We’ve reviewed some of Livermore’s usual heating and furnace problems in the past, but we’re back with some more issues that could cause your furnace to go out in the middle of this awful cold.
Lack of Maintenance
Not only does annual system maintenance help your furnace run up to 30% more efficiently and lengthen the lifespan of the equipment, it’s also required by most manufacturers to keep up your system’s warranty. For both those reasons, you should really invest in annual furnace tune-ups. Catching minor issues early can help keep them from becoming huge (expensive!) furnace problems.
System Wear and Tear
If you’re running your furnace all winter long to keep warm, typical wear and tear on the components is to be expected – especially in older heating equipment. Strain on your belts and bearings can cause the furnace to overheat or result in issues with the fan motors, creating air flow problems.
Clogged Air Filters
If you use a standard furnace air filter, you should be replacing it monthly. If you forget, it not only affects the air you breathe, the dirt and bacteria growth could cause air flow restrictions in the heating system. This will cause your furnace to work much harder to warm your home, potentially putting too much stress on the components and, in turn, causing your heating bills to increase .
Your thermostat is the appliance that tells your furnace when it’s time to turn on and fill your home with warm air, and when it’s time to shut off. If the thermostat is not calibrated or working properly, it could mean that your furnace is turning on and off every couple minutes, going all day long, or not kicking on at all.
If you have any questions about your furnace regarding these or other common furnace problems, or want to schedule a tune-up to make sure your system is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 925-364-5427 today and we’ll make sure your system is functioning properly.