We’ve reviewed some of Pierre’s common heating and furnace problems in the past, but we’re back with some more issues that could cause your furnace to break down in the middle of this awful cold.
Lack of Maintenance
Not only does annual system maintenance help your furnace run up to 30% more efficiently and extend the life of the equipment, it’s also demanded by most manufacturers to keep up your equipment’s warranty. For these reasons, you should really invest in routine furnace tune-ups. Catching small issues early can help prevent them from becoming huge (expensive!) furnace problems.
System Wear and Tear
If you’re running your furnace all winter long to stay warm, usual wear and tear on the elements is to be expected – especially in older heating equipment. Stress on your belts and bearings can cause the furnace to overheat or result in issues with the fan motors, causing air flow problems.
Clogged Air Filters
If you use a standard furnace air filter, you should be changing it monthly. If you are not, it not only affects the air your family is breathing, the dirt and bacteria buildup could cause air flow restrictions in the furnace. This will cause your furnace to work much harder to warm your home, possibly putting too much wear and tear on the components and, in turn, increasing your heating bills .
Your thermostat is the appliance that tells your heating system when it’s time to kick on and fill your home with warm air, and when it’s time to shut off. If the thermostat is not programmed or working correctly, it could mean that your furnace is turning on and off every five minutes, running all day long, or not turning on at all.
If you have any concerns about your furnace regarding these or other usual furnace problems, or want to schedule a tune-up to make sure your system is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 605-223-0307 today and we’ll make sure your equipment is running properly.