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HVAC Answers: Ask an HVAC Expert Anything

Looking for HVAC answers?

A woman uses her laptop to search for HVAC answersWhen you have a quick question about your furnace or air conditioner, the last thing you want to do is pay a $150 service fee to have an HVAC professional come out to your home and spend five minutes answering your question. While HVAC repairs and maintenance require a service visit, simple questions do not. That’s why the Ray N. Welter Heating Company is encouraging home owners in the Twin Cities to reach out to them with any questions they have about their HVAC systems! No question is too basic or advanced – chances are that many other people have the same question that you do!

Do you have a question about your furnace or air conditioner, but don’t know who to ask? Tweet your question to @WelterHeating, message us on Facebook, call us at 612-825-6867, or fill out our contact form! When you ask the Ray N. Welter Heating Company for HVAC answers, you’ll benefit from our owner, Rick Welter’s, decades of experience in the HVAC industry. Rick is a fourth generation owner of our company, whose experience covers 28 years in the HVAC business.

The questions below were asked by our Facebook followers. What questions do you have that weren’t answered below?

“My house had ZONE heating in the beginning. When we bought a new furnace the installer didn’t make it zone. How can I do this? My basement is freezing!!!!” –Danny M.

It sounds like your installer either didn’t know or didn’t want to deal with old zone motors. Working with old zone motors is not one of my favorite things either. It’s not uncommon to see old zone motors that don’t work well with new systems. I always recommend replacing the zone system along at the same time that you replace the furnace. This will ensure that the zone system and furnace are compatible. Feel free to call the Ray N. Welter Heating Company and I would be happy to walk you through it or get you a bid for replacing it. On average, new zone motors cost $2,000-$3,500.

 

“If I don’t have a service agreement with a company that provides 24-7 guaranteed service, and I don’t have heat in the middle of the night, what is the best course of action? I have heard stories from friends without heat for days…” –Aaron D.

In the winter, the Ray N. Welter Heating Company provides furnace repair service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is a common practice for HVAC providers in the Twin Cities area. If you give us a call this winter, we should be there within hours. No service agreement is required.

 

“How often should I change the filter in my whole house humidifier?” –Andrew R.

In most cities, you should change the filter in your whole house humidifier once a year at the beginning of the heating season. If you have well water or hard water, you may need to change it for a second time in the middle of the heating season. Some manufacturers recommend that you look at the water panel after 300 hours of use. Take a good look at the new water panel when you put it in. Inspect it later to look for calcium, rust, or other deposits that would make the water run through the panel too fast.

 

“What are the pros and cons of rocket mass heaters?” –John W.

Thank you for your interesting question, which left us scratching our heads! Because we primarily work with gas furnaces, rocket mass heaters are outside of our realm of knowledge. However, owning a rocket mass heater sure seems like a neat idea!

 

“How would you know when the furnace needs changing?” –Travis G.

How often you replace your furnace depends on the age and efficiency of your current furnace. If you’ve owned your furnace for ten or more years, have a technician look at the integrity of the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger should be checked every year if your furnace is more than ten years old. If your furnace is 18-20 years old, I would start collecting quotes from companies in order to have a ball park estimate of how much a new furnace would cost. This will help you budget and avoid making rushed decisions if your furnace suddenly breaks down and must be replaced.

Do you have a question that wasn’t answered here? Leave a reply below if you would like to receive HVAC answers from the professionals at the Ray N. Welter Heating Company!

One comment on “HVAC Answers: Ask an HVAC Expert Anything
  1. Luke Smith says:

    I didn’t realize that 24/7 service was a common practice for HVAC providers. My brother-in-law had some furnace troubles at the start of the year but waited until the next business day to call someone to look at it. I imagine, however, that having your furnace serviced regularly would help avoid the necessity of a late night emergency call.

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HVAC Answers: Ask an HVAC Expert Anything

Looking for HVAC answers?

A woman uses her laptop to search for HVAC answersWhen you have a quick question about your furnace or air conditioner, the last thing you want to do is pay a $150 service fee to have an HVAC professional come out to your home and spend five minutes answering your question. While HVAC repairs and maintenance require a service visit, simple questions do not. That’s why the Ray N. Welter Heating Company is encouraging home owners in the Twin Cities to reach out to them with any questions they have about their HVAC systems! No question is too basic or advanced – chances are that many other people have the same question that you do!

Do you have a question about your furnace or air conditioner, but don’t know who to ask? Tweet your question to @WelterHeating, message us on Facebook, call us at 612-825-6867, or fill out our contact form! When you ask the Ray N. Welter Heating Company for HVAC answers, you’ll benefit from our owner, Rick Welter’s, decades of experience in the HVAC industry. Rick is a fourth generation owner of our company, whose experience covers 28 years in the HVAC business.

The questions below were asked by our Facebook followers. What questions do you have that weren’t answered below?

“My house had ZONE heating in the beginning. When we bought a new furnace the installer didn’t make it zone. How can I do this? My basement is freezing!!!!” –Danny M.

It sounds like your installer either didn’t know or didn’t want to deal with old zone motors. Working with old zone motors is not one of my favorite things either. It’s not uncommon to see old zone motors that don’t work well with new systems. I always recommend replacing the zone system along at the same time that you replace the furnace. This will ensure that the zone system and furnace are compatible. Feel free to call the Ray N. Welter Heating Company and I would be happy to walk you through it or get you a bid for replacing it. On average, new zone motors cost $2,000-$3,500.

 

“If I don’t have a service agreement with a company that provides 24-7 guaranteed service, and I don’t have heat in the middle of the night, what is the best course of action? I have heard stories from friends without heat for days…” –Aaron D.

In the winter, the Ray N. Welter Heating Company provides furnace repair service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is a common practice for HVAC providers in the Twin Cities area. If you give us a call this winter, we should be there within hours. No service agreement is required.

 

“How often should I change the filter in my whole house humidifier?” –Andrew R.

In most cities, you should change the filter in your whole house humidifier once a year at the beginning of the heating season. If you have well water or hard water, you may need to change it for a second time in the middle of the heating season. Some manufacturers recommend that you look at the water panel after 300 hours of use. Take a good look at the new water panel when you put it in. Inspect it later to look for calcium, rust, or other deposits that would make the water run through the panel too fast.

 

“What are the pros and cons of rocket mass heaters?” –John W.

Thank you for your interesting question, which left us scratching our heads! Because we primarily work with gas furnaces, rocket mass heaters are outside of our realm of knowledge. However, owning a rocket mass heater sure seems like a neat idea!

 

“How would you know when the furnace needs changing?” –Travis G.

How often you replace your furnace depends on the age and efficiency of your current furnace. If you’ve owned your furnace for ten or more years, have a technician look at the integrity of the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger should be checked every year if your furnace is more than ten years old. If your furnace is 18-20 years old, I would start collecting quotes from companies in order to have a ball park estimate of how much a new furnace would cost. This will help you budget and avoid making rushed decisions if your furnace suddenly breaks down and must be replaced.

Do you have a question that wasn’t answered here? Leave a reply below if you would like to receive HVAC answers from the professionals at the Ray N. Welter Heating Company!

One comment on “HVAC Answers: Ask an HVAC Expert Anything
  1. Luke Smith says:

    I didn’t realize that 24/7 service was a common practice for HVAC providers. My brother-in-law had some furnace troubles at the start of the year but waited until the next business day to call someone to look at it. I imagine, however, that having your furnace serviced regularly would help avoid the necessity of a late night emergency call.

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