When your home’s heating system goes out, your stress level goes up. Your family’s comfort is immediately compromised. Your schedule is inconvenienced. And your checkbook can suddenly be strained.
Since most are not experts in HVAC operations, you need to rely on a professional service technician to diagnose the problem and get your system up and running again. Generally, we find one of the following problems is the culprit in any outage.
1. LACK OF MAINTENANCE
Your home heating system is a major investment. Proper, regular maintenance is a MUST to keep it in proper working order. Neglecting routine maintenance will eventually lead to an unexpected breakdown, an increase in energy cost, a poorly performing unit and frustration.
2. DIRTY OR CLOGGED FILTERS
Regular filter replacement is one of the most important things you can do to extend the life and efficiency of your furnace. A dirty filter will restrict the air flow. When that happens, your unit has to work much harder to circulate warm air through your home. This puts unnecessary strain on your furnace and results in comfort issues.
3. MECHANICAL WEAR AND TEAR
Your furnace contains many mechanical parts essential to the proper operation of your furnace. Wear and tear on any of these parts – like belts and bearings — may affect performance of your unit, causing overheating, poor heating control or air flow problems from fan motors.
4. PILOT OR IGNITION CONTROL PROBLEMS
Along with other mechanical parts, your furnace’s ignition control could be malfunctioning causing intermittent or no heat. In today’s modern systems, there is typically one of two types of ignition system in place: Hot Surface Ignition or Intermittent Pilot
The hot surface ignition system uses a resistance heating element (somewhat like a filament in a light bulb) controlled electronically to ignite the gas burner. The intermittent pilot system is also electronically controlled but uses a high voltage electrical spark to ignite the gas pilot and then the main burners.
5. THERMOSTAT MALFUNCTIONS
Your thermostat controls your furnace and determines when heat is needed and how much. Thermostat problems can result in no heat, no fan to force the hot air through your home, or intermittent heat which result in comfort problems.
REID Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. Comfort Experts.