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Sounds Your Furnace Shouldn't Be Making
Posted: February 22, 2018 by Andy
Furnaces can be noisy things. Minor pops sometimes emanate from the air ducts and your furnace gently humming - these are normal sounds. They tell you that your heating system is working. Most homeowners grow accustomed to these sounds, but if you're hearing louder-than-normal noises coming from your furnace, they could be an indication that there's something wrong with it. Here are four unusual sounds that your furnace shouldn't be making.
A squealing noise can be caused by a variety of issues. A shaft bearing that requires oiling, a loose blower belt, or a malfunctioning blower or motor are the most common causes. While these issues may not be as big of a deal as compared to the others on our list, you should make sure to have your furnace checked as soon as possible.
A chirping sound coming from your furnace is fairly common. This is especially true if your unit hasn't been used for a while. However, if the noise doesn't go away, it could be due to a misaligned belt or fan. It might be a simple issue, but you don't want it to become a bigger problem.
This normally shouldn't be cause for concern, unless you start hearing loud, constant clicking sounds. These noises can indicate a gas issue, a faulty pilot or that something is wrong with your wiring. Certain furnace models will click when the pilot light isn't operating as it should. If the clicking has no clear pattern to it, you may have a problem with your gas valve, and you should call your gas provider immediately to fix the problem.
If you hear a loud boom when your furnace turns on, it can be indicative of rapidly expanding air ducts. This often happens when the ductwork isn't appropriately sized for the furnace's output.
In some cases, the boom may be caused by a dirty burner assembly. Dirt keeps the burners from igniting immediately, and the booming noise you hear is a small explosion in the furnace as the accumulated gas around the assembly ignites all at once. This issue definitely shouldn't be taken lightly, as it can cause your furnace's heat exchanger to crack (which will leak dangerous carbon monoxide into your home).
Contact Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man immediately to diagnose problems like these and fix them before they become larger problems!
Time To Check Your CO Detector
Posted: February 15, 2018 by Andy
Carbon monoxide (CO) is the silent killer. Exposure to this toxic gas - even for as little as half an hour - can cause a headache, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Long-term exposure can lead to more serious health issues and in some cases, it can even be fatal. Since CO is odorless and colorless, it's impossible to detect with any human senses. You might not even be aware that it may be present in your home!
Installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home is one of the very best ways to ensure your family's safety. The device will alert you when it senses a certain amount of carbon monoxide in the air over a period of time. With its protection and warning, you can get out of the house before you experience any symptoms associated with carbon monoxide poisoning.
How do you test a CO detector?
Carbon monoxide detectors are a crucial component of every home's safety program, but to get the most out of a detector, you need to make sure that it's working properly.
To test the battery, simply press the test button. An audible tone will tell you whether the batteries are fresh and if the detector is getting power. However, fresh batteries are not a guarantee that the device will work as it should. You also need to check the effectiveness of your detector as well.
To test your detectors for carbon monoxide detection accuracy, you'll need to purchase a test kit. This kit includes a small container with a high concentration of CO and a plastic bag. Use the kit to see how well it can detect gas. It should trigger the alarm and will emit high pitched, loud beeping.
How often should you test your detector?
Carbon monoxide testing should be done once a month. Also, it's best to change your detector's battery at least once a year. Experts also recommend that you should replace your detector if it's over five years old. Knowing that your detector is functioning properly, you'll have peace of mind knowing that it'll be reliable in an emergency.
Furnace Issues You Need To Be Aware Of
Posted: February 8, 2018 by Andy
Winter is when heating systems are most likely to develop issues related to wear and tear. Make sure that you always take precautions to keep your furnace in good operating condition.
One way you can make sure that your furnace stays in good shape is to know the signs that your system is experiencing a malfunction so that you can call for repairs as early as possible. The quicker you have the problem repaired, the better off your furnace - and your wallet - will be. Let's go over the more common furnace issues you need to worry about.
If you have a gas furnace and it's making a loud booming sound every time it turns on, your unit might have a problem with delayed ignition. This sometimes happens when carbon particles build up on the jets in the burner assembly. The more clogged the jets get, the harder it becomes for them to ignite promptly. When they do ignite, they burn through the accumulated gas all at once. This generates the booming sound you hear. Having a professional cleaning of your burner assembly should resolve the issue. Don't wait too long, though - your burner assembly can become clogged to the point where it won't ignite at all!
Air Flow Issues
Your furnace can also experience airflow problems in a couple of different ways during operation. The first is that your air handler might malfunction. The air handler is responsible for circulating air throughout your home while the furnace is running. If the handler malfunctions, then your system won't be able to distribute the heat it generates.
The second issue is that your air filter can become clogged. If you don't change the filter often enough, it'll eventually become filled with dust and debris pulled in through your cold air returns. A clogged filter will block much - if not most - of the air from entering the furnace, disrupting its output. You can avoid this by simply replacing the filter at least once every three months, or by having a professional replace it for you.
Short cycling is characterized by a furnace turning itself on and off every couple of minutes, instead of completing its full heating cycle. Short cycling can cause a number of furnace problems, but the most dangerous one is that it will cause your furnace to wear out more quickly. A short cycling furnace is more likely to have parts break and will see its overall lifespan shortened by years.
As the saying goes, "knowing is half the battle". Learning the signs of HVAC problems and paying attention to what your heating system is doing (or not doing). Call Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man for repairs as soon as you notice your system exhibiting any of these symptoms, or you could be setting yourself up for a much larger problem - and expense - down the road.
Do's And Don'ts For Heating And Cooling Success
Posted: February 1, 2018 by Andy
"Signs, signs, everywhere a sign... Do this, don't do that - can't you read the sign?"
If you're of a certain age, you probably remember those lyrics well. They're from a 70's protest song sung by the Five Man Electrical Band. What's it have to do with HVAC work in Northeast and Central Ohio? We're certainly not protesting anything - we just thought that song was a good reminder that there are some common-sense do's and don'ts when it comes to your home's comfort systems.
Put off routine HVAC maintenance. Neglecting your heating and cooling system will surely cost you money and cause you grief in the long run. The best way to handle regular maintenance is with our no-hassle maintenance agreement. You'll receive an annual heating and cooling system tune-up, plus a host of other benefits.
Check your carbon monoxide (CO) detectors regularly to make sure they're all working, and replace their batteries on a regular basis. Don't have detectors? Call us to learn how affordable and easy it is to install these life-saving devices in your home.
Rely only on your CO detectors. Remember, they only detect carbon monoxide when dangerously high levels are present. Research has shown that even low levels of this odorless gas can have long-term adverse health effects. Schedule a furnace inspection so we can test the air in your home for any presence of carbon monoxide.
Clean or change or your filters regularly. This is the most important task to keep your HVAC system running efficiently. Even a relatively small amount of dust and dirt can limit air flow. A clogged filter is the most common cause of a system breakdown.
Turn your heat down too low if you're leaving the house for an extended period. You don't want your home to get too cold or your system will have to work extremely hard to bring the temperature back up to normal. Also, this really should go without saying - never shut the heat off when you are leaving home. Below-freezing temperatures could lead to frozen and burst water pipes, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage.
Call Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man for all of your heating and cooling needs in Northeast and Central Ohio!
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Why You Should Add Air Scrubber Plus® To Your System
Posted: January 25, 2018 by Andy
Why is Air Scrubber Plus® different?
Most indoor air purification and filter systems use passive technology to circulate the air in the home through a filtration system. However, this system fails to clean surfaces that carry millions of germs, like doorknobs, toilets, kitchen counters, and pet areas. Air Scrubber Plus® cleans and disinfects the air and surfaces of your home, reducing up to 99.9% of surface micro-organisms and 90% of airborne micro-organisms. The most highly respected labs in the country have tested and validated the effectiveness of the Air Scrubber Plus® filtration system.
Does Air Scrubber Plus® eliminate odors?
Working through your heating and air conditioning units, Air Scrubber Plus® uses specialized germicidal UV light waves along with a proprietary catalytic process to reduce dust, pet dander, and odors in your home. You will be able to reduce common smells such as pet odor, cigarette smoke, paint fumes, mold smells and the occasional burnt food odor.
Can Air Scrubber Plus® help reduce allergy symptoms?
Air Scrubber Plus® has been clinically proven to reduce dust, mold, pollen and many of the other pollutants that can cause irritation and allergies symptoms.
How does Air Scrubber Plus® protect my expensive HVAC system?
Working through your heating and air conditioning units, Air Scrubber Plus® uses specialized germicidal UV light waves along with a proprietary catalytic process to reduce dust, pet dander, and odors in your home. You will be able to reduce common smells such as pet odor, cigarette smoke, paint fumes, mold smells, and the occasional burnt food odor.
What is ActivePure™ Technology?
ActivePure™ Technology is based on a variation of the technology originally developed for use in the International Space Station and is recognized as the exclusive Certified Space Technology by the Space Foundation in its category. The Certified Space Technology logo is licensed by the Space Foundation for use on Air Scrubber Plus purification products. The Space Foundation recognizes products whose origins come directly from technology or resources derived from the space program.
Is there scientific proof that ActivePure™ technology works?
Not only do we have over 1500 pages of testing, we also have the highest level of testing available. The testing cost almost 1 million dollars to complete and took several years to get the results back. The Kansas University study was not only lab tests - but also survived the rigor of the "peer review" process. That means that the scientific community must agree with the test results before they are independently published.
Is ozone used in this technology?
One version of Air Scrubber Plus® uses extremely small amounts of ozone to reduce odors quickly. This amount is comparable to that found outdoors in nature. Our models with ozone are safe when installed and used properly. These units provide control of many odors and contaminants while maintaining levels well below the US EPA and California EPA exposure limits. However, please realize that an ozone free version is available as well.
How is Air Scrubber Plus® different from a filter or a UV light?
A filter or a UV light functions as a trap. It is only effective with what comes to it. The ActivePure™ scrubbers produced by the Air Scrubber Plus® act offensively - going out to get the irritating or unhealthy contaminants that we don't want in our home. This technology copies what nature does outside. Notice there are no filters outside in nature.
Does Air Scrubber Plus® use a lot of electricity?
The Air Scrubber Plus® uses only 19 watts of electricity, that's less than one third of a standard 60-watt light bulb, and complies with all federal EPA regulations.
How much square footage can Air Scrubber Plus® cover?
It depends on your heating and cooling system. If your system can handle 3,000 square feet then Air Scrubber Plus will also cover the square footage. Once installed, Air Scrubber Plus will be working with maximum efficiency within 4 days of installation.
How can I get Air Scrubber Plus?
Air Scrubber Plus® is only available for purchase through Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man - schedule an appointment today and breathe easy!
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