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Does it make sense to insulate my furnace ducts?

[fa icon='calendar'] May 11, 2020 1:53:00 PM / by Reid Geiler posted in furnace

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Should I insulate my furnace ducts?  Yes, you should.  Insulating your furnace ducts will help your furnace transport heated air more efficiently throughout your home.  Better heating capacity means the furnace will run less, which will save you money on electricity and other energy costs.

Leaking duct work can send heated air into crawl spaces under your home or into your attic instead of where you want it.  To keep this from happening, you will have to do a little detective work to check for leaks.  Get to where the duct work is and check for sections that should be together but have separated over time and also check for holes.  While the system is running, slowly move your hand over the duct work to see if you feel any air escaping.  If you do, mark the area with a pen or tape.  Once you have found areas that you can seal off yourself, make sure you use duct mastic or other sealants that are approved for heat.  Regular duct tape will not last long enough to make it worth using.   Professionals should also take a look at unconditioned spaces to make sure everything is working properly once you finish your minor repairs.

If you come across large gaps in your duct work or a number of holes, it's time to call in a professional.  Once a system reaches a certain age, it becomes safer and more cost effective in the long run to replace it rather than be on the constant lookout for more minor leaks.

The Geiler Company can inspect your home and come up with the best solution for you based on the age of the system in your home, your square footage and other factors.   Call us at 513-574-0025   or Send a TEXT for a fast and professional estimate so you can get the most out of your home heating system for years to come.

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Is my furnace too old?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 29, 2019 8:15:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in heating, furnace

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What Is The Difference Between SEER and STAR Ratings?

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 30, 2019 8:49:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in air conditioning, heating, furnace

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Unusual noises. High energy bills. Heat is on, but you’re shivering.

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Do Maintenance Agreements Reduce Furnace Repairs?

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 12, 2019 3:33:45 PM / by Reid Geiler posted in furnace

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Imagine being asked to pay up to $4,000 to get a new furnace today. This is a catastrophe for most families because the average American can’t cover a $500 emergency. Paying for a new furnace or repairing a current one will likely cost thousands of dollars that you are not able to pay today. With your furnace being one of the most important units in your house, it is important to maintain it and fix it as issues arise to prevent a big payment for an issue to your furnace. One way of maintaining the health of your furnace is by having a maintenance agreement with your furnace provider.

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Common Furnace Repairs

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 17, 2019 4:36:25 PM / by Reid Geiler posted in heating, furnace

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Common furnace repairs that may happen in the first 10 years

 
Not unlike any other home appliance, there are a few common repairs you may find yourself
needing to make to your furnace within the first 10 years of ownership.
 

 

Capacitor

The furnace capacitor is part of the fan motor in your furnace. It helps the fan motor start and
provides a steady flow of electricity to the motors.
If it fails, so will the rest of your system, which will be easily noticeable. Signs of a failing
capacitor are: loud humming noises, problems with your air conditioning running constantly,
blowing cold air and starting, or consistently rising electric bills.
If the furnace capacitor is starting to fail or becoming weak, it can be noticed and easily repaired
during recommended yearly maintenance.
 

Blowers

Blowers run year round to keep air flowing through your household. Since the blower runs
year-round, they have potential to fail earlier than your entire system or other individual parts of
the system.
A regularly changed and proper air filter can help the furnace blower last a longer and run more
efficiently.
The blower catches all the dust and debris that can pass through your filter, therefore, if the filter
is not being changed regularly, it poses potential for the blower to fail prematurely due to
overheating from coping with an old, dirty filter.
Yearly service can also help a furnace blower last longer, because it is cleaned during
maintenance.
 

Vacuum Switch

The vacuum switch, also called the pressure switch, is designed to shut your furnace down if it
senses negative pressure being created by the draft inducing motor. This protects your home
from backdrafting, which is exhaust fumes entering your system, then entering your space.
A damaged switch is a common cause for furnace malfunctions. Holes or tears, debris build up
or just old age of the switch can cause it so stop working.
Repairs and replacement of vacuum switches are common. The vacuum switch can start to fail
due to age, which can then result in faulty furnace firing.
If your vacuum switch needs replaced, it is most common to just replace the part itself, not your
entire furnace.
 
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Ignitor

A furnace ignitor is fairly self explanatory, it is what lights a burner and starts the combustion
process to turn fuel into heat.
Newer furnaces typically have an electric hot surface ignitor while electric furnaces typically
have a thin wire that receives an electric signal, gets extremely hot and will create a spark to
start the heating process.
Signs of a failing or broken ignitor are similar to a broken capacitor. Hearing your furnace turn
off and on, only feeling it blow cold or cool air and your furnace not running at all are signs that
your ignitor could be ready to replace.
Replacing your ignitor is another common occurrence around five to seven years of operation. It
can be caught during yearly maintenance and replaced.
 
These common repairs are no need to panic. With any home appliance, upkeep and repairs are
just part of ownership. With regular maintenance and knowing the signs of these common
repairs, your furnace can continue to function efficiently.
 
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