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Pay Attention If You Hear Clicking from Your Furnace… Here’s Why

January 3rd, 2022

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenWe want to start off by saying if you hear clicking from your furnace as it cycles on and off, and the sound hasn’t changed since you’ve gotten your furnace, then you might actually be hearing your ductwork shift a bit as the temperature of the air inside of it fluctuates. This is normal, and as long as there is no change and you’re having your furnace professional inspected once a year through maintenance, you have nothing to worry about.

If, however, a new clicking sound has started, or it sounds like it’s coming from another part of the system, then you’re right to be alarmed. This clicking could be coming from a crack on the heat exchanger, and it’s clicking as it contracts back into place when your furnace cycles off and cools down. Why is this a problem? Read on to find out!

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Why Is a Furnace Heat Exchanger a Big Deal?

December 20th, 2021

furnaceIf you’re like the majority of homeowners in our area, you have a gas-powered furnace in your home to keep you and your family comfortable all winter long. A furnace is a great choice, as it is a powerful and efficient source of heating. Today’s furnace models have a higher efficiency rating than those of even just a decade ago, with the highest AFUE rating (AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) for a gas-powered furnace being 98%. Trust us when we say this is efficient heating!

In addition to your heater’s efficiency, you want to be able to rely on it’s safety, too! This isn’t to say that a heating system is inherently dangerous. However, if your furnace isn’t adequately maintained, it can become so. This is especially true when you’re using a gas furnace over an electric furnace.

The most common risk to safety when it comes to furnace use, especially an older one, is a damaged heat exchanger component. Even if you don’t currently have a problem with a heat exchanger, if your furnace is 10-15 years old, it’s time to start considering an upgrade. We’ll dive more into the “why” of this below!

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Sounds that You Don’t Want to Hear from your Heater

December 6th, 2021

furnace-inside-closetIt can, admittedly, be pretty easy to ignore some of the sounds that come from the systems and appliances throughout your home. You may even deny that anything is wrong, since fixing it can be an expensive hassle. However, there are some noises that simply shouldn’t be ignored. Like a rattle coming from your heater, for example–it could be nothing more than a loose panel on the cabinet, but alternatively it could be that you have a cracked heat exchanger, which could lead to a carbon monoxide leak.

Here at Comfort First, we understand how important it is to protect yourself and your family. So if you hear any suspicious sounds coming from your heater, please don’t hesitate to schedule an inspection and potential repairs with our team. Read on as we uncover some of the sounds you don’t want to hear from your heater.

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Here’s Why Your Furnace Air Filter Should Be Changed Regularly

November 22nd, 2021

comfort-first-logoDo you change the air filter in your furnace often enough? Were you aware you needed to change your furnace air filter before reading this? If not, no worries! There’s no better time like the present to learn the importance of this.

What’s important moving forward is that you take action to keep your filter, and therefore your furnace, in good shape. Otherwise, you could find yourself paying for what would have been otherwise unnecessary repairs. Read on to learn more!

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Heed These Signs You Need Furnace Repairs

November 8th, 2021

duct-running-from-ac-to-furnaceWhen you live somewhere that needs heating systems as much as our homes do, you don’t want to sit around worried that yours could break down at any moment. Of course, unless you’ve never had professional maintenance done before and don’t know the signs that your heater is struggling, this probably won’t happen… but what if you don’t know the signs to look for that indicate your furnace is struggling?

That’s what we are here for!

First, the best way to defend against heavy repair needs is with regular professional maintenance. It doesn’t matter whether you have a gas furnace or an electric-powered one, professional tune-ups should be done once a year to help your heater work as effectively and efficiently as possible, for as long as possible. Additionally, maintenance helps prevent up to 85% of the repairs your furnace might ever need in that lifespan.

Now, that doesn’t mean your furnace will never need repairs. Some repairs are inevitable since just like any other large appliance your furnace does suffer from wear and tear. Here is how to spot the signs that your furnace may need repair, even if you’re in between maintenance sessions.

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The Importance of Routine Furnace Cleaning and Checkups

October 25th, 2021

comfort-first-logoIf you read the title of this blog post and you’re wondering if cleaning and checking up on your furnace is something you should be doing on a regular basis, not to worry! We don’t expect you to understand the intricacies of your furnace, or how to ensure that it functions as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible. That’s our job! But this does mean that it’s important for you to schedule routine furnace maintenance so that we can help you.

That all said, there is one small DIY furnace maintenance task you can do on your own, and that’s changing the air filter. The air filter that comes standard with your furnace is in place to protect the furnace from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and damage its sensitive components. This air filter should be changed every 1-3 months to ensure proper airflow for your heating system.

Beyond this basic step, professional furnace maintenance should be left to those with the experience and training to do it. Read on to learn why, and why regular cleaning and inspections are so important!

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A Checklist for HVAC Efficiency

October 11th, 2021

woman-hand-writing-in-notepadWhether it’s 90°F outside and you’re blasting your air conditioner, or it’s a bitterly cold day in winter and you need your heating system to work flawlessly, there’s something these systems have in common. You want them to function as affordably as possible, right? Sure, affordability starts with the installation. You’ll want to work with a trained and experienced professional to ensure your home is matched with the right system, that system is properly sized, and it’s the most efficient for your specific home.

Beyond that, you might think there’s not much you can do to lower your monthly energy bills in regards to HVAC use. This just isn’t true, though. There’s actually plenty you can do! Read on as we go through a brief checklist on how you can improve HVAC efficiency and pay less on your utility bills each month.

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Celebrate Fire Prevention Week by Following These Furnace Safety Tips!

October 6th, 2021

comfort-first-logoPlease join Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc. in observing National Fire Prevention Week. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, coined, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” focuses on educating people about the different sounds that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Knowing what to do when an alarm goes off will help keep you and your family safe! Click here to learn more, and for deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals, the NFPA provides these resources, too.

Prevent House Fires by Following These Furnace Safety Tips

  • Have your furnace professionally maintained by skilled and experienced HVAC professionals.
  • Do not keep any bulky or flammable materials within two feet surrounding your furnace system.
  • Have a carbon monoxide alarm installed to alert you to potential leaks.
  • Have your aging furnace (10-15 years) replaced before components start wearing down.
  • Change the air filter every 1-3 months. A dirty air filter can lead to equipment overheating.

For professional Joliet, IL furnace services, contact Comfort First Heating and Cooling Inc.—where we put your comfort first!

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Refrigerant 101: What You Should Know

September 27th, 2021

outdoor-ac-unitDid you know that refrigerant is the substance in your air conditioner that makes the cooling process possible? It shifts between gas and liquid in order to draw heat out of your home and bring chilled air in–which is putting it simply. Homeowners often don’t understand the importance of this chemical blend in their air conditioner, so hearing something like they have a refrigerant leak or their air conditioner needs to be “recharged” might seem odd. We’re here to give you a bit of a run down on refrigerant in your air conditioner and why it matters. Read on!

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Why You Should Only Hire an HVAC Provider for Your Duct Cleaning

September 13th, 2021

ductwork-running-into-furnaceIf you’re like the average Joliet area homeowner, you probably do not think about your HVAC systems’ ductwork a whole lot, right? That is until something goes wrong with it. This makes sense. After all, ductwork is mostly hidden from your view for a reason. It’s not exactly aesthetically pleasing. You really shouldn’t need to think about your ductwork a whole lot, but it is important that they get attention every now and then.

This includes proper duct cleaning. Duct cleaning is a service that not many people consider, but it’s one that is important to have a qualified HVAC provider for. Trying to attempt duct cleaning on your own may damage the ducts, and may not even be effective while hiring an amateur can have a similar result.

Our professional duct cleaning services are a sure way to clear out your air ducts, helping to improve your home comfort and help your air conditioner and furnace (or heat pump) work more efficiently. Read on to learn more about professional, HVAC professional provided, duct cleaning.

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