We’ve reviewed some of Livermore’s usual heating and furnace problems in the past, but we’re back with a few more issues that could cause your heating system to go out in the middle of this awful cold.
Lack of Maintenance
Not only does annual furnace maintenance help your system run up to 30% more efficiently and lengthen the lifespan of the equipment, it’s also required by most manufacturers to keep up your furnace’s warranty. For these reasons, you should really invest in seasonal furnace tune-ups. Catching minor issues early can help prevent them from becoming huge (expensive!) furnace problems.
System Wear and Tear
If you’re running your furnace all winter long to stay warm, normal wear and tear on the parts is to be expected – particularly in older heating equipment. Strain on your belts and bearings can cause the system to overheat or result in issues with the fan motors, creating air flow problems.
Clogged Air Filters
If you use a conventional furnace air filter, you should be changing it monthly. If you forget, it not only affects the air you are breathing, the dirt and bacteria growth could cause air flow restrictions in the furnace. This will mean your furnace has 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 come 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 few minutes, going all day long, or not kicking on at all.
If you have any concerns about your furnace regarding these or other typical furnace problems, or want to schedule a tune-up to make sure your furnace 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.