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3 Early Indicators of Furnace Problems

cold-manWhen your furnace is running during the coldest time of the year, it needs to run reliably. Our winters may not be severe, but they’re definitely cold enough to make your furnace an essential system in your home. Unfortunately, like any other heating system, your furnace is going to run into operational problems from time to time. When it does, it’s always best to address those issues as soon as possible.

You can’t repair your heater on your own, but you can play a vital role in keeping its problems as minimal as possible. How? By learning to recognize the signs that furnace repairs are needed early on. Fortunately for you, that is what today’s post is all about. Keep the following tips in mind, and be sure to contact us if you suspect the need for furnace repair in Ballwin, MO.

Short Cycling

This is one that too many homeowners fail to take as seriously as they should. If your furnace is short cycling, it will start and stop more frequently than usual. No, your furnace shouldn’t run constantly, but it also shouldn’t be starting and stopping constantly, either. The first thing to do if your furnace is short cycling is to check the air filter. If it’s very dirty, then the system might overheat and short cycle.

If you’ve ruled that out, then you may have a more serious problem on your hands. You need to call a professional to know for sure. Your thermocouple may be shutting the system down due to gas combustion issues, or you may have electrical problems. Whatever the case, short cycling is never something to ignore.

Unusual Sounds

Your furnace isn’t going to be completely silent when it operates. You may hear it kick on, depending on where the furnace is located in your home, and you will probably be able to hear some sound when the system forces air throughout your ductwork. However, there is a lot of difference between benign operational sounds like these, and new, unusual sounds that signal trouble.

Even if your system is operating and generating heat, squealing, shrieking, or clanging sounds are sure signs of trouble. Don’t convince yourself that “good enough” is ever really “good enough” when it comes to the operation of your furnace. It may be running okay for now, but it won’t continue to if you ignore problems.

Decreased Heating Output

If your furnace is not putting out the same amount of heat that it usually does, or if your system is not heating your home evenly or effectively, then you’re unlikely to ignore the issue. Even so, many homeowners wait longer than they should before scheduling service. The whole time your comfort is compromised, remember that efficiency has probably dropped and you’re likely paying more to heat your home, too!

This could be due to temperature control issues, leaky ductwork, fan problems, or any other number of issues. The important thing is to have the problem diagnosed by a trained professional. Our team will make sure that the problem is resolved properly, right away.

Schedule your furnace repairs with Fresh Air Heating & Cooling.

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