Like many aspects of a home, furnaces don’t last forever and often have problems. And because of the importance of a furnace, it’s important to be able to recognize problems and know when to get them fixed. So to help ensure your furnace is properly taken care of, here are a few common problems all homeowners should be aware of.
Obstructed air filter: One of the most common problems with furnaces is that the filter becomes clogged. When your HVAC system runs, the filter collects dirt, dust, and other debris that runs through the system. And while this is exactly what the filter is supposed to do, if the filter becomes too clogged, the HVAC system is going to have to work harder than normal to run, decreasing its efficiency. So to ensure your system is running at maximum efficiency, the furnace air filters should be changed every three months or so. If filters go too long without being changed, this could result in more serious damage.
Inefficient air distribution: When your heating system is on, your home should generally be the same temperature from room to room. If this is not the case, you may have a problem with your furnace, like a clogged filter, or it could be a result of a bigger HVAC problem. Damaged ductwork, mechanical failures, and problems with the air vents could all cause uneven airflow as well. So if you notice uneven air distribution throughout your home, schedule heating repair services to figure out the cause of the problem.
Ignition problems: If you set your thermostat to turn the heat on and your furnace doesn’t turn on, there’s a good chance something is wrong with the ignition. Many modern furnaces rely on a hot surface ignition to turn on the furnace. Unfortunately, problems like failing computer boards or malfunctioning elements of the furnace can prevent the ignition from working properly. In this case, furnace repair services are a must-have. While some heating repair tasks can be done by homeowners, anything to do with the ignition should be handled by a professional HVAC company.
Hopefully, your furnace doesn’t give you too many problems. But if you notice any of these issues, make sure to call an HVAC company to keep your furnace working as best as possible.