It’s not quite the time of year where we need our furnaces on a daily basis, but that means it is the time of year to look for any signs of problems, so you can mitigate them ASAP, before you need your heating system the most.
Hopefully, you already had maintenance done for your furnace—our technicians thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your system to ensure it works as efficiently and effectively as possible. Maintenance also helps you avoid potential safety hazards, like a cracked heat exchanger. If you haven’t scheduled this service yet, now is the perfect time!
Of course, even with these tune-up appointments, you may still run into some furnace repair needs. Keep reading to learn more.
Note—we’re not talking about your home’s thermostat. Sometimes, a thermostat is to blame for “heating system problems” but in this case we’re talking about a different component that’s meant to work with the thermostat—your furnace’s thermometer. If this breaks or needs to be recalibrated, it throws off your heating system’s ability to regulate temperature. As a result in can turn on at irregular times or remain running far longer than needed.
Clogged Air Filter
The good news with this problem is that while relatively common, it’s easily repairable. In fact, it’s one of the only furnace maintenance task you can manage on your own. Your air filter can and should be changed every 1-3 months during periods of use. This can vary based on the type of filter and the level of contaminants in your home. We’re happy to advise you on how often you should be swapping yours out for a clean one.
Pilot Light Malfunction
Whether it’s automatic or manual, the pilot light of your furnace is an integral part of the system. Without, the fuel used by your system won’t ignite—therefore no heat will be distributed throughout your living space. If you notice your furnace blowing cold air, check the pilot light to determine whether or not it’s been lit. If you try lighting it yourself to no avail, please give our team a call as there might be something wrong that requires professional assistance.
The blower motor of your furnace is the component that actually blows hot air through your network of ducts, and without it this simply can’t happen. Oftentimes, what happens over the years is that these motors start to wear down. But if you invest in annual maintenance like we mentioned above, our technicians will check your blower once a year and ensure it’s performing as it should.
Over time, components can become loose within your furnace. They’ll likely make loud noises when this happens, but regardless of the noise they make, loose components should be remedied ASAP. One loose part within your furnace can cause a domino effect throughout your furnace, leaving you with a completely ineffective system.