Common Furnace Problems

Common Furnace Problems

While many people in Albuquerque are in full summer mode, that doesn’t mean it’s OK to completely forget about your furnace. While you’re focused on keeping cool with cooling services during the summer months, there are a few things you should keep in mind so you don’t get stuck with a faulty furnace in need of heating repair when the cooler months roll around. Here are some of the most common furnace problems that you should watch out for:

1. Maintenance neglect

Most of the problems that occur with furnaces are totally preventable – all you have to do is keep up with your annual inspections and maintenance. Otherwise, normal mechanical wear and tear could add up, leading to unexpected breakdowns and other problems.

2. Air flow problems

When you have a dirty or clogged filter, air flow issues will cause your heater to have to work a lot harder than it needs to, wasting energy and money. The best way to prevent this is to change your filters monthly.

3. Pilot light or ignition problems

Depending on the age of your furnace, it could operate with a pilot light or an electric ignition, and if either of those is faulty, it could make it difficult to heat your home.

4. Faulty thermostat

Your thermostat is what determines the amount of heating needed to get a space to a comfortable temperature. So if the device isn’t reading the temperature properly, you could find yourself in a room that is too hot or too cold, or even with intermittent spurts of heating.

5. Noisy furnace

You may think the clatter of your furnace is just something you have to deal with, but it is not a normal part of the heating system. Rumbling, squeaking and rattling noises could actually indicate other problems going on with your furnace, such as mechanical issues or a clogged burner.

Ultimately, you should keep an eye out for any of these problems, and check on your furnace throughout the summer, even when you aren’t using it. The best way to maintain a healthy furnace is to schedule regular inspections, so that a professional furnace repair specialist can assess any issues and determine the best course of action. When you start to notice these problems, give us a call!