Every furnace has a point where it will drop dead and quit running for good. That point lies sometime in the future for every furnace in every home. That’s no different than the inevitable breakdown of parts for a car, but you will probably sell your car way before anything like that happens. Your furnace is with you as long as you own your house — which is usually decades longer than any car ownership. Your goal should be to keep your furnace alive as long as possible with help from an Atlanta heating company.
Is It Time for Maintenance?
These three questions will help you verify the need for maintenance.
- Does it work?
This may seem like a funny question, but there are some telltale signs to be aware of that let you know your furnace isn’t working as well as it should. If it’s making unusual noises, giving off odors, or not heating like it should, it’s time to get your furnace looked at.
- Is it safe?
The fact that your furnace uses flames to create heat is enough to realize that safety is a concern in furnace maintenance. The main thing to worry about is not the flames themselves, but the byproduct of the flames – carbon monoxide. Improperly installed venting can lead to entry of this poisonous gas into your living space.
- Is it efficient?
It may be working and safe, but is it efficient? Clogged air filters, ducts that aren’t properly insulated, and rising energy bills are all signs that your furnace isn’t running efficiently.
Questions and Answers
If you answered “no” to any of the three questions, your furnace likely needs a maintenance check. Regular maintenance will keep your furnace from limping along in a dangerous, inefficient state by identifying and fixing problems.
A good maintenance checkup can uncover hidden problems that are attacking your system. Below are some of those problems.
Thermostat on the Blink
The thermostat is the brain of your furnace, telling it when to turn off and turn on so that temperature can be well regulated inside your house. If your thermostat is bad, you may think that the furnace is having issues when really that’s not the case at all.
Ignition System Fail
A furnace that doesn’t always come on could be suffering from ignition system issues. This problem is not unlike a car that has trouble starting. The solution is to get a furnace technician that can repair it.
Mechanical parts in your furnace are the ones that move consisting of belts, bearings, fans, and motors. As these age, they come to a breaking point. A seasoned heating technician can spot these problems before they shut down the whole system.
Avoid Furnace Repair with Proper Maintenance
The inside of your furnace is complex, and there’s a lot going on that you can’t even see. Scheduling regular maintenance helps you avoid costly repairs. A licensed technician from Anytime HVAC will take a look under the “hood” of your furnace to make sure everything is running correctly. Maintenance is not just an extra thing to spend money on, but a way to prevent a major failure that costs loads of money. Give Anytime Heating, Cooling and Plumbing a call and get your furnace tuned up.