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What is a run capacitor used for?

A motor run capacitor is used to continuously adjust current or phase shift to a motor’s windings in an effort to optimize the motor’s torque and efficiency performance. All run capacitors are designed for continuous duty and as a result, have a much lower failure rate than start capacitors.

Why do I need to replace a Gas or Electric Furnace Run Capacitor?

Capacitor Failures are very common and most of the time go unnoticed; Sometimes until it dies completely. A Run Capacitor should be checked on a regular basis. A complete failure of a run capacitor will cause a motor to not have that “Extra Kick” to get the fan spinning. A run capacitor can also become weak and cause a motor and/or compressor to run at higher amps – Using more electricity – This causes the motor/compressor to run hotter and shortens their life expectancy.

All Capacitors have a certain lifespan. There are several factors that may  increase or reduce the life of a run capacitor, but once the design life is exceeded, the internals may begin to more rapidly decay and drop in performance. Simply put, a failure may be attributed to it being “just old.”

Maintaining a fresh Run Capacitor will help your system and its other parts live longer, preventing bigger problems, making you happier. 

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A dirty or clogged air filter can impact your heating system in many ways. It also can cause adverse reactions to your family’s health. Filters with excess buildup have created problems in furnaces for our customers in Bonney Lake, WA. Clogged air filters stops or slows air flow through the furnace and puts more stress on important components in your Furnace and HVAC system. This can drive up your utility costs as the system will cycle more often. Dirty, unchanged filters can make your HVAC system fail completely. Repairing a broken HVAC system can end up costing you a pretty penny. Air slow-down can result in iced-up evaporator coils or cause the furnace to overheat. We also offer electronic air cleaners for even better filtration in your Bonney Lake home. There are several different types and ratings of Furnace filters. There is a MERV rating. The Higher the number in the MERV rating, the more restricted the filter is. We recommend MERV 8 as a basic filter. Pictured below is an example of a good disposable filter. If you have an electronic air cleaner that needs service, give us a call 206-359-2164! Or if you are unsure what type of Furnace filter you need, feel free to call!

 

 

 

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Ignite You? Ignite your Heating System! Gas Furnace Ignition….How does it work?

A few different systems

Every Gas furnace has some way of igniting the natural gas that flows into the system. In the old days furnaces were built with standing pilots. We see these from time to time now days and although standing pilot systems are reliable and relatively trouble-free, a continually burning pilot light is consuming gas needlessly. The amount of natural gas burned by a standing pilot varies depending on the design. But the typical household furnace burns about 750,000 cubic feet of gas per month. Money-wise that is about $6 – $10 a month.

Next is an Intermittent Spark Pilot Ignition. Basically it’s the same concept as a standing pilot but….intermittent. As soon as you call for heat by turning the dial on the thermostat up, the control module in the furnace sends a signal to the gas valve and a spark to the pilot assembly and lights up the pilot light. A thermocouple or flame sensing rod is heated (telling the furnace that the pilot is lit) and then the gas valve opens the main line to light the main burners to the furnace. It’s a little more efficient than a standing pilot, but only a step up.

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