HVAC TIPS — Furnace

  • Check to make sure that you have power to your furnace. You can check for power at the circuit breaker panel. There is also a power switch on the furnace that should be in the “on” position.

  • Also check for gas service by checking other gas appliances (stove, dryer, oven, water heater) to make sure they have gas service.

  • If you have a thermostat with a battery, most digital thermostats do, check or change the battery. This may affect any programming that you currently have in your thermostat.

  • Check your filter. All furnaces have a filter and changing your filter is the single most important thing you can do for your system. We suggest checking your filter monthly to make sure that it is clean. If you have an electronic air filter or permanent filter, these filters must be washed several times during the course of the year.

  • Check for a fault code flashing at the furnace. There is usually a description of the problem to match the code written on the door of the furnace.

In the days of simpler technology, often a reset switch was provided by the manufacturer in order to re-start the furnace if it stopped.  With today's technology required in order to bring you efficiencies verging on 98%, there is no reset switch to press.  You can determine if the problem can be resolved easily by counting the number of red or amber LED flashes and matching them up to the error codes in the user manual.  Often the problem can be resolved by the homeowner by clearing the leaves or snow from the intake and exhaust pipes outside of the house, or changing a dirty filter.

There are no user servicable parts inside of the furnace so if the error code indicate a problem more complex than the problems described above beyond what was described above, call AP Heating for service. 

The blower motors in use today are permanently lubricated so don't try to add oil to the bearings.

 

HVAC TIPS — Hot Water Boiler

  • Check to make sure the pilot is lit.

  • Check to make sure that you have power to your boiler. You can check for power at the circuit breaker panel. There is also a power switch on the boiler that should be in the “on” position.

  • Some pumps require oil, so check to make sure that any pumps have been oiled properly.

  • If you have a thermostat with a battery, most digital thermostats do, check or change the battery. This may affect any programming that you currently have entered in your thermostat.

 

HVAC TIPS — Air Conditioner

  • Check to make sure that you have power to your furnace and air conditioning unit. You can check for power at the circuit breaker panel. There is also a power switch on the furnace that should be in the “on” position.

  • Check your filter.  All furnaces have a filter and changing your filter is the single most important thing you can do for your system. We suggest checking your filter monthly to make sure that it is clean. If you have an electronic air filter or permanent filter, these filters must be washed several times during the course of the year.

  • Make sure to turn your humidifier off during the summer season. You can so this by turning the humidistat dial to the “off” or 0% position.

  • Make sure that nothing is caught in or obstructing air flow to your condensing unit outside, including, plants, bushes, decks, etc. Trim any shrubs surrounding your unit.

  • Hose down your condensing unit twice during the summer to clean it of any debris like grass clippings and leaves. Make sure that power to the unit has been shut off while you're cleaning the unit.

 

HVAC TIPS — Hot Water Heater

 

  • Check to make sure the pilot is lit.

  • If the water is not hot enough, check the thermostat (near the bottom of the tank) to make sure that it is at a reasonable setting. Be careful not to set the temperature too high to prevent scalding. The recommended water temperature at the tap is 120 deg F to prevent scalding.  A tempering valve on the pipes leading from the tank will allow you to increase the temperature in the tank to 140 deg F to prevent bacterial growth while maintaining the temperature to the tap at 120 deg F.  IF your tank is not equipped with a tempering valve contact AP Heating or your plumber to have a valve installed thus bringing your system up to code.

  • If the water heater is leaking (water on the floor), guess what? You need a new one.

  • When buying a hot water heater make sure to check the recovery rate to assure that you will get an adequate amount of hot water.
    A tank type water heater will likely need replacement about every 12 years.  However, changing the anode every 5 years will prolong its life almost indefinitely. Contact AP Heating to flush your tank and replace the anode.

 

HVAC TIPS — Thermostats

 The displays on new thermostats can be intimidating.  Take the time to read the owner's manual in order to understand the different pieces of information on the display.  If you have difficulty with the manual, or believe your thermostat is malfunctioning, call AP Heating to inspect the device.

See Useful Links to find thermostat instruction manuals online.