Furnace Runs Constantly

April 17, 2018

Here are 4 common reasons your furnace is running constantly. If you have noticed that your furnace is constantly running, even as the cold weather is starting to ease up, it might be a sign that something’s lurking in your heating system. A heating system works by distributing warm around your home. If you hear the fan running constantly, you might start to wonder why. Here are 4 common reasons your furnace is running constantly. Incorrect Setting of Your Thermostat Temperature If you don’t have your thermostat set to the correct temperature, it can have your furnace running overtime. During the colder months, you will want the thermostat to be turned to “heat.” If you want to check that the furnace is working, you can turn the thermostat lower than the temperature of the room. If the heater is working correctly, then the fan should shut off when you turn the temperature down. If you have your thermostat set too high, you might be setting the temperature higher than your system can keep up with. Not Having the Right Fan Setting On most thermostats, you can set your fan either to “on” or “auto.” There are also some thermostats that...

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How Well Has Your Furnace Been Performing This Winter?

February 16, 2017

These 4 signs may indicate that your aging furnace is in need of service or replacement. Do you feel your furnace is not performing well despite your best efforts – protecting the efficiency of the system, routine filter replacement, professional cleaning and maintenance, proper venting and other safety measures? While maintenance can certainly make a difference as to the performance of your furnace, it won’t do much if you have an aging furnace. Here are some telltale signs that your furnace may be on its last leg. How is your furnace performing this winter? Here is an inspection list compiled by our St. Louis HVAC experts that will help you gain a deeper understanding of system performance, and get an idea of the efficiency and lifespan of your furnace. Energy bill compared to previous years If your monthly bills are higher than usual despite the fact that there has been no rate increase, your furnace may be showing signs of aging, and is consuming additional energy in an effort to heat your home. Performance issues Does your furnace ever shut off on its own and need a restart? If it does not restart immediately, this could be an indication of...

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Does Your St. Louis Furnace Need Attention?

November 29, 2016

With the winter season just around the corner, it is essential to check if your furnace is in proper working condition to brace the long, cold months. While your home’s furnace may seem to be in top working condition, it is good idea to have regular maintenance performed to prevent sudden problems from arising. It is also important to remember that all maintenance checks should be conducted by an experienced and trained St. Louis HVAC technician. It is beneficial to understand what signs indicate that your furnace needs attention. Here are some of the signs to look out for: No Heat The first and most obvious sign that the furnace needs repair is lack of or no heat emanating from the vents. Moreover, if the furnace has been running for some time and the vents are giving out cold or room temperature air, or if the house feels cold despite a running furnace, it is time for furnace maintenance. Increasing Bills It is important that HVAC owners keep a tab on their utility bills. Increasing bills or abnormally spiked utility bills also indicate a problematic furnace. Another way to check the efficiency of the furnace is by keeping a tab...

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A Faulty Furnace Means Higher Utility Bills

February 24, 2016

If your utility bills are showing some unusual spikes, a faulty furnace might be the culprit. If there is no change in the number of people living in the home or the way you consume power, then your furnace might be causing this spike. Our St. Louis HVAC expert will provide tips on maintaining your furnace in a way that keeps your utility bills under control. Regular Inspections Make sure you get your furnace inspected at regular intervals just like you get your car and other equipment inspected. This will ensure that your furnace is always in perfect working condition and is safe for your family. There are a variety of things that can go wrong with your furnace, so it is best to have a professional St. Louis HVAC company inspect your furnace. It is possible that your furnace may be old and may not be working as efficiently as it used to. The problem could be as simple as the thermostat not being accurate or set properly or the heat pump might be switching to auxiliary heat. There could be several other problems affecting your furnace. There could be leaks in the ductwork or seals around the house, lack of...

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How Much Can I Save by Investing in a High Efficiency Furnace?

January 31, 2016

With winter upon us, we rely on our HVAC systems to keep us warm. If you are considering investing in a new furnace for your home, look for a high efficiency furnace. The benefits of a high efficiency furnace are real and measurable. How much can you save by investing in a high efficiency furnace? As energy costs continue to rise, homeowners are looking for ways to reduce heating costs during the winter. Energy saving tips such as turning the thermostat down, closing the blinds, and investing in weather stripping can lessen energy use. However, to make a big impact on energy savings, you will need to replace your old furnace with a newer high efficiency model. High Efficiency Furnaces Gas furnaces have a component called a heat exchanger. This component converts propane or natural gas into heat energy and the by-products of the combustion process are vented through the flue system. Condensing gas furnaces have more than one heat exchanger. A secondary heat exchanger removes additional heat from the gases, which condense to produce water vapor. Furnaces that are 10 years or older do not meet the same efficiency requirements that modern furnaces are required to meet. Not only do older furnaces lose efficiency over time due to normal wear and tear,...

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Key Components of Your HVAC System & What They Do

September 15, 2015

A basic knowledge of how your HVAC system works is important for better operation and maintenance. A good HVAC system ensures the comfort of your family throughout the year. It is important for every home owner to know the components of their HVAC system, and what they do to keep you cool in the summer and warm in winters: Furnace: Your furnace is a key component of your HVAC system and very likely the largest. It occupies a lot of space and is usually placed in the basement, attic, cellar, or in a purpose-built closet. It supplies air that is distributed to different rooms in the home. It can use any of the four heat sources including combustion sources such as propane, natural gas, coal, oil, a heat pump, electric resistance, and solar energy. Thermostat: In simple terms, a thermostat is the user interface that gives homeowners control over the temperature in their home. It is usually placed on the most accessible wall of the house. There are different types of thermostats available in the market including manual, programmed, and WiFi enabled thermostats. When the temperature drops or rises too much the thermostat triggers the evaporator coil and condensing unit...

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St. Louis Residential Replacement – Before and After

August 4, 2015

At Scott-Lee Heating Company we have proudly been serving St. Louis residences for over 35 years! Our team takes pride in the work we do maintaining, repairing, and replacing residential HVAC systems throughout the greater St. Louis area. It is our commitment to providing the very best heating and air conditioning services in St. Louis that has made us the go-to, full service HVAC company for thousands of customers in Missouri. The following are before and after shots of a residential replacement we recently completed. Scott-Lee Heating Company Call us today to see why thousands of St. Louis families trust Scott-Lee Heating for all of their St. Louis heating and cooling needs! Call today!

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Selecting a New Furnace for Your Home

February 19, 2015

Purchasing a new furnace should be based on energy efficiency and price. The energy efficiency of new furnaces available in the market is forty percent better compared to that of old furnaces. Energy efficient furnaces can cover their own expenses within a few years and helps homeowners save money. Understanding Energy Efficiency The fuel utilization efficiency rating is the first thing to check as it shows the percentage of fuel converted into heat. Ratings of modern furnaces are between 78 percent and 96 percent. The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) and the Energy Star label should also be checked. These require an efficiency of at least 90 percent. It allows homeowners to become eligible for a tax credit of at least $1,500 up to around 30 percent of the price and installation cost of the furnace. Additional rebates may also be available for CEE-approved models. Increasing Efficiency of Furnaces Furnaces with an efficiency rating of over 90 percent are capable of condensing and reusing water vapor, allowing them to save fuel. Energy can also be saved by using variable speed fan motors. These upgrades can make a furnace quite expensive, so they are practical only when the furnace is used in exceptionally cold...

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7 Warning Signs Your Furnace Is on the Fritz

January 28, 2015

No one in St. Louis wants to get caught without a source of heat in the dead of winter. Check out the following 7 signs that should alert you to the need for a service call before the whole HVAC system breaks down on you. Age of the Furnace The average life expectancy of a furnace is 16 to 20 years. If yours is around that age, consider having a new one installed. Shopping for a new furnace in an emergency situation in the middle of winter may lead you to making a poor decision. Call your local HVAC company to help you decide the right size for your home, and pick one that is going to provide the most comfort efficiently. Utility Bills Are Increasing If your utility bills seem to keep rising without explanation, the furnace may need a tune-up. A poor running furnace is going to suck up resources and cause your bills to skyrocket. If your heater is running longer to provide heat to your home, it is time for an HVAC technician to provide HVAC maintenance. Replacing Parts Have you had to have parts replaced recently in the last couple of years? The last years of a...

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5 Tips to Choosing the Right Furnace

January 22, 2015

Is it time to replace the furnace? Make the right decision and invest wisely. Call Scott-Lee Heating to discuss all your heating and cooling needs! A new furnace installation for your home can be a very costly proposition. Here are few simple tips to help make the right decision. Treat a Furnace as a Long-Term Investment Most buyers make a buying decision just on the basis of price; however, this won’t take you too far. Ideally, you should look for a system that will keep you warm and comfortable for years to come. Geothermal heating systems are a great option for anyone looking to replace their furnace. Compared to other heating systems, geothermal systems offer substantial savings. Although equipment and system installation may require a higher initial investment, they offer efficiency and durability like no other system does. It also covers you against any future rises in the fuel prices. Consider the Features Now that you understand that furnaces are a long-term investment, it would pay immensely to spend a little extra money to purchase a feature-rich system that will serve you through the years. When making a purchasing decision, look for the following features: Variable operation, which means the system...

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