Residential Heating Tips
If you live in Portland or Vancouver, you know how important it is to keep your household heated through the winter. Maintaining your residential furnace is a vital part of taking care of your home. We invite you to learn more about the most common issues that affect residential furnaces. Below our heating and cooling experts share information on how to know if it’s time to buy a new heating system, provide tips for selecting the right furnace for your home, and much more.
Common Issues with Residential Furnaces
Yes, you can learn how to troubleshoot your residential heating system! Having the right know-how means you’ll be able to determine whether you can apply a quick fix to the problem, need to call an expert, or if it’s time to invest in a new system. If you’re experiencing heating problems with your home’s furnace, you may be able to determine the cause with a few simple checks.
- Check the pilot light. Some residential furnaces will need to be lit by hand if the pilot light goes out.
- Check the blower. Vacuum out dust and debris and check to see if the filter needs replacing every 30 days.
- Inspect the burner for corrosion. Remove the flame shield and check to see if rust has accumulated.
- Make sure the flu gaps aren’t dented and are venting properly.
- Vacuum dust from each air vent throughout your house.
- Make sure all vents are free from obstructive furniture, rugs, or drapes.
- If you hear a clicking noise coming from your furnace, check to see if the inducer is loose. Clicking could also be caused by worn motor bearings or an issue with the gas valve.
Buying a New Furnace for Your Home
If you aren’t able to troubleshoot a faulty furnace on your own, it’s a good idea to call an expert for service or repair. The team at AAA Heating & Cooling is trained and knowledgeable in residential heating. If we are unable to fix the problem, we may recommend installation of a new furnace and can assist you with selecting the right option for your home. If your furnace is over 15 years old, is a safety hazard, or requires repairs that cost more than 50% of its value, it’s probably time to replace it. We’ll help you find a furnace with the right size, efficiency, fuel source, and speed for your household.
At AAA Heating & Cooling, we offer residential gas furnaces from Daikin. The furnaces are made from heavy-duty stainless steel and are compatible with the ComfortNet™ heat communicating system. Our home heating systems have a self-calibrating modulating gas valve that auto-configures upon installation as well a durable silicon nitride igniter, a quiet-induced draft blower with adjustable speeds, and self-diagnosing control boards.
Residential Heating Tips & Resources
At AAA Heating & Cooling, we’re always looking for ways to better serve our customers. In fact, we’re big fans of the informative home improvement show, This Old House. It provides some of the most useful renovation tips for homeowners everywhere. Find links for money-saving residential heating tips from This Old House below!
- Keep Warm For Less: A dozen simple things you can do to cut down big heating bills
- Detecting Drafts: How an energy audit can find areas where your home is losing heat
- Fall Furnace Maintenance: Servicing your home’s heating system for the cold months
- Installing a Programmable Thermostat: How to install a programmable thermostat in your home
- Annual DIY Home Inspection: Learn how to prep your home for winter before the harsh weather sets in
- HVAC from the Ground Up: The best technologies for indoor comfort and energy efficiency
- Insulating a Floor: Learn how to insulate the floors in your home to keep chilly drafts out
- Making Windows Weathertight: Nine steps to ensure airtight windows with weatherstripping
- 10 Uses for Foam Spray: Fix, seal, and bond windows with foam spray
AAA Heating & Cooling also offers 24-hour emergency service for home heating systems in the Portland and Vancouver areas. For more information and resources, or to schedule a service appointment for your residential furnace, contact a member of the AAA team today!