How Long Should a Furnace Last?

February 20, 2020

A furnace’s lifespan depends on what fuel source it uses, how well it’s maintained and the quality of the appliance. You should only buy from trusted brands like Lennox, Carrier and Trane. Top brands are less likely to give you major problems during their lifespan. Yearly maintenance allows you to get the expected lifespan out of the appliance as well. Gas Furnaces A gas furnace lasts 10–20 years if it’s well-maintained. You need to schedule a furnace tune-up once a year to keep it in good condition. During maintenance, the furnace company cleans and inspects the appliance to ensure safe...

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How Often Should I Change My Furnace Filter?

February 5, 2020

Unfortunately, there’s no one rule for how often to change your furnace’s filter as a number of factors are at play. Some people need to change theirs monthly while other people can change it every six months. Here are some of the issues that determine how often you should change yours. Size of Your Filter Smaller filters need to be changed more often. A 1-inch or 2-inch filter needs to be changed every three months. A 4-inch filter should last six months, while a 5-inch filter can last for a year. A visibly dirty filter is a sign it needs...

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What Are the Different Types of Heating Systems?

January 23, 2020

When it comes to heating your home, there are a number of different options available. Here are the most common ways of heating a house during the cooler part of the year. Forced Air A forced-air heating system uses either an electric or gas furnace to heat your home. Heated air is blown through ductwork in either your crawlspace or attic. One of the reasons this system is so popular is that the ductwork can also be used by your air conditioner. Heat Pump A heat pump can heat and cool your house. It is a very efficient system, exchanging...

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Why Is My Heater Leaking Water?

January 9, 2020

If drips and puddles are accumulating beneath your hot water heater, there’s a chance your heater may be leaking. Hot water heater leaks can be the result of defective valves or a corroded tank. When temperatures are chilly, though, condensation can collect on the outside of the tank and drip on to the floor. How do you know if it’s condensation or a leak? If something’s interfering with your supply of hot water, then it’s probably time to call your HVAC professional. 1. Faulty Valves Cause Leaks Your hot water heater contains two valves. The drain valve sits above the...

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What Causes Heating Repairs?

December 1, 2019

Modern furnaces, heat pumps, and boilers are supposed to last 15 years and even longer. Why is it then that so many homeowners experience equipment breakdowns in winter that require a service call? Read on to learn about the leading causes of heating repairs. Wear and Tear has been performing heating installations, maintenance, and repairs in Dallas-Fort Worth and the surrounding areas since 2003. We emphasize to our customers that lifespan estimates for heating equipment are based on seasonal maintenance. Many homeowners take a break-fix approach to their heating, which means that they do not call us until something bad...

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Are Heating Tune-Ups Necessary?

November 28, 2019

in Farmers Branch provides heating services to the Greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. We recommend seasonal heating tune-ups whether you have a heat pump or a furnace. Still, many homeowners seem uncertain if such a service is essential, so let us consider why it is. Manufacturers Advise Tune-Ups Life span estimates published by heating equipment manufacturers are based on that equipment being properly maintained. A tune-up is the most important form of maintenance because it reveals the effects of wear and tear just prior to the high stress of the peak season. Many Warranties Require Them Most furnace and heat pump...

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Why Is My Heating System Blowing Cold Air?

November 18, 2019

As a homeowner, you can troubleshoot a heater that still turns on but blows cold air. This problem could have an easy fix, but it could also require a professional technician to make a repair. Here’s a quick guide to why your heater might be blowing cold air. Dirty Air Filter Dirt buildup on a filter can block warm air from flowing into your home. It’s important to replace the filter every three months. Not only is the air blocked from flowing out, but the dirty filter can also cause the equipment to overheat. Parts and components can break down...

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Guide to Choosing a Heating System

March 20, 2019

When you’re in the market for a new heating system, there are a variety of factors that you’ll want to keep in mind during the shopping process. Heating systems are relatively simple to understand once you know what to look for. Think About the Climate You Live In In order to identify which heating system is right for you and your home, you’ll first need to think about the climate that you live in. Homeowners who only have mild winters will have different heating requirements than homeowners who live in a colder climate. If you live in or around the...

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