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Signs You Need Furnace Repair: Part Two

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Signs Your Furnace Needs Repair: Part Two

In our post “Signs Your Furnace Needs Repair: Part One,” we touched on five signs to look for in your furnace to let you know when to call in an HVAC professional. But furnaces have more surprises they can spring on you, so also keep your senses alert to these additional signs that your furnace needs repair.

You've Scheduled Countless Maintenance Calls

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When all factors (environment- both indoor and outdoor, usage patterns, etc.) are constant, then two comprehensive maintenance checkups per year is typically enough to keep it running as it should. So the need for continuous maintenance or service is a certain indicator of an underlying issue with your furnace. Age and wear can lead to furnace issues, so if your furnace has been in operation for twenty (20) years or more, it might be time for a HVAC system replacement.

If so, weigh the cost of repairs (both immediate and long-term) against the cost of replacing the furnace with a new unit. And remember, it isn’t just monetary cost to consider. Ongoing repairs require being home for the technician to come by, energy efficiency continuing to dwindle and utility bills continuing to increase.

There are High Levels of Soot

A properly functioning furnace rarely creates soot, so when you see it, it may signify a more significant issue with the furnace.

An aging furnace may lead to the onset of soot. As the furnace ages, there is incomplete combustion in the system when the furnace is running. Soot is one of the main by-products when carbon fails to burn as it should. When there is incomplete combustion, soot moves into the heat exchanger and out of the house in large amounts. The best way to deal with accumulated soot is to remove any underlying debris around the system’s ducts.

Another reason soot may appear is due to improper installation of the furnace- whether it is new or has been in place for years. We don’t expect you to know if your system was installed properly- that’s what we’re here for, so contact us and we’ll uncover the source of your furnace’s soot and fix it.

If you’re looking for affordable furnace repair near you, then contact us. Our experts can help you with all of your furnace system needs to ensure it gets back to proper operation.

Insufficient Heat

Every winter, many parts of the United States experience temperatures below freezing. And even if the rest of us don’t experience sub-zero temps, we’re still stuck with the cold, and our furnace is the tool that’s meant to keep us warm. And when the furnace doesn’t produce enough heat, that spells trouble- both for the furnace and for the user.  So, if your furnace is producing low heat or no heat at all, your first action should be to call in an HVAC expert

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Often times, the issue is a problem with the thermostat. Faulty parts such as thermostats can cause havoc to your heating system unless you take proactive steps to remedy them. Presuming this is the problem, the HVAC technician will reset the thermostat settings. Other culprits could be leaking ductwork, which allows heated air to dissipate into your walls and attic- basically anywhere but the actual living areas. Regardless of why the problem is happening, the solution is to call in Phoenix Air ATX to check the thermostats and ductwork, then see to the necessary repairs. Repairs should be made promptly to avoid further damage to the system.

Poor Air Quality

When your furnace is running, it’s responsible for the air quality circulating in your home. Poor maintenance of the furnace can cause low indoor air quality because the unit can accumulate and spread dirt, bacteria, and other contaminants.

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Does your home seem more dusty lately? Then consider calling in furnace repair experts as this could be a sign that your furnace may be going out soon.

Low indoor air quality will cause a resurgence of respiratory issues in your home.  Allergies are the surest indicators of an issue with the level of air quality in your home. Call in the experts as soon as possible to avoid any further problems with the system.

Difficulty Starting the Furnace Unit

Operating your furnace should be straightforward, but as a furnace ages, it can become more difficult to start the system and keep it running. During winter, when furnaces run incessantly, recurrent hitches when starting the unit is cause for concern. Wiring issues are a common cause of this situation, and an HVAC technician should be called to confirm a wiring issue and correct it. A damaged thermostat may also be to blame, and replacing it is a simple solution.

Dry Air

Dry air is another common sign that your furnace is needs repair.  Dry air from the furnace is often due to an undersized heating system or that the furnace has been running more frequently than usual. Either way, an HVAC technician should be able to diagnose the cause and provide a solution.

When to Call In the Pros

A furnace is designed to fill one’s home with warmth and comfort. But as with all appliances, furnaces require some maintenance and repair on occasion, and they’re not shy about letting you know. We touched on some signs to look for that your furnace needs repair, but please check out “Signs You Need Furnace Repair: Part One” to get the rest of the signs.

Before trying any DIY remedies on your furnace and heating system, contact us so an experienced HVAC specialist can help you with your furnace repair. We know furnaces inside and out and will provide an accurate diagnosis and options at every budget to correct any problem we discover.

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