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How Long Do HVAC Systems Last? A Helpful Guide

Published on Jun 1, 2020 by Blog in Blog

HVAC systems have a lifespan too. Albeit, it’s a bit shorter than ours.

Nonetheless, the life of your HVAC can and should be prolonged. It’s through routine maintenance that we can achieve longevity for our systems.

In this article, we will cover the factors that affect the HVAC, typical life spans and replacing a system.

Keep reading to find out: how long do HVAC systems last?

Factors Affecting HVAC Longevity

When it comes to the longevity of your system there are many various factors that play a big part.

Global temperatures are getting warmer, but that’s not too much of an issue. The release of airborne particles, also known as off-gassing is a big problem for the lifespan of your HVAC unit.

The chemicals that are used in the building process of a home can cause the condenser coils inside of your AC unit to corrode quicker. Modern methods of construction homes mean that there is less natural airflow into the building. That may be a big plus for your energy bill but it also means chemicals from cleaning products and building materials will remain in the home longer.

For this reason alone, outdoor HVAC systems last longer than indoor units.

Another big factor that affects the lifespan of your HVAC is your usage of it. In most states, people use their AC a couple of months of the year. A machine that is used less often will last longer than that which is used 24/7 all year long.

Here are some additional points of consideration for the life span of your HVAC unit:

  1. Poor maintenance
  2. Defective components
  3. Oversizing/undersizing of your system
  4. Improper installation
  5. Improper usage
  6. Salty/corrosive environments, such as living near the sea

Some of these issues may be beyond your control, but many are not. Lack of routine maintenance can lead to quicker component depreciation and a shortened life span for your unit. Oversizing (choosing a unit that is too large for your needs) means that your system will stop and start more frequently. This leads to more wear and tear and reduces lifespan significantly.

Let’s take a look at the typical longevity for HVAC units.

Typical Longevity for HVAC Units

Beyond the factors that affect longevity, the service life is dependent on the type of device. HVAC covers a large variety of devices, and is not limited to the ones listed below. Nonetheless, these are the most common and useful for residential properties.

Furnaces

With routine maintenance, a gas furnace can last 30 years, and sometimes longer. Usually, a furnace is changed when a heat exchange starts to leak. Systems without maintenance might last 10 years, but that’s unlikely.

Boilers

A boiler always lasts longer than a furnace. With an average life span of 35 years, it is only replaced when the heat exchanger starts to leak, much like a furnace. However, a boiler can freeze up in the winter when not used, therefore proper usage is important.

AC

The majority of air conditioners last 15 years, but in reality, it’s closer to 10. In a coastal area, this number can be as low as seven years. They are replaced when a compressor or condenser fails.

Ductless Mini-Splits

A ductless mini-splits provide both cooling and heating and can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. If you live by the coast they will tend to corrode faster. This is due to the high alkalinity and salt-contents in the air that enters the ducts, and get processed by the copper condenser coils, which are susceptible to corrosion.

Heat Pumps

A heat pump lasts about 20 years, but 15 is the average. Heat pumps are similar to air conditioners, but they can also provide heating and therefore they are used more often during the year. In a coastal area, a heating pump will last a maximum of 12 years.

Even though these are the common longevity time frames, a homeowner will probably replace a system sooner. As system ages, it becomes less efficient, increasing the utility and repair costs.

Once a system has reached a decade in age, the energy savings from a newer model can justify the investment by saving you money in running costs and repairs.

New System Upgrade

If your HVAC unit is older than 15 years or if your furnace is reaching 20, it’s probably the right time to change it. Especially if something breaks or you’ve had issues in the past.

When you factor in the repairs, labor, and replacement of components it can be as expensive as a new unit with installation coverage.

If you have a coal/oil furnace from 50 years ago, there’s very little chance that it will be working efficiently. Replacing this system will prevent all of the issues that you have somehow been able to avoid. It will also reduce your heating costs.

You might also want to replace a heat pump or evaporative cooler with a completely new HVAC unit, which will last as long if not longer than your previous system. It will function better and help you save money. The sooner you replace it, the sooner you can start to reap the benefits.

How Long Do HVAC Systems Last?

It’s a common question: How long do HVAC systems last? Now you know the answer, you are well on your way to replacing your old system or getting a new one for your new home. Either way, modern systems are made to last and are more efficient so can reduce your costs.

There’s really no reason not to get one installed. If you’re interested in a newer system, get in touch with us (Infinity Texas Air) and we will happily accommodate your needs.

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Home Air Quality: Why and How to Keep Your Indoor Air Clean During COVID-19

Published on May 8, 2020 by Blog in Blog

The current pandemic has led many people to question the quality of their self-quarantine.

Many people fear that the indoor air they’re breathing in isn’t safe. They fear that it’s harmful to their families to be locked indoors for that long.

That fear is justified. There are many different things indoors that could complicate a person’s breathing such as mold, radon, or carbon dioxide.

In order to make sure the family is protected, homeowners need to take an extra step during the COVID-19 pandemic to improve their air supply. Here is how people can keep their home air quality clean.

1. Get Outdoor Air, Inside

Just because everyone is supposed to be self-quarantining doesn’t mean they should be removing all traces of the outside air from their home.

In fact, there are several benefits that humans receive from having access to a higher supply of fresh outdoor air.

This can be as simple as opening the windows in the house for a few hours or taking a brief walk outside while practicing social distancing. If a homeowner has a backyard, they should definitely be taking advantage of it.

The fresh air intake system will do its part to add fresh air to the house’s HVAC system, but opening the windows for a bit will give it some much-needed assistance.

Even those with coronavirus symptoms should get their fair share of outdoor air via an open window to help with their breathing.

2. Remove the Carpet

Many people aspire to install a hardwood floor into their home and rid themselves of that dreaded carpet…now is the time to act on that desire!

While it may not occur to many people, carpet becomes a hazard to a human’s breathing over time. It traps all the dirt and dust that comes into the house, with nowhere to escape.

Even if a person were to vacuum their carpet often, some of the dirt is too far into the fibers of the carpet to reach.

The compounding (and hidden) dirt in your carpet can lead to serious breathing problems for those with heavy allergies.

People can eradicate this issue by installing the tile, hardwood, or vinyl flooring they’ve had their eyes on for a while.

For some, getting the floors remodeled isn’t in the budget during this time. If not, then a healthy alternative is having the carpets professionally cleaned.

3. Have the HVAC Unit Serviced

The HVAC system in a household should be serviced no less than twice a year by a professional HVAC expert.

Those that aren’t serviced on a biannual basis can lead to less lubrication in the gears of the system, which will quicken the system’s wear and tear.

There are also risks of dust and other objects interfering with the HVAC system’s fresh air intake system. Those out there that don’t replace their filters often enough know this problem all too well.

These days, a new HVAC installation can cost a homeowner up to $10,000. The more that a system is serviced each year, the longer it will last and the less likely it will need a replacement.

HVAC experts don’t want you to spend thousands of dollars on installation if you don’t need to. They’ll try their best to extend the life of the system until it can function properly anymore.

However, if that HVAC expert isn’t scheduled for a checkup often enough, there’s not a lot they can do to save the system.

All homeowners need to do is build a business relationship with a trusted HVAC service and they won’t have to worry about their home’s air quality during the quarantine.

4. Replace the Air Filter More Frequently

Homeowners essentially have one responsibility that falls on their shoulders for maintaining their HVAC system, and they do it forgettably. That responsibility is to change out the air filter once a month.

If not replaced on a consistent basis, the dirt and debris on the filter can cause the system to work extra hard to operate. That will inevitably lead to the system either overheating or shutting off as a defense mechanism.

No matter how often someone currently replaces their air filters, they should be doubling that effort these days.

Doubling down on the air filters will ensure the air supply that the HVAC system is pumping through the house is as fresh as possible.

5. Clean High-Traffic Areas More Often

High-traffic areas, as the name would imply, are the areas of a house that garner the most usage.

Generally speaking, this would be rooms such as the living room, hallways, and kitchens, to name a few. Because of the higher foot traffic, they’re also the place with the most dirt and debris in them.

Because of that, they need to be cleaned twice as often as any other room. The weekly house cleaning isn’t enough. People need to make sure and wipe down all surfaces, vacuum the floors, and spray the high-traffic areas thoroughly 2 to 3 times a week.

Homeowners should take the time to consider what places in their homes have the most traffic in order to improve air quality.

Keep Improving the Home Air Quality with These Tips

The awareness of how to improve the home air quality is the first battle for most modern homeowners.

Be sure to read this article on how to control symptoms of AC allergies from home. This article will give more tricks on how to fix certain allergy complications.

For more inquiries, please reach out via our contact us page and we’ll be happy to assist in any way possible!

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Why Is My Furnace Making Noises? This Is Everything to Know

Published on Apr 9, 2020 by Blog in Blog

Did you know that Texas has become the hottest state in the entire country? In fact, of the 50 hottest cities in the nation, more than a dozen are in the Lone Star State! And yes, Dallas has made it to this list.

While Texas may be more known for its insufferable heat, it does get below zero temperatures too. There was even a time when Dallas received almost eight inches of snow!

That said, you should treat your furnace with the same care that you give your air conditioner. If you have a furnace making noises you haven’t heard before, take that as a sign that you have a faulty heater. It’s best to get it checked by a pro ASAP, otherwise, you might get snowed in without any heating.

The question now is, which furnace “sounds” are normal and which ones aren’t? What do these weird sounds even mean?

We’ll take a closer look at some of these odd noises that furnaces make, so be sure to keep reading!

Expanding and Contracting Metal

Sometimes, a furnace that hasn’t been in use for a long time can make a super loud noise right after you power it on. This is usually caused by expanding and contracting metal. Metals, after all, expand when heated and contract when cooled.

In most cases, this is normal. The sound should mellow down the more you use your furnace.

If, however, the heater sound remains super loud or even worsen, there may be a blockage somewhere in the unit. It’s best that you contact a furnace repair technician to have it inspected and assessed.

Uninsulated Ducts or Worn Duct Insulation

It’s also possible for your ductwork system to make a loud, almost-like-gunshot sound. This noise is also usually due to expanding and contracting metal. However, the sound could be worse in air ducts without any insulation or have worn insulation.

In this case, you should consider getting your ductwork updated with better insulation. Not only will this help reduce the noises induced by contracting and expanding metal. It can also help seal those air duct cracks and holes, which could be wasting up to 30% of your conditioned air.

Delayed Ignition Due to Dirty Burners

Dirt and debris can interfere with your heater’s ability to “fire up”. The filth that’s clogging the burners can cause incomplete combustion. This is a safety hazard, as it can generate carbon monoxide (CO) among other harmful gases.

CO alone is deadly, as it’s a silent killer that causes at least 430 accidental deaths in the US every year. CO poisoning also lands up to 50,000 people in emergency departments each year.

Either way, if the heater noise you hear is almost like an “explosion”, turn off the system right away. A furnace’s delayed ignition may be due to a gas build-up, which in turn, can create that very loud sound. You need to have the unit’s burner checked for dirt build-up or damage.

Lack of Lubrication

Screeching, squealing, and wailing noises can all indicate a lack of lubrication. This, in turn, is usually caused by neglect or a lack of proper furnace maintenance and tune-up.

Keep in mind that your furnace has a lot of moving parts, all of which need to remain lubricated. Otherwise, they will get exposed to too much friction, which can wear them down early.

Worse, the excess friction can add up to the heat within the blower motor. This can make the furnace’s internal components even more susceptible to overheating. It won’t take long before your motor overheats and breaks down completely.

Loose Parts

If you hear a loud buzzing, humming, or whirring sound, it may be due to loose parts, such as fasteners. For example, loose bolts and screws have “extra” space between them and the part they’re fastened to. This space can then amplify the vibrations of a furnace that’s currently powered on.

Parts that are really loose can also cause rattling or knocking sounds. Aside from fasteners, a loose or unfastened blower fan may also generate such sounds. A detached panel, or one that doesn’t close fully, may also be to blame.

Totally Dislodged Parts

Banging sounds often indicate fallen parts, as in completely detached nuts and bolts. The noises come from the part being strewn around by the force or pressure of the furnace’s blower.

Foreign Objects Stuck in the Blower

Scraping or screeching usually means that a foreign object got trapped in the blower. As the fan rotates, it forces the object to move along with it. The object could then “scrape” against the sides of the blower, screeching along the way.

Broken or Damaged Blower Blades

A chipped, cracked, dented, or warped blower blade can also cause those scraping sounds. The “screech” may come from the damaged part running against the sides of the blower case.

Worn Motor Bearings

A furnace making clicking noise while running often signals worn motor bearings. Bearings reduce friction between moving parts, so they will wear out over time. When this happens, they’ll “thin” down and become loose.

As the motor runs, a worn bearing can vibrate and repeatedly hit the shaft or rod inserted in its hole. The can then result in clicking or soft knocking sounds.

Filthy Filter

Do you hear whistling coming from your furnace? If so, then a likely culprit is a filthy filter. The filter has become clogged with dirt that air can’t pass through it properly.

The good news is, you can fix this common furnace problem on your own — simply clean or replace the filter. This will also help make your heater “breathe” better, which can then boost its performance. A fresh filter can also help you trim your central HVAC energy costs by 5% to 15%.

Get That Furnace Making Noises Checked by a Pro Now

There you have it, the only guide you need when it comes to a furnace making noises. If it was only a one-time “loud noise”, then don’t worry, as that was likely the furnace coming out of its “resting” phase. However, if you continue to hear these noises, shut down your heater right away and contact an HVAC expert.

If you live within the Dallas County or nearby areas, we here at Infinity Texas Air can help. Ring us up now if you’re experiencing furnace issues, especially banging sounds.

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How Often Does an Air Conditioner Need Service?

Published on Mar 16, 2020 by Blog in Blog

Today, US homeowners can expect to spend anywhere from $5,000 and $10,000 for a new and complete HVAC installation. Even for individual heating and cooling units, the average prices already range from $2,000 to $5,000.

That’s a lot of money, so it’s a good thing that boilers can last up to thirty good years, while furnaces can last up to 20. Central air conditioners, on the other hand, have a lifespan of up to two decades.

However, home heaters and coolers can only last this long with routine HVAC servicing. Even the most durable ACs, furnaces, or boilers will fail early without maintenance.

The question now is, how often do you need to get your heating and cooling equipment maintained? What are the best times of the year to get these tune-ups, and why do you even need them in the first place?

We’ll answer all these questions in this post, so be sure to read until the end!

HVAC Servicing: The Twice-A-Year Minimum

Servicing air conditioning units are best done prior to the actual cooling season. For furnaces or boilers, it’s best to get them serviced before the heating season. In short, HVAC maintenance is best scheduled once in the spring and another in the fall.

One reason is that winter and summer are the peak seasons for HVAC repairs and replacements. That’s why it’s common for HVAC contractors to be very busy during these times. Pre-seasonal service calls allow homeowners to beat the “queues” during the peak seasons.

At the same time, HVAC tune-ups done before the peak seasons usually cost less. In fact, reliable contractors offer HVAC maintenance subscriptions that come with discounts! These memberships not only save homeowners money — they also provide priority service.

What Happens to Ill-Maintained HVAC Systems?

Servicing ac units helps ensure their efficient performance throughout the entire cooling season. After all, they’ve worked hard for six months during the previous winter. They then sat, unused, collecting dust and debris during the heating season.

The constant use of ACs reduces the amount of lubrication in gears and other movable parts. Without adequate lubrication, these components are at risk of more friction. This can then lead to overheating, which ultimately leads the parts to become damaged.

The same logic applies to furnaces and boilers. Some parts of the heating systems, however, are more prone to damages, such as the heat exchanger. The constant exposure to heat causes these parts to contract and expand continuously.

Throughout their use and their brief resting period, HVAC units also accumulate a lot of dirt. They do have filters to help reduce the number of contaminants that make it all the way into the system. However, many homeowners tend to forget to replace or wash these filters regularly.

As a result, dust and debris can impede the HVAC system’s air intake and outtake. Airflow restrictions can force the unit to eat up more energy as it tries to get in or blow out more air. This also places increased strain on the unit’s internal parts.

The longer these issues go on, the more energy the ill-maintained HVAC unit will consume. This then translates to increased energy bills. Moreover, the excessive strain and heat placed on the unit can lead to premature part failure.

Routine HVAC Maintenance Helps Maintain System Efficiency

One of the primary tasks involved in HVAC tune-ups is a thorough cleaning of both the heater and the cooler. This ensures that the system can properly draw in and circulate air within the building. Unobstructed airflow is key to the efficient performance of HVAC units.

In central AC maintenance, for instance, this includes cleaning the condenser and compressor. The HVAC technician will also remove dirt from the fins, coils, vents, and evaporator drain. If necessary, the tech will also replace the air conditioner filter.

In furnaces and boilers, the job involves cleaning the burners and gas or fuel lines. The technician will also remove and vacuum minor rust from the combustion chamber. Replacing the heating unit’s filter is often included in the service too.

By keeping HVAC systems free of clogs, homeowners can expect their units to perform at their peak. They can worry less about air conditioners not providing cool air during the hot days of summer. They can also avoid dealing with furnace problems that can leave them freezing in the cold.

Prevent Spikes in Heating and Cooling Bills

More than 40% of an average household’s utility bills go towards heating and cooling alone. Unfortunately, this can easily be greater in homes that have poor-performing HVAC units.

Clogged filters and vents, for starters, reduce the amount of air that gets to the condenser. As such, the condenser can circulate and pass less air to the evaporator coil. This reduction in the amount of transferred air means there’s less air to either cool or heat.

In this case, the HVAC unit will compensate by working harder to draw in more air. However, so long as there’s a clog in the filter or vent, this increased “workload” won’t make much difference. It’ll only make the heating or cooling equipment use more energy than normal.

More energy consumed means more money goes toward heating and cooling bills. There’s also the potential of dirty HVAC systems significantly affecting indoor air quality.

By simply getting an HVAC system serviced, homeowners can avoid such issues.

Beat the Heat and Stay Warm With the Help of Routine HVAC Tune-Ups

Pre-seasonal HVAC servicing no doubt extends the life of heating and cooling equipment. Tune-ups also help ensure that their heaters and ACs will last throughout the year. These should be good enough reasons for homeowners to invest in these services.

For homeowners in or near Forney, TX looking for quality HVAC service, Infinity Texas Air can help. Get in touch with us now to schedule your HVAC maintenance or repairs!

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Suffering From AC Allergies? How to Control Your Symptoms at Home

Published on Feb 3, 2020 by Blog in Blog

There were at least 7.1 million reported cases of respiratory allergies last year. Further, at least 50 million Americans have had at least one type of allergy in the past year.  A majority of these Americans never seek medical attention for the allergies.

Some people often complain of a stuffy nose, mild coughs, or a dried-out throat, lately. These may be signs of an allergy. If these allergy symptoms are more notable wherever these individuals are indoors and with their ACs on, then the cause for such reactions may be contaminants in the indoor air.

AC allergies are among the most common respiratory conditions in the United States. But often, ordinary Americans do not realize the relationship between air-conditioning and allergies. But most of these signs could be indicators of AC allergies.

This article presents tips on how to improve indoor air quality.

What Are AC Allergies?

AC allergies often manifest in the morning especially for people who are used to sleeping with the air-conditioner on at night. If symptoms akin to morning sickness keep manifesting, then it may be time to re-evaluate the AC usage habits at home.

These morning sicknesses manifest in the form of shortness of breath, coughing, fever, and tiredness.  What most Americans may not realize is that they may be suffering from AC allergies.

AC allergies manifest in the form of intermittent sneezing, watery eyes, or nasal congestion whenever the AC is on? An air-conditioning allergy refers to the damaging immune reaction to poor indoor air quality.

The bad news is that in some people, AC allergies may often get worse with time if no intervention measures are forthcoming. But the flip side is that one can deal with the problem with a little help from experts.  But how can Americans solve such AC problems?

1. Replace the Air Filters

The AC is a critical addition to the home, when working in perfect condition. But with time, elements within the AC such as air filters attract dust and other contaminants. Dirty air filters will eventually trigger an allergic reaction due to the extent of air contamination in the system.

In some cases, homeowners may opt to clean the filters as often as two weeks to keep the air conditioning at home clean and safe. But if the symptoms persist, the other alternative would be to replace the air filters. Such a delicate process can only be entrusted on seasoned HVAC specialist with vast experience in air filter cleaning and replacement.

2. Clean the Duct Work

The duct systems inside the house are responsible for filtering the air that comes from the exterior. This means that before such air ends up inside the house, it’s ridden off dust, dirt, pollen, and any other probable contaminant. But in some cases, the ductwork may have leaks, which allow dirt and grit to settle into the system.

Such loopholes are responsible for the instances of air contamination in the house. Are AC allergies manifesting lately? The cause may be leaking or contaminated ductwork.  Property owners can rely on the expertise of a ductwork specialist to undertake the cleaning, repair, and installation of the ductwork with the utmost professionalism.

3. Assess the Registers and Return Vents

A keen look at the structure design in most homes reveals vent covers casing the hole where the duct connects with the room. These are registers and return vents, which are part of the AC system. Registers and return vents support the functionality of the AC system. But they’re also often susceptible to dirt and insects.

The return vents may also be a perfect breeding ground for bugs and the accumulation of dirt. Vacuuming the vents and the registers is the only sure way of sustaining high levels of indoor air quality. But vents and registers should never be cleaned using water or other cleaning products.

That’s why there’s need to source for a trusted HVAC service provider to help with cleaning the return vents. Clean vents and registers are the solutions to those instances of AC allergies.

4. Clear the Dust and Debris Around the AC Unit

Most times, the outdoor part of the AC is forgotten when undertaking the maintenance process. But fresh air initially reaches this part of the broader AC system before getting inside the home. This means that any dust or dirt around the exterior part of the AC may eventually end up inside the internal AC system.

There may be a need to clear the dust and debris around the outer part of the AC system as often. Such routine maintenance ensures clean and fresh air into the central AC system and keeps allergies at bay. Homeowners can learn how to DIY on this outdoor clean up since it’s not overly technical.

5. Clear out Molds

The likelihood of AC allergies increases when molds dominate a house. The presence of fungi in the home may be due to more than average humidity or moisture around the AC system. Imagine the number of allergens dominating the air in the bedroom when the AC is on.

Occupants of a house may need to keep the AC within the 30-50% range to ensure that the environment is not conducive for mold to breed. Having a humidifier would also be helpful when dealing with mold. Calling in an expert to assess the AC system for any possible traces of molds or dampness around the AC system would be necessary.

6. Schedule Routine Maintenance to Reduce the Risk of AC Allergies

The susceptibility to allergies may be a result of poor AC maintenance. Homeowners who are keen on dealing with the issue of AC allergies at home should schedule a more frequent assessment of the system. This ensures speedy and effective cleanup and repair of any part of the AC system that may lead to a loophole for allergens.

The AC Is Meant to Enhance Comfort Not to Cause Allergies

With proper maintenance, the AC can be in service for many years with minimal hitches. But if neglected, such air-conditioning system may become the cause of AC allergies and constant visits to the doctor. Nonetheless with these tips on how to reduce AC allergies, Americans no longer have to endure poor quality indoor air.

If looking for reliable HVAC specialists, please contact us for the best services.

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Common Furnace Problems: When to Reach out to a Furnace Repair Near Me

Published on Jan 7, 2020 by Blog in Blog

As early back as 2500 B.C., the Greeks were using fixed central hearths as the earliest forms of central heating systems. This technique has evolved remarkably over the years to what is now commonly known as a heating furnace.

While the approach to modern heating at home now embraces advanced technology, you’ll still experience operational challenges.

Finding out that your furnace is dysfunctional can be frustrating, especially during those cold winter nights. If you are wondering, “when should I reach out to a furnace repair near me?” Don’t flinch.

The bad news is that furnaces may require replacement, eventually. But the good news is that a furnace specialist near you can resolve specific problems in no time.

Here are such common furnace problems.

1. Furnace Doesn’t Produce Heat

Most FAQs related to home heating and furnace problems revolve around this problem.

There are a myriad of reasons your furnace may not be producing heat. One of the most common is the thermostat’s failure to turn on.

If this is the reason, you can try moving the dial-up or down a few times to test for changes in your settings. But if you don’t notice any difference, it could mean that the circuit breaker has probably tripped or blown off. In such a case it may be risky to try any DIY measures.

It would help if you looked for a furnace repair service near you to assist with the furnace diagnosis. Such common heating furnace repairs may seem easy to undertake, but they pose a safety hazard. It would be wise to consider expert intervention.

2. Furnace Does Not Produce Enough Heat

While it is common for furnaces to stop working, it is also probable that the system still works, but doesn’t produce enough heat. In such cases, even when the thermostat is on, the furnace cannot heat the home entirely.

Your system’s failure may be because of a clogged filter. Most people don’t realize the importance of a furnace filter until such a concern emerges. While it is possible to use a blower to blow the filter, it could also be an indicator it’s time to overhaul the system.

If you are wondering if this is enough reason to “consult a furnace repair near me,” then the answer is yes.  An expert can quickly locate your furnace’s filter and decide whether it may require a blower or it needs urgent replacement. Sometimes, it may be a simple concern around the ductwork, which requires minimal repairs.

A common mistake that DIY attempts lead to is a filter installation that is put upside down. If you are keen on ensuring full functionality for your furnace, consider calling in a specialist.

3. Furnace Won’t Shut Off

You may notice sometimes that your heater won’t stop running even when you switch off. The furnace continues to blow hot air, which may cause panic as the warmth grows. One of the urgent solutions will be to check if the thermostat is set on “auto.” If not, you ought to dial-up to “auto” immediately.

But this option may not help to solve your problem in certain other cases. For instance, if your thermostat is broken or miswired, there’s a chance it won’t shut off.

Your other probable reason for the situation would be the likelihood that the blower has malfunctioned.

You may replace the thermostat if you are well-versed with the functionality of the furnace. If this problem persists, or you have limited knowledge about heaters, contact a trusted furnace repairer as soon as possible.

4. Is a Cracked Heat Exchanger Enough Reason to Look for a “Furnace Repair Near Me?”

Your home furnace heating system has a complex structure that enables functionality. But sometimes, critical components such as the heat exchanger crack. This situation may lead to health hazards due production of toxic gases.

Your heat exchange may crack if you don’t carry out regular repairs. But a cracked heat exchanger is a grave concern that may require urgent professional intervention. Don’t attempt a DIY at any cost.

5. Loud Sounds Whenever the Furnace Is On

You want to come to a homely ambiance in your home every evening.

Unfortunately, the loud sounds from the furnace when running won’t give you the peace you crave for at home. If the issue is not about a cracked heat exchanger, it may be because of loose panels.

In both cases, calling in an expert would be critical. A specialist will either replace the heat exchanger or tighten the loose panels. Both options are imperative if you are keen on resolving the constant rattling sound concern when operating your furnace.

6. A Concern with the Limit Switches

Is your limit switch dysfunctional? This could be the main reason your furnace runs continuously. If the limit switch is faulty, there’s the risk that the boiler won’t fire. In other cases, the high limit switch may trip.

Such tripping may cause the blower to continue to run even when the heating element is shut off. If this is the problem, then you may need the input of a professional. Such expert intervention focuses on the assessment of the system, which includes resetting the blower.

If the circuit is open, the other probable option is to replace the limit switch entirely. While this process is costly, it will lead you off the constant concerns of recurrent operational failures.

7. Faulty Ignition System

Most of the modern furnace systems operate electronically, which limits the role of standing pilot light. But if your furnace has a thermocouple, you will probably experience recurrent instances of faulty ignition.

Depending on the advice from a reliable technician, you may need to replace the limit switch to ensure your system is back to functional order. You may need to consult a furnace repair service near you to minimize the risk of future failures.

Don’t Let a Faulty Furnace Be the Cause of Cold Nights

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A Healthy Home: 7 Tips for How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Published on Dec 18, 2019 by Blog in Blog

It’s time to clear the air. Itchy eyes, headaches, and fatigue can be symptoms of outdoor air pollution, but they can just as easily come from the air inside.

The short- and long-term effects of poor indoor air quality are so serious that the Environmental Protection Agency recommends people improve their home’s air quality even if they don’t notice symptoms.

Scary as this sounds, the good news is that people can control these problems. Although a home’s air can harbor a host of health threats, there are simple things anyone can do to address them.

Here are the top seven steps homeowners should take to learn how to improve indoor air quality and promote a healthy home.

1. Clean and Repair Air Ducts

Dirty ducts can be guilty of distributing particles of dust, bacteria, mold spores, and even rodent feces throughout the house. (If the air coming out of the vents smells musty or strange, it’s definitely time to be suspicious.)

Even worse, when duct debris builds up enough to cause clogs, the entire system stops running as it should.

The best duct cleaning professionals are also able to repair holes and cracks because sealed ducts are essential to an efficient system. If ductwork is truly beyond repair, it’s wise to replace it.

Consistent duct cleanups and repair will remove pollutants, prevent future clogs, and clear the way for fresh, efficient air circulation at home.

2. Reduce Chemical Use

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, can cause a wide range of symptoms. They’re in many common products, including building materials, paints, furniture, cleaners, cosmetics, and craft supplies.

To help reduce exposure, people should always read and follow product instructions. If a label calls for use in a ventilated area, it’s a good idea to use the product outdoors if possible or at least open the windows.

Homeowners can buy furniture, paints, and more with no or low VOCs. Some of these products are labeled with official certifications such as GREENGUARD.

Non-toxic cleaning supplies are safer than chemical-laden options. Simple ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar, citrus, and essential oils are inexpensive, effective and won’t pollute the air.

3. Maintain Systems to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Fussy furnaces and inconsistent air conditioners are begging for TLC. Putting a preventative maintenance plan in place — and sticking to it — will give them the care they need.

When systems perform at their best, they will be able to work efficiently, which means better air filtration and circulation. Homeowners save money and energy, too.

Regular heating and cooling maintenance helps keep temperatures at an even keel, which makes life at home more comfortable for everybody.

4. Purify and Filter Air Permanently

Standard heating and cooling filters need to be cleaned and changed regularly — a task that doesn’t always land at the top of the to-do list.

But there are alternatives. Installing lasting air-purifying solutions, such as a permanent HEPA air filter or custom whole-home purifier, makes maintenance easy.

HEPA, or high-efficiency particulate air, filters trap fine particles of dander, pollen, and more to keep them from circulating in the air — and eventually ending up in someone’s lungs.

Air purifiers can offer extra benefits, such as filters made to eliminate everyday odors from food, smoke, fragrances, and chemicals.

5. Vacuum the Floors and More

Pollutants and allergens tend to gather on all sorts of surfaces. A closed-system vacuum with a HEPA filter sucks up and traps these small particles, rather than blowing them back out into the air.

Floors, rugs, upholstery, curtains, and even walls should be vacuumed once or twice a week. People should follow the instructions for washing and changing the vacuum’s filters for the best results.

After vacuuming, surfaces can be finished with one of the simplest non-toxic cleaning solutions available: hot water and a steam mop. Microfiber and static wipes are good at picking up any remaining dust, too.

Placing mats in doorways and other strategic areas around the home helps prevent debris buildup on floors.

6. Avoid Dangerous Gases

Gases with no smell, taste, or color can lurk indoors and cause toxic exposures.

Carbon monoxide can lead to a wide range of symptoms, from fatigue to death. This gas is easy to monitor using an inexpensive device similar to a smoke detector. All homes should have these monitors on each floor.

Regularly maintaining furnaces, fireplaces, and water heaters can help prevent common causes of carbon monoxide leaks. People should never use generators indoors, run cars in enclosed areas, or use a gas oven to heat homes.

Radon gas comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. Because buildings can be on top of areas where this is happening, people can be exposed to radon without knowing it. This exposure is serious, because radon is the top cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

The EPA recommends getting an easy, inexpensive radon test kit to check for levels at home. If results come in high, homeowners can take steps to reduce exposure.

7. Mold Dampens Air Quality

Mold can be a hidden cause of allergies and asthma. If walls, carpet, or other indoor materials have been wet or damp, mold may be lurking within.

The first defense against mold is to prevent materials from getting wet in the first place. Checking under sinks and other leak-prone areas can reveal a problem early. Stains on ceilings, floors, or window sills are also signs.

If there’s a leak or flood, homeowners should call professionals to dry out the area and remove damaged materials immediately.

Because HEPA filters and air purifiers remove mold fragments from the air, they can help people with allergies or asthma from mold feel better.

Learning How to Improve Indoor Air Quality Is Simple

When it comes to air quality, people have only one environment they can truly control: their homes. Homes with high-quality air come with a host of benefits including health, energy efficiency, and comfort.

Homeowners who are ready to learn how to improve indoor air quality should contact Infinity Texas Air to check their air quality and offer custom solutions today!

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