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Why Do Furnaces Need an Exhaust Flue?

Friday, November 28th, 2014

You’ve probably noticed your furnace’s exhaust flue, that pipe that extends away from your ductwork and through the wall to the outside of the house. The concept of an exhaust flue is thousands of years old, it’s the whole reason fireplaces have chimneys. In the context of a modern furnace, however, it may seem odd for the exhaust flue to have so much importance. Most furnaces, depending on their fuel source, don’t produce smoke. So what’s the point? Let’s examine the actual byproducts of today’s furnaces, and why the exhaust flue is necessary to get rid of them.

Incomplete Combustion

Every furnace works by burning some kind of fuel to produce heat, whether it be wood, gas, or oil. Combusting fuel can create heat and energy quite easily, as evidenced by the fact that much of our transportation technology relies on it. Unfortunately, it’s not an efficient process. Combustion is often incomplete, resulting in byproducts of the burnt fuel being created. These byproducts are almost entirely pollutants.

Combustion Byproducts

There are a number of combustion byproducts common to furnaces. The three major ones are carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide. All of these are toxic gases, and should be avoided as much as possible. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide is completely undetectable to human senses. This makes it the most dangerous of the three, as the other two have unpleasant odors that allow them to be more easily avoided.

Carbon monoxide works by displacing the oxygen in a person’s blood stream. In high enough concentrations, this can cause suffocation. Carbon monoxide poisoning is among the most common types of fatal air poisonings on the planet. Common symptoms of exposure include headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. If you suddenly start experiencing any of these symptoms, especially while the furnace is on, get out of the house and call emergency services. This is the biggest reason why furnaces need an exhaust flue. Without a safe way to vent these byproducts out of the house, they can become trapped and poison the people inside.

If you think your exhaust flue is having issues, call Sunset Air. We provide heating repair services throughout Olympia.

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Electrical Problems with Your Air Conditioning

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

While there are several different types of popular heating fuel, electricity is the only option when it comes to air conditioning. As such, your air conditioning system can develop a number of common electrical issues. Sunset Air is proud to provide our customers with quality air conditioning repair services in Puyallup, WA and we wanted to assemble a short list of some of the most common that we see. Call us today if you need any service for your AC and our experts will be able to help.

Puyallup, WA Air Conditioning Repair FAQ: Electrical Issues

Below are a few of the most common electrical repairs that we see for air conditioning systems. Call us today if you’re experiencing any of them.

  • Capacitors – A capacitor is like a booster for electric motors. Your air conditioning system uses several important motors: two fan motors and a compressor motor. Each of these has a capacitor attached to it that provides it with a boost of energy at start up and while it runs. If the capacitors stop working then your air conditioning system won’t work. If you aren’t getting any cooling or if you don’t hear your AC’s fan motor running it could be that the capacitors are bad.
  • Air conditioning won’t turn on – Obviously, if your air conditioner won’t turn on then you have a very big electrical problem. It could be one of the control panels that switches on the motors at start-up. One common problem that is often overlooked is the thermostats. If your thermostat wiring is bad or if they aren’t calibrated properly it could keep the AC from starting up.
  • Air conditioning constantly runs – This is another common problem that homeowners face. If you notice that your AC won’t shut off it likely has something to do with one of the electrical components. There are numerous control boards that interface with your thermostats to turn the system on and off. If the AC keeps running, there could be something wrong with one of the panels or with the thermostats themselves. Sometimes it happens that the thermostats are installed in a space that gets a lot of sunlight which causes them to detect a much higher temperature.

When you need air conditioning repair services, call the Puyallup air conditioning specialists at Sunset Air. We can handle any issue that you might be having and we can work on any type of system that you might have.

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Check Out Our Blog for the Latest in HVAC Technology

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Be sure to bookmark the Sunset Air blog for updates on the latest advances in HVAC technology.

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Call Sunset Air for all your Heating, Air Conditioning, Water Heaters, Windows and Doors, Generators, Solar, Electrical and Commercial Services needs.

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Welcome to Our New Website

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

iMarket Solutions has launched Sunset Air new custom website. To learn more about how iMarket Solutions can expand your presence on the web visit:

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