Energy Star Gas Furnaces | We get this question from time to time about Energy Star and how it can benefit you as a consumer. Therefore we are going to fill you in on the specifics of Energy Star and include information about gas furnaces with the Energy Star logo. So the posed question is, “What is an Energy Star rated gas furnace”? and, “How can it benefit me”?
First, lets look into Energy Star and what it is. Energy Star is managed by two specific government agencies. The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. A manufacturer producing products that use energy to work must pass certain guidelines approved by these agencies to use the Energy Star logo. This includes signing and agreement and using third party testing to test the efficiency of the product. If it passes certain efficiency tests then the manufacturer may use the Energy Star label on their product. This includes gas furnaces. (more…)
Lighting a Pilot that is Electronic Ignition - This is one of many questions we get by email.
Lighting a Pilot that is Electronic Ignition Comment: Thank you for your interesting discussion of pilot lights vs. electronic ignition. I may have to replace my gas water heater soon and am weighing the options. Although I understand that electronic ignition is more efficient, I worry about not having hot water during a power outage. A number of years ago we had an ice storm and the power was out for almost a week. My gas water heater still worked as did my gas stove, and that really made a big difference. That happened when the temperature outside was in the 20’s (F). Is there any way to light a water heater with electronic ignition by hand? Or is it completely dependent on electricity? Thanks for any information you can provide. (more…)
90 Plus Furnace
Gas Manifolds - Furnace gas manifolds connect the valve with the main burners and it is important that the proper pressure be present inside the manifold for proper combustion. Manifold pressure is different from natural gas to liquid propane. Furthermore, this pressure needs to be set with a special instrument which the HVAC installer or HVAC start-up technician should have.
The manifold pressure should be set according to the furnace manufacturer’s instructions. This is done by an adjustment on the regulator and valve as noted in the valve section (see gas furnace components). The setting will depend on the type of fuel, natural gas or LP, and the manufacturers instructions.
Gas Furnace Troubleshooting and Repair - Flash Codes - In the extreme cold weather there is nothing worse than losing your heating system. Here are some basic tips to checking basic things for the average person to hopefully make a quick fix. A quick fix so you do not have to suffer until an HVAC repairman comes.
Trane Gas Furnace Efficiency Factors – This is a Trane gas furnace. It is also called a Trane 90 plus gas furnace because it offers efficiency levels up to 90 percent plus AFUE (rating). Gas or oil furnaces generally cannot achieve efficiency at 100% because of impurities in the fuel including moisture. This is the reason why no fossil fuel furnace sold has a rating of up to 100%. This biggest impurity in many fuels is moisture which is difficult to remove because it is in the distribution and storage places where the fuel is distributed and stored. If these impurities were removed from the fuels before they were introduced to the furnace the cost of the fuel would be much higher and the cost to benefit ratio would not be effective. (more…)
You can see the rust holes up near the sheet metal plates in this heat exchanger. This exchanger made the occupants sick.
Gas Furnace Heat Exchanger Failure - Richard, a technician just departed my house after looking at my gas furnace. My mom thought she smelled something so we called the furnace company we usually call when we need furnace maintenance to check it out. He told us our heat exchanger in our furnace failed. I asked him how much it would cost to fix and he told me his service manager would call me with a price. I just got off the phone with the service manager and he said the furnace is still under warranty but we would have to pay for labor.
How a Gas Furnace Works . Richard, Can you please explain to me in basic terms how a gas furnace works? I have a standing pilot gas furnace if that helps you better. This question is closely related to my article on the Gas Furnace Sequence of Operation. Each type of gas furnace works differently. Therefore, the sequence of operation or how the gas furnace works will work differently for each gas furnace type. Since you have a standing pilot gas furnace it will work differently from an electronic ignition gas furnace.
Electronic Control Board for an Electronic Ignition Furnace
Gas Furnace Troubleshooting Techniques . Electronic ignition for gas furnaces are the modern way for furnaces to light the main burners. Furnace technology has evolved from the standing pilot gas ignition systems. These furnaces continue to be used today however there are less standing pilot furnaces used today than yesterday. When troubleshooting a system it is important to know which type of ignition system the furnace uses. (more…)
Two-Stage Gas Furnaces are ever increasing in popularity among HVAC manufactures of gas furnaces. The product lines are ever increasing from single-stage gas furnaces to two-stage gas furnace. The reasoning is that the two-stage gas furnaces are more efficient than the single-stage furnaces.