Help Your Furnace Help You
With winter fast approaching, it is important to make sure that your home’s furnace is ready to face the challenges of the coldest season. For the most part, people tend to forget about their furnaces during the summer; after all, why would you pay attention to your heater when you are more focused on making sure that your Essex home is cool? While this neglect is totally understandable, it is still important that you take the time to make sure your furnace is ready for winter before the temperatures start to drop. In today’s post, we are going to pick up where we left off last time and cover a few more warning signs that may indicate that your furnace is in need of repairs. Keep reading to learn more.
Furnace Repairs are a Necessity
Like any piece of mechanical equipment, your furnace is only going to be as good as the parts that make up its internal workings. If one or more of these parts are damaged or they are not able to perform their function due to some interruption, your furnace is going to struggle to provide you heat or, in some cases, will cease to work altogether. For this reason, it is important to pay attention to the warning signs that may indicate that your furnace is in need of repairs. Below, we have listed a few more signs that may indicate that your system needs a little love.
Sign #4 – Weak airflow
If you turn on your home’s heat only to notice that the airflow emanating from the vents is weak or nonexistent, it could be an indication that your furnace needs repairs. Weak airflow could mean that your systems fan is on the fritz or that it is time to take a look at the belts and motors that are responsible for pushing the air from your system into the vents of your home. While repairs associated with airflow problems could be minor, it is best to talk to a furnace repair company such as Jay Mechanical to make sure that nothing more serious is causing the issue.
Sign #5 – Your thermostat stops working
If you notice that you have to constantly bump your thermostat up in order to heat your home, it is a definite sign that your furnace is experiencing some issues. Your thermostat’s main job is to communicate with your AC and furnace in order to tell these separate appliances how much cold or hot air to produce. If your thermostat stops doing this effectively, you most likely have an issue that needs to be handled by a certified HVAC technician. Some common causes of this issue are blown fuses, tripped circuit breakers, or loose wiring, however, because there is a very real risk of shock if you try and examine these components yourself, it is in your best interest to let a technician take a look at your system.
Sign #6 – Your furnace blows cold air instead of hot
If you go to turn on your furnace only to notice 20 minutes later that it is pumping cold air into your home, this is a definite sign that some repairs need to be made. The most common cause of this issue is a malfunction with the pilot light or thermocouple, two components that are complex enough to require the assistance of a professional. Additionally, don’t continue to run your furnace to see if the issue will fix itself. You will only cost yourself more money from the wasted energy!
Sign #6 – There is an increase in cycling
When you adjust your thermostat to raise the temperature in your home, you can often hear your furnace “kick” on. While this is a totally normal part of the furnaces cycle, repairs may be needed if you notice that your furnace is turning off and on again more frequently than it normally does while trying to heat your home. This issue is known as over cycling and is a problem that can be caused by improper air circulation, a clogged filter, or complications with your thermostat. While you may be able to diagnose the issue yourself, we suggest that you contact us so we can send out a technician and make sure that the issue is not more complicated.
Thank you for taking the time to read our short blog series on some of the most common signs that indicate your furnace is in need of repairs. If your system is exhibiting any of the signs that we have mentioned in these blogs, please contact us today at Jay Mechanical and schedule a time for one of our technicians to come out and determine what repairs need to be made. We are professionals in what we do and we would love the opportunity to show you what makes us the premier choice in Essex for furnace repair services.