Reducing Furnace Repair Costs
When the weather gets colder, you may find that you’re in need of furnace repair. Many problems can be prevented if you regularly maintain your unit. Even the best equipment, however, can have issues from time to time. The following are a few of the most common problems:
If you allow your air filters to get dirty or become clogged, you are restricting the air flow through that filter. That forces your equipment to work harder to circulate the air. In some cases, the load can be so great on your equipment that the mechanism controlling the fan could be damaged. Changing your filters on a monthly basis (depending on the conditions in your house) allows air to move freely through your home. Set a reminder on your calendar to check your filters on a regular basis, and always keep the size you need on hand.
Just as routine checks on your automobile can help minimize the need for major repairs, the same principle applies with your furnace. It is important to have the inner coils, tubing, fluids, and other parts of the unit checked on an annual basis for wear and leakages. Part of this check will also ensure it is operating as efficiently as possible, thus saving you in energy costs.
If you hear the unit cutting on and off frequently, or if you are having trouble maintaining the temperature inside your home, then you may have a problem with the thermostat. Many times you can simply replace the thermostat, but be sure it’s one that’s compatible with your unit.
Ignition or Pilot Issues
For electric furnaces, an issue with the ignition could cause problems with heating your home. For gas units, a problem with the thermocouple or clogs in the equipment could result in an unlit pilot light.
If the unit never seems to cut off, first check to see that your thermostat is not set to run all the time. Also, replace any dirty filters. If these things don’t fix the issue, you may have a problem with the limit switch, and you’ll need to call a furnace repair professional.
If your unit is making a lot of rumbling, rattling, or squeaking, you should call a professional right away. These kinds of sounds are not normal, and they often mean you have a mechanical problem. This can also be the result of the normal wear and tear that such equipment is expected to have over its lifetime.
If you have done everything possible to diagnose an issue with your heating system, don’t hesitate to call a furnace repair expert. This equipment can cause electrical or gas-related safety hazards, so it’s important to have a professional do the work of diagnosing the issue and providing you with options.