Question: How do you know if a programmable thermostat is broken? When I turn on the
gas heater it will not kick in. I turn off for two hours and it works.
Answer From JE Shekell: It may be a good idea to have a service technician run the thermostat through a test to see if it is working properly. There may be a problem with the furnace instead of the thermostat.
Question: I live in a 78 trailer. I have an electric furnace. Last year the furnace was fixed completely and ran correctly. Last week it was working fine. Now the furnace is not kicking on. When you try to set the thermostat on the wall to come on, it makes that little clickig noise that it does when you set it up. But the furnace is not coming on. The fan is working when I hit that button on the furnace itself. I have flipped the breaker in the breaker box ad those (2) circuit breakers on the front of the furnace. Any suggesions what I should do? I am a single mom and the cold winter will be approaching anytime! Help!!
Answer From JE Shekell: I would check to see if the pilot is still lit. There should be some kind of inspection window or some way to look to see the pilot. You may need to re-light it. If you use propane gas for heat, you may want to check to see if the tank is full. If you use natural gas you might check to make sure the gas has not been shut off to the furnace. If you don't feel comfortable doing any of this please call to have a technician come out and look at your furnace.
Question: Is there a formula where I can determine the size air conditioning unit I need? I have two estimates, one suggested a 2 ton and the other a 2 1/2 ton. The square footage to cool is 1550. Also, in your opinion, which is better Trane or Lennox?
Answer From JE Shekell: The rule of thumb is 500 square feet per ton, but there are a lot of other factors that play into sizing equipment for your home. It depends on insulation in the home and your windows, the direction in which the home sets. The contractor should run a load on your house if you ask them to. I like Trane better. It is a high quality piece of equipment. One drawback about Lennox is, if you need to ever have a repair made to the unit you have to order the parts from the factory. There are no parts supply vendors for Lennox. So the contractor has to wait for the parts to come in to make the repair.
Question: Trouble with gas furnace. Set thermostat, fan starts, blower starts, ignitor glows white hot. At this point the sequence stops. Gas is not delivered to the ignitor. It will make a couple attempts, getting to the same point in the sequence.
Question: My furnace will ignite and will start to flame then goes out in 10 seconds. Do you think it is the ignitor or something to do with the burners? How should I check and how can I find out what the ignitor looks like so that I can replace it?
Question: I have a programmable thermostat and I am getting conflicting stories about how to program it. Should I use a much lower temperature when I am not home or stay within a few degrees?
Question: What is the proper humidity level in a home?
Question: My heating/air conditioner has moisture on the duct work. I guss you call it condensation. Is this normal or should somethng be done to fix this?
Answer From JE Shekell: If the duct work is not insulated and the humidity level is high in the area that the duct is located in, it will sweat or build condensation. The duct work is naturally going to be cool from cold air inside the duct. Sometimes if the insulation has pulled away from the duct in areas it will sweat between the insulation.
Question: I am wondering if there is any danger in installing a 90%+ furnace in an attic of a 20 year old house. The old furnace is probably only 50-65% and I have heard from some that 90% should not be in the attic given our cold winters. I have read only 80% for an attic. Can you tell me what your opinion is?
Answer From JE Shekell: The only concern with a 90+ furnace in an attic area is the condensate drain line from the furnace may freeze in the winter. Most equipment manufacturers have heater kits for the drain line to keep them from freezing. I would recommend having an auxiliary drain pan installed under the furnace in case the drain for the A/C or furnace ever stops draining. It would keep water from dripping on the ceiling below. I would also put a moisture switch on the pan to shut the unit off if water builds in the auxiliary pan.
Answer From JE Shekell: Other than your service company, I would check at Lowes, Grainger, Rural King or any other hardware store. Your service company will have a better chance of finding the filter but you will probably have to pay a little more.
Question: We have our A/C and furnace serviced every spring and fall. Last year or two additional freon was added. This spring 1 1/2 #. Last week 3#. Okay for acouple of days now A/C is running for hours and not cooling. How do I shopfor compressor replacement? Do I need a new furnace too? 2 years ago wehad a coil replace in furnace at $500+. Told me we had two leaks in A/C but don't need to replace furnace. Is that wise? Also in past I thought A/C'swere rated by BTU's now they talk about SEER. Furnace is 1973, compressor is approx. 20 years old.
Answer From JE Shekell: If your furnace is over 30 years old, it may be working properly. But the efficiency is probably not really good. It sounds like both the furnace and condensor unit are past the life expectancy. The new equipment that is offered now is much more enery efficient. That is what SEER is. It stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration. The A/C's BTU rating is the capacityof which the unit can cool your home. SEER rating can range from 10.0 which is the least up to 17.0 which is the highest.
Question: I seem to have a lot of dust in my home build in 1997. Do electronic air cleaners take care of this problem?
Answer From JE Shekell: An electronic air cleaner does a good job, but I would recommnd a space-guard filter. It is a media style filter that is a 4" pleated filter. Generally depending on the conditions the filter needs to be changed once a year. The space guard also has a lifetime warranty. The electronic will need to be cleaned monthly. The space guard has no electronic parts that can fail or need repair.
Question: I have a 110 window unit and it sweats on the bottom. Should I insulate to stop this?
Question: We have 2 A/C units outside that we would like to have moved about 30 feet so we can add on a laundry room. Would it be expensive to move them?
Answer From JE Shekell: It wouldn't be that expensive. It would depend on where you want to move them as far as the ground if it would need to be leveled. It would also depend on how the refrigerant lines and electrical would have to be moved. We would be happy to give you an esitmate.
Question: We had a really good filter in another house. Since we re here in our new home with a gas furnace, we bought a supposedly good filter at the hardware stoe. The house is still very dusty. Is there a better filter available and how do we find one?
Question: Water pipes are groaning when washing machine, sprinkler system and toilets are in use. What's going on? Do I need a plumber or a rooter service?
Question: I bought a home, and it has gas furnace-Carrier Weathermaker 8000 - My question is where is the air fiter? I can't find it anywhere to change it?
Answer From JE Shekell: Not all instalations are the same. The filter can be in many different locations. Some Carrier units had a filter rock built inside the unit by the blower assembly. You might have return grils with the air filters in them. The air filter could also be in the return duct somewhere with an access panel on that duct.
Question: I know I have a crack in my furnace heat exchanger. Can I just get that part replaced or must I get a brand new furnace?
Answer From JE Shekell: It depends on the age and style of the furnace. The parts may not be available due to the age or style. Generally if the furnace is not very old you can replace just the heat exchanger. What you need to look at is the cost difference from repairing to replacing and if you will gain any efficiency by replacing the furnace.
Question: We recently had a heat pump, air handler and new ductwork installed to heat and cool our upstairs. There is a "new (as in just being first used)" smell coming from the vents when the heat is on. I'm assuming this is normal, but for how long should this continue? If this is not normal, what could be causing the smell? Also, the new smell associated with the new heat pump installation is similar to drywall or plastering, niether of which has been done for years.
Answer From JE Shekell: Some of the smell may be coming from the electric heat strips in the furnace. The heat strips come with a thin coating of oil on them from the manufacturing process, it will burn off after time. The ductwork may also be causing some of the smell depending on if it is internally insulated. You may be smelling the glue that is used to hold the insulation to the duct. If the installers had to cut any drywall for the ductwork or vents and registers you may be circulating that odor also.
Question: For efficiency can I close registers and doors of bedrooms not being used if there are return air ducts in those rooms.
Answer From JE Shekell: You can close the supply air to the room but I would leave the return air open. By closing the supply air vent it will help push more air to the rest of the house. But it may not be a noticable change.
Answer From JE Shekell: It's a personal opinion, but we suggest that you shut off the water. Leave the water heater on. The water heater should not run very much since you won't be using any water. Plus when you get home all you have to do is turn the water on, and you will still have hot water.
Question: I have central air and heat unit. My furnace is electric. My question is, that the circuit panel, I believe thats what it is called, when you push and wiggle it will stay running but sometimes it kicks off when you have to wiggle the panel again. Does someone need to check that or is that something that we can replace? Its like a panel that you pull out but you cant or it will disconnect. Is it expensive to replace?
Question: I put a gas furnace in my parents mobile home and the register temp seems a little cool, it is around 108 degrees. I thought I could slow the blower down but it is direct drive with single speed fan motor. Is it possible to put in a bigger orifices to get more heat or is there something else that can be done? It is a coleman furnace and a 77000 BTU.
Answer From JE Shekell: Has anyone checked the gas pressure on the unit? Is the unit set up for natural gas or propane? What fuel are you using? If it is set up for natural gas and you have propane you will not get much heat from the system.
Question: I have a self contained gas heat and air outside unit. When I turn on either the heat or a/c the unit comes on but there is no air flow in the house and after 20 to 30 seconds it trips a breaker. Is it possible the unit has a short?
Answer From JE Shekell: It sounds like the blower moter is locked up or it has a short in it. That is why there is no air flow.
Question: I have a Amana furnace #GUID090CA30, the blower and the burner turn on the flue fan is on the well. It will run for a little while and turn off. No matter what the thermostat is set at. Tried to change thermostat, made no difference.
Question: Is it ok to have a garbage disposal with a septic tank?
Answer From JE Shekell: Yes it is ok. The new garbage disposols do a much better job breaking down the food that is sent down the drain.
Question: We have a heating and air unit that is over 20 years old and has suddenly quit working. We changed the motor but it still won't work. Any idea on what could be wrong?
Answer From JE Shekell: Is the problem on the heating or the air conditioning sie of the system? What kind of problem is it?
Question: I was up in my attic adding insulation when I spotted the gap around my furnace/water heater flue, and was able to see down into the living area of my home. What do I do to seal this gap? I have a Trane XE 70 furnace, rheem gas water heater, flue is 4-5 inches out of the furnace, then goes into 7 inch duct up through the ceiling inot the attic. Caulk won't be able to fill the gap. I saw a metal collar for a wood stove at a store and was thinking about trying to fit it on, and then caulk it tight. Was this an installation error by the HVAC company (this was done over 10 years ago?) What is the correct way to have an air tight furnace flue penetration through a ceiling inside a living space of a house?
Answer From JE Shekell: You could use a beauty ring to go around the pipe to hide the gap between the pipe and drywall. If the flue pipe is double wall pipe you can put your attic insulation around the flue in the attic. Don't put the insulation around the pipe if it is single wall, it will get to hot.
Question: How effective is a geothermal heat and approximately how much would it cost to install in a two story 2000 square foot house?
Question: I have a Trane unit which was in the home when I purchased it in 1985. The unit is now leaking water from the spout inside the house. What is the problem and what can I do to fix it? I was told to clean out the trap and the water was coming from the piece of pipe that is closed off with a PVC cap on the bottom of the unit.
Answer From JE Shekell: It sounds as if your condensate drain line is stopped up. The pipe that the water is leaking from should be around 3/4 of an inch if it is the condensate drain line. You will probably have to have someone blow out the drain line to get rid of the blockage.
Question: Our neighbor has a small heating/air conditioner combo that heats and cools a glassed in porch. We have an upstairs 200swft plaster walls-wood floors but no heat/air. We want what they are using but are unable to find one. Its like what they use in a hotel room. Do you know a source for such a device? I'd ask them where they bought it but it came w/the house.
Answer From JE Shekell: It sounds like a through the wall type unit. Sometime they are referred to as a P-TAC unit. There are quite a few manufacturers that make this style of unit. You could contact a local HVAC contractor and have them give you an estimate on a unit. That way the contractor can properly size the unit for the room in which you want to use it for. Keep in mind you may need to run additional electric to that area to power the new unit.
Question: You talked about emptying the drip tray of the air conditioner to get rid of the smell when the air first comes on. My drip tray is below the floor and their is black slime on the condenser fins. Could I spray the fins with a mild bleach water and rinse it down the overflow drain that empties outside the house? Would the bleach hurt the aluminum fins?
Answer From JE Shekell: The bleach should not hurt the fins, but I would recommend using Cascade, the dishwasher detergant. Mix some up in a spray bottle and spray it on the coil and let it sit for a couple minutes. Then take another spray bottle with water and rinse the coil off. The Cascade will have a better smell and it will let the water run off the boil better. You can also use a soft bristle brush to brush the coil. You will want to brush with the fins, not across. You may need to repeat the spray a couple times.
Answer From JE Shekell: The best way to clean the indoor evaporator coil is to remove the coil from the cabinet after recovering or pumping down the refrigerant. Once the coil is removed, take it outside and spray it out with a garden hose. This also means that you have to cut the refrigerant lines and drain the lines to remove the coil. Then you have to repair the drain line and solder the refrigerant lines back. Then you must pull a vacumn on the system then recharge it.
Question: My water does not get as hot as it used to and I have n ot changed the settings. It is 4 years old. What could be wrong?
Answer From JE Shekell: If you have hard water you maybe starting to build up some calcium in the bottom of the tank. The burner could also be dirty and not burning properly. You may just need to have it serviced.
Question: Should the outside unit of a cental air condioner be covered in the winter months..
Answer From JE Shekell: I personally do not like to see the units covered with cotume covers or plastic. If the unit is covered to much it will hold moisture under the cover. Covering only the top of the unit where leaves and debris won't drop into the unit, allowing it to still breath will reduce the moisture.
Answer From JE Shekell: If you are refering to the outdoor unit coil, a good garden hose and nozel will clean the coil just fine.
Answer From JE Shekell: I would suggest zoning the system if you are able to get to the duct work. That way you can control both the upstairs and downstairs with the same system, but at different temperatures. You would have to add a couple dampers and some duct work changes. You would also need a thermostat and controls for the downstairs.
Question: I live in a 2-story house, and in the summertime, the upstairs is quite warm at night, even though I keep the thermostat between 68-70 degrees. We have ceiling fans in all the bedrooms that we use too.
Answer From JE Shekell: The minimum amount of air flow that you gain will not fix your problem. The best way to the air condition a second house is to either zone the system or have a seperate system for the upstairs. I would also recommend attic fans to remove some of the heat from attic and the roof line.
Question: What do I use to properly repair the seal on my boiler duct leading to the chimney? Mine has seperated from the chimney and needs repair before winter-and to stop bats from entering in the meantime!
Answer From JE Shekell: It depends on what your chimney has in it as far as a liner. It also depends on your local codes as to how they vent will be terminated.
Question: What kind of maitenance is needed for forced air heaters?
Question: My furnace is a downflow one installed in garage. The duct system goes into the basement and ducted to floor registers. There's no room to install the condense coil under the furnace. If I want to install the condense coil, I have to move the furnace up If you need more space, type here.: and insert condense coil box beneath. However, I notice the intake path still have plenty of room. Can I install the condense coil in the intake path (move the filter to the top of the path and insert the coil beneath)? Is there any regulation code?
Answer From JE Shekell: Normally on a downflow application the evaporator coil will be mounted below the furnace.
Question: Our house has two central air units--one for the main floor and basement and one for the upstairs. Our upstairs has a terrible mold/mildew smell. I am extremely sensitive and allergic to mold. The smell is the strongest directly underneath the air handling unit (which is in the ceiling at the top of the stairs) and also when the central air unit is cooling, the smell comes through the vents. We have started letting the fan run continuously rather than on auto run. What is the best way to get our system checked out and cleaned if possible? We have flex ducts going into the two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. I'm having trouble getting the company back into my home to correct the problem. We had the units put in a little over 2 years ago and the smell has been there since last year--it's just getting stronger. I've had a different company come in and they told me that the unit upstairs is too large to cool such a small area (somewhere between 500 and 700 sq. ft.--we have a 2 ton unit just for that area and another 2 1/2 ton unit to cool the rest of the house - our home is 3300 sq. ft. total including the basement). The company that came in last week to check out my problem switched the motor speed to medium instead of high where it originally was set. They said at high speed the unit did not run long enough because it cooled the area down too quickly. Was changing the motor speed to medium the right thing to do? I would appreciate any help or advice you could give me. I cannot even sit in my living room anymore because I am so sensitive to the smell coming from the upstairs.
Answer From JE Shekell: A two ton unit for 500 - 700 sq. ft. is oversized. The company that came out and changed the motor speed seems to be on the right track. If a system cools the space down to quickly it will not remove the humidity and that is usually caused by being oversized. I would ask the original installing contractor if they ran a load calculation to size the equipment properly. I would also think the unit for the downstairs may be undersized. Being in a basement does help with your cooling load, but I still think that is marginal.
Question: I have a roof airconditiong unit I turned it on worked fine went to turn off would not shut off I disconnected themo and stayed on only way to turn off was pull fuse at unit ?
Answer From JE Shekell: It sounds like either the control wiring has shorted together somewhere or the contactor in the unit is stock. You probably need to have a HVAC contractor come out and take a look.
Question: I have a air-conditioner in a outside wall. This is on a outside wall. I have just enclosed the porch. The porch is very hot now and would like to get something that would blow the hot air out with a fan. blower and a pan to take the water that acumalate. Is there such a thing?
Answer From JE Shekell: The best thing would be to relocate the unit if possible. You might look at installing an exhaust fan for the porch area to get rid of the heat. You might be able to runa drain line from the unit to the outside, or to a condensate pump and let it pump it outside.
Question: Does an air conditioner have a fuse or breaker? Mine doesn't do anything when turned on, like no power.
Answer From JE Shekell: Yes an air conditioning unit is protected by a fuse or breaker or sometimes both. There should be a breaker in your electrical panel. There maybe fuses in the disconnect at the outdoor unit as well. If the indoor fan isn't even coming on then you need to see if there is a fuse or breaker tripped for the furnace or air handler. This is where the control power comes from for the system.
Question: What are some of the best brands of furnaces and central air conditioners?
Answer From JE Shekell: Carrier and Trane are the leaders in the market. Both companies make a great product and stand behind it.
Question: What is the temperture of the air coming out of the vents in the ceiling in a 1700 square feet brick home,central heat and air,3 1/2 ton unit,the temperture of the air coming out right now is 62 degrees,the temperture of the air at the return were it is sucking is about 74 degrees.I dont think it is getting cold enough.What is the average air temperture sopossed to be.Isn't it sopossed to be about 55 degrees.
Answer From JE Shekell: The supply air temperature is in direct relation to the return air temperature. If your air conditioning with working properly and sized correctly it should have around a 18 deg F air temperature difference across. The evaporator coil, which is usually around a 15 deg F air temperature difference at the vents.
Question: Can you put an Air Conditioner in the basement on a table?
Answer From JE Shekell: I would not recommend setting an air condition on any table, for safety reasons.
Question: What causes the coils to freeze (ice-up) on the air-conditioner unit inside and outside on the air units?
Answer From JE Shekell: Generally if the coil si freezing the unit is either low on refrigerant or low on airflow. If the unit is low on refrigerant you will have a leak somewhere and it will need to be repaired. If the unit is low on airflow the air filter may be dirty, blower wheel dirty, blower motor running to slow, evaporator dirty or if you have shut off any registers.
Question: I have a 2-1/4 ton heat pump. The supply line and all of the vents drip water and have mold around them. I have cleaned the condenser coils the best I could. How would tell if the condenser coils are clean enough or could it be something else causing the condensation? Thanks a lot.
Answer From JE Shekell: If the vents are having condensate build up on them it is usually due to the low air flow. If the supply duct is condensation I would check to see if it is insulated properly. The low air flow situation can be caused by either a dirty filter, dirty blower wheel, blower motor speed change, dirty evaporator coil, or ductwork changes. The condenser coil outside usually will not have any effect or cause a condensation problem.
Question: My gas furnace and water heater are both 13+ yrs old. Looking at replacing with all-electric, due to winter price gouging for gas. At what gas vs. electric rates is this viable? 900 sf house on crawl space. Radiant floor heating?
Answer From JE Shekell: You would need to look at the cost of switching from gas to electric. Is your electrical panel sized properly to handle the additional electrical load needed to run the new equipment? You would also have to run new power wiring from the panel to the electric furnace. Electric is less costly than gas especially in the winter. We have seen an increase in the sales of all electric among heat pump systems. The new gas furnaces and water heaters are also becoming more efficient all the time. Radiant floor heat is a good system with even heat, you would still need a system for cooling so your initial cost would be greater.
Question: What is wrong with ceneral air conditioner when ice starts to form on the highside freon line. Does it mean it needs freon?
Answer From JE Shekell: It depends on where the ice is forming on the refrigerant line. If it is close to the evaporator the system could either be low on refrigerant or low on airflow across the evaporator. It is also possible to have a restriction in the refrigeratn line at the point of the ice.
Question: My air conditioner is 13yrs old and is serviced every year but doesnt seem to cool properly. Is it too old and need replacing? It's a Rhem.
Answer From JE Shekell: Units can last 15-20 years, so you are getting close to the end of it's life. When you have it serviced this year tell the tech it is not doing well. The tech may need to look a bit deeper into the problem.
Question: How dirty can my furance filter (Bear Air) get before replacement is necessary?&n, bs, p; Currently I have 85degrees at the room outlets when the furance is running, but the filter looks dirty and has been in service for 6 months?
Answer From JE Shekell: A good rule for residiential is to change your filter 2 times a year, spring and fall.
Question: I am installing a research laboratory where flammable vapors will be present at low amounts. I am in need of a small heat/ac unit (240 sqft) to control the temperature. Is there a unit that would not cause potential fire hazards in this situation?
Answer From JE Shekell: There are explosion proof units on the market in a lot of sizes. Your internal heat load will need to be looked at to determine the BTU rating.
Question: Turn off furance turn on air, now tring to turn furance back on and it wont' fire out(gas) is it a furance electric egnition or the thormastat, both are two years old.
Answer From JE Shekell: It could be either as you suggest. Does the fan come on when it calls for heat? If so, the thermostat is calling for heat and teh ignitor could be your problem. If the fan does not time on, it may be your thermostat.
Question: Considering installation of forced hot air heating / AC system. Would want humidifier on heating system. Concerned about bacteria/mold build up within humidifier. Is there an add on device or upgrade for humidifier that has UV lamp or other bacteria/mold protection. Note: I don't think we need an elaborate UV air purification system. ( Would probably use std electrostatic filter at air return.)
Answer From JE Shekell: I would use a humidifier such as Aprilaire that can be taken apart and cleaned, also change the pad once a year. Good maintenance will prevent mold. UV lamps are good for mold control but they destroy plastic if the light is in direct contact. I would use a 4" media type filter instead of electronic, .
Question: On older furnaces is there a fuse or fuse block? Also, why doesn't my furnace come on when I turn the thermastat up?
Question: I have a Comfort Maker model U3036B1 heater in my home. It tries to kick on, the fire lights but then goes off. When it does kick on heat is not ver, y warm. Unit is about 9 years old. Any advise.
Answer From JE Shekell: I sounds like it might have a dirty flame rod. Clean it with steel wool and see if this will keep it lit.
Question: I have a clay chimney incased in block. The case is pealing or flaking. I was told by someone this could be caused by salt vapors coming in from the slat in my water softner in my boiler room. Could this be true?
Answer From JE Shekell: Installing a flue liner may be your best solution.
Question: I have approximately 24 inches of stove pipe that is not far enough from combustab, le materials. I want to insulate the tipe or find suitable fire proof material to cover the combustable area. I cannot find any materials to take care of my needs.
Answer From JE Shekell: There are building codes that specify how to run vent piping. Please refer to the Inspector in your area. He should gladly explain the proper method to use in your area.
Question: We live in mobile home which has a combination A/C/Heating unit on the outside. It has a supply and return ductwork that goes into the house. Recently, when I turned on the heat it came on like normal but then about five minutes later it kicked over to emergency , heat and the blower kicked off. I ran into this once before and I replaced the return duct which had a hole in. I did that this time but didn't fix the problem. What else could cause this?
Answer From JE Shekell: This is a hard question to answer without looking at your problem. Without more information I cannot give you an answer. I would suggest you contact a local HVAC company and have the system checked.
Question: How do you keep mice out of vents. I have an outside gas furnace/air installed 3 years ago with some new insulated plastic vents and some original metal vents in a very tight crawl space. A couple of times a mouse has gotten into a vent. Any advice ?
Answer From, JE Shekell: Tight metal duct work insulated on the outside or inside is the answer to keeping them out. Keep the vents on your crawl space shut tightly, and seal any other openings. You may also use some D-Con a few times in the winter.
Question: Our furnace kicks on and the pilot light ignites but the burner doesn't always ignite. If you tap the side of the furnace it clicks then kicks the burner in.
Answer From JE Shekell: There is a good chance your flame rod or flame , sensing device needs cleaned or replaced.
Question: You state "When the house is closed up, whether using heat or air, to run the, , motor is best." Will this significantly Increase your gas/electric bill?
Answer From JE Shekell: Running the furnace fan continously has alot of advantages. It evens or helps to even temperatures in the whole house. Depending on the amp drain of your blower motor, you do have to pay for the electrical usage. It is not a significant amount of money compared to the added comfort. Please remember we do not know your system.
Question: We have a lot of dust in our house that seems to be coming from the furnace vents. Is there a way we can clean them ourselves? It costs too much to have them cleaned out professionally.
Answer From JE Shekell: Your furnace only recirculates existing dust, or dust accumulated from the past. The furnace does not create dust itself. You can vacuum what you can reach. Today's furnaces use alot better filtering systems. This may be of some help.
Question: My Trane XL 80 forced air heater, clicks when it turns on and then, only will blow cold air for a couple of seconds, then just shuts off. It , will then try again, clicking on and blowing then shutting off. What could be causing the problem? I was told probably the thermocouple?
Answer From JE Shekell: Most likely the furnace suffer, s from flame signal loss. You need to have an annual maintence performed.
Question: I currently live in a finished basement apartment and water began to leak in from outside onto the floor in one particular spot. We patched up the floor to solve the problem but now there is a bubbling/hissing sound com, ing form the part of the floor where the lea, k originally was. There seems to be some heat coming in from this spot as well. What can this be?