Signs It Is Time To Replace Your Furnace

One thing that makes Philadelphia special is that there are a lot of historic homes that lend beauty and nostalgia to our city of love. With these older homes, we also inherit older fixtures, such as furnaces. There are not a lot of people that can give you the exact age of their furnace. Even if you personally installed your HVAC unit, you may be noticing that those years crept by and now your furnace is showing signs of aging.

HVAC Philly, one of Philadelphia’s top HVAC specialist for over 20 years, says look for these signs to know if it’s time to replace your furnace or schedule a service with your local HVAC specialist.

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You’re Spending More Time Vacuuming or Dusting

If you find yourself spending a significant amount of time vacuuming or dusting your home, that is a definite sign that it may be time to take a look at your furnace. An old furnace will start to show it’s age by producing leaky ducts. This allows the older furnace to bring in pollutants, and particles in the air, into your home through the “leaky” ducts, causing an excess of dirt and dust. You can imagine that if all that dust is building up and settling in your home and on your furniture, then it is safe to say it may be having the same effects on your lungs as well. Take the excessive dusting as a sign that is time to get your furnace serviced or replaced immediately to ensure you and your family are breathing clean air.

Your Historic Philadelphia Home Is Not The Only Thing “Historic” In The Home

Do you think the last time you installed a new furnace a Bush was still president? If so, it may be time to get a new furnace. A boiler or furnace generally has a lifespan of 15 to 30 years (and 30 for older models is really pushing it). Depending on the make or model furnace’s can start to show signs of age around the 12 year mark, that’s why it would be wise to start finding an HVAC professional that you trust to consult with on what you can do to lengthen the lifespan of your furnace, and at the very least what to look for as far as timing in replacing your current furnace.

The Thermostat and Your Heating Bill Keep Going Up

As your furnace ages, your heating unit’s ability to work efficiently slowly diminishes. It’s a slow process and one you may not notice right away. You may notice that you have to continually adjust your thermostat to meet the demands of keeping your home warm. With each upturn of the thermostat, your heating and electricity bill increases incrementally as well. Sometimes by the time you realize what’s happening you are already paying a lot more than you need to. Signs to look for would be unusually cold or even warm rooms or a rise in your home’s humidity. Older furnaces can struggle to keep up with the demands of technology. Keeping afloat of upgrades or newer models that can save you on energy usage is well worth the consideration to lower cost in the long run.

Your Burner Flame Is Flickering

Most people would not think to check their burner flames, however, it’s a great idea to add that to your maintenance checklist.  Burner flames should have a bright blue look to them WITHOUT  any flickering.  A yellow or flickering flame indicates that your furnace is having an extremely concerning problem, it could be producing carbon monoxide, a dangerously toxic gas. Check your carbon monoxide monitor immediately and contact your HVAC specialist ASAP. Carbon monoxide poisoning could be life-threatening and should be dealt with without delay.

It’s Not Me, It’s You

As loyal and happy to serve our customers HVAC Philly is if you are seeing us or any other HVAC professional too much it may be time to evaluate your relationship. Repairs can and will at times be necessary without replacing your full furnace, however, if you are spending more on repairs than is expected, that is a sure sign a replacement for your furnace is indeed time.

 

You’ll find that the last two or so years of your furnace’s life is where most of the repairs and breakdowns occur.  If you are noticing more and more issues or repairs contact your HVAC professional to start discussing options for a new furnace.

Is It Time For A New Furnace?

How many of these signs have you noticed with your furnace? If you’ve found more than one sign you should definitely begin looking to get a replacement furnace. With winter around the corner and cool weather here, it’s best to get a jump on this now as opposed to waiting until a complete furnace failure or breakdown. HVAC Philly services many areas, as well as the greater surrounding Philadelphia, are, if you are looking for an experienced and reliable HVAC specialist in our area don’t hesitate to contact us today!

 

For more FAQ about your HVAC system, be sure to follow HVAC Philly Blog, for helpful tips and information related to heating repair, heating maintenance and services provided to the greater Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA areas.

If you are in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery County,  or Bucks County, PA areas, HVAC Philly offers affordable, professional and expert HVAC services to commercial buildings and homes throughout the area. They have over 20 years experience and rated top ten HVAC companies in Philadelphia.

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Looking for a first-class HVAC service? Contact us today! 215-725-6111

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7 Tips To Get Your Home Ready For The Cool Weather

Philadelphia is at last taking in the cool fall weather. The air is crisp and fall scents permeate the city with hints of the holiday seasons to come. While the cooler weather is a welcome change to the sweltering heat of the summer, it is also a sign that winter will be upon us before we know it.  Is your home ready for the cool weather to come?

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HVAC Philly, Philadelphia’s most trusted heating specialists, compiled 7 tips to get your home ready for the cool weather. 

  1. ) Attics can be the number one unidentified source for creating air leaks. You can basically watch your money go straight out through the roof. Look for air leaks in your attic around any type of pipes, windows, wiring or light fixtures. If you find any sources of air leaks use caulk to seal them up.
  2. ) Similar to your attics, chimneys and even vent pipes can also be sucking warmth and money from rising energy costs from your home. Be sure to inspect or hire a professional to check your vent pipes or chimney for any possible leaks. Ensure all flashing is properly sealed.
  3. ) Proper insulation for your attic and walls will keep heat in and cold air out. Bring in a building inspector to check your insulation. Older homes in Philadelphia can sometimes be lacking the proper insulation. An update to your home would certainly help in the long run to save on energy costs.
  4. ) Your basement also needs attention. Although heat rises, leaks in your basement can be sucking out your warm air before it has the chance to rise. As with the attic, look around your basement and fill in with caulk any wiring holes,  or plumbing pipes/joints.
  5. ) Fireplace dampers need to be tightly sealed. If your home has a fireplace, it would be wise to do a yearly maintenance inspection to make sure it is clear of any debris or critters before tightly closing the dampers. That way when the time comes to, roast those chestnuts on an open fire, you can avoid any dangerous fumes from funneling into your home.
  6. ) Get smart with your thermostat. In 2018 we are officially living in the “future”. We are capable of taking care of our homes even when we are not there. Installing a programmable, Wi-Fi enabled thermostat will give you the peace of mind and control to properly heat your home, even when you are not there to manually adjust it. You can control it with your mobile device.
  7. ) Get a professional to perform heating maintenance. Hire a local HVAC professional to ensure that your heating system is in top working condition for efficiency and to boost the indoor air quality.

For more FAQ about your HVAC system, be sure to follow HVAC Philly Blog, for helpful tips and information related to heating repair, heating maintenance and services provided to the greater Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA areas.

If you are in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery County,  or Bucks County, PA areas, HVAC Philly offers affordable, professional and expert HVAC services to commercial buildings and homes throughout the area. They have over 20 years experience and rated top ten HVAC companies in Philadelphia.

Heating Service areas:

Looking for a first-class HVAC service? Contact us today! 215-725-6111

4 Steps For Fall Furnace Maintenance

Although the warm weather here in the greater Philadelphia area may not reflect typical fall weather, it is indeed fall, which means it’s time to get your furnace ready for the winter. The first step is to ensure that you perform maintenance on your furnace. HVAC Philly, one of Philadelphia’s top-rated HVAC specialists in the greater Philadelphia area for over twenty years, provides some helpful steps to perform your fall furnace maintenance.

Before you begin your fall maintenance or cleaning be certain that you have put in place the right safety precautions. Turn off all appliances. If you feel as though you may be doing something improperly, or are anxious about damaging yourself or your furnace it is best immediately contact your local HVAC professional to provide routine maintenance for you.

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Step One: Change Furnace Filters

The first step to follow for your gas furnace or, in fact, for any type of HVAC systems, is to routinely change the air filter. For areas that are more prone to common air pollutants, such as Philadelphia, your home would fair best with changing the filter every 3 months at most. Air filters perform by trapping dust and debris from entering the furnace. If too much debris collects on the air filter it will start to inhibit air flow. Restricted air flow will lessen the efficiency of your HVAC unit.

Step Two: Check the Burner Flames

Turn up the thermostat to engage the burners and check the flames. You are looking for them to be blue an even. If the flames do not appear to be even or blue, do NOT attempt to adjust the burners by yourself. Please contact HVAC Philly today and we’ll have one of your experience technicians come out to inspect an service your furnace if necessary.

Step Three: Clean the Components, Pilot Light, Flame Sensors, and Ignitors

Older furnaces will have a pilot light, whereas most newer model furnaces will have a hot surface ignitor. Whether your furnace has a pilot light of hot surface ignitor you will want to remove any debris or dust from them. Gently, and carefully blow dust away from the pilot light; (helpful tip* you can use a straw to get a concentrated airflow). You will use the same technique for hot surface ignitors. Furnace ignitors are extremely delicate so you will not want to remove them, just blow away any debris or dust that has accumulated.

Again, it’s important to remember that if you have any concerns or are worried you may be in danger of damaging yourself or any part of your furnace, please contact HVAC Philly and we will have a professional technician come to service your system.

Step Four: Technical Maintenance

HVAC Philly suggests a routine seasonal inspection with cleaning and maintenance check by one of our experienced technicians. We will send one of our certified HVAC technicians to repair and inspect your HVAC system to keep your unit running efficiently. In addition to routine maintenance for your HVAC unit, we also suggest having your ducts cleaned once a season, as well as having your insulation checked and all leaks repaired.

Have your furnace inspected seasonally. Contact us today for a furnace inspection and maintenance or request service online.

For more FAQ about your HVAC system, be sure to follow HVAC Philly Blog, for helpful tips and information related to heating repair, heating maintenance, and services provided to the greater Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA areas.

If you are in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery County,  or Bucks County, PA areas, HVAC Philly offers affordable, professional and expert HVAC services to commercial buildings and homes throughout the area. They have over 20 years experience and rated top ten HVAC companies in Philadelphia.

Heating Service areas:

Looking for a first-class HVAC service? Contact us today! 215-725-6111