You want to be ready for the change in the weather and what changes you need to make to continue to be comfortable. One of the ways you can do that is to make sure that your heater is in good shape. You want to be able to use it when the temperature starts to cool down. The fall weather if often comfortable and welcome after a long summer. That does not mean that you will not have a day that is too cool and that you need to have the furnace turned on. You want to make sure you are able to use your furnace when you want to. The best thing you can do is to have it inspected before the weather is cool and then understand what could be wrong. Having some education on what issues you may come across throughout the season. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning outlines what issues you may have with your furnace.
Furnace Short Cycling
One of the issues that you may start to notice when you are using your furnace is that it is cycling. The unit is supposed to work so that when the house hits below a certain temperature it kicks on. It will run until that temp is reached and then shut off. The issue with cycling is when the unit seems to be starting and stopping often and constant. This is a problem because it can be over use the unit and it can be worn out quickly. It also is not the best way to keep the house warmed up and consistent. You want to make sure that you have this issue addressed by a professional so that they can find the culprit. This can be from an issue with the flow of the heated air, it can be a problem with your thermostat and it can be many other problems.
Furnace Pilot Light Problems
If you have a furnace it will use heat to warm the air that is then pushed through your house. There are two main types that you might have. One of them is an electric furnace that uses electricity and an electrical ignitor to start the heating process. The other type is gas and it uses gas that is lit by a pilot light and ignitor. The problem is when the heating source is not able to start. This is often due to the pilot light that has gone out. The light should be lit at all times and have a nice healthy flame. If the issue is that the pilot light is out you need to have it lit again by a professional. They will want to check the health of the flame and ensure that there is no gas leaking as well.
Dirt Buildup of Furnace
During the time that your furnace is being used it can become dirty, grimy and covered in dust. The furnace is not something that you put on your cleaning list on a regular basis. This may not seem like a big deal but that same dirt and grime can build up and cause a blockage in the channels. The channels need to be clean and clear so that the air can move properly.