Is your furnace leaking water?
There are a couple of things that can cause a furnace to leak water.
If you have a high-efficiency furnace, the #1 cause of furnace water leaks are condensation leaks. You might be asking, “what causes a condensation leak?”.
Most likely your condensation leak is caused by:
- Clogged condensation drain
- Clogged condensation tubing
- Condensation line break
- Condensation pump issue (if you have one)
You’ll need an HVAC contractor to diagnose the actual issue.
Why Does My High-Efficiency Furnace Create Condensation
High-efficiency furnaces have 2 heat exchangers, which allow the furnace to extract heat from gasses for longer periods of time. As gases cool, they release a tremendous amount of heat as they change their state from gas to liquid (creating condensation). One of the main products of combustion of natural gas is water. That condensation then travels out of your home through a condensation drain.
How do to tell if your furnace is a high-efficiency furnace?
- The yellow energy tag on the front of your furnace lists the furnace as 90% of higher AFUE.
- If the yellow energy tag is missing, you will need your furnace model &/or serial # to search on the manufacturer’s website & obtain the efficiency ratings.
- The flue pipe is white PVC instead of metal.
What if my furnace isn’t a high-efficiency furnace?
Most likely the cause is an incorrect flue pipe size, but you will need to contact a technician to diagnose your problem.
Do you need a professional HVAC contractor in the Loveland/Fort Collins area? Contact Epic Heating and Air Conditioning for all your furnace and AC needs.
The last thing anyone needs is to have their furnace give up the fight, especially in the middle of a cold-snap. But sometimes, that old friend Murphy shows up and shows us that his law was created for a reason.
Here are 5 hints that it’s time to replace your furnace:
- It’s just old. Furnaces are not made to last forever, most furnace’s life span is about 15 years. Most older furnaces are only running at 65% efficiency anyway, so it’s just draining your wallet every month.
- Frequent repairs. Not counting the normal maintenance costs (filter replacement & cleaning), furnaces shouldn’t need constant service work. If your furnace is seeing the doctor more than you are, then it’s time to update.
- Heating bills on the rise. Energy costs can fluctuate, depending on the cost of gas, propane & electricity, but if you are noticing a steady rise in your energy bills, it could be your worn-out furnace. Most energy companies can perform an energy audit, which can help you pin-point energy draining appliances. Don’t forget that upgrading to a high efficiency furnace can mean tax credits.
- Noisy furnace. If you notice that your furnace is starting to sound like it’s ready to take-off, that’s an indication that your furnace might need to be replaced. Today’s high-efficiency furnace are not only more efficient, they are much quieter than older units.
- It just doesn’t stay as warm as it should. If you notice that you are bumping up your thermostat or that it doesn’t get as warm as it used to, this could be a sign that your furnace is wearing down and just can’t handle the workload anymore.
If it is time to replace your furnace, do your homework. Get a couple of different quotes and always try to get a load-calc done on your home to make sure that your system is designed as efficiently as possible.
As the weather turns colder, we typically see a rise in our gas/electricity bills. Here are 6 tips to help you save money on your heating costs:
1. Replace your furnace filter. Dirty filters not only clog up your furnace, but they reduce the efficiency of your system. Changing out your furnace filter every other month can help improve your furnace’s efficiency and help reduce your monthly gas bill.
2. Check your thermostat settings. Set your fan to “auto” so that it runs only when your furnace is running. This will help reduce you electricity bill. Another recommendation is to install a programmable thermostat and set your temperature lower during the times when nobody is home. Keep the temperature set within 5-10 degrees of your preferred temperature setting to avoid drawing too much energy when your system kicks on to warm up before you get home.
3. Keep your ducts clean. It is recommended that ducts are cleaned every 3-5 years. If someone in your household has allergies, then it is recommended that you have your ducts cleaned every year.
4. Check your ducts for any leaks & insulate the ones in unheated areas like the attic & crawl spaces. Leaky ducts will impact your air flow and send heated air into areas where the heat is not needed.
5. Buy insulated drapes. Anyone that has touched a cold window in the winter, knows that windows and patio doors can impact your indoor temperature. Keeping your windows covered with insulated drapes will improve the insulation value of your windows.
6. Make sure your outside doors are sealed tight. If you can feel air coming in from the outside when your doors are closed, then you will need to add insulation strips to the door jamb. Buying door draft guards can also help eliminate any leaks from the bottom of your door.
Although many of us are never ready for winter, without the bi-annual HVAC maintenance, your furnace may not be ready either.
As the days have gotten colder, you may have already flipped the switch from “cool” to “heat”. As you flipped the switch, you probably thought to yourself “is my furnace ready?”. If you haven’t scheduled your fall HVAC maintenance, don’t wait too much longer. Epic Heating ad Air Conditioning can get your system ready for the cold Northern Colorado weather.