How Does a Furnace Work?

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furnace repair new york At Rinker Oil & Propane, your comfort is always our top priority. To make sure your Southern Tier home is always cozy, we offer furnace installation, maintenance, and repairs with our highly skilled team of professionals.

This winter, take the hassle out of constantly checking your furnace’s oil levels: our Automatic Delivery service will make sure you always have enough. You and your family can stay warm and comfortable all season long.

If you own a home with a furnace, but that’s about the extent of your knowledge on furnaces, this article will help get you caught up. We’ve provided answers to some frequently asked questions regarding furnaces.

How furnaces operate

Furnaces have a long history and are used to heat homes by creating and circulating warm air. Early models were powered by coal or wood, but now furnaces use heating oil, natural gas, propane, or electricity as fuel.

Your furnace turns on when the temperature in your home falls below the set temperature on the thermostat.

The burner is where your fuel is combusted. The heat exchanger is where the combusted fuel heats the air coming into the furnace through the vent. The blower fan distributes that air throughout your home using your ductwork.

How to take care of your furnace

To help your furnace run both efficiently and safely, there are two things you can do.

Annual maintenance tune-ups from Rinker Oil and Propane will make your furnace run better and last longer. Our skilled service technicians clean and tune every component of your furnace so it runs more efficiently, saving you money on energy costs. A tune-up also allows our technicians to spot any problems and fix them before they turn into bigger issues that require repairs.

A service plan from Rinker Oil and Propane not only includes a tune-up for your furnace but also covers many parts and labor costs associated with repairs, making it a wise investment.
One way to improve your furnace’s efficiency is by making sure the air filter is clean. When the air filter is clogged or dirty, it decreases the performance and efficiency of your furnace and can even damage the parts inside. Check your filter once a month and change as needed.

How long your furnace can last

A furnace’s average life expectancy is 10 to 15 years. But with regular professional maintenance, it can last even longer.

There comes a time when it’s more financially responsible to replace an old furnace than to repair it. With time, furnaces can become less efficient, particularly if they haven’t been maintained properly. By investing in a new furnace, you will gradually recoup the cost through savings on your energy bill. If furnace repairs would cost more than half of what buying a replacement would, then getting a new one is the wiser solution.

Now is the time to get your home’s furnace its annual maintenance tune-up so it’s ready to keep your home warm and comfy this winter. Contact Rinker Oil and Propane today to schedule your appointment. And don’t forget to sign up for one of our service plans!