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5 Essential Furnace Components to Know Before Heating Repair

Heating repair should be considered a high priority at this time of year. The weather won’t be getting warmer any time soon, so you need to make sure your home is equipped with a reliable source of heat. Even if it’s just a matter of a few small problems with your heating system, fixing them can mean all the difference in how comfortably you live in your home this season. Plus, with the holidays right around the corner (and if you plan on having guests over the house), a steady flow of heat may be all you need to keep up that holiday cheer. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t care to know what really makes their furnace work. That lack of knowledge proves more of a problem they initially believe, especially when they find themselves in a situation where they need furnace repair. It can prove a detriment when your furnace is clearly experiencing a problem yet you have zero idea as to what’s going on. For example, if the furnace begins to make loud noises, there is a chance you may have no idea what part within the furnace is causing it to happen. Before your next heating repair, it’s important to brush on your knowledge of the furnace’s many components so you will be able to both identify problems and clearly communicate them to a heating contractor.

Why You Need to Call Lighten Up for Service

Luckily, Lighten Up is here to provide high-quality heating service that will leave you with both heat for your home and a better understanding on the inner workings of your furnace. If you allow any furnace problem go unfixed simply because you do not know how the system works, you have a risk significant money loss that will see a huge dent in your savings. According the U.S. Department of Energy, between 2007 and 2012, the average homeowner spent $700 on gas heating and over $1,700 on oil heating. With expenses that high, you cannot afford to remain in the dark about what makes your furnace work and, in many cases, what makes it not work. In addition to providing you with highly effective repairs, our experienced heating contractors will give you greater insight into your furnace so you know what’s causing any future problem.

What Furnace Parts Should You Know About For A Heating Repair?

There are so many parts to your furnace that you may not even known where to begin. In that, we’ve narrowed it down to the 5 most essential, including:

  1. Pilot Light: Your pilot light is responsible for turning your heating system is on, but it will function differently depending on furnace type. In a gas furnace, the pilot light is a small flame that is always burning a small amount of excess gas. In an electric furnace, however, it is lit by an electronic ignition once you turn on the furnace. Regardless of type, the light may die out if blocked by debris. The best solution here is to turn off the gas (or turn off an electric furnace at the breaker) and use a small brush to clean it, which will prove effective in most modern furnaces. If not, call us for maintenance service immediately.
  2. Burner: The burner creates heat inside a combustion chamber, which in turn creates heat in the heat exchanger. However, if broken, the burner will not heat up air or take a longer time to heat than usual. This can lead to an inconsistent amount of heat in your home and will require a heating contractor to fix it immediately so you don’t experience cold spots.
  3. Heat Exchanger: The heat exchanger is the heart of your furnace. In many ways, it’s exactly what you think—it’s the part responsible for exchanging heat from one matter to another. It will pull in air and heat it. Cold air is replaced by the warm air created by the burner, which is then pushed into a long tube or pipe by the blower motor.
  4. Blower Motor: The blower motor is responsible for pushing the warm air through the vents. However, you need to make you have a furnace with one that is properly sized. Size is usually measured in accordance with the size and layout of your home. For example, larger blower motors are used in homes where the air needs to travel long distances, especially if the home has more rooms to heat.
  5. Vents: Vents will be responsible for releasing the warm air throughout the home, but you need to make sure the vents are cleared of any dust or debris. If not, it may take its toll on indoor air quality, instead sending the dust along with any other allergens into your home. The well-being of any asthma or allergy sufferers in your household will be put at risk if vents are not cleaned regularly.

Don’t Get Caught In The Cold – Schedule A Heating Repair Today

Contact Lighten Up today if you want to learn more on the inner workings of your furnace and have us provide high-quality heating repair!

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