Question from youtube HVAC Honeywell Glowfly hot surface igniter review

March 8th, 2011


do all universal hot surface igniters fit in to the heater thing in the basements since i find cheap ones and wonder if it works on all of them so? reply soon


Tough question, the answer? is no given the multitude of different furnace manufactures. The Honeywell Glowfly is a universal replacement ignitor that is designed to work on many different furnace applications. If you search Honeywell Glowfly application selection guide, under page 21 will list all the furnaces this ignitor will work on. Always remember, if you’re not comfortable or don’t know what you’re doing, call a licensed heating contractor . Thanks for your question; and good luck, Don.


EPA Delay’s Enforcing Lead-Paint Regulation, Under Pressure From Congress

July 12th, 2010

Congress limit’s EPA’s power, delay’s enforcing Lead-Paint Regulation. Possible private talks in Congress about the EPA and New Government trying to control or take over all Contractor’s in Remodeling  Industry.   The EPA has come under fire from Congress. Last month, the Senate voted 60 to 37 to bar the EPA from fining companies or individuals found to have violated the rule, a rare instance of Republicans and Democrats supporting legislation to limit the EPA’s power.

N-take2 says let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

February 13th, 2010

Look here; there is no way that I can believe, that the person that invented the N-take2 had money on their mind or was worried about how many of this little phenomenon N-take2s would sell to make them rich and famous. I’ve been in this industry a long time, over two decades and I know from experiences that when you work really hard at something for a long time, no matter what it is you may do in life. It’s only our human nature to try our hardest to make whatever it is we do easier or better. And this is one guy that hated to work outside, on the coldest days of winter, in over three foot of snow, because the fresh air intake on one of his best customer’s high efficiency gas furnace was plugged with snow, and the furnace would not run to heat the home. After years of doing this same job every winter, year after year, going out to the same customer’s house on the coldest day of winter and crawling through three foot of snow all the way around the back of the house just to take five minutes to remove a little snow from the fresh air intake, too keep this favorite customers furnace running. Yes this was just too much and he had just about enough of this. So he made his life and my life a lot easier, and the N-take 2 was born, thank the HVAC gods for planting this seed in his mind, I don’t know a lot about this product just yet, but before I’m done I will know enough to honestly tell you that this person is a genius and deserves to be sitting somewhere on a sunny beach down in Florida when the snow is flying in Michigan, sipping on a margarita, and singing Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. And if you have a high efficiency gas furnace with PVC vent pipe and live anywhere where snow fly’s in the winter or where birds live to make nests in your furnace fresh air intake, you should invest in this awesome new HVAC product that storming our industry, it’s truly keeping furnaces everywhere working where others without this product are not, this one little new idea the N-take2 truly is a miracle. Check out this link to find out how to get a N-take 2 for your furnace and how to find out more information on this fast growing popular product. Also the video review is coming next, so keep a eye open for that, it will be a true test to see how easy it is to install and we will also test to see how reliable it is under pressure.

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N-take2 says let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

The Honeywell Glowfly blows the rest away.

February 6th, 2010

Let me tell you why the Glowfly is the newest and hottest universal hot surface igniter on the market today?

Personally I know how discouraging it is to be on a job where it’s ten below outside with a wind chill of twenty below on the coldest day of winter. You get a call from some home owner with no heat, their hot surface igniter for the furnace is bad and the hot surface igniter for that particular furnace happens to be the only type that you didn’t stock on your truck, let’s see there’s only ten’s or it may seem like hundreds of different types of furnaces out there and they all take different types of hot surface igniters. So you grab the universal hot surface igniter you have on your truck. The one you think should work, only to find out that you can’t fit the universal igniter where the old OEM one came out, maybe because it’s too tight or to difficult to maneuver into place, and to top it off the burner wants to get in the way, and last time I checked it’s not a good idea to try and move a burner. Yes my job can be quite daunting when it comes to replacing one of these fragile unpopular universal igniters. With that said it’s about time someone out there thought of the little guy doing all the work for a change, yes Honeywell did all their homework right and came up with a all in one igniter. They designed a no excuses hot surface igniter that comes with six mounting brackets that are optimized to replace over 110 igniter applications from nearly every furnace manufacture without modification, it’s about as close as OEM that you will ever get with a universal hot surface igniter. What’s even more appealing is that they made it with tough silicon nitride, the hottest new technology in our industry giving this new silicon nitride igniter twice the life as the old silicon carbide igniters. I’m sure that will make a lot of my customer a lot happier. It’s not like they don’t like seeing me, because alot of my customers really do like me, it’s because every time they see me it cost them something. Because Honeywell has made my job easer I can pass that on to my customer, it just takes me less time to install the Glowfly, which means the customer pays less for the time it takes to do the job and my labor. And don’t let me forget to mention, they stand behind their product with one of the industry best three year warranties. So that’s my story and I’m sticking to it and I give Honeywell an A+ for taking their time and doing this one right. A quick note If there is any of you out there that would like a little more technical information on this product or would like to find out how to purchase one of these Honeywell Glowfly’s please feel free to follow this link. Honeywell Glowfly video is being made as I speak

Honeywell Glowfly blows the rest away

hot surface igniter test

January 30th, 2010

Hot surface igniter education

The hot surface ignitor is a electrical component that is wildly used in most newer manufactured gas furnaces, like Bryant, Trane, Carrier, Rheem, and lennox just to name a few. Every time your furnace comes on the hot surface igniter is electrically energized with 120 volts and glows red hot for about thirty seconds igniting the gas at your furnace, similar to the way your kitchen counter top toaster works, when you push the lever down the element in the toaster turns red hot to toast your bread. Because your furnace may cycle on and off, up to four to six times per hour during the winter season, the hot surface igniter gets used a lot. Like the equivalent of you using your toaster 25,920 times in a six month period. Because it gets used so much the hot surface igniter is the only component of the gas furnace that needs to be replaced routinely, about every four to six years on average. There are two types of hot surface igniters that are used, the first one is a hot surface igniter made from material called silicon carbide, and this is the older style ignitor that should be handled with care because it is very fragile. The second newer type hot surface igniter is made from material called silicon nitride; this is a more durable material and is not as fragile as the silicon carbide, the more durable silicon nitride igniter will last longer, giving you sometime twice the life span. If your furnace has the old silicon carbide ignitor and you have a technician replacing it, you may want to ask about upgrading to a newer hot surface silicon nitride ignitor that may last longer.

Hot surface igniter test video learning tutorial

follow this link to view a video tutorial illustrates how to test a hot surface silicon carbide ignitor, with the help of a good volt meter with ohm’s scale that reads 200 for this test, hope this tutorial is informative.

Mysterious black streaks around furnace supply vents

January 22nd, 2010

Every once and a while I will have a customer ask me a question, like why is my air filter for my furnace getting so black and dirty so quickly after replacing it, this is usually followed up with another question like, do you know why I have these mysterious black streaks coming out of my supply vents, or maybe they point out black spots around the floor vents that shows up a lot more on white carpet. Well after years of hearing these same questions over and over again, I am very pleased to give you what I think maybe the answer to this mysterious question, please can I have a drum roll? If this is your same question and you have these symptoms in your home, I would be willing to bet you or someone in your home burns scented candles, I found that just about everyone of the customers that asked me about these mysterious black streaks in their homes, burned scented candles. So there you go, if this is you and you have these mysterious black streaks, give this a try. Clean up the black streaks or paint over them and clean your carpet, put in a fresh clean air filter, and the hardest part will be to give up your scented candles for a short time. If the mysterious black streaks don’t return you have your answer, if you still are getting the black streaks my advice to you would be have a licensed heating company come out and inspect your furnace for safety reasons.

Why Should I Purchase a Maintenance Agreement For My Heating and Air Conditioning System

January 19th, 2010

Your heating and cooling system is a vital part of your home comfort. Yet it is often taken for granted. Much like an automobile, it needs regular maintenance to provide you with maximum comfort,efficiency and reliability. With a maintenance agreement, you will enjoy these benefits for an affordable annual fee:

Reduce Monthly Energy Costs-A properly maintained system can operate up to 10% more efficient than a dirty, neglected system.

Simple Budgeting- a maintenance agreement means that you know exactly what it will cost to keep your system working…no unexpected repair costs.

Priority Service- As an agreement customer, you can expect a quicker response time if your system requires emergency service.

Convenience- You do not have to keep track of when maintenance is due. you will get a reminder when it is time for your spring and fall inspections and schedule them at your convenience.

Extended Equipment Life- Like most things, your home comfort system will last longer if it is properly maintained.

Peace of Mind- With your preventive maintenance agreement, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing you will not have to worry about your heating & cooling system. It will be cleaned and checked for you.

Security-You will have the security of knowing that your comfort system is ready for whatever mother nature throws at you. Just change your furnace filters regularly, and you will have the peace of mind in knowing that your comfort system is performing at peak efficiency and delivering the comfort you desire.

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Check out this great site for online furnace and air conditioning parts

January 13th, 2010

If you are a do-it yourself-er when it come to working around your home, maybe you need a air filter for your furnace or a part for your air conditioner then maybe for you  Read the rest of this entry »

Straightforward Maintenance on Furnace Saves Costly Repair/Replacement

January 10th, 2010

Just a quick reminder that if you still haven’t had your furnace checked out for the winter it’s still not too late, still plenty of time left before old man winter says goodbye and spring arrives, check out just a few thing to have done to your furnace, which include

  • Inspect the combustion heat exchanger for cracks.
  • Field test gas pressure input/output and adjust to manufactures specification
  • Make any necessary adjusting to controls to provide optimum settings for both efficiency and comfort
  • Having a technician perform amp draws to test for worn motors
  • Inspecting the overall condition of the draft vent pipe and chimney
  • Checking air filter and replacing if needed
  • Adjusting blower speed for best supply-air temperature
  • Cleaning and oiling the blower motor
  • Check for leaky seal connections between the furnace and main ducts.

These are just a small number of things that should be checked on a schedule bases, and if done correctly will increase the chances your furnace will run trouble free and more efficient.

For a more comprehensive review have a technician come out to perform and complete other maintenance activities.

P.S. If you’re looking for repair parts for your furnace check out or considering shopping for a new furnace, be sure to check out:

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