Missouri has already seen plenty of snowfall this winter season, and by now your furnace has most likely been running consistently.
There are some things that you, as a homeowner, should be looking out for to ensure that it is running well, and will continue to do so for the rest of the season.
When to Call for HVAC Service
Though it is important to stay on top of your furnace with regularly scheduled maintenance, even the most well kept machinery will sometimes fail. Maybe you notice a drop in its heat output, or the thermostat temperature is not reflecting an accurate number. Sometimes if the pilot light keeps blowing out, some additional care is needed. If you notice any of these symptoms with your furnace, it is advised that you call your local HVAC company for service.
Like a car’s engine, furnaces rely on a series of belts and pulleys to operate. If you suddenly begin to hear squealing or rumbling coming from the unit, there is a good chance that one has become worn or has started to slip. Loose belts will also adversely affect the way the furnace runs. If you suspect there is a belt problem than a professional HVAC technician should be called immediately before further damage is caused.
Dealing with Larger Problems
What do you do if the furnace will not turn on at all? First check that the breaker has not blown. If it has you may need to replace a fuse. If this is a consistent problem than you have an issue with the wiring and need to have a professional perform the repair. If it is not the fuse than it could be that the pilot light has gone out. Sometimes this may happen as a result of a sudden burst of air and sometimes it is in indicator of a larger problem. An HVAC technician will be able to help you diagnose the issue and repair it.
Lastly, an incorrectly programmed digital thermostat, or one that is not working properly, may be preventing your furnace from turning on. Again, a professional should be consulted before any attempts at a repair are made by you.
If you notice that the furnace is constantly cycling on and off, there may be a problem with the settings, or the sensors may be dirty. This constant turning on and off will not allow your home to be heated properly, and this may cause you to lose money on your utility bill. It should be addressed immediately with an HVAC technician.
Why You Should Use an HVAC Technician
Anytime you are dealing with problems with the homes HVAC system, a professional should be consulted. While there are some people who feel competent in performing repairs themselves, the fact is, a certified HVAC technician has undergone extensive training to learn how to maintain, diagnose, and repair heating and cooling equipment. These are complex machines that should not be fooled around with by amateurs.
Placing a service call to repair your furnace is a lot less expensive than needing to replace it, which is what may happen if you do not address these issues immediately. Call Air Excellence Heating and Cooling at (636) 980-0998 today.
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