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Gas Furnace Repair Requires a Professional

Monday, January 8th, 2018

heating-repair-servicesHere in the Inland Empire, most of our heating systems are forced-air furnaces, which run on natural gas. The burners use a heat exchanger to warm the air in the furnace, then that air is blown through the ducts into your home with a powerful fan. The system is effective and inexpensive to operate, and considering how mild our winters are in this part of the world, they provide more than enough heat to keep our homes warm.

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Common Electrical Furnace Repair Issues

Monday, December 11th, 2017

family-comfortable-electric-furnaceGas furnaces tend to be more common in the Riverside area than electrical ones: largely because gas costs less than electrical power and then allows you to heat your home without costing you as much in monthly bills. But electrical furnaces are common in the area too, particularly in rural areas further east where homeowners don’t have access to gas lines.

Electrical furnaces draw upon your home’s electrical grid for power, which costs more but gets around the need for gas lines. They run into trouble less frequently too, but no system is entirely problem free. If you own an electric furnace and it’s having trouble, now is the time to address it. 

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When Is It Time to Replace Your Furnace?

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Heating-repairmanWe have the luxury of holding on with an older heating system here in Corona, CA, since our winters are reasonably mild. Back East, a faulty furnace needs to be addressed quickly before it plunges your home into a deep freeze, but here, you can limp along with an outdated heater or even go without for a few weeks in an emergency.

Nevertheless, older heating systems eventually need replacement, and this is usually the time of year when that fact becomes apparent. Most homeowners have been using their furnace for a few months, and if trouble is brewing, it will likely have made itself known. 

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Furnace Installation: Gas or Electric?

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Furnaces are one of the most widely varied home heating systems on the market. There is a huge difference in fuel types, ignition mechanisms, installation locations, and efficiency ratings that can be overwhelming to a homeowner looking for a furnace. One of the most common conundrums in furnace shopping is the choice between gas and electric. Let’s go through the pros and cons of each, and hopefully we can help you make the right decision.

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces are a bit more common than electric furnaces across the country. This isn’t necessarily because they are better, but it does indicate a few of their strengths. Gas furnaces are installed because of their versatility and commonality. In other words, natural gas is widely available and can heat well in any environment. Gas furnaces are an older technology. As such, their parts are cheaper and replacements are very easy to find.

There are a few downsides to gas furnaces. For one, they really aren’t all that energy efficient. Natural gas can put out a high amount of heat when burned, but a lot of it goes to waste. This is especially true in older furnaces.

Electric Furnaces

Electric furnaces are a newer furnace type, but are gaining in popularity. The primary reason to install an electric furnace is because they are more energy efficient. They can also be installed in areas where there are no natural gas lines, giving them a slight edge in more remote or underdeveloped areas. Electric furnaces run electricity through a heating coil, rather than relying on a flame from burning fuel. While electricity is more expensive than gas from a fuel perspective, almost none of the heat it generates goes to waste. This is what makes electric furnaces more energy efficient.

The major downside to electric furnaces is that they are more expensive to fix. The technology used in their construction is more complex, and therefore more difficult to repair. Because of their relative rarity, it may also be difficult to find companies that service them in your area.

If you’d like to know more about your gas or electric furnaces options, call Avis Plumbing, Heating, and Air. Our technicians provide heating services throughout Riverside.

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How Does a Gas Furnace Work?

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Gas burning furnaces are among the most popular home heating systems on the market today. Many homeowners choose them because they are relatively cheap, easy to maintain and operate, and easy to replace if necessary. What a lot of homeowners don’t know, however, is how a gas furnace actually operates. Let us walk you through the operation of a gas furnace, to help you know your system better.

Pilot Light

The pilot light is a continuously burning flame under your furnace. It is supplied by its own gas line, controlled by a heat sensor called a “thermocouple.” When your thermostat orders the furnace to turn on, the pilot light ignites the burners that serve to keep the furnace going.

Burners

The burners are the main sources of heat for your furnace, while the furnace is running, the burners generate the heat that flows through the heat exchanger and warms the air being circulated. The burners are ignited by the pilot light, but stay lit by consuming a steady flow of natural gas from the gas line running into the furnace.

The Heat Exchanger

The heat exchanger is a long, winding tube that extends from the burners to the exhaust flue. As the heat from the burners rises through the heat exchanger, it radiates through it to warm the air passing over the outside of the tube. The toxic combustion gases that are byproducts of the burning process move through the tube to the exhaust flue, where they are harmlessly vented outside.

The Air Filter

The air filter is a fibrous mesh stretched over a plastic or metal framework, which is then inserted in the furnace return duct. This part is responsible for filtering out all the airborne contaminants, like dust and dander, which could buildup and damage the furnace. This part must be cleaned or replaced every few months, as it becomes clogged with debris over time.

So there you have it, a very basic outline of how your gas furnace operates. If you’d like to know more about the inner workings of your heating system, call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air. We offer professional heating services throughout Riverside.

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