Are You and Your Furnace Ready for Winter?

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As the cold mornings begin to set in and we spend that few extra minutes to defrost our cars, it is evident that winter is not as far away as it may seem. With that being said, it is important to make sure your furnace is ready for when the cold mornings start turning into days. Doing a few maintenance checks, cleaning, and replacements will ensure your furnace is fully functional for the winter months. It is highly recommended to begin this process sooner rather than later to avoid having problems at inconvenient times. Make sure to disconnect your furnace from its power source, and then follow the tips below to get started! Continue reading

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When Soot is Everywhere – DIY Furnace Cleanup

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Lack of cleaning and regular maintenance can lead to soot buildup in your furnace and furnace break downs, including the expulsion of black soot through the air vent ducts which can cover your home in a black dust.

Sometimes, the expulsion of soot can be due to a faulty exhaust system (flue) or improper venting.  Other times it can be caused by a fuel leak or faulty parts, such as the fuel nozzle/valve in the combustion chamber leaking fuel. It’s best to hire a professional and licensed HVAC technician to inspect and repair the furnace.  However, you can do some basic maintenance and cleanup yourself. Here are the basic guidelines for a DIY furnace cleanup and some repair tips: Continue reading