be installed in your home. Electric furnaces are often easier to install and have lower upfront costs, but can be more expensive to operate.
How often should I have my furnace serviced?
It’s recommended that you have your furnace serviced by a professional at least once a year. This will help ensure that it’s running safely and efficiently, and can also help prevent breakdowns and costly repairs.
What are some signs that my furnace needs repair?
Some signs that your furnace may need repair include: unusual noises or smells coming from the unit, inconsistent heating, higher-than-normal energy bills, or a yellow pilot light (which could indicate a carbon monoxide leak).
How often should I replace my furnace?
Most furnaces last between 15-20 years. If your furnace is approaching this age, or if you’ve had frequent repairs in the past few years, it may be time to consider a replacement.
How can I make my furnace more efficient?
There are several things you can do to make your furnace more efficient, including: regularly changing the air filter, sealing any leaks in your ductwork, installing a programmable thermostat, and scheduling regular maintenance.
Can I install a furnace myself?
While it’s possible to install a furnace yourself, it’s generally not recommended. Furnace installation requires knowledge of electrical and gas systems, and any mistakes could be dangerous or costly. It’s best to hire a professional HVAC contractor to install your furnace.
We hope these FAQs have been helpful! If you have any further questions or concerns about your furnace, please contact a qualified HVAC professional for assistance.