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Why Do I Need to Schedule a Furnace Inspection?

A furnace is crucial to comfort in Alaska, but it’s so often ignored when it comes to home maintenance. Often our more visual home-maintenance projects take seniority over those harder to see, thus easier to ignore. To avoid costly, inconvenient, and possibly dangerous emergency repairs, you should always remember your regular furnace maintenance tasks, as […]

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What is Short Cycling?

Short cycling means short run time and short off time, that your furnace is turning on and off quickly and not providing the heat that your home needs. This can happen for a number of reasons. A furnace that is too big for your home is often the culprit. When your home heats too quickly, […]

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Furnace Repair and When It Is Time For a Replacement

What are the signs I need a new furnace? A new furnace is a big investment and can be a heavy cost for any homeowner. It can be hard to make the decision replace your current furnace, every furnace will need to be replaced at some point in a home’s life. In Alaska it is […]

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A Programmable Thermostat

What the big idea about a smart programmable thermostat? It makes it easier for you to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient throughout the year. It’s WiFi connected, so you can monitor your systems remotely from your computer, smart phone or tablet. If you are on vacation or just at work all day, you […]

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The Different Kinds of Furnaces

In Anchorage there is probably few appliances that are more essential to your home comfort than a furnace. There are three different types of furnaces available, and a few things that factor into which kind will work for you. You should consider your heating requirements, duct work and insulation, size of you home and number […]

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How Does My Gas Furnace Work?

A gas furnace create heat by burning natural gas. This gas is usually methane combined with other carbon based gasses. The Ignitor The process starts with the ignitor. The ignition source for older furnaces is a pilot light, newer furnaces use an electronic starter. With a pilot light, the regulator supplies a very small bit […]

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How Do I Know When to Replace My Furnace?

There are few simple things to take into consideration when thinking about your furnace and when or how soon you will need a new one. How old is your Furnace? The average life expectancy of a furnace is 15-20 years. The closer to you get to this age range the more attention you should pay […]

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The Importance of Furnace Maintenance

Furnace Maintenance

Before starting any kind of routine maintenance or cleaning make sure you have taken the proper safety precautions, such as turning your appliance off. If at any point you question what you are doing or think you might damage your furnace or hurt yourself, do NOT proceed. Call us and we will be happy to […]

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Why is my Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

American Standard Furnace Gold 80

There are a number of reasons that your furnace might be blowing cold air. Here are a few things to do before calling one of the experts at Alkota Plumbing & Heating. Check your Thermostat Make sure your thermostat is set on the correct setting. If it is set to “ON” the blower will run […]

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