GAS FURNACE – DUCTED FORCED AIR SYSTEM
Fortunately here in Southern California, we have a mild climate, but it still gets cold enough during the winter to make heating your home a necessity. Usually located in your attic, a closet, basement or garage, a forced air gas furnace provides uniform heating throughout your home, with ductwork running from the furnace to supply registers in each room and a centrally located thermostat to regulate the temperature. A return grill with a filtration system completes your indoor comfort system.
In regard to maintenance, the most important task is replacing your filter regularly, but for more information on caring for your equipment, take a look at this maintenance checklist from the Energy Star Website.
We service or repair all brands of wall heaters. As with any gas appliance, it is important to check for gas leaks and verify the equipment is venting properly to avoid exposure to carbon monoxide. We always recommend installation of a carbon monoxide (CO) detector if gas appliances are present in your home. In the case of a cracked heat exchanger (a.k.a. firebox), replacement would be recommended.
Working in the Long Beach area, we have many customers with older homes and older heating systems. Floor furnaces definitely fall into that category. It could be quite old, but your floor furnace is safe to operate if it is well maintained and checked by a professional regularly. Proper venting is critical to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide (CO). A floor furnace doesn’t have a flue pipe that you generally see with other gas heating appliances. The most common venting component is located under the house and is known as a draft diverter. Make sure your draft diverter is inspected from time to time. Rust can cause cracks or even gaping holes which will lead to improper venting. Fortunately, if the integrity of your draft diverter has been compromised, we can have a new one fabricated for you. Again, we strongly recommend the installation of a carbon monoxide detector.
BASEMENT GRAVITY FURNACE
Also common in the older homes of the Long Beach area, this type of furnace has ductwork, but instead of pressurizing and blowing air through vents to each room of your home, a gravity furnace uses the natural properties of gravity (hot air rises) to allow warm air to move through ductwork from the basement to each room. Like the other wall & floor furnaces, this type of system requires periodic service to check for gas leaks, ensure proper venting and maintain safe operation.
RADIANT CEILING HEAT
Radiant ceiling heat is an antiquated electrical heating component that exists in pre-1975 homes, apartments and condominiums, with an electric thermostat on the wall. It creates heat by energizing wires in your ceiling. Not very efficient, but it is effective. It also limits other ceiling installations like recessed lighting or ceiling fans. We can repair this type of system or recommend an alternative.