Monday, October 23, 2017

Signs You May be in Need of Furnace Repair This Fall

With winter right around the corner, it is important that you take a moment to make sure that your furnace is working properly. Having any necessary maintenance performed on your furnace now will help to ensure that you and your family are able to keep warm this winter. Yet, how will you determine if your furnace needs servicing? Read on for a few of the signs to keep an out for which can indicate that your furnace is likely in need of repair.

Your Home is Heating Unevenly

One clear sign that there is something wrong with your furnace is if your home is not heating evenly. If you are overly hot in one room and freezing cold in another, then it is likely that your system is in need of repairs. A variety of issues could be causing this problem, so you will need to consult an HVAC specialist to determine the source of the problem.

Your Furnace Runs Constantly

Generally, a furnace will cycle on and off throughout the day in order to maintain the temperature inside of your home; your furnace should not have to run continuously. If your furnace seems to cycle on more than it used to, this could be due to several different problems. Either there is something wrong with your thermostat that is preventing it from recognizing the temperature in your home, or your furnace is not running efficiently and has to run more frequently to keep your home warm. Either way, you will want to have this problem repaired, since a furnace running more than it should ultimately costs you on your energy bills.

It Makes Strange Noises

Your furnace may make a certain amount of noise when it cycles on and off. However, it should not begin making any loud or unusual banging, groaning, or squealing noises while it is running. This likely indicates that a component within your furnace is failing and will need to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible before your furnace stops working altogether.

It is important to keep an eye out now for signs indicating that your furnace may be in need of repair so that you can have it serviced before winter arrives.

Contact Kent Heating and Air Conditioning Inc to learn more about how you will know when your furnace is in need of repair.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Three Functions of the Fuel Nozzle in an Oil Furnace

An oil furnace contains a number of distinct components, each with its own sophisticated role to play. Yet none of these components are required to do quite as much as the fuel nozzle. If you would like to learn more about the way your oil furnace works, read on. This article will discuss the three main functions of the fuel nozzle.


If fuel were to simply enter the combustion chamber drop by drop, your furnace would not be able to generate much heat at all. In order for efficient combustion to take place, the oil must be atomized into a fine, air-born mist. This hastens the rate of vaporization that is necessary for combustion to take place. Atomization is accomplished by the fuel nozzle, which breaks the fuel up into microscopic droplets.


The fuel nozzle is responsible for ensuring more than just the size of the oil particles entering the furnace; it is also used to control the amount of fuel entering at any given time. A particular fuel nozzle must be designed to meet the specific needs of a given furnace. Thus it is important to know the optimum flow rate of your furnace before replacing an old or worn-out fuel nozzle.


Finally, a fuel nozzle is designed so as to introduce oil to the combustion chamber at a specific angle, and in a specific spray pattern. These qualities vary from burner to burner. The spray angle may vary anywhere from 30 degrees to 90 degrees, depending on both the size of the combustion chamber and the air pattern of the burner.

We encourage you to contact us with any questions or service needs you may have.