When to Replace the Filter in Your Heating System

Replacing the air filter in your home’s heating and air-cooling system is an essential household chore, but many homeowners forget this task and experience the unpleasant side effects that usually accompany a dirty air filter. Some cheaper filters may need replacing every month or so while higher-quality pleated filters can last six months or more. However, as a general rule you should replace the filter around every 90 days. 

Signs You Need a New Air Filter

Irregularities in inside air control are usually easier to detect for individuals who suffer from allergies and sensitivity to certain particles, like pollen or pet dander. These particles enter the air in the home and when they pass through the heating and air system, the filter traps them to prevent them from circulating back into the air supply. If you typically do not experience problems with your allergies inside and then start noticing symptoms, this could be a sign of a dirty air filter that needs replacing.

Factors to Consider 

There are additional factors to consider if you’re thinking of replacing your air filter. The heating and air systems in larger homes move a larger quantity of air, and more square footage means more potential to accumulate dust and other particles. Larger homes may require more frequent air filter replacement than smaller homes.

If you have pets, it is likely their displaced hairs will find their way into the air system of the home, so this may require you to replace the filters more often. This is also true if you have young children under the age of four; infants and toddlers have more sensitive and vulnerable respiratory systems, and regular filter replacement every month or so can help ensure health and safety from germs and airborne bacteria. 

Remember, just because an air filter looks clean does not mean that it is. If the filter still appears clean after three months of use or longer, you should still replace it if you’re experiencing issues with the air quality in your home.

4 Reasons Your Furnace Might Not Work This Fall

If you’ve lived in Bromall, Pennsylvania, long, you know it’s a good idea to test your furnace well ahead of cold weather. The first time the temperature drops, everyone in town will switch on the heat. For some people who didn’t think ahead, the heat won’t come on. Heating and air conditioning companies will be swamped with calls, and there are only so many technicians available. Some families will be stuck shivering in the cold while they wait their turn for service. But what happens if you switch your thermostat to heat on the first fall day, and you find out you have a problem? Here are some reasons your furnace might not be working.

Electrical Issues

 Even if you have a gas furnace, it still requires power. If you switch on your thermostat and nothing happens, you might have loose or corroded wires in your unit or in the thermostat. Make sure your thermostat is set to heat, check your electrical box for a blown circuit breaker, and examine wiring leading to your furnace. If you see loose wires, contact an expert immediately.

Pilot Light Is Out

 If the blower goes on but all you get is cold air, check to see if you can see the blue flame of the pilot light. If you don’t see a flame, the furnace may simply need to be relit.

Dirty Filters

 Filters should be changed every 30 to 90 days. Dirty filters make your furnace work harder to push out warm air, which wears it out faster. If your furnace doesn’t seem to be putting out much heat, check the filters. If your furnace frequently switches between hot and cold, that also may indicate a clogged filter.

Mechanical Problems

 If your furnace thumps, bumps, or squeals, it may have mechanical issues. Call an expert right away so a mechanical issue doesn’t lead to system failure.

 Have your heating and air conditioning systems checked twice a year to prevent major issues. With regular maintenance, you’ll never have to wonder if your heater is ready for the cold weather ahead. Contact John McCuen, Inc. for plumbing, heating, and air conditioning in Bromall, PA, and throughout the area.





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Signs You Need a Furnace Tune Up


Furnace Tune UpWhen the weather gets cold, heat is something that people cannot do without; so it is important for people to always make sure that their heating units are working in top condition. The best way for people to do this, is to watch for the signs that warn that a heating unit is beginning to malfunction. If people learn to spot these signs, they can get their furnace fixed early, before the weather gets extremely cold.

The most obvious sign that there is something wrong with a heating unit is when the heating unit is activated, and the air that comes out of it is not completely warm. When this happens to a person, it is a telltale sign that they need to have their heating unit looked at. Many have the mistaken belief that their heating units need time to heat up, the way that old cars do, but in truth, it should never take longer than a minute at max for hot air to start coming out of a heater.

Another thing that can let a person know that there is a problem with their heater is when their heating unit starts staying on too long when they have it set to automatically go off once it reaches a certain temperature. If a person normally leaves their heating unit on one setting, that is usually very comfortable for them, and they don’t have any windows open, or anything else bringing cold air into their home, they should never have to constantly adjust their heating unit to get the right temperature in their home. When heating units stay on too long, or don’t come on when they are supposed to, it is time for a person to call an HVAC specialist to fix their heating unit.

If a person gets a tune up for their heating unit, they can avoid having to completely replace it. The cost for repairs, versus the cost for buying new heating units, is normally vastly different; so getting repairs can save people a lot of money.

Are you looking for a heating contractor in Broomall or surrounding area? Call John McCuen Plumbing Heating & Air at (610) 325-9395 and get started today!