You may need furnace repair for a number of reasons, but just like any other appliance with issues, many homeowners wait until the last possible moment to call for help. A better approach is scheduling annual or biannual maintenance checks to catch problems early. Similar to the human body, the furnace’s system is easier and more affordable to repair the earlier an issue is caught. However, emergency situations can still pop up, and it is common for a furnace to need a little TLC over the years.
Consider some of the most common reasons for furnace repair, and ask yourself if your furnace needs attention. The good news is that most of these issues are routine and relatively easy to fix. However, the longer they are put off, the more likely they are to cause serious damage.
1. What maintenance?
If homeowners think maintenance checks are an unnecessary expense, they are wrong — one of the most common causes of required furnace repairs is lack of maintenance. Some furnaces can cost as much as cars, and you wouldn’t skip oil changes, would you? Your furnace is an investment, and neglect will lead to breakdowns, poor performance and high utility bills.
2. Filthy filters
Many homeowners are surprised to learn that a monthly filter swap is the ideal schedule. It is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to care for a furnace. A dirty filter will block air flow, release allergens into the air and ultimately make your furnace work overtime for no good reason. Many homeowners opt to change filters themselves.
3. Basic wear and tear
As a machine, your furnace is going to suffer some mechanically induced wear and tear. This can result in performance issues if a bearing, belt or other part becomes worn out. It also leads to a lack of heating control and issues with air flow. Lots of important parts are found in this system, and repairing or replacing them as they wear out is one of the best ways to keep your furnace in good shape.
4. Ignition/pilot woes
If you notice an issue with the furnace’s ignition, a good technician will check the ignition/pilot light first. Sometimes this part just goes on strike (but not the kind you need), and can be replaced with ease.
5. Thermostat problems
The part in charge of controlling heat definitely needs some pampering. From no heat to no fan to sporadic heating, a thermostat malfunction needs immediate attention.
Only a trained contractor should attempt a diagnostics check and repair on your furnace, save for filter changing if homeowners are up to the task. Give Utah’s Sandy Heating & Air Conditioning a call and schedule that furnace inspection or repair today to avoid a heating disaster tomorrow.