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Furnace Motor: AC or DC? 0

Furnace Motor: AC or DC?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017 in Tips & Info

AC vs DC Furnace Blower Motors When considering purchasing a new furnace the topic of whether to go for a DC or AC motor comes up a lot and it is a very valid point of consideration because depending which way you choose to go, it will affect your home comfort and also could amount to energy savings. AFUE and Energy Efficiency When shopping around for furnaces, the term AFUE comes up a lot but that only tells part of the story when it comes to energy efficiency. AFUE only measures how much of the gas is actually turned into heat but one must consider that inside every furnace, there is an electric motor that is responsible for circulating the air and is therefore another matter to consider when measuring energy efficiencies. This is why looking at the Energuide tags tells a more  complete story. AC Motors Most mid-efficiency and low-end furnaces have these kinds of motors. They do their job just fine and are usually cheaper than DC motors but that’s about their only advantage; If the blower motor ever breaks outside of warranty, replacing an AC one is cheaper. ECM motors, DC motors or variable speed motors All of the above terms are used to refer to...

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Repair Checklist 0

Repair Checklist

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017 in Tips & Info

What you should expect your service technician to do during a service call. A lot of people ask us about the procedures that our technicians actually follow when they go out on annual tune-up and cleaning of furnaces and central air conditioners. The following is actually a checklist of (in broad terms) what our techs do when they come to your home: Outdoor Units Inspect unit for proper refrigerant level and adjust if necessary. Clean dirt, leaves and debris from inside cabinet. Inspect base pan for restricted drain openings – remove obstructions as necessary. Inspect coil and cabinet – clean as needed. Inspect fan motor and fan blades for wear and damage – on older models lubricate as needed inspect control box, associated controls / accessories, wiring and connections. Controls may include contactors, relays, circuit boards, capacitors, sump heat and other accessories. All control box and electrical parts should be checked for wear or damage. Inspect compressor and associated tubing for damage Indoor Units Inspect and clean blower assembly (includes blower housing, blower wheel and motor). On older models, lubricate motor and inspect and replace fan belt if neede. Check combustion blower housing for lint and debris and clean as necessary. Inspect evaporator coil, drain pan and condensate drain lines. Clean...

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Furnace Considerations 0

Furnace Considerations

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017 in Tips & Info

Things to think about when purchasing a new furnace It is a new morning in Toronto and you are considering getting a new furnace. What are the most important questions you should be asking yourself? What are the most important questions you should be asking your furnace dealer? In this article we will try to shed a bit of light on what the most important factors are when considering buying a new furnace. Buying a brand new furnace is not something most people do every day and as such, having questions and concerns is very understandable but one must approach the issue very carefully because when you buy a furnace, you expect it to last a number of years and it is with that in mind that we have narrowed it down to the most important factors. Forget about brands All major manufacturers and brands of furnaces make comparable products that deliver heat in more or less the same way with the same levels of performance and efficiencies. There are many reasons for this – for one, most major furnace manufacturers outsource many of the internal electronics and other small parts inside their furnaces to the same suppliers and they themselves only focus on a key few parts like...

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