Frequently Asked Questions About Heating Systems

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Frequently Asked Questions About Heating Systems

When it comes to heating and air conditioning, there are a ton of questions clients have but often find answers difficult to come by. Hayes Heating & Cooling wants to arm you with the most accurate information available to help you meet your heating and cooling needs. To do this, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about heating and cooling.

1. Why does my furnace only blow cold air?

This could be a minor issue with the settings of your furnace. The first step is to verify that you have the thermostat set to heat and that the fan option is turned off. If your thermostat is set correctly and you still get cold air, you should call an HVAC professional. There plausibly is a problem with the furnace.

2. What causes that burning smell when I turn my furnace on for the first time?

Dust collects in your furnace as it sits over the summer. When you turn your furnace on for the first time, the dust burns off creating the burning smell. The best way to prevent this is to call an HVAC professional before the winter heating season to have your furnace cleaned and serviced to ensure it runs safely and efficiently all winter long.

3. How long should I expect my furnace to last?

There is no fixed answer here since the lifespan of a furnace depends on a number of factors, including the make and model as well as how well it is maintained. On average, a well-maintained furnace can last anywhere from fifteen to twenty years. We also have had to replace poorly maintained furnaces in five to seven years.

4. What is the purpose of a furnace filter?

A furnace filter removes airborne particles that might damage the fan and the heating coil of the furnace. Particle buildup can also decrease the efficiency of your furnace, as the furnace has to work harder to pull air through the intake vents. Expensive filters can improve the air quality in your house by removing pollen, bacteria and mold spores from the air. This is especially important if you or someone in your family suffers from allergies.

5. Why clean my furnace and ducts?

Did you know that a six-room house collects an average of forty pounds of dust a year! This is why the furnace filter and ducts can get clogged with dust. Regular maintenance of your HVAC is so important to prevent it from breaking down and to limit the furnace blowing dusty air through the vents.

If you have any more questions about heating, cooling or setting up of furnaces and air conditioners, get in touch with the experts at Hayes Heating & Cooling. As the best furnace maintenance guys in Seattle, we provide water heaters and furnace repairs for all brands of heaters, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, air conditioners, and gas fireplaces. The phone lines are always accessible since they are open all through the day. To learn more about how we can help you, please click here or contact us by clicking here.