Advanced Mechanical Services Blog: Archive for March, 2018

Did You Know Your Boiler Doesn’t Actually Boil?

Monday, March 19th, 2018

boiler-residentialThe boiler isn’t the most common type of home heating system—that’s the natural gas furnace—but it remains a popular way to provide heat thanks to advantages like energy-efficient performance and long service lives. Boilers offer fast heat distributed evenly through rooms and they help reduce the amount of dust and other debris blown around in the air.

If you have a boiler in your home, you probably already know about these advantages. But here’s something you may not know: your boiler doesn’t actually boil anything.

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The Sequencer and How It Works in Your Electric Furnace

Monday, March 5th, 2018

electrical-furnace-repairHas this ever happened with your home’s electric furnace? You switch it on one day—maybe the first cold day of the fall season, or maybe deep into the winter—and instead of starting to heat up, it immediately stops working entirely because it flips a circuit breaker.

You’re not alone. An electric furnace requires a large amount of electricity to run, and all this demand on the circuit can cause an overload, which the breaker trips in order to protect the electrical system.

But if the electric furnace needs that much power to operate, why doesn’t it always trip the breaker in the electrical panel when it turns on? There’s a reason, and it’s in a component that is one of the most vital for operating an electric furnace reliably: the sequencer.

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