Massachusetts sees some of the worst winters. Being without heating can be more than unpleasant. When discovering even minor issues they should be addressed immediately. By doing so, you can avoid costly damages down the road. With that in mind, we at Ambient Heating and Air Conditioning would like to discuss the common problems that lead to furnace repair and a few preventative measures you can do.
Gas Furnace Troubleshooting
Continuously running blower: In the event that the blower runs continually, the blower issues will affect the limit switch; this will only be fixed by a professional replacing the limit switch. Abnormal noises emitting from the furnace: Loud sounds, such as rumbling, squeaking and rattling, are due to mechanical problems; such issues will cause airflow reduction, or even clog the burner.
Improper maintenance: There are a few professionals that are optimal for your central heating, including maintenance, tune-ups, and inspections; at the very least annual maintenance are encouraged to keep your heating system operating at its full potential. When these services are neglect, your system will not last and you be faced with a number of repairs frequently.
Electric ignition / Pilot control issues: Draft clogs in the appliance or thermocouple issues are often the product of a faulty ignition or pilot that results in poor heating.
Thermostat that is malfunctioning: A thermostat that is not up to par cannot maintain the preferred heat temperatures. Repair or replacement at the thermostat is essential for optimal heating.
Inoperable furnace: A number of underlining problems cause the furnace to not operate at all; again the thermostat could be the root of the problem, along with lack of power, or problems with the gas or the pilot light.
Poor heating: The most common issues is a clogged filter or the system is not the proper size for
Excessive cycling: Improper airflow or a bad thermostat setting manifests when the cycling is too frequent between as well as clogged filters.
Dirty filters: A simple maintenance step that takes only minutes can have negative impacts when it is overlooked. Clogged filters cause the unit to over compensate, leading to excessive damage on many different aspects of the system as well not producing enough heat.
Wear and tear: Contributing to airflow problems, additional problems arise due to natural deterioration and the wear and tear that occur because use and time on the moving parts.
Furnace Preventive Maintenance Tips
In an effort to prevent issues and minimize the need for repairs, apply the following tips:
Monthly air filter check: The filters should be checked once a month and changed when they show the need to ensure efficiently operating heating system. Dirty filters cannot permit proper airflow, not to mention that filthy filters drop the indoor air quality among other problems.
Thermostat assessment: Make certain the thermostat’s battery is fully charged; generally, batteries last a year. If the battery is fresh, check the settings to make certain they are appropriately set.
Furnace maintenance: To maintain a well kept furnace and efficiently operating heating system, optimal maintenance consists of the following; a tune-up at the beginning of the season, a maintenance service at the end of the season, and an inspection in between performed by a professional. With professional services, many problems can be prevented and the need for unexpected repairs significantly reduced.