Heater Repair-What Kind of Heat Do I Have?

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What kind of furnace do I have? That is an important question, especially when the heater isn’t operating. There are two typical kinds of furnaces. There’s forced air and there’s the boiler type.

How do you determine which you have? It’s pretty simple. If you have “registers” in all room that have warm air blowing out of them, that’s forced air.

If you have radiators, either freestanding or baseboard style, that suggests that you have a boiler
Another method to use boilers is radiant floor heat. That’s a lot of pipes that run through the floor and warm the floor up, which heats up the room. Very nice, but pricey to install.

You can have heat that’s not coming from a furnace. You could have electric baseboard heat. Or electric wall heaters. You could have a gas wall heater.

Second point to determine is what fuel your furnace uses. There are six common types.

Coal, not the typical, generally used with a boiler. If you have coal, you probably noticed.
Electric heat is simple, but pricey. It’s one of the most costly heat source.
Fuel Oil, If you’ve found yourself in the house for a while then you will have filled a fuel oil storage tank. Generally used with a boiler.
LPG or propane. That’s an above ground tank that gets filled every once in a while. Generally rural houses, with gas furnaces that don’t have gas piped to the house use propane.
Natural gas, or methane, that’s the gas that is piped to urban homes, It’s a pretty typical way to heat houses. It burns clean, it’s fairly cost effective and it’s generally pretty trouble free.
Wood, you probably noticed. You ‘d have a wood stove or a fireplace in the living room and a pile of wood outside.

That pretty well covers it, if you live in a house. It shouldn’t take too long to nose around and identify where the heat is or should be resulting from. Click Here