How To Tell If You Require Furnace Repairs
Furnaces can last for up to 20 years, but only if properly maintained. One of the leading causes of repairs is improper maintenance. Fortunately, Allen Service has a service plan where homeowners can receive yearly check-ups designed to keep their unit in tip-top shape. Cracked exchangers are one of the most common part-related problems easily caught by routine maintenance. However, there are other issues:
- Dirty Filters: Furnace filters are inexpensive, but dirty ones can cause expensive repairs. You should change them frequently.
- Slipped or Frayed Blower Belts: You can expect normal wear and tear, and the blower belts are among the most susceptible to problems. You can tell there is a problem with the belt by the high-pitched squeal the furnace makes.
- Electric Ignition or Pilot Control Problems: When a pilot control or electric ignition fails or falters, there won’t be enough heat to circulate throughout your home. If your home is not warm enough, check the furnace to see if these parts look as they should.
- Malfunctioning Thermostat: If you have set your thermostat at 72 degrees, but the actual temperature dips below 65, then there is a problem.
- Flickering or Yellow Pilot Light: Pilot lights should be blue, not yellow. And the flame should continuously burn without flickering. Sometimes, excess carbon monoxide causes this problem, so you should contact us immediately.
- Worn Out Ball Bearings: Do you hear a scraping noise? Turn your furnace off immediately and contact Allen Service for repairs. You don’t want to run the furnace with worn-out ball bearings because it can cause a host of additional issues.
- Frequent Cycling: When functioning correctly, your furnace turns on and off runs until the temperature matches the thermostat. However, if the furnace cycles frequently, you might have a problem with a clogged filter, improper airflow, or a bad thermostat.
- Limit Switch: Furnaces should not continually blow. Instead, they run for a time, bringing the heat to the appropriate level. They shouldn’t cycle on until they need to replenish warm air. If the furnace is continually running, there could be an issue with the limit switch.
- General Mechanical Problems: Loud noises can indicate a mechanical problem, such as a loose part. Low airflow or a clogged burner can also cause noises. We can ascertain the issue and perform the necessary repairs.
Why Maintenance and Annual Tune-Ups to Furnaces Matter
Annual furnace tune-ups are crucial tools. They help guarantee your furnace will reach the 15 to 20-year lifespan manufacturers promise. The benefits of doing a check-up before the winter season include:
- Reduced Energy Bills: When a furnace does not function correctly, it works harder to warm your house to the correct temperature. Taxing your system like this will not only increase your monthly bills, it will also degrade the furnace.
- Maintain Your Manufacturer Warranty: Always read the fine print! Most manufacturer warranties state that they will not cover any repair or replacement costs if a professional has not adequately maintained the unit. Protect yourself and save money by hiring Allen Service to perform a yearly tune-up. You will thank us down the line.
- Detect Dangers: Carbon monoxide is a real danger for gas-operated furnaces, and it is odorless. So, the best way to avoid a leak is to have the furnace checked before you use it.
- Peace of Mind: Colorado winters are furious and wintery. Peace of mind is more than a phrase – it is essential! Tune-ups are a great way to set your mind at ease because they tell you there is nothing wrong with your furnace heading into the winter season. You won’t have to worry about a broken heater in the dead of night.
We Pride Ourselves On Honesty and Dependability
Allen Service is excited to help deliver warmth and comfort to your home. If your heater no longer functions, give us a call. We have built our reputation on honesty. That means we will always repair your furnace if it can be fixed and only suggest replacement once we have exhausted other options. Schedule an appointment today.