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August 24, 10:28 AM [GMT -5]

This is such great information to have. We usually call a hvac orland park il company to do our furnace maintenance, but maybe we'll try doing it ourselves this year. Hopefully we don't mess things up too bad. ;) http://mikesbremenserviceinc.com/air.html

June 25, 12:30 PM [GMT -5]

This was really helpful information. I wish I'd had it this past winter. It would have saved me a lot of money. You are so right when you say an ounce of prevention is so much better than a cure. Luckily for me, I found a good HVAC Independence, MO contractor who was able to help me out when my heater broke. ( "http://www.neeceac.com/ )

February 25, 7:18 PM [GMT -5]

As an HVAC technician advising the average home owner to start cleaning and taking apart their furnace I start getting nervous. the furnace you are showing is over 20yrs old and more than likely has a failed heat exchanger.
Using fiberglass filters is also a bad idea. They do not stop hardly any dust and dirt which build up on the blower wheel and possibly the underside of the secondary heat exchanger and evaporator coil. This build up starts reducing air flow and efficiency.
I fully understand wanting to save money, but a furnace has line voltage, low voltage and gas, not to mention the possibility of Carbon Monoxide. All manufactures recommend regular maintenance and many local heating companies have maintenance plans that can save you money.

February 14, 2:42 PM [GMT -5]

Excellent for the beginner DYIer...Thank you

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