Common Causes of Furnace Repairs
Winter is the time of the year when people use their furnace or heater the most. Before the heating season kicks in, you need to make sure that your furnace is in great shape. In this blog post, we’ll talk about the most common causes of furnace repairs, along with some suggestions on how to prevent them.
The thermostat is the device that controls or tells your furnace what temperature you want it to maintain throughout your living space. It acts like the brain of the heater or furnace. A malfunctioning thermostat can lead to comfort problems due to intermittent heat. Worse, the heater may not turn on. Always troubleshoot the thermostat before testing the furnace for damage or issues.
Wear and tear
Modern furnaces have an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years. But overtime, some issues are most likely to surface due to breakdown of certain parts. To ensure that your unit is in good working order, have your heating system checked regularly. Pay special attention to the burners, pilots, fan blades, switches, motors, filters, bearings, and belts. Wear and tear to any of these parts may cause issues such as air flow problems, poor heating control or overheating.
Dirty or clogged filters will reduce airflow; thus, forcing your furnace to work harder. This will not only lead to higher heating cost, it may also lead to problems and breakdown. To prevent this from happening, we recommend that you clean or replace your air filters every 30 to 90 days.
If you have pets or if you smoke, it is best to check your air filters every month. If it’s dirty, change it at once. This will ensure that your furnace runs at peak efficiency and will help you save money as well.
Lack of maintenance
Routine maintenance is a must to ensure that your furnace remains in good condition. We recommend that you have it checked and inspected annually to ensure that everything is working properly. Neglecting maintenance is likely to cause unexpected problems and breakdowns. You may also have to replace your furnace earlier than expected. Take care of your heating system to ensure that it last for a very long time.