It’s important to remember that as you use your furnace more often during the winter, the more strain is going to be placed on it. More strain increases the chances of a problem developing with the system as the winter goes on. Preventive maintenance can decrease the odds of this happening, but it cannot eliminate them completely.
It’s very important that you be aware of the warning signs that can indicate a problem is developing with your furnace. The faster you can identify that there is a problem with your furnace, the faster you can get it repaired and the less damage it will be able to do to your system. Here are some common indicators that you should call for furnace repairs.
If you have been using your furnace for a little while, you’re probably familiar with the kinds of sounds it makes while it’s operating. If the system starts making odd sounds while it’s running, then you should have a professional take a look at it as soon as possible. Weird noises are never a good sign, though they don’t always signal a serious issue. You’re going to need to have a professional examine the system to determine exactly what the problem is, and address it for you.
Dropping Heating Output
It’s pretty much never a good sign to have your heating system start to lose output capacity. It can happen for a number of reasons, including a clogged air filter or leaks in the ductwork. Regardless of what causes it, though, you are almost certainly going to need to have a professional fix it for you. The longer you wait before calling for professional heating repair services, the more potential damage the problem can do to your system. You should be especially urgent if it seems like your furnace isn’t distributing any heat at all, as that could signal a very serious problem.
If your furnace is turning itself on and off every couple of minutes, that’s called short cycling. Short cycling is typically caused by a short circuit in the wiring between the thermostat and the furnace. However, other factors like a clogged air filter or malfunctioning air handler can also cause the issue. The important thing is that short cycling dramatically increases the amount of wear and tear the furnace accumulates over a short period of time. Prolonged short cycling will cause the furnace to break down more often, and will even shorten its lifespan. Possibly by multiple years. If you notice your furnace short cycling, it is highly recommended that you turn it off and call for repairs as soon as you can. Otherwise, you might have to deal with replacing the system a lot sooner than you thought.
DB Heating & Cooling, Inc. provides comprehensive furnace repair services throughout Bergen County, NJ. If you need furnace repair services of any kind, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our heating technicians. We’ll make sure that your furnace can keep you warm this heating season.