Common Heating Issues for Fall 2014

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The secret to avoiding costly repair bills and keeping your heating system operating properly this winter is preventative maintenance. Identifying the most common heating problems and resolving them early on can save you a considerable amount of money in the long run.

Air Flow Problems. This is a common home heating problem. Improper air flow results from worn out bearings, belts, and fan motors. A good indication of these issues is a furnace that is overheating or improper heating controls.

Basic Mechanical Wear and Tear. There are a number of essential mechanical components that your heating system relies on. Your unit’s performance can be negatively impacted by normal wear and tear of these components. This results in poor air flow, furnace overheating, and improper heating controls.

Clogged or Dirty Air Filters. Clogged or dirty air filters that are not replaced regularly cause more heating problems than anything else. Ironically, this is the cheapest issue to fix. Replace your furnace’s air filter monthly to improve efficiency and extend the life of your furnace or heating system. Dirty filters restrict air flow, so the system must work harder to keep warm air circulating. You will not be as comfortable and your system will not work efficiently with a dirty filter.

Malfunctioning Thermostat. The thermostat controls how much heat to produce and when to produce it, so to say it’s important to maintaining a comfortable temperature is an understatement. A malfunctioning thermostat might only work intermittently, it might not kick on the fan to circulate warm air throughout the home, or might not heat the home at all.

Not Scheduling Preventative Maintenance. By far, lack of preventative maintenance can result in some of the most costly repair work or eventual replacement of the system and its components. Nothing increases the efficiency and longevity of your heating system more than preventative maintenance.

Schedule a preventative maintenance checkup today by calling us or using the form to the right.