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Heating FAQ 3: Furnace Repair Services

by Denver Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical

Maintaining your home furnace throughout the year is an essential part of ensuring high indoor air quality and comfort. Bell Plumbing and Heating is committed to informing customers like you about our Denver furnace repair services, as well as answering any questions or concerns you have about new furnaces or heating maintenance. Give us a call today.

Your furnace converts fuel into hot air and distributes it through ductwork into your living spaces.  It has many different components–valves, motors, fans, bearings—some of which can cause problems during the lifetime of your unit. Below are some frequently-asked questions about furnace repair services that may help you learn more about your heating system and to make the right decisions when you need repairs or replacement.

  • What does AFUE mean? The acronym AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. It is a thermal rating granted to furnaces based on their efficiency. Basically, it measures the amount of energy drawn from the fuel source against the amount of hot air produced. The higher the rating, the higher the energy efficiency. Most new furnaces are rated at 80% or greater, and they can go up to 98%. This aspect of the furnace is increasingly important to consumers looking for cost-effectiveness and “green” efficiency, but AFUE rating is only one factor. More importantly, the overall efficiency of your heating system depends upon the quality of the installation and integrity of your ductwork.
  • Why won’t my furnace ignite? Depending on whether you have automatic electric ignition or a standing pilot light connected to a thermocouple, it can be for a variety of reasons. If your pilot light is out, there may be a draft in your system, or a clogged supply valve. If your pilot light is not working properly, your thermocouple may have shut off the fuel supply. It’s an electronic sensor that protects fuel from entering the combustion chamber without a pilot light on.

These are just a couple of the most common questions customers have when thinking about the heating in their Denver homes. For more information, or to schedule a furnace repair with one of our expert technicians, call Bell Plumbing and Heating today.

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