Furnace Issues to Be Aware Of

furnaceWe’re sure you’re cranking your furnace up as high as possible on a daily basis to cope with the worst winter temperatures in recent memory. We certainly don’t begrudge you staying warm and comfortable during this harsh winter season. However, we do recommend that you keep an eye out for signs that your furnace is having issues related to the strain. More demand means more wear and tear, after all. Have a look at the following signs that your furnace is in need of repairs.

Low Heat

If your furnace doesn’t seem to be heating as much as it should be, it’s a pretty clear sign that something is wrong with the system. If you are using a gas furnace, it’s possible that you have a clogged burner assembly. This can happen due to carbon buildup, which is a common side effect of burning natural gas. It’s also possible that you have a clogged air filter, which can happen if it isn’t replaced every three months like it should be. Regardless, it’s a good idea to have a professional check out your furnace if it isn’t heating properly.

Strange Noises

Any time you hear unusual noises coming from your furnace, it’s a good idea to call for professional service. What the problem is and how bad it is can be determined by the specific noise. Is your furnace making a loud grinding sound while it’s on? The air handler probably needs some new bearings. Is the system making a loud booming sound when it first turns on? You should have a technician take a look at your burner assembly. Regardless, odd noises pretty much never indicate something good. Make sure you call a professional just to be safe.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is when your furnace rapidly cycles on and off instead of completing a full heating cycle. There are two consequences of this kind of behavior. First, it will seriously cut into the furnace’s ability to provide enough heat for the home. Second, it will increase the rate at which the system wears down. Short cycling will make it more likely for your furnace to break down, and will shorten its effective lifespan. If you hear your system doing this, it is imperative that you call for repairs as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may have to replace your entire system.

Higher Than Usual Heating Bills

No, having to pay more for using your furnace more is not what we’re talking about. If you’re keeping an eye on your heating bills, though, and they suddenly start going up, it could indicate a problem with the system. For whatever reason, the furnace is probably working harder than it should be. That means that you need to have a professional take a look at the system for you.

Comfort Central, Inc. offers comprehensive furnace repair services in Asheville, NC. If you think your furnace is in need of repairs, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.

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