You might guess it from the name: the heat exchanger is the part of your furnace that actually heats the air your blower motor pushes through the furnace. It consists of a chamber in which the heat energy produced by natural or propane gas is transferred to the forced air. At the same time, this part also includes a vent through which the gases themselves are safely removed from the unit and the air that enters your home. Because of these gases, a problem with your heat exchanger needs to be dealt with promptly. Over time, cracks in the exchanger can result in carbon monoxide leaks. Taking care of the problem once again means understanding the existence of a range: repairing your heat exchanger can cost as little as $100, but a full replacement may cost up to $1,200.
Central home air conditioner service systems consist of two major components: a condensing unit that sits outside your house, and the evaporator coil (often referred to as an A-coil) that sits in the plenum of your furnace or air handler. The refrigerant in the A-coil picks up the heat from your home and moves it to the outdoor condensing unit. The condensing unit fan blows outside air through the condensing coil to remove the heat. The condensing unit houses the three parts replaceable by a DIYer: the contactor, the start/run capacitor(s) and the condenser fan motor. The condensing unit also houses the compressor, but only a pro can replace that. The A-coil has no parts that can be serviced by a DIYer.
It’s important to keep your furnace receives regular maintenance to ensure that it’s working properly and efficiently. Routine maintenance can also extend the life of your heating system by several years. Ask about our annual maintenance agreements that cover your plumbing, heating, and cooling systems and save you money. A furnace that has been neglected may be working too hard, which can result in inconsistent air temperatures in your Minneapolis area home. Learn more about the importance of routine maintenance on your HVAC system.
As a full-service heating contractor, we strongly encourage you to be vigilant with annual heating maintenance. Without proper maintenance, a heat pump, furnace or boiler might last only half as long as a well-maintained unit. Don’t tempt fate by skimping on annual service. We offer an economical, yet comprehensive maintenance agreement that we call our Cool Care Service Agreement. With our maintenance agreement you’ll receive:
Having a company looking out for all your heating and cooling needs shouldn’t mean that you’re stuck with any run-of-the-mill shop who cuts corners. Heating and cooling has been our excitement since 1962, and it’s evident in the work we provide to our customers. We’re committed to providing you the very greatest when it comes to all things HVAC, whether it’s service, maintenance or heating and cooling systems.
You can help prevent issues with your system by scheduling routine maintenance on your furnace every year. During a maintenance visit, our technician will inspect and clean your furnace to help the system to run more smoothly and efficiently for the coming winter. You can have it done any time, but the maintenance is typically performed in the fall. Ask about our planned service agreement program!
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If your compressor doesn’t have an overload button and you hear it humming or buzzing, poke a screwdriver or stick down through the top grille and try to spin the fan blades clockwise. If doing this gives the fan enough of a boost to get it going, the unit has a faulty capacitor that must be replaced. See How to Test and Replace an AC Run Capacitor, above.
We have strived extremely hard to become the premier HVAC repair & installation choice for the peole of Columbia, Maryland. We pride ourselves on being the first HVAC company in all of Maryland to be awarded with Factory Authorized status. We have also earned the Distinguished Dealer Award by the Carrier Corporation for our strong & consistent dedication to superior local heating and air conditioning work in addition to exceptional customer satisfaction.
In addition to the information below, see these two articles for the general care and maintenance of your air conditioner: Preparing Your Air Conditioner for Summer and How to Replace Furnace & AC Filters. Most noteworthy, you should replace the filters at least twice a year, before the heating and cooling seasons. For information on furnace problems, please see Furnace Not Working.