As we feel winter get closer and closer, more of us are starting to think about turning our furnace on to heat our home. When your furnace is working properly, it can be an effortless task. However, there are times you might turn your furnace on, and you don’t feel the hot air you were hoping for. Steve’s Heating & Air is here to talk about some of the most common furnace problems you could face this winter.
Need for a New Furnace Filter
The air filter in your furnace plays and integral role in the way your furnace works. Without filtered air, it can get damaged by the debris in the air. If you haven’t replaced your filter in a long time, you could be dealing with too little airflow which can cause your furnace to work much harder than you would want it to. This can lead to breakdowns and early replacement.
Replacing the Furnace Starting Mechanism
No matter what type of furnace you have, it will be equipped with a device that jumpstarts the heating cycle. When this starting mechanism breaks, so does your furnace. On older furnaces, it is usually a pilot light. However, many newer furnaces are started with an electrical ignition. These mechanisms are essential to your furnace operation.
Furnace Blower Bearing Replacement
If you hear a scraping sound when your furnace turns on, there could be a problem with the blower bearings. Over time, these bearings start to get worn out and need to be replaced. If you have a new furnace and this is happening, it could be that the bearings weren’t installed properly, and they have failed.
Cracked Heat Exchanger
It is vital that you have your furnace maintained properly to avoid a problem with your heat exchanger. This is where the hot air in your furnace comes from. Regular maintenance will help you avoid cracks or other malfunctions with the heat exchanger. This is one of the more expensive furnace repairs, but it is still cheaper than replacing the furnace all together.
Furnace Limit Switch Troubleshooting
The limit switch in your furnace is a big safety feature. It is what monitors the heat in the furnace. It detects any heat and makes sure that your furnace isn’t getting dangerously hot. If the furnace reaches unsafe levels, it turns it off to avoid a potential fire. If you have noticed that your furnace is staying on longer than it should or running when it shouldn’t, this is a sign of the a bad limit switch.
Furnace Preventive Maintenance, Repair, Replacement & More in Purvis, Oak Grove, Dixie, Leeville, Petal & Hattiesburg MS & Pine Belt, Mississippi
If you have any issues with your furnace, it is important that you call on the experts at Steve’s Heating & Air to get to the bottom of the problem. When you rely on us for annual furnace maintenance, we can help you avoid many of the problems that are listed above. Call us today!