Got a problem with your heating system? Now that the weather is getting colder, you should prepare for it. Part of your preparation is knowing how to deal with the most common furnace breakdowns just in case you will encounter them. Below are the most common furnace breakdowns and what you can do about them:
- Air filter is clogged.
When your filter is clogged, it means that the furnace has to work doubly hard more than its usual job. When this happens, the system’s energy consumption increases and the likelihood of a breakdown is also most likely. In order to avoid this problem, check or change your air filter monthly throughout the heating season.
- Thermostat not working properly.
A faulty thermostat won’t be able to tell you when to turn your furnace on or off. So, even if you have a working heating system but your thermostat isn’t, your temperature levels at home can easily be messed up. Make sure to check if your thermostat batteries need replacement to avoid this issue.
- Heat exchanger is cracked.
This problem is dangerous because carbon monoxide can seep into your home’s air because of this. Heat exchanger may develop cracks over time so you need to look for cracks during furnace tune-ups.
- Issues with pilot light or electronic ignition.
If the furnace does not turn on at all, you may have issues with light or ignition. For older models that use pilot light, check to see if the flame is still burning. For electronic ignition of newer models, call your reputable service provider to conduct inspection.
- Airflow is poor.
This happens when the furnace has trouble delivering enough amount of warm air throughout the home. Aside from possible issues with air filter, poor airflow may be caused by leaks in the ductwork, mechanical issues with air handler or closed air vents. Call your trusted service provider if you cannot solve or identify the root of the problem.
- Malfunction of the general system.
When this happens, it could create other parts of the system to malfunction as well. It is best call your professional service provider when this occurs.
Reduce the likelihood of these common furnace issues by scheduling a regular tune-up with your trusted heating and cooling company. During tune-up, expect your reputable service provider to inspect the system for the issues listed above and more. They will also perform maintenance tasks to prevent those issues from happening in the first place.
Written by APM Construction Services, a construction and home maintenance company that is the best choice for heating and cooling Columbia, MO has to offer.