Now that we’re in the fall season, we start to think about our furnace and wonder if it’s ready to go once it gets cold. The heating issues most homeowners experience are the same basic problems and because heaters and furnaces will need to be replaced at some point. It’s good to know there are proactive measures you can take to prolong having to do so sooner than necessary. Even if you spend your hard earned money on the best furnace you can afford and then fail to maintain it, unexpected breakdowns will occur, not to mention a rise in your energy costs.
Troubleshooting Common Heating Issues
– Dirty or clogged filters will lead to airflow problems as well as comfort issues as they reduce the airflow. The added pressure put on the unit to force the air through dirty or clogged filters can damage the unit or the limit switch. The limit switch affects how the fan works. Filters should be changed monthly to have greater efficiency of your unit and allow it to last longer.
– The furnace in your home has many mechanical parts that all work together to keep it running efficiently. When they start to wear down through normal use it can cause your furnace to overheat. Belts and bearings can wear down and other problems can occur with controlling the heat or the airflow from the fan motors. Even if one of these parts stops working, it can cause the whole system to breakdown.
The pilot or ignition controls are the two most important components of the furnace. The furnace will stop working properly if either if these malfunction. Check to see if the pilot is lit. If it is not lit you should make sure that gas is getting to it by checking the gas valve, making sure it’s turned on. You need to call a professional for service it the valve is on and the pilot light wont light.
– Thermostat malfunctions or breaks will lead to an absence of heat, fan spinning and comfort problems. The thermostat is what determines precisely when the heat needs to be produced and in what amounts. If it’s not working, you won’t have heat produced or circulated through your home and you won’t have any intermittent heat either which is responsible for keeping you and your family comfortable.
– If the furnace isn’t heating at all, there are most likely problems with the thermostat setting, power, gas or the pilot light. It may even be incorrectly sized for your home if you’re not getting enough heat and a noisy furnace that produces squeaking, rumbling and rattling noise is not functioning normally. The cause is most likely due to a mechanical problem, reduced airflow or a clogged burner.
Heating Inspection, Troubleshooting, Emergency Repair & Replacement in Las Vegas Valley, Summerlin, North LV & Henderson
If you have tried to solve heating issues on your own without any luck, contact the professionals at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning today to have a technician come to your home to perform a tune-up. This will ensure you have uninterrupted service throughout the cold season.