Covenant Heating and Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Why You Should Care About Your Furnace Heat Exchanger

Monday, January 3rd, 2022
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If you’re like many of the homeowners throughout the areas we serve, you are using a gas-powered furnace to heat your home and keep your family warm. A furnace is a fantastic choice–it’s powerful and cost-effective. Today’s furnaces have a much higher minimum efficiency rating than even just 10 years ago, with the highest AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating for a gas furnace being 98%!

Trust us when we say that a gas furnace is a very efficient and effective heater. But you also want to rely on safety, right? And gas furnaces aren’t inherently unsafe, but if you don’t maintain yours properly, it can become dangerous.

Though more common in aging furnaces (10-15 years old), the most common culprit of “danger” in a gas furnace is a damaged heat exchanger. That said, even if you don’t have a heat exchanger problem, it’s probably a good idea to start looking at replacement options if your furnace has reached this age–it will start to suffer from other wear and tear.

In the meantime, no matter how old your furnace is, you should know what’s so important about the heat exchanger, and why a damaged one is bad news. Read on!

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Help Your Furnace Work More Efficiently By…

Monday, December 20th, 2021
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Saving money doesn’t always seem so easy, right? Especially when temperatures drop and you have to use your furnace daily in order to keep yourself and your family comfortable. The fact of the matter is, HVAC systems use up about half of all your home’s energy use. This doesn’t mean, however, that things are hopeless. There are absolutely ways to use your furnace more efficiently than you are now, and by doing so you can help reduce your energy bills.

Read on as we cover how to improve heating efficiency with a few easy-to-follow tips. Some of these cost you nothing at all!

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Set Your Home Up for Winter Success with This Heating Service

Monday, October 25th, 2021
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Have you ever thought about how well your car would operate if you routinely skipped vehicle maintenance? Chances are that you’re pretty good about getting your oil changed and your tires rotated. You likely get the air filters changed and wash your car too. This maintenance sets your car up for success, right?

Well, the same concept can apply to your heating system. Routine heating maintenance is a service that sets your home up for winter success! Read on to learn how.

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Heed These End-of-Season Heating Repair Needs

Monday, March 1st, 2021

technician-working-on-heating-systemWinter may seem like it’s lasting exceptionally longer than usual, but soon enough temperatures will warm and we’ll be ready to turn to our air conditioners for reliable service.

In the meantime, you’re still getting quite a bit of use out of your heater. Do you know if it will last until you don’t need it anymore for the season? The best way to ensure its efficient and effective operation is through heating maintenance. If you didn’t schedule this last fall, now is the time! Unless your heater is broken down beyond repair, it’s never too late to get this service done.

But even with maintenance, it’s possible that you could have heater repair needs. How can you tell? By watching for the following signs of disrepair.

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Is Your Furnace on the Struggle Bus?

Monday, January 18th, 2021

furnace-jetsHave you heard that phrase before—struggle bus? It’s a pop culture term describing when a sentient being is… well… struggling to complete a task or responsibility.

If you feel like your furnace is on the struggle bus lately, then you certainly have a problem on your hands! We always hope that your furnace is behaving itself, but if you’re reading this blog post, we going to guess it’s not right now. Keep reading as we go through a grading scale you can use to judge how your furnace is performing, and what can be done.

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Why You Need to be Concerned with This One Furnace Component

Monday, January 4th, 2021

furnace-jetsThis blog post also could have accurately been titled, “How to Ensure Your Gas Furnace Operates Safely.” That said, we aren’t insinuating that gas powered furnaces are inherently dangerous. We’re not out to incite panic among homeowners. However, not taking care of your gas powered furnace could potentially make it dangerous.

What we mean by this, is that you have to have it professionally maintained each year. Professional maintenance allows our technicians to comprehensively clean, adjust, and inspect each and every component within your system to ensure that nothing is out of place or showing signs of wear. One component in particular is especially important here—the heat exchanger.

Damaged heat exchangers aren’t common, and they are most likely to occur in aging furnaces—furnaces that are 15 years old or older. This doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t have this problem with a new furnace, but it is something to keep in mind. If your gas furnace is more than a decade old, it’s time to explore its potential risks—and a cracked heat exchanger could be one of these risks.

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Give Yourself the Gift of Heater Repairs This Holiday Season!

Monday, December 21st, 2020

heater-jetsWhen you compare our climate to that of other parts of the country, you can’t really call our winters “harsh.” But just because we don’t have bone-chillingly cold winters—and even that is debatable, depending on who you ask—doesn’t mean our winters aren’t cold enough to need a fully functional and efficiently operating heater on our side. Could you imagine on the coldest evening, going to turn on your heater to discover it doesn’t work?

We would like to help you avoid that altogether! Of course, the best way to avoid it is with routine maintenance. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your heater’s components while also alerting you to repair needs. Even with maintenance though, it’s important to note that at some point you will need repairs. Taking care of them as soon as possible is the best gift you can give yourself over the holiday season. But how do you know if you need them? Read on for some tell-tale signs.

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It’s That Time of Year! Did you Schedule Heating Maintenance Yet?

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

analog-wall-clock-on-white-background“Do I really need heating maintenance?”

This is a question we get a lot around this time of year. We understand your hesitation! Why pay for a service that doesn’t seem immediately necessary, right? Well, because even though it’s not a service call for an immediate repair, maintenance helps prevent heating repairs—up to 85% of them throughout the lifespan of your heater.

Between preventing repair needs and keeping your heater running efficiently, maintenance will help you save hundreds of dollars over the lifespan of your heater. Read on to learn more about the benefits of heating maintenance!

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Best Ways to Boost Heating Efficiency

Monday, February 17th, 2020

technician-working-on-maintaining-furnaceWith how much we use our heating systems during the winter, it’s no secret that homeowners would like to do everything they can to avoid costly utility bills. Sure, your energy bills are going to raise in the wintertime (as well as the summer time) as your HVAC systems take up about half of all your energy use. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t steps you can take to increase their efficiency and thereby lower the costs a bit.

There are actually a number of things you can do, some of which won’t cost you a dime. Maintaining heating efficiency is also a great way to keep repair needs at bay. Keep reading as we uncover some of the best tips and tricks to boost efficiency and save money!

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The Problem with a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

natural-gas-jets-of-furnaceWintertime is the time of year when our heating systems are truly put to the test. Because of the strain they go through this time of year versus in milder weather, it tends to be when problems arise. Since you need your system to function at its best this time of year, this is obviously not ideal. It pays to ensure you schedule routine maintenance each year, and to keep a watch for signs of trouble with your heater.

There are few furnace problems more insidious than that of a cracked heat exchanger. If your furnace shows signs of this problem, it’s likely that it needs to be replaced altogether, as this tends to only happen in older furnaces. Repairs are often not worth the cost even if they’re possible. So, what is a heat exchanger and why is it such a problem if it cracks? Read on to find out!

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