At Latta-Whitlow Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC., we believe the heating system in your home is much more than a heating system... it is your environment.
We install and maintain many types of furnaces for all of your residential and commercial needs.
Our trained and knowledgeable technicians will perform a full 15 point cleaning and safety inspection on your furnace. After this preventive maintenance is performed, you can be assured of several things: Lower gas bills, higher efficiency, longer life expectancy of your furnace, and a safer, healthier place for you and your family to live.
FAQs About Furnaces
1. How often should I change my filter?
The frequency of changing the filter depends of many factors. On most filters, the manufacturer of the filter has a period of usage stamped on the side. This is usually 30 days. The filter may need to be changed more frequently when the lifestyle of the home is taken into consideration: Pets, allergies, living on a gravel road, and having windows open are some of the reasons why a filter may need to be changed more frequently. If the filter has a visible presence of dirt and debris, it should be changed.
2. What happens if I don’t change my filter?
The filter’s function is to filter the air that flows through the home via the air duct system. A clean filter allows more air to flow through the duct work. This allows the equipment to function according to the manufacturer’s specifications. A clean filter also presents a healthier living environment. Latta-Whitlow's data suggests that a dirty filter leads directly or indirectly to 71% of all service calls.
3. How often should I have my furnace maintained?
Annually. A furnace is a gas appliance with a high consumption of fuel and should be tested annually for gas leaks, carbon monoxide, performance, as well as cleaning the motor, burners, heat exchanger, and checking all parts and functions.
4. When is the best time of year to clean my furnace?
Typically, between the months of September and November, to prepare for the upcoming winter. It’s also warmer out and you can beat the winter rush while taking advantage of specials.
5. How often should I clean my ducts?
Industry standards for duct cleaning recommend cleaning your ducts every year or two depending on the home. If you have pets that shed, your ducts may need to be cleaned more often.
6. Can I clean my own furnace?
It would be very difficult to clean your furnace yourself without proper training, equipment, and expertise. Usually homeowners miss the crucial parts of the cleaning and tuning process.
7. When should I replace my furnace?
The government recommends having your furnace replaced if it’s over 20 years old. The difference in the energy efficiency of newer furnaces compared to older furnaces can be very substantial. New furnaces burn a lot less fuel to heat your home, saving you big money over the years.
8. Why won’t my pilot light stay lit?
If the pilot light will not stay lit, it is because either the thermocouple or gas valve is bad. A furnace with a standing pilot light is a very old furnace! Government regulations mandate that all furnaces have to have an efficiency rating of 80% or higher in 1992. The industry eliminated standing pilot lights to help achieve this goal.
9. Why do I have water around my furnace floor area?
Water around the furnace floor area can be caused by a variety of issues. In most cases, the hot water heater is located in the same area. Therefore, the water heater may be leaking. If a whole house humidifier is located at the furnace, the drain line on the humidifier may be plugged or disconnected. If the furnace is a high efficiency unit, it will produce condensation. This condensation drains though a combination of tubing and PVC piping. A loose or plugged connection may be cause of the leak.
10. Why are some of my rooms in my home cold in the winter and hot in the summer?
Poor ductwork design may be the problem. During the construction of the house, improperly sized ductwork may have been installed. Another possibility is the cooling or heating system is improperly sized. If the room is upstairs, a lack of attic insulation may be the problem. Remember, all problems have solutions, and Latta-Whitlow, LLC has experience you can rely on!