Each year during the cold season, many homeowners are obliged to call their preferred HVAC specialist in order to have repair work done on their furnace or heating system. By knowing what these very common issues are, you might be able to take some preventive measures so as to avoid them, thus ensuring that you have constant service from your heating system when you most need it.  Remember to have a professional heating and cooling contractor perform a furnace cleaning & tune up each year to avoid unnecessary repair issues.

Dirty Filters

This may be the number one issue with furnaces and other heating systems, which begin to perform poorly because filters become clogged. This causes airflow to be impeded, and that will degrade the furnace’s ability to heat up a residence or office area. At the very least, dirty filters will make your furnace work much harder, and that could lead to higher energy costs on your utility bills.

Cracked Heat Exchanger

Once the heat exchanger becomes cracked or otherwise damaged, it will almost always have to be replaced. This is a fairly costly expense which in most cases can be avoided by having regular maintenance performed on your furnace. While this may not be something that a do-it-yourselfer can manage, it’s certainly something that would be included in an annual inspection by your HVAC contractor.

Damage to Blower Belt

Blower belts often become frayed or elongated after many hours of service. When this happens, you will normally notice a high-pitched squeal which accompanies the operation of the blower belt, and this should be your cue to have it inspected and possibly replaced. It won’t cost much to have this belt replaced, but if it breaks down before replacement, you will certainly be without service from your furnace for a while.

Problems with Pilot Light or Electronic Ignition

If the pilot light goes out on your furnace, it will have to be re-lit before you can enjoy heating service again. If you’re not comfortable with this, you should definitely contact your local HVAC contractor to have them re-light the pilot light. If you have electric ignition and that fails for some reason, you’ll need to have that serviced before you can enjoy heating in your residence again.

Malfunctioning Thermostat

When your thermostat is not functioning properly, you won’t be able to manage the level of heating in your household or in your work area. In order to check whether or not your thermostat is working correctly, try setting the heat at a very high level to see if it actually directs the furnace to achieve that temperature.

Excessive Cycling

Many times during operation, you might notice excessive cycling between the on and off conditions of your furnace. Sometimes this indicates a clogged filter, and in other cases there might be poor airflow internally. It could also mean that the thermostat is either set at a bad setting, or that it’s not operating as it should. Regardless of the reason, you should have your furnace inspected when you notice excessive cycling, because this can shorten the lifespan of your heating system, and it can also lead to higher energy bills.

Contact Atlas Heating & Cooling Today to Fix Your Furnace Professionally

At Atlas Heating and Cooling, our professional experts work hard to provide the high quality service work to get your furnace back up and running. When you call us to do the job, you’ll benefit from years of experience, expert service and affordable pricing. Schedule your free estimate today to and Atlas will come out to efficiently manage your furnace repair issue.