Why is my furnace leaking water?

Why Your Furnace May Be Leaking Water

A furnace leaking water may be due to a plugged drain line.  The drain line can be removed and flushed or may need to be replaced.  High efficiency furnaces produce water, over time the drain line can grow algae and plug the line causing water to back up into the furnace.

Humidifiers can also be the cause of leaking water. As humidifier pads age, pieces of the pad can break off and go into the drain line and plug it.  The humidifier also needs annual maintenance at the same time as the furnace.

Why is my furnace so loud?

If Your Furnace Is Loud…

If your furnace has always been loud, it’s most likely due to improper design and installation. Furnaces should be designed according to the air flow and heating load needed for the house.  Unfortunately, many contractors determine size using a rule of thumb, or install the same size as the previous system, and don’t do the proper engineering to determine what size furnace, air conditioner and duct work is needed.

If it’s a new problem, the blower motor could be going bad and may sound like a squealing bearing or it could be how the furnace is igniting. If you hear a BOOM when the furnace ignites then the furnace needs to be cleaned.

Why is my furnace not working?

Why Your Furnace May Not Be Working

There are several reasons why it may not be working. Most modern furnaces have a diagnostic light that aids in determining what area needs further diagnosis. Here are some common reasons for breakdowns:

Dirty flame sensor: the flame sensor is located between the burners and the opening of the heat exchanger. It senses the flames. Over time carbon will build up, reducing the sensitivity of the sensor. It can be cleaned, seldom does it need to be replaced.

Ignitor cracked or broken: This will need to be replaced. As the ignitor gets older and has more wear and tear, the electrical resistance becomes higher making it harder for electricity to pass through. With age it becomes white and chalky looking.

Drain line plugged: this can be removed and flushed, or worst case scenario, may need to be replaced. High efficiency furnaces produce water, over time the drain line can grow algae and plug the line causing water to back up into the furnace.

Dirty air filter: This should be checked monthly and changed as needed. The air filter traps particles and prevents them from getting into your motor and furnace parts.

All of these problems and others can be avoided with an annual clean and check.

Home Energy Rebates

Com Ed has a rebate up to $100 on contractor installed smart thermostats and rebates on heating and cooling equipment chttps://www.comed.com/home-savings/rebates/pages/default.aspx.  Ecobee3, Honeywell Lyric and Nest Learning, Allure EverSense, Lennox iComfort S30, LUX/GEO, and Radio Thermostat CT50 and CT80 thermostats are eligible.

Nicor Gas rebates http://nicorgasrebates.com/your-home/rebates-for-home.

North Shore Gas rebates http://www.northshoregasdelivery.com/home/rebates_residential.aspx



Dryer Vent Cleaning: An Over-Looked But Necessary Job of Owning a Home

Dryer fire

This dryer fire was caused by a clogged dryer vent

The picture is from a client whose dryer caught on fire.  The Fire Department determined the cause was lint in the dryer vent.  Don’t let this happen to you – call us to schedule your dryer vent cleaning.  Watch Tom’s brief lint-flying dryer vent cleaning here [Read more…]

Avoiding Safety Hazards

The Zumwalt’s of Libertyville had just moved into their new home and had me check out their air conditioning systems and upgrade their thermostats.  As I walked by the dryer vent flap, I noticed it was stuck open with clumps of lint in the hood. I recommended cleaning the dryer vent because of the potential fire hazard. [Read more…]

Complete Comfort Achieved

Concerns: The Grablin’s of Gurnee story began with a cleaning of their aging furnace and humidifier as I asked about their comfort. They had numerous hot and cold spots. The second floor never got cool enough in the summer. Some areas were too cold in the winter. They resorted to wearing jackets  in the wintertime.  [Read more…]

Measurable Results Prove Safety

Concerns:  The Swansons of Glenview were worried about the safety of their son in his new basement bedroom; particularly the the carbon monoxide levels of the water heater and boiler.  Before cleaning the thirty-year old boiler, I used a combustion gas analyzer  to calculate system efficiency. [Read more…]

Federal Credits and Utility Rebates

Tax credits and utility company rebates for qualifying Bryant air conditioners, furances and boilers.  There are also potential rebates for water heaters, air handlers and chillers.  Yes, this is somewhat technical but gives you an idea of what is available.  Please contact us for more details.  Federal Credits and Utility Rebates chart click here

Illinois Energy Efficiency Loan Program; You May Be Eligible

The Illinois Energy Efficiency Loan Program, powered by AFC First, offers low-interest loans for the purchase and installation of a high-efficiency air conditioners, furnaces, some water heaters and more.

The loan features:

  • 4.99% unsecured, fixed rate financing
  • Loans from $500 to $20,000
  • 100% financing available
  • No home equity required, new homeowners OK
  • No fees to consumer or contractor
  • Up to 10 years to repay
  • Work must be done by an approved contractor (Kenna Heat Cool Solutions is an approved contractor)

Who is Eligible?  Utility customers who:

  • Own a single-family home, condo, or multi-family building with no more than four units
  • Are installing a qualifying high-efficiency system (a system refers to a furnace and an air conditioner)
  • Have good credit and the ability to repay

Apply by phone: 888 269-3133 or complete your AFC First application and find more information click here

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