You can get your furnace to last quite a long time, assuming you schedule prompt repairs and annual maintenance. However, no furnace can last forever. Sooner or later, you’re going to need to install a new furnace in your home. It’s important that you be able to recognize when your furnace is on its last legs so that you can have it replaced before it dies on you. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you need a new furnace.
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As you start to use your furnace more and more often in the coming weeks, it’s important that you be able to recognize when the system is in trouble. The faster you can recognize a problem, the faster you can get it repaired and the more damage you can prevent. One of the biggest threats to your system is short cycling, which is when the furnace turns itself on and off every couple of minutes. Let’s take a look at why short cycling is such a big problem, and what you can do about it.
Have you ever noticed your furnace turning itself on and off every few minutes? If so, you probably have a short cycling problem. Short cycling is a serious threat to the health of the furnace, caused by a dysfunctional interaction between a part called the “limit switch” and the furnace. Let’s take a look at why it happens, what it can do to your system, and what you need to do about it.
As you start to rely on your furnace more and more in the coming months, you’re going to be putting the system under an increasing amount of stress. That added stress means that the chances of a problem occurring are much higher. Since most furnace problems get worse the longer they are left alone, it’s a good idea to call for repairs as soon as you identify a problem. In order to help you identify furnace problems, let’s take a look at a few of them now.
Here in Flower Mound TX, furnace repair issues can cause a great deal of trouble. Our winters can get pretty tough, and while we pride ourselves on self-sufficiency here in Texas, no one wants to deal with a broken furnace in the middle of a cold front. A good way to avoid that is to spot the signs of trouble before they result in a full-bore breakdown. “Uneven and inadequate” are two things to watch for when determining if you need to call in a repair service.
Here’s how to tell your furnace needs fixing before it stops dead in its tracks.
“Uneven” refers to issues such as air flow and the way in which the furnace warms your home. If the airflow is lower than you’re used to when you turn your heater on, or its heating some parts of your home more efficiently than others, you’re probably looking at an issue than needs addressing. It could lie in blocked ducts, an issue with the blower fan, or the like, but it won’t improve until a professional steps in and takes a look.
“Inadequate” is an even more straightforward term, though it can be subtler to spot sometimes. It means that your heater is failing to warm your home sufficiently, either because it’s not generating enough heat or it’s failing to move that heat through your home adequately. It can be caused by a faulty component, and electrical problem, a blockage, or any number of other problems. You may not always be able to spot it right away, but such problems tend to use up more energy than normal, meaning that your monthly energy bill will be higher than you’d expect.
Regardless of the cause, you need to address the problem sooner rather than later. Waiting only makes things worse, and could result in a serious breakdown just when you need the heater the most. In Flower Mound TX, furnace repair and other furnace services are handled by PRK Services Inc. We can spot uneven and inadequate performance issues, then enact repairs with professionalism and care. If you know how to tell your furnace needs fixing, the next step is to give us a call and set up an appointment.