3 Easy Furnace Maintenance Fixes
3 Easy Furnace Maintenance Fixes – Common Furnace Problems & Solutions
During the winter your family relies on your furnace to maintain comfort and heat your home. As the temperature drops, you do not want to face a breakdown and potentially lose your furnace’s ability to heat your home.
A commonly asked question is, “What are furnace problems to look for?” Most homeowners are looking for furnace maintenance tips to minimize the need for large furnace and HVAC repairs.
Here are the 3 most common furnace problems we’ve witnessed below and proactive furnace maintenance solutions to keep your heating system running at its peak.
Clogged and Dirty Air Filters
Clogged and dirty air filters put unnecessary strain on your furnace. In addition, a dirty air filter will reduce the air quality inside your home.
Replacing your air filter based on your furnace maintenance specifications prolongs the life of the unit and can drastically reduce your energy consumption.
The most effective way to avoid a clogged or dirty HVAC filter is regularly scheduled furnace maintenance. One of our NATE Certified Technicians can inspect your air filter and replace it if needed.
We will also provide a schedule for you to change your air filters based on several criteria such as the number of pets inside the home, tobacco use, chronic allergies or other conditions, and if you have elderly or infant family members.
Most filters provide replacement specifications and many modern thermostats provide an alert when air filters need to be replaced.
Ductwork Design Or Damage
Sometimes the original installation of your HVAC system can be causing your heating and/or cooling system to face challenges to keep up with the demand of your desired temperature settings.
Improperly installed or designed ductwork can lead to inefficient HVAC effectiveness.
Damaged ductwork could come from rodents, normal wear and tear, or damage caused by attic storage. Through the repetition of cycling back and forth from heat and then cold, ductwork experiences fatigue which leads to leaks.
Leaking ductwork is one of the leading causes of loss of energy efficiency in your HVAC system.
This repair is typically easy and one of our furnace maintenance professionals can repair or reconfigure ductwork quite easily.
As we have discussed, routine furnace maintenance is highly suggested to keep your heating system performing at its best. We highly recommend furnace maintenance twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall.
This maintenance will keep your HVAC system running at its optimal efficiency level.
There are reasons why you will lose efficiency that cannot always be prevented with maintenance. An aging heating unit will gradually lose its ability to maintain the desired comfort levels within your home.
Time will eventually cause a breakdown of the system’s mechanics, leading to costly repairs and the inevitable replacement.
Modern units promote an efficiency level of about 90%, an older unit may only be able to perform at 60%.
Not only does this minimize the comfort level, it inconveniently adds to your utility bill. Learn more about HVAC efficiency ratings here.
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