With winter here, the weather has turned cold, and you’ll likely be running your furnace on a daily basis for the next few months. The last thing you want to deal with is an unexpected breakdown on the coldest day of the year, forcing you to scramble for repairs while your home slowly turns into a deep freeze. The good news is that few furnace repair issues simply spring up out of the blue. If you can spot the signs that something is wrong, you can shut the system down and call for repairs before it becomes an emergency.
While you should never attempt to diagnose a problem formally, let alone try to repair the furnace (furnaces require formal training and licensing to perform), you can spot the signs of an issue fairly readily. Common symptoms can recur across multiple different problems, and in general, anything you don’t recognize as part of your furnace’s normal functioning is cause for concern. Three of the most common symptoms of a problem are listed below.
1. Strange Noises
You’re probably accustomed to the standard sounds your furnace make while it’s running. Any changes in those sounds should be a sign of concern. They can include, but are not limited to, hums, whirrs, groans, clangs, rattles, buzzes, and creaks. They’re usually centered around the furnace itself, though they can echo through the ducts sometimes (and even be centered around the duct, as when breaches lead to leaking air). In most cases, they will start and stop with the starting and the stopping of the furnace itself.
2. Low Heat Levels
If you turn on your heater and only cool air comes out, you probably know there’s a big problem. But the same problem can occur if the air coming out of your vents is warm, just not as warm as you’d expect. It can be caused by anything from a breach in the ducts to the burners becoming clogged. It’s a problem because it forces the heater to work harder than it should to get the job done. That, in turn, puts extra strain on the rest of the system, as well as increasing your monthly heating bills in the process.
3. Low Air Flow
Low air flow results in the same problems that low heat levels do, with additional problems as well. Its causes are varied, but generally boil down to two basic categories:
- Something blocking the flow of air through the vents, such as damage to the ducts, breaches to the ducts or clogged air filters.
- Something affecting the fan blower or fan blades themselves.
Regardless, not only will the heater work harder to warm your home, but the hot air will stay trapped in the furnace, causing other components to overheat as well. Modern furnaces have safety features that will shut the system down before this happens, but you still have a considerable problem you need to deal with.
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