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1. Searching for the Best Plumbing and Heating Services. 2. How to Maintain Your Heating and Cooling System. 3. Types of Heating and Cooling Systems. 4. How to Know When You Need Furnace Repairs or Replacement. 5. Which Furnace Repairs Are Right for You? 6. Do You Need a Furnace Inspection? 7. Tips for Furnace Maintenance. 8. Helpful Furnace Inspection Tips. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: More About Plumbing and Heating, and Furnace

More About Plumbing and Heating, and Furnace
  1. Searching for the Best Plumbing and Heating
  2. How to Maintain Your Heating and Cooling System
  3. Types of Heating and Cooling Systems
  4. How to Know When You Need Furnace Repairs or
  5. Which Furnace Repairs Are Right for You?
  6. Do You Need a Furnace Inspection?
  7. Tips for Furnace Maintenance
  8. Helpful Furnace Inspection Tips

Searching for the Best Plumbing and Heating
  • When it comes to plumbing, its best for a
    professional plumber to evaluate your current
    system to see exactly which changes need to be
    made. You may need to have a new pipe installed
    or repaired, or there may be a specific appliance
    like the bathtub or toilet that needs to be
    fixed. Your hot water heaters function can also
    affect the way your plumbing system works, so ask
    the plumber to check this as well to see if there
    are leakage or malfunctions that need to be fixed
    right away to avoid any further damage. Its best
    to have your hot water heater checked a month or
    two before the cold season begins in your area,
    so that you and your family will be comfortable
    during the winter.
  • Cleaning your sewer and drainage systems is
    another very important part of plumbing. If
    wastes is not properly being flushed through the
    piping in your home, this could cause buildup
    that could lead to leakages and damages in your
    home and even problems with your lawn and the
    plants and trees that youre growing in the front
    or back yard. There are also times when your
    entire sewer system needs to be replaced so that
    moisture and waste collection goes through a
    proper system so that your property wont be

How to Maintain Your Heating and Cooling System
  • There are a few tools youll need to get the job
    done, including a flashlight, pliers,
    screwdrivers, wrenches and a hammer you may even
    need washcloths and a vacuum cleaner to clean up
    any debris. If youre taking care of the
    maintenance yourself, duct tape or refractory
    cement may be necessary. You can get most of the
    materials you need at a home improvement store.
  • If your heating and cooling system isnt working
    well, theres usually a problem with either the
    distribution system, thermostat or heat/cold
    source. If the air conditioner or furnace isnt
    running, your nit may have lost power. Theres
    also a chance that fuel may not be getting to the
    unit, or the fuel may not be lighting if its oil
    or gas. If the furnace turns on or the air
    conditioner comes on but the air doesnt reach
    all areas of your home, your distribution system
    or blower needs attention. If the thermostat
    doesnt work, your unit could turn on and off
    without warning. Observe the way your heating and
    cooling system is performing so that you can
    properly assess the problem.

How to Maintain Your Heating and Cooling System
  • Be sure that your unit is getting enough power so
    you can rule this issue out if its not the
    problem. Search the unit for fuses that are blown
    or circuit breakers that are positioned at the
    entrance panel. There are some furnaces that have
    a separate power entrance near the principle
    entrance panel, or you may find a fuse on the
    unit. If you see a reset button, wait about half
    an hour so the motor can cool off completely,
    then press the reset button. If your unit doesnt
    start, wait another half hour then press the
    reset button again. You may have to do this one
    more time, but if you have to reset any more than
    this, its probably time to call a professional.
  • Check your thermostat to make sure its set
    properly. If you need the air to be warmer, raise
    the temperature by five degrees for the air
    conditioner, lower the temperature by five
    degrees. This could prompt your heating and
    cooling system to function more efficiently. If
    your unit is a gas unit, make sure the supply is
    turned on and check the pilot light to make sure
    its lit. If the unit is an oil unit, there
    should be enough oil to keep the heating system
    working well.

Types of Heating and Cooling Systems
  • These days, mot air conditioning systems are
    central cooling systems. This involves supply and
    return ducts to move air from the unit to the
    inside of a home or residential building. Supply
    ducts are utilized to pour cold air into a room
    or home, and the return ducts collect the air
    that is in the room. This process is repeated
    until the room reaches the desired temperature.
    There are generally two types of cooking system
    packaged units or split systems.
  • Split systems are on the outside of a home or
    building or on the roof where the condenser and
    compressor are. The heat pump and evaporator is
    often positioned on the inside of the building.
    Packaging central cooling systems are the systems
    in which the evaporator, compressor and condenser
    are installed together and all positioned on the
    buildings exterior. In the fall and winter, the
    systems use electric heat with electric coals.
    The air that is collected and heated or cooled
    travels down the ducts and ends up in the home or
    building. The benefits of a central air
    conditioning system include efficiency and less
    noise. These systems are also easy to manage.
  • You should also know about VRF and VRV air
    conditioning systems. VRF stands for variable
    refrigerator flow and VRV is variable refrigerant
    volume. For the most part, these cooling systems
    are found in large commercial buildings like
    hotels, hospitals and office spaces. This type of
    system can cool large areas easily and are

How to Know When You Need Furnace Repairs or
  • One of the first things youll need to consider
    when it comes to furnace repairs is the age of
    the furnace. Getting a furnace repaired or
    replaced could cost anywhere between 2,500 and
    5,500, so before you get a totally new furnace,
    there are a few things youll need to keep in
    mind. As a general rule of thumb, if your furnace
    is 12 years or older, it may be time to seriously
    consider replacing it. When a furnace reaches
    this age, it is often not as efficient and could
    make your home unsafe.
  • You also need to evaluate your furnace so you can
    see if you its using too much energy. This can
    not only make your utility bills higher, but
    older furnaces are often oversized, which means
    that the furnace often comes on and turns off
    more than it should. When you upgrade to a
    furnace that is more suitable for your home in
    terms of size. A more modern furnace can also
    make the temperature in your home more
    comfortable and will save you on utility bills.
    Furnaces have an AFUE number, and the higher this
    number is, the more efficient the unit is, so you
    should have your furnace evaluated to see how it
    is rated on the AFUE scale the government
    requires that your furnaces AFUE number be 80 or
    higher. The correct size of furnace for your
    home will depend on the square footage of your
    house, and youll also need to consider the
    climate in your area.

Which Furnace Repairs Are Right for You?
  • To make sure that you dont have to pay too much
    for furnace repairs, have your furnace maintained
    on a regular basis. The furnace should be looked
    at once a year and thoroughly inspected by an
    HVAC contractor. This will allow you to see any
    breakdowns or issues in the furnace before they
    get so severe that you have to spend thousands of
    dollars to get a new furnace. In addition to
    purchasing a furnace, youll also have to hire
    contractors to install the furnace for you and
    make sure its compatible with your heating
  • Keep your furnace working well by cleaning the
    filters. When the filters are filled with dirt
    and debris, your furnace has to work harder to
    supply your home with heat. Dirty filters also
    make it harder for heat to evenly circulate
    through the home. In many cases, if you simply
    get a new filter, you can delay getting the
    furnace replaced and can keep your heating unit
    working well for a few months to a few more
  • Check the furnace for normal wear and tear, which
    happens after youve been using the furnace for a
    few years. Fixing a small component of the
    furnace or properly repositioning it can make a
    huge difference in the way it functions. Ask your
    HVAC technician to check the pilot or ignition of
    the water heater as well, since this has to be
    working well in order for the unit to function

Do You Need a Furnace Inspection?
  • When you have your furnace inspected, youll know
    if there are openings in the unit that could leak
    carbon monoxide. Its hard to detect this gas
    because carbon monoxide has no odor or color.
    When the gas has accumulated in your home, it can
    cause dizziness, nausea, severe headaches, and
    even death in extreme cases. About 15,000 people
    end up in the emergency room every year due to
    being exposed to carbon monoxide, and about 500
    people lose their lives annually after inhaling
    too much of the gas.
  • Of course, youll also need to consider how much
    a furnace inspection will cost. If you call an
    HVAC company in your area and only want them to
    do an inspection, you may have to pay a
    transportation fee and a service fee. If you find
    that you need to have work done after the
    inspection, you can ask that the inspection
    amount be deducted from the total cost of your
    bill. In most cases, if youre only getting an
    inspection, you can pay up to 85.

Tips for Furnace Maintenance
  • Any time your furnace is not working well, there
    are usually three components that are causing the
    problem your heat or cold source, your
    thermostat or the air distribution system. If
    your heat isnt coming on, the problem is at the
    source this could also be a sign that theres no
    power for the furnace to run properly. Theres
    also a chance a chance the fuel is not getting to
    the unit. If your furnace runs on oil or gas,
    its possible that the furnace may not be
    lighting. If the furnace turns on but you dont
    feel any warm air, your blower or distribution
    system is probably not working well. A thermostat
    of faulty control may also keep your heating
    system from turning on, or this could make the
    furnace turn on and off over and over without
    your control.
  • If you find that a fuse has blown or the circuit
    is tripping over and over when you turn the
    furnace on, you have an issue with your
    electrical system. If this is the case, dont try
    to fix the furnace on your own. Call a
    professional who is experienced with repairing
    HVAC units.
  • If you have a furnace that runs on gas and you
    start to smell gas in your house, dont attempt
    to shut off the gas and dont operate any of the
    lights on the furnace. Get out of the house right
    away, and make sure you leave the doors open.
    Call your gas company immediately and report a
    gas leak, and dont go back into your home until
    the leak has been repaired.

Helpful Furnace Inspection Tips
  • According to HVAC professionals, using a
    programmable thermostat is a great way to
    conserve energy. This can save you about 10 on
    your energy bills, so if you turn it down to
    seven or eight degrees lower than the regular
    temperature. The U.S. Department of Energy also
    recommends that you keep the thermostat at 68
    degrees for about eight hours out of the day,
    even if those eight hours are during the night.
    If your furnace is properly maintained and you
    keep the thermostat low, you can end up saving up
    to 30 on your energy bill.
  • Its also important to note that new furnaces
    need to be maintained as well this rule doesnt
    just apply to a furnace youve had for a few
    years. Most people think that when they get a new
    furnace or heating system, maintenance is not
    necessary. If theres a warranty claim on your
    furnace unit, the manufacture can ask you for
    service records to make sure the warranty should
    be honoured if you make a claim. This helps to
    ensure that you will be protected if something
    goes wrong with your furnace.

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