So, you have a furnace – but do you know how it works? For many of us, we know that our furnace heats our home, but the intricacies of the exact process may leave us lost for words! No worries, though. Read on to learn some furnace how-to. We can’t promise your new knowledge will make for entertaining dinner party conversation, but we hope you’ll be able to distinguish a furnace doodad from the heater thingamabob.
Your furnace is your heater. It’s an appliance that can be powered in several ways, but most furnaces are gas-powered. Regardless of what fuel the furnace uses, though, it burns the fuel inside its unit in order to heat water, steam, or air. The newly generated warmth then is distributed throughout the building or living space with a blower, to bring the temperature to a comfortably warm level.
Furnaces are more complex than you may initially think – they have a lot of parts. The good news is that no matter what type of furnace you have, or which model or brand, the parts are typically similar. How furnaces differ from brand to brand generally comes down to the quality and construction. The common components of a furnace include:
The fuel source is kept outside the building for safety purposes and is usually either a propane tank or a natural gas line.
The gas valve controls the pressure and amount of fuel entering the furnace.
The igniter activates the burner with a spark to begin heating the fuel.
The burner or heating element provides fuel to create a steady flame.
The flame detector is a safeguard that turns the gas off if the flame goes out.
The heat exchanger receives the cold out from outdoors and stores it as it warms up while being exposed to the flame.
The exhaust pipe removes exhaust fumes generated during the heating process.
The air filter collects dirt and debris so that it’s not circulated throughout your home.
The blower is powered by a fan and circulates the air throughout your living space, typically with the use of a forced-air system.
The thermostat communicate with the blower to let it “know” which rooms are in need of additional warmth.
The control panel allows the thermostat, blower and furnace units to communicate.
The return ducts receive cool air from the rooms being heated and return this unheated (or cooled-off) air to the furnace for heating.
The plenum supplies air to both the furnace itself and the return ducts.
The transformer supplies electricity to any furnace parts that use electricity instead of gas.
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It is our priority that you are never without heat. Our trained technicians are on call and ready to send assistance if you need a repair. We offer fair, flat-rate pricing. You will know the cost upfront before we do the work, and that price won’t change no matter how long it takes our technicians to do the repair.
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