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Tips for TRANE furnace and AC Maintenance and Efficiency

Oakland Furnace Repair

Does Your Furnace or Air Conditioner Need A Tune Up?

If your utility bill is increasing abnormally, your furnace or A/C is probably not operating at its peak performance level. If any of these problems are found, you should consult your local Trane® Dealer for a tune-up. Keeping your equipment maintained will save 15% to 20% per year on utility bills.

1. Remove furnace front panels. Turn on your furnace, observe the color of flame. If flame is varied orange and yellow in color the gas section is not operating propoerly. This could be caused by improper gas pressure adjustment, dirty burners, or dirty or plugged orifices.

  • Service extends heat exchanger life span and improves combustion for cleaner flue gas discharge.
  • Avoids high levels of carbon monoxide. (Saves energy costs)

2. Observe area around the blower motor assembly, if this area is dirty it should be removed, cleaned & lubricated to provide proper air flow noise.

  • Restores proper air flow and lowers air flow noise.
  • Reduces bearing wear.
  • Maintains proper amperage.
  • Saves energy costs.

3. Does your furnace cycle on and off more frequently than normal? Your thermostat may be out of calibration causing excessive temperature swings, your filters may be excessively dirty or need to be replaced.

  • Adjust thermostat calibration.
  • Clean filters lower energy usage and extends equipment life.

4. During cooling operation does your house take longer to cool than normal?

  • Check filters to be sure they are clean.
  • Check indoor coil for dirt and mold.
  • Dirty filters cause low air flow and increased energy usage.
  • Dirty coil increases energy bill and promotes bacterial growth.

5. Check your outdoor condenser unit to make sure any leaves, grass, or debris is not blocking air flow through the coils.

  • Check condenser coils for dirt and oily film, clean if necessary.
  • Coil blockage or restriction causes increased energy usage and increases the likelihood of an expensive service repair.
  • Service lowers energy usage.
  • Cover condensing unit during winter months to maintain cleanliness.

 



Furnace and Air Conditioning Tips

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

AFUE– Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. A measure of a gas furnace's efficiency in converting fuel to energy ­ the higher the rating, the more efficient the unit. For example: A rating of 90 means that approximately 90 percent of the fuel is used to provide warmth to your home, while the remaining 10 percent escapes as exhaust.

BTU– British Thermal Unit. This is the amount of heat it takes to raise one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit. For your home, it represents the measure of heat given off when fuel is burned for heating or the measure of heat extracted from your home for cooling.

CFM– Cubic Feet Per Minute. A standard measurement of airflow. A typical system requires 400 CFM per ton of air conditioning.