According to the United States Department of Energy, space heating is the largest energy expense in the average household. It accounts for around 45 percent of a household’s energy bills. You probably don’t give much thought to your furnace on a day-to-day basis. As the days and nights grow cold, you may turn the heat up little by little, and then turn it back down once spring arrives along with warmer days. But a number of common furnace problems can put a quick stop to this routine. If you’re like most Americans, you don’t worry about the heat going out until the day that it does, and you’re left with a cold home and a costly repair or replacement. If your furnace is acting up, you are in a group of millions of other home owners who have the same challenge. The good news is that you can conduct regular maintenance approaches to prevent problems and pro long the life of your asset.
The True Cost of Poor Maintenance
The lack of proper furnace maintenance can affect its functioning, because it’s fast deterioration and compromises the quality of its life. The loss of refrigerants is a common effect and specialists should check the fluids regularly. One of the easiest ways to avoid most furnace problems is by performing routine maintenance. While you can change filters on your own, you’ll need an expert to inspect and check for other issues.
Ordinary Wear & Tear
Caring for your heating and cooling system means getting the most out of it by reducing the strain it undergoes during operation. If you are wondering how to improve the life of your unit by reducing wear and tear, improving its efficiency schedule regular inspection on the device. Again, check the motors to find out if they are burnt out. Just like any other system that use forced air, motors should be cleaned and lubricated efficiently. This reduces the friction during operation. Let a professional conduct the cleaning and replacement of parts.
Pilot Control and Electric Ignition Problems
Gas furnaces now come with an igniter that works electronically to light the gas and heat the home. These newer furnaces do not use a pilot-light system as the older furnaces did. If your furnace is equipped with an electronic igniter, you cannot light the furnace manually. A faulty ignition or pilot could make it difficult to heat a home or commercial space. Thermocouple problems, drafts or clogs in the appliance may result in an unlit pilot light.
A faulty thermostat can lead to problems with the fan or comfort levels. Sometimes the battery is dead. Having it replaced can solve the problem. Also check to see if the circuit breaker blew a fuse. When you do not have success with this, you may have to purchase a new thermostat.
The Furnace Does Not Heat At All
If a furnace does not heat at all, the thermostat could have the wrong setting. Ensure it is set to “Heat” in addition; ensure the temperature setting is higher than the current room temperature. There could be problems with the supply of gas, power or pilot light, and this needs the intervention of a furnace maintenance expert.
Blower Runs Continuously
In a gas furnace, the blower will continue to run if the fan switch on the thermostat is set to any setting other than auto. A clogged filter may cause the furnace’s blower to run continuously because it can damage the furnace’s limit switch. Let a professional furnace expert check problems with the blower, especially if it runs continuously.
Unless you received training to repair furnaces, let professionals handle problems related to mechanical wear and tear. Otherwise, you may void the warranty on the appliance or accidentally cause a larger problem. If the furnace is producing too much noise it could be an indication of clogged burners, reduced flow of air, among other things. Let professionals handle complicated problems for you.
NOTE: Any furnace, regardless of its age, may pose combustion- or gas-related safety hazards, so it’s always a good idea to have an expert examine the unit and suggest the best course of action.
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