A furnace is crucial for homes located in colder climates. Residential furnaces help to keep your family and pets warm while the outside temperatures start to drop. Running your furnace in the winter may cause it to experience problems or deteriorate. Before the winter begins to hit, you should inspect your furnace to ensure that you are prepared for the colder days and nights.
But how do you know what to look for when inspecting your furnace? Hiring an HVAC expert will take the worry off your shoulders, but there are some common issues you can locate on your own. Below are common problems that residential furnaces will experience.
1- Ignition Or Pilot Light Problems
Your furnace can not heat your home when it does not ignite. The ignition system and pilot light are often the reasons that your furnace malfunctions. Electronic igniters help to start the heating process in residential furnaces. When they are unable to generate heat, you will experience discomfort in your home.
It is best not to repair these problems on your own if you want the furnace to continue running efficiently. HVAC repair should be done by a specialist to ensure that your home gets back to normal as soon as possible.
2- Blocked Ductwork
Proper airflow is important for heating your home because it creates an even distribution of heat. Having your ductwork cleaned will improve the performance of your furnace to keep it working all season long. When airflow is restricted, the furnace has to work harder to maintain the temperature that your thermostat is set at. Inspect the ductwork for leaks or blockages and remove them to
3- Thermostat Malfunctions
The thermostat is where you have complete control of your heating system. When the thermostat has problems, it can cause your furnace to overwork and make your home either too hot or too cold. Thermostat problems on residential furnaces can be remedied fairly easily.
Thermostats can start to short cycle, where it turns off and on too frequently. This leads to higher energy bills while causing deterioration of the furnace. They can also provide inaccurate temperature readings, which can be frustrating when you are trying to keep the home at a comfortable temperature.
Check the batteries in your thermostat before calling a technician as this could be a simple fix. If the problem persists, contact one of our experts to remedy the thermostat.
4- Unusual Noises
Some noises are normal when it comes to a furnace system. An initial whoosh may occur when your furnace turns on, but other noises like squealing, banging, rattling, etc. are indicators of a problem with residential furnaces. Noise could be a sign that your furnace has broken parts or maybe deteriorating faster than anticipated.
Noises should be inspected and remedied by a professional. If you try to handle these repairs by yourself, you could further damage the furnace or injure yourself. Our team at Connect can service your system quickly to keep your home quiet and comfortable.
5- Neglecting Maintenance
Maintaining your furnace will help you avoid many issues that can occur inside your furnace. Having a cleaning and inspection of your furnace every year will ensure that the system runs efficiently and keeps the home at a consistent temperature.
Neglecting the furnace can result in health risks as well. Cleaning out pathogens and debris will prevent those in your home from getting sick or breathing in low-quality air. Putting off maintenance can cause issues you would have never thought of that can cause a headache during the winter.
Repairing Residential Furnaces
Our team wants to help improve all aspects of your furnace with our comprehensive repairs and inspections. If your system has been experiencing issues, schedule a service with us to limit damage to your system.
Don’t let your furnace give out in the middle of the coldest times of the year. Work with our repair experts to keep your home in pristine condition all year long.