I always took my home's heating and cooling system for granted. That is until I found myself battling one of the hottest days in years and my air conditioner simply refused to turn on. After contacting my local HVAC contractor, I learned that my cooling coils had frozen over from a lack of maintenance. He did get my AC back up and running that day, but he also helped me to look at my heating and cooling system in a whole new light. I have spent a lot of time over the last few years learning more about how to properly maintain my HVAC system and ultimately lower my energy costs. Today, I would like to share this knowledge with you so that I can help you to avoid some of the costly mistakes I have made in the past.
As a homeowner, you need to understand when there could be a problem with your home's heating system. If your furnace isn't functioning as it should, you'll want to call for repair, but if you don't know how to tell when there's a problem, the system could fail completely before you call. This can cost you far more in repairs. Here's a look at some of the early signs that you should reach out to a heating repair technician.
Is Your Furnace Short Cycling?
Short cycling refers to a period where your furnace repeatedly turns on and off in short bursts, turning off before reaching temperature in the home and then firing back up shortly thereafter. Your furnace should only be turning on when it needs to and should run until the temperature is correct in your home according to your thermostat setting.
While sometimes a faulty thermostat can cause short cycling, other times it can be caused by faulty components in your furnace. Either way, a heating repair technician can check both the thermostat and the furnace itself to identify the cause of the problem and repair it.
Are Your Heating Costs Going Up?
If your monthly heating costs seem to be increasing beyond what the temperature changes would dictate, that's an indication that your furnace isn't running as efficiently as it should be. Without proper maintenance, your furnace may be suffering from wear and tear that is affecting how the furnace runs.
When you find that your furnace is damaged and needs repair, you should call right away for a technician. The sooner you seek repair, the sooner you can get your home heating costs under control.
Is Your Furnace Making Noise?
No furnace is completely quiet. There's always a fan and motor as well as the burner, each of which makes some noise. However, if you notice that your furnace is making unusual noises, such as squealing, grinding, or knocking, those sounds are indications that there's a problem with the motor. Whether it's the bearings failing or a mechanical issue with the motor itself, it's important that you have it addressed right away. Your heating repair technician can identify the source and repair it before your furnace fails completely.
These are a few of the most common signs that you need furnace repair. Talk with a heating repair technician near you for more information and to have your system evaluated and repaired if needed.Share
2 October 2020