Peninsula Heating FAQs

If you’ve got a question about home heating that you don’t see addressed here, call Peninsula at 302-629-3001302-629-3001 or contact us online.

Does my furnace have a pilot light? If so, what do I do when it goes out?

Though they were once common, most new furnaces actually do NOT use pilot lights—instead, they are lit by hot surface igniters. But if you have an older furnace and your pilot does go out, it’s pretty easy to relight.

Go down to your furnace and find the pilot light assembly (usually it will be a gas valve with ON, OFF, and PILOT settings). Turn the valve to the OFF position for about three minutes, then switch it to PILOT and hold a lit match or lighter to the pilot opening. Press the RESET button on the pilot control panel, keeping it pressed until you get a nice blue flame. Once you’ve got it, turn the valve to ON.

I’ve always used an electric furnace. Why should I switch to gas?

Electric furnaces tend to have lower upfront costs than gas furnaces and last much longer with less maintenance—as many as 20 – 30 years. Electric furnaces are also safer than gas furnaces, with no risk of carbon monoxide.

The biggest problem with electric furnaces is that they have much higher costs than gas furnaces. Natural gas is much cheaper than electricity in most areas, and over the past few years it has actually come down in price. Gas heating systems also heat your home much more quickly than electric heaters, especially when the temperature gets really cold.

Learn more about the pros and cons of different types of furnaces.

What temperature should I set on the thermostat before vacation?

The best temperature to set your thermostat when going away for vacation is 55 F—warm enough to keep your pipes from freezing, but not warm enough to waste a lot of money.

If you’re leaving pets at home, you might want to set the thermostat a bit higher—up to 65 F. Wouldn’t want your little friends freezing while you’re gone!

My furnace isn’t heating as well as it used to. What can I do?

How old is the furnace? The first thing to do is check the filters. If they’re dirty or clogged, replace them and you should notice an instant difference.

If that doesn’t work and the furnace is more than 10 – 15 years old, it might be time to think about furnace replacement. Call Peninsula—we’ll take a look at it and help you determine what your best options are.

Should I leave my pilot on over the summer?

Many people worry the pilot will create heat and waste gas over the summer. And while this is true to an extent, it’s not as bad as you might think. Pilot lights use an almost negligible amount of gas.

Moreover, many times they can’t be relit during the fall—spiders tend to find their way into unlit pilot assemblies, clogging up the burners with webs and dead bugs! Also, the heat produced by the pilot keeps humidity and moisture out of the furnace in the summer that can cause it to rust.

Will a programmable thermostat help me even if I have an old furnace?

Yes! Analog thermostats typically operate within a 3 – 4 degree range while newer programmable thermostats are extremely accurate, which can help you stay comfortable and save more energy.

Why does my furnace keep turning on and off?

Most furnaces will turn on about three to six times per hour. If yours cycles more frequently than this, you may have:

  • Blocked ventilation
  • Ductwork that doesn’t fit the heating system properly
  • A dirty air filter
  • Thermostat malfunction
  • Failure of flame sensors to respond

Call Peninsula for furnace repair in the Delmarva area.

Which is better, a furnace or a heat pump?

That really depends on what you mean by “better.” Gas and oil furnaces will produce warmer air, making them more comfortable than heat pumps. That said, heat pumps often have lower operating costs, since they don’t burn fuel to generate heat.

Heating Service and Repair in Delmarva

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