So, what exactly is furnace glass, and what makes it different than any
other type of glass beads?
Furnace glass is the name given to hand-blown-and-pulled canes of glass. It’s
more complex than this, but basically a bubble streeeeeeetched into a long
tube, then sliced into bead length sizes and the ends polished. I guess they
call it furnace glass because you need a whole forge full of molten glass, as
opposed to “lampwork” done with a small propane torch (“lamp”)
Associated What Is Furnace Question: So i went to turn on my furnace for the first time this year and no heat will blow out…..there is a fire going good in it ….but no heat will blow out….like it wont turn on…..what could be some problems
- Answer:How long did you have the heater on? It needs to be running for a few minutes before the blower will come on. There is a thermal switch that turns on the blower. It could be bad, or the blower motor could be bad. On your thermostat is there a switch for the fan that says “auto” and “on”? If so, turn the switch to on, and see if the blower comes on. If so, the thermal switch is probably bad.
Associated What Is Furnace Question: Why does my furnace create an odor when running?This is my 1st winter in a cottage that I am renting. Every time that my furnace is running, there is a bad odor throughout the basement where the furnace is located. It smells pretty bad. My neighbors have the same problem. My neighbors house is the same as mine and has the same owners. The furnace is really old also. What is causing this odor? It’s a gas furnace.
- Answer:Dirt and dust often collect in the furnace during the summer when it is not used, then when it is run for the first week or so, it will produce an odor that’s not pleasant. But if the smell persists, then maybe mice have gotten into it and made their nests. You may be smelling the mice urine and droppings as it all heats up when you run your furnace. It would be a good idea to inspect the furnace and the duct-ways for evidence of mice nests or other debris including mold.
Associated What Is Furnace Question: Whats the difference between an electric and gas furnace? as far as cost and upkeep go?I’m looking at Condos right now one has a gas furnace and water tank, while the other 2 have an electric(forced air) furnace and an electric water heater. Which is more expensive to run in terms of energy bills? Do Electric Furnaces last longer then gas? Are they cheaper to replace? Does an electric furnace use a heating element or what?(vs a gas using a flame) The one I’m looking at still has an electric furnace from the mid 70’s. Should i be worried?
- Answer:Electric is MUCH more expensive to operate. It uses something called “heat strips” to provide heat. Have you ever seen a fake fireplace that provides heat by blowing air over a coil that heats up? It provides heat but is very expensive to run because it has to keep the coil red hot to provide heat. Well that’s the same way an electric furnace is going to heat your condo, except it has strips that it heats up and blows air over. I would definitely go with the one with gas heat. By the way, a forced hot air furnace can still be gas. That’s what we had in New Jersey and my bills were not out of line. A gas furnace costs more to replace, but a lot less to operate. Same with a gas dryer. It’s more to purchase, but less to operate. An electric furnace from the 70’s is probably not a very energy efficient model so I would definitely think twice. Good luck with finding your new condo and happy moving!!
Associated What Is Furnace Question: Is shutting off the furnace a few hours a day a good way to save heat?I’m really trying to conserve on oil consumption in my house. I turn down the thermostat, my tenant does so as well. But the furnace still kicks in when the temp drops to what we’ve set them to. What I’ve tried doing is just to shut off the furnace on weekdays. I’m alone, so it’s no big deal for me. I turn it back on as soon as the tenant gets back from work. I’m wondering, does this really help or am I actually using more heat when the furnace restarts after being shut off for 6 hours? It also has to heat the hot water tank (30 gallons). Thanks for your input!
- Answer:I would not turn off the furnace completely for many reasons. It is very hard on your furnace when you do turn it on it has to work that much harder. Also it is very hard on your house. You are cooling and heating cooling and heating, there isn’t a set temp this way. Keep your temp at 64 or so. If your heat goes on it won’t be that often. It is not a good thing for your water tank either. You could create weakness in the lining from constantly up and down heating. It does however take a long time for a hot water tank to cool down. Better to keep you furnace on though!!
Associated What Is Furnace Question: What is involved in getting your furnace serviced?
I know I need to get my furnace service and my ducts cleaned — this will be our 3rd winter in our house and it’s never been done. What does duct cleaning and furnace servicing involve? Can you give be price ranges? Do they use a big vacuum type thing? Is there any drawbacks to having a furnace serviced? For example I know if you flush the transmission of an older car that hasn’t regularly been serviced the cart usually ends up with transmission problems — has anyone had similar problems with their furnace? Thanks in advance! I’m definitely having a professional come in and do it. I wouldn’t even know where to start myself — I was just wondering what the process is like.
- Answer:along with changing your filer every 2 months you should have the furnace serviced or [clean and checked]because they will check for cracked heat exchanger.oil the moter,adjust air/gas mixture,and visually inspect the various safety switch’s.it should cost about 50.00 for the service .as for the ducts being cleaned they will cover your air returns with cardboard .and put a vacuum to the supply registers.they also can add deodorizers and sanitizers.for about 200.00 .
Associated What Is Furnace Question: What can possibly be wrong with my furnace?What can possibly be wrong with my furnace? The temperature keeps dropping even though i set the temperature at 68F, and the furnace won’t run to raise the temperature back to 68F. So, why? I am sure it is a gas furnace, and i don’t think i need to reset it because it was running well just last night. This has occured several times, and i know the furnace is not broken but the temperature automatically drops even though i set to hold the temperature at 68F.
- Answer:wrong section but first off check your filter a dirty filter can make the pressure relief switch shut the furnace off and it will never stay on for a full cycle therefor never really getting the heat up to temp. If it’s not the filter you might check to make sure the furnace doors are on correctly there a switch that is usually on the door that if its not depressed won’t allow the furnace to kick on. Something blocking a flue (vent) can cause the furnace to kick off (again at the pressure relief switch) Other than those simple things that you can check yourself you should call a HVAC guy.
Associated What Is Furnace Question: What could cause my gas furnace to stop a few minutes after it stops?This furnace is less than ten years old and it’s been serviced every year. It’s been the fourth night we needed heat and more than half the time the furnace stops before heating to the thermostat setting. This has been happening at the beginning of the season every winter. Various technicians have looked at it, cleaning and replacing parts like the “heat sensor” or “flame sensor.” Should I just give up and get a new furnace?
- Answer:interesting, I have the exact same problem! I have forced hot air, not sure about yours. Other two answers above dont sound right, sorry. I usually,1) change air filter 2) clean the igniter (thing that glows orange) with a brass bristle brush which is probably not the thing to do. Then it seems to work right on its own. Really, no help here, just the same experience.
Associated What Is Furnace Question: What is the limiting reactant in the furnace when carbon monoxide is produced by accident?Houses in many parts of the country these days are required to have carbon monoxide installed in case of furnace malfunctions. Furnaces in most homes burn natural gas and are supposed to produce water vapour and carbon dioxide, both harmless, but can create problems when the wrong reactant becomes limiting. – What is the limiting reactant in the furnace when carbon monoxide is produced by accident? – What might have caused the problem and how can it be remedied? – How carbon monoxide us harmful to humans?
- Answer:Oxygen. ? Binds to haemoglobin, preventing oxygen transport.
Associated What Is Furnace Question: My hot water oil burner furnace is not circulating to heat baseboards. What would cause this?
The furnace is running and does come on to heat the water. However, when the thermostat is turned on the furnace will come on but not kick in so it just runs with the loud humming noise. Needless to say the baseboards are not getting heat. I have called a heating tech but they can’t get here until the end of next week and it’s getting pretty cold. Is there anything I could possibly check for or any ideas? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
- Answer:Try james’s plan, also the circulator pump may just be stuck from not running all summer. If you can get to the coupling, you may be able to move it with a screwdriver or something. From your story it sounds like the water is getting hot. If the burner doesn’t light and the water doesn’t heat up, that is another problem.
Associated What Is Furnace Question: What is the voltage and amperage of the electrical connection at my furnace?
I have a Coleman 7600 propane furnace heating a 1000 square foot house. The furnace has an electrical wire going into it to power the blower. At some point in the future I might get a woodburning stove and get rid of the furnace. So I’m thinking I also will be able to put an electrical outlet where the furnace is now. What kind of electrical connection (voltage and amperage) would have been installed for this furnace?
- Answer:Would have 120 volts with a 14/3 wire on a 15 amp breaker. Check Panel box to be sure.I did ele work before retiring.