We’ve told you about some of Elkhart’s usual heating and furnace problems in the past, but we’re back with a few more issues that could cause your heating equipment to break down in the middle of this terrible cold.
Lack of Maintenance
Not only does seasonal heating maintenance help your furnace run up to 30% more efficiently and lengthen the lifespan of the equipment, it’s also expected by most manufacturers to maintain your system’s warranty. For both of these reasons, you should definitely invest in annual furnace tune-ups. Catching minor issues early can help keep them from becoming major (expensive!) furnace problems.
System Wear and Tear
If you’re running your heating equipment all winter long to keep warm, usual wear and tear on the parts is to be expected – particularly in older heating equipment. Wear and tear on your belts and bearings can cause the furnace to overheat or result in problems with the fan motors, resulting air flow problems.
Clogged Air Filters
If you use a typical furnace air filter, you should be replacing it monthly. If you are not, it not only affects the air your family is breathing, the dirt and bacteria growth could cause air flow restrictions within the furnace equipment. 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 gadget that tells your heating system when it’s time to turn on and fill your home with warm air, and when it’s time to shut off. If the thermostat is not programmed or working properly, it could result in your furnace turning on and off every five minutes, going all day long, or not coming on at all.
If you have any questions about your furnace regarding these or other common furnace problems, or want to get a tune-up to make sure your equipment is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call BW/Cook Service Experts and 574-218-6404 today and we’ll make sure your equipment is operating properly.