Two residential heat pumps buried in snow.

Furnace and HVAC Issues – Snow

There are two main considerations to think about when it comes to the snow’s effect on your heater. First, that the snow and cold weather can cause an excessive cycling of the system. This obviously drives up utility bills and increases the need for air filters to be changed more frequently while causing the components to wear quicker. The second major source of concern, since snow builds up outside of the home, is ventilation.

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Repairman vacuuming inside of a gas furnace during a cleaning.

How a Furnace Works

It’s unrealistic to expect homeowners to be able to work on their HVAC systems on their own. Some home projects are great for DIY and a nice way to learn a new skill, such as painting a room or pressure washing siding. That being said, when it comes to electrical, plumbing, or HVAC, for safety (and warranty) reasons, it’s best to call the professionals.

Of course, it never hurts a homeowner to know just how their furnace works. After all, they will have to change the filter (sometimes as frequently as every 30 days) and a familiarity with how the system operates helps to know if the furnace is running as it should or if a technician should be called. Being comfortable with the ins and outs of the furnace helps to diagnose problems and zero in on the fix when contacting an HVAC repair company. Some of the basics of the furnace function include:

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Engineer adjusting thermostat for efficient automated heating sy

How to Move a Thermostat

Our customers often ask about thermostats, and many of them want to know if it’s possible to move a thermostat on their own. They’re interested in how they should approach moving their thermostat, and the potential benefits of moving one.

Fortunately, in many cases, moving a thermostat is a DIY job that requires a few basic tools. In fact, if you’re moving the thermostat to an adjacent wall or replacing the interface, the project may last just an hour or less. In some cases, though, an HVAC specialist may be required for advanced wiring and thermostat installation.

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My Central A/C Fan is Not Working, What Do I Do?

A central air-conditioner is an elaborate system that involves parts such as an evaporator, a compressor, a condenser, fans, and refrigerant to run through the unit. Like many household appliances, each of these components does their job both independently, but also in unison with the connecting parts and when one section of the system goes down, the entire performance falters. This article outlines what to do if your AC unit is malfunctioning. 

While each component in a central air-conditioner is critical, quite simply the unit will not work if the fan is not running. Fans in the central A/C both pull air out of the room to be conditioned and have humidity removed and also push chilled air through the vents throughout the house. When the fan goes down there is no way to cycle the air and thus the system is essentially stalled. It’s important to get the fan up and running ASAP or else the home will get uncomfortable in a hurry and you could end up damaging the compressor.

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Why is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

There’s nothing quite like the bone-aching struggle to clear the snow off your sidewalk while facing a 30 mph cross-wind blowing directly into your eye. After the task is done and you limp through your home in your frozen pants like a combination robot/scarecrow, the warmth of the furnace encompassing your whole body is starting to become a reality. You hear the rumble in the blower motor and the hot air working its way through the ducts only to deliver an arctic blast of cold air into your face….

“Furnace, you had one job.”

When your furnace is blowing cold air it’s really no longer a furnace is it? This is not only a nuisance but a legitimate danger that could compromise the sanctity of your home’s pipes, electronic components, and other features such as your body, that should be kept above freezing temperatures. The winter is hard enough, you don’t need a furnace blowing cold air to pile on to the misery so here’s what could be causing these issues:

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