Posts Tagged ‘Furnace’

The Trick to Picking Out an Efficient Furnace

Monday, December 11th, 2017

warm-woman-coffee-socksWhen you’re in the process of selecting and installing a brand-new furnace for a new home or a replacement heater, efficiency should be at the forefront of your mind. An efficient furnace will cost a lot less to use than a conventional furnace, but that doesn’t mean performance suffers. Modern design allows for a high-performance furnace to keep you warm for less without sacrificing comfort.

But choosing the most efficient furnace for your home is not exactly easy. You have to sort through a lot of brands, furnace efficiency ratings, and marketing promises to find what you really need and want. So what is the trick to picking out the most efficient furnace for your home? (more…)

5 Common Furnace Repairs

Monday, November 27th, 2017

testing-furnace-technician-wiringA furnace is a reliable, sturdy appliance. You use it year after year without even thinking much about it—until it doesn’t work. No matter how dependable your furnace has been, you can expect to run into trouble at some point in time. Thankfully, a bit of routine maintenance can help: changing the filter every couple of months and calling a technician at the beginning of the season to do an inspection.

To show you the importance of this, we want to detail a few repairs that could occur in the middle of winter, right when you need your heater most. Some of these are larger issues than others, but all should be repaired ASAP so that the issue does not get any worse. (more…)

Steps to Take When Replacing a Furnace

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Heating__dreamstime_xl_27415728No one wants to think about replacing an old furnace in the middle of February here in Davison, MI, but sometimes, your existing unit just can’t make it until spring. Or perhaps your old heater is still doing the job, but you’re beginning to plan for a replacement in a few months. Either way, it pays to consider your options carefully and select the best system for your unique circumstances. A trained professional can help guide you through the process, but here are a few handy tips to keep in mind. (more…)

Why Is Low Air Flow a Problem for Your Furnace?

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Forced-air furnaces are a common means of keeping your home warm here in Flint, MI, and with fall officially underway, now is a good time to keep an eye out for any problems with it. For example, you might notice that the air isn’t coming out of the vents as fast as it once did. Low air flow is a serious problem and if it’s not addressed, it can lead to larger issues down the line. The good news is that a trained technician can handle the issue very easily in most cases. But what causes low air flow and why is it a problem for you? Read on for the answers. (more…)

Should You Replace Your Old Furnace?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

It’s been a chilly winter, and hopefully your heater has gotten you through it without any major issues. But perhaps you’ve noticed some troubling symptoms and are wondering if it may be time to replace your furnace. Even the most well maintained heating systems experience wear and tear over the years. Repairs are necessary every once in a while, but that will only help your furnace for so long. We’ve listed some indicators below that it could be time to replace your furnace all together. (more…)

3 Non-Issues for Your Gas Furnace

Monday, February 1st, 2016

A gas furnace is an ideal way to heat your home in Flint, MI: generating heat via gas-fed burners, then blowing the heated air into your home through a series of ducts. Gas furnaces run into trouble from time to time just like any other household appliance, and when they do, you need a top-notch repair service to fix the problem the right way. But before you pick up the phone, ask yourself if you’re looking at a genuine problem or if it’s merely a feature of the furnace that looks like a problem. You’d be surprised how often such mistakes happen, especially with furnaces you have just bought. Here are 3 non-issues for your gas furnace that you should be aware of. (more…)

Can an Old Furnace be Rehabilitated?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

It’s wise to try to get the most from a home appliance. If you can repair an expensive piece of equipment in your home for less than what it would cost to replace it, then you should definitely repair it. This applies to the furnace in your home as well.

However, at what point is a furnace an old furnace? And when does it reach the point where you can’t save it and it needs replacement? We’ll look at if you can restore an aging furnace and when it’s best to schedule installation of a new furnace in Holly, MI.

If you want the advice of professionals, contact Davison Heating & Cooling and consult with our furnace specialists. They can look over your heating system and help you make the decision.

How old is “too old” for a furnace?

We first need to define what counts as an old furnace. Most gas-powered furnaces can last longer than 20 years if they receive steady annual maintenance and repairs done whenever they’re necessary. But a furnace that goes past the two decade mark is probably ready for a replacement, and if it starts to decline and develops too many repairs (more than $500 spent on repairs a year is a good bench mark for “too many”), then it should definitely be replaced. There is much that can be done to rehabilitate, and it might even become a safety hazard if rust gets hold of it. Any replacement furnace will have a much higher efficiency and will begin paying back its installation costs immediately.

For a furnace in the 15-year range that has started to prematurely age, usually because it has missed regular maintenance, then there are sometimes ways to restore it. You’ll need to schedule a few major repairs as well as get back to regular maintenance to help get the furnace up to its best potential. Pay attention to the advice of the maintenance technician; he or she should be able to tell how much it will cost to keep the furnace running and if it’s worth doing that instead of arranging for an early replacement. Safety is the biggest issue at play: if the technician thinks the aging furnace might pose a toxic leak hazard, then don’t hesitate about scheduling a replacement.

Keep in mind the advantages of newer furnaces

Newer furnaces have higher efficiency than the models of only ten years ago, and certainly twenty years ago. (Much of this is thanks to replacing standing pilot lights with electronic igniters.) Contemporary furnaces also have better safety measures on them. This may help sway you to go for a new installation rather than repairs, even if you can rehabilitate your current furnace.

Call Davison Heating & Cooling for honest and helpful opinions on your furnace in Holly, MI. We handle repairs, maintenance, and installation, everything you need for the best quality from your furnace.

How Does a Furnace Actually Work?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

There are numerous appliances in our daily lives whose workings remain a mystery to us. This applies to both old and new technologies. The operation of a smart phone can seem just as fantastic as the operation of a reliable furnace. Furnaces have kept people warm for more than a hundred years, but aside from the basic knowledge that furnaces “burn something” to provide heat, not many people outside of the HVAC industry understand exactly how they perform their vital job.

Davison Heating & Cooling takes pride in the work we do with all types of heating services we offer in Waterford, MI. Installation and repairs on a variety of furnaces are a major part of our job, so we know how furnaces operate down to their tiniest component.

Here’s a simple breakdown of how furnaces keep you warm

Furnaces are forced-air comfort systems: they use blower fans to distribute heated air through a network of ducts that spread around a home. The heated air comes out vents to provide warmth. But a furnace first has to raise the temperature of the air before it distributes it into a home’s living space. The various types of furnaces achieve this with different methods.

Gas furnaces, the most common seen in homes, use a silicon nitride igniter to light the burner inside a combustion chamber. Jets from the burner create heat using natural gas. The heat then passes into the heat exchanger. Here, the heat raises the temperature of the air. Blower fans then take this heated air and begin the forced-air distribution process. Propane furnaces operate similarly, instead using propane to provide fuel for the burner.

Electric furnaces, which are popular because they take up less space than other models, have an electrical ignition. The ignition starts a series of heating elements that contain electric coils. As current passes through the coils, they turn hot and transfer this energy to the air. The more heat the thermostat calls for, the more of these heating elements come on. The heated air then goes through the standard forced-air distribution.

Furnaces remain a top option for homeowners because they offer flexibility in sizing and fuel sources. It’s rare that we can’t locate a furnace to match a customer’s home. However, furnaces do have drawbacks, and another type of system may do a better job for you. Make sure you consult with experts, like those at Davison Heating & Cooling, before you make any serious choices about installing new heating in Waterford, MI.