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I Don’t Understand How a Furnace Works: Let a Pro Help You

Here in Irvine, furnace technology is almost entirely a winter concern, with the rest of the year given over to air conditioning issues. It’s one of the perks of living in Southern California. That doesn’t mean that you should ignore the importance of a good furnace to your home’s comfort, however. Our winter nights get pretty chilly, and a good gas furnace is often the best way to keep warm and comfortable when temperatures start to drop.

In light of that, it’s important for you the homeowner to understand what goes into the furnace’s functioning, this way you can react more appropriately when the need arises for a furnace repair in your Irvine home. “I don’t understand how a furnace works,” you say? Not to worry – let a pro help you with the basics.

The heating process starts when your thermostat detects that the temperature has dropped below a certain level set by you. It then activates a set of burners connected to a combustion chamber. A gas line feeds steady gas into the burners which an electronic ignition system (or a pilot light in the case of older furnaces) ignites it. The gas heats up a heat exchanger, which heats up the air blown into the furnace through a blower. The hot air then passes out from the furnace into a series of ducts, which carry it throughout your home.

Problems can arise from any number of sources, such as blocked lines, dirty burners, or problems with the ignition system. Safety features such as thermocouples automatically shut off the gas in the event of a problem to prevent the gas from flooding your household. But whenever such issues arise, you should shut off power to the furnace and call in an expert to address it.

Here in Irvine, furnace repair services are provided by Saddleback Plumbing. If problems arise and you’re saying to yourself “I don’t understand how a furnace works,” then our expert staff is here to help. We can hunt down the source of the problem and put your furnace back in the pink. Let a pro help you when your heating isn’t what it should be. Pick up the phone and give us a call today for all of your Irvine heating needs.

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