Have you been told you need a new draft inducer motor or draft inducer assembly? If you have, you most definitely need to replace it before your furnace will work again. The draft inducer assembly is a key component part to the furnace system. It is the fan that pulls the exhaust fumes and heat through the heat exchanger and forces it out the flue. Without the induced draft motor, your furnace will not run properly and can be a risk for carbon monoxide buildup.
When the induced draft assembly is made of steel or metals such as the one pictured above, they have a tendency to develop rust and wear out. Replacing the draft inducer motor and assembly is the only way your furnace will be operational again. Sometimes these repairs can be pricy.
How much can I expect to pay to replace my draft inducer assembly?
Depending on the model and the manufacturer, expect to pay between $500 and $800 for residential gas furnaces. Some name brands tend to be on the higher priced end while others use universal replacement motors and assemblies from Fasco and others and can cost on the lower end. Check with your local HVAC repairman to get a quote on the cost to replace your draft inducer assembly.
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Have you considered adding a zone system?
If you are living in a two story home with a single heating and cooling system with the thermostat downstairs, I be you are experiencing temperature differences of about 5-8 degrees between the upstairs and the downstairs rooms. A zone system may just be your solution. And with new products on the market from all the major thermostat manufacturers, it is getting easier every day. The new WiFi thermostats mean you do not have to run wires through existing walls. The zone board can be connected to a WiFi transmitter right near the equipment and then you can mount the thermostats in just about any room you would want. Now the upstairs can be controlled independently from the downstairs so there is not more running up and down the stairs to adjust the temperatures.
Below is the Honeywell RedLink WiFi zone system.
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Here is a recent email I received this weekend:
“I have a repair question for you whenever you got time. I have a 4 ton R22 condenser with a good tested capacitor of 40uf for compressor. However, when thermostat calls for cooling the contactor engages but compressor doesn’t start, I do have good voltage of 240 across t1 and t2 and the start leg coming from capacitor to ground is 120v. However, no amps. I tested each leg to ground and nothing (no grounding). This is the original size of capacitor for the compressor. The compressor was working a week ago but a day ago stop working . Would you call this a bad compressor?”
First note that the technician needs to check the resistance across the leads to the compressor. It may not be shorted to ground but it may just be internally shorted. To test the compressor, I would first check the resistance across the leads. Common to Run (r1), Common to Start (r2) then Start to Run (r3). What you should see is r1 + r2 = r3. Also, check for continuity across the windings this way for any open winding. Make sure the power is off and the leads are disconnected from anything when you do this. If you find an open winding or the resistance isn’t adding up right, then your compressor may be bad. Also do you have 120V on all 4 legs (top and bottom) of the contactor when engaged?
My hunch is that the compressor has an internal short and there is no continuity on one of the leads.
Have you had an air conditioning company replace a capacitor recently? Have you ever wondered ‘how can I tell if the air conditioning capacitor really needed to be replaced?’ This video will show you one way to visibly tell if an ac capacitor has failed. This is not always the case, but if you do see your capacitor looking like this then it definitely has failed. Alexander Heating and Air Conditioning knows air conditioning troubleshooting and replacing a capacitor is always a common question from the homeowner. Warning: hvac capacitors hold an electric charge equal to the high voltage connected to it and can be a severe shock hazard. Do not touch the capacitor. So next time you are wondering what are some of the bad ac capacitor symptoms, you now have one of the most common symptoms to check.
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When they are dirty or every 3 months which ever comes first.
I see so many homes with clogged air filters when I arrive. This can wreck havoc on your air conditioner and heater as well as your indoor air quality. Dirty filters can lead to frozen pipes, dirty blower fans, and burned out blower fan motors.
Risking a $700 fan motor replacement bill over a $6 filter is ridiculous. Buy a box of filters from your local supply store and keep them in your closet. Then change those filters when they look gray or every 3 months. save yourself some agony and money.
Pets and kids will clog your filter faster than a home without pets and kids? Think about it, pets have twice as many legs and move them twice as fast as an adult human. Therefore they will kick up more dust and other airborne particles much easier than otherwise. The airborne particles collect on your filters and halt the air flow to your air conditioner or furnace. This causes the fan motor to work harder and possibly shorten the life of the fan motor.
Do not pay attention to the filter life displayed on the filter packaging. Unless the filter is thicker, such as a 2″ thick filter, most filters only last around a month in the average household. Even if the filter says a 3 month filter, it just means it is a more dense filter that collects more airborne particles. And as was just pointed out, the more airborne particles collected, the more frequent you will need to replace the filter to prevent the loss of air flow.
Is the location of your thermostat causing your heating or air conditioning problem? Did you know that the thermostat should be located on a wall away from windows, doors, and direct sunlight? That’s right, away from all those areas that can directly affect the operation and true reading of the average room temperature.
The proper location of the thermostat is on an inner wall, about 5′ off the floor, away from heat sources, and close to the return grill. This will put the thermostat in an area unaffected by spot heat sources and around the correct height for most standing people’s comfort.
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The problem with the typical central home AC is you have to cool the entire home it’s like having just one switch that turns on all the lights.
This was ok 20 years ago when we were paying like $0.004 per Kilowatthr…But now in Fresno Ca Pacific Gas And Electric is charging over $1 per peak KWH!!
Mini split AC systems and so called Ductless units are being promoted but they cost 3 to 4 times as much as a cenrtal system per ton.
It is way better to use smaller packaged air conditioners AKA window ACs but to mount them outside of a window so you do not see or hear them.
Using soud damping material in flexable ducts or ridgid ducting will allow these not to be heard from inside a room…this is perfect to cool a bedroom on hot summer nights to a cool 75F for about $1 a night
When so mounted there is a clear advatage as you just turn on the zone you are in. Window ACs can be bought from discount Ebay seller for a low as $200 per ton of cooling…or 12,000 BTU
The best part of using this approach is:
1- You never have to replace your old central AC for over $10,000 as is a typical high SEER AC system upgrade
2- If a single smaller zone AC unit fails it can be replaced for about $200 and you do not to hire a HVAC contractor to put the new on in.
3- On those rare super hot day ( like we just had at 112F in Tucson) you can turn on the old central AC until the smaller zone units can take on the cooling load.
4- If you have a typical solar power system it should be able to power 3 to 4 smaller zone ACs . The typical home solar power system is not able to run a 4 ton central AC unit
You can solve that problem with zone damper system by Honeywell. installing dampers at the air handler for each zone then running a thermostat to each zone will improve the dynamic cooling requirements of each zone and is a lot less expensive than buying and retrofitting all those window units. Visit us at www.raleighheatingandairservice.com/articles to learn more.
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