We’ve gone over some of Louisville’s typical heating and furnace problems before, but we’re back with some more issues that could cause your heating equipment to fail in the middle of this awful cold.
Lack of Maintenance
Not only does routine system maintenance help your furnace run up to 30% more efficiently and lengthen the lifespan of the equipment, it’s also required by most manufacturers to keep up your furnace’s warranty. For both those reasons, you should definitely invest in annual furnace tune-ups. Catching small issues early can help stop them from becoming huge (expensive!) furnace problems.
System Wear and Tear
If you’re running your heating system all winter long to remain warm, normal wear and tear on the parts is to be expected – primarily in older furnaces. Strain on your belts and bearings can cause the equipment to overheat or result in malfunctions with the fan motors, causing air flow problems.
Clogged Air Filters
If you use a conventional furnace air filter, you should be replacing it monthly. If you aren’t, it not only affects the air you are breathing, the dirt and bacteria accumulation could cause air flow restrictions within the heating system. This will mean your furnace has to work much harder to warm your home, possibly putting too much strain on the components and, in turn, raising your heating bills .
Your thermostat is the appliance that tells your heating equipment when it’s time to kick on and fill your home with warm air, and when it’s time to turn off. If the thermostat is not set or working correctly, it could mean that your furnace is turning on and off every five minutes, going all day long, or not turning on at all.
If you have any questions about your furnace regarding these or other usual furnace problems, or want to schedule a tune-up to make sure your equipment is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Becht/Givens Service Experts and 502-785-8230 today and we’ll make sure your system is operating properly.