Your furnace is essential this time of year! The warm heat in your home makes all the difference when you are coming in from the cold, so when you start experiencing some problems – it’s a huge downer. Check out this list of noticeable issues with your furnace and what you can do to fix them!
Cracked Heat Exchanger
The heat exchanger is a very important component of a furnace, it contains dangerous gasses such as carbon monoxide. Good thing is, any crack or hole that is big enough to affect combustion will be easily visible to you. Be sure you are on the lookout! To prevent this costly damage from ever happening in the first place, you should hire A/C Masters to do regular maintenance on your furnace.
Dirty filters are the most common cause of furnace problems. Dust and dirt particles restrict airflow and if the filter gets enough of these particles in it, the heat exchanger will overheat and shut off quickly, causing your house to not warm up. This is easy to spot as well, if your blower is running and no heat is coming out, that’s a sign you need to replace the filter.
Slipped or Frayed Blower Belt
If you have ever had this issue before, you probably know how annoying it can be. If you have a slipped or frayed blower belt issue, your furnace will constantly make high-pitched squealing sounds while it is on. To check, inspect the belt for any signs of cracking or weakness and if the belt looks worn, replace it immediately. Even if the belt appears in good condition check the tension. If there is more than a half-inch of give on the belt, tighten it by using the motor adjusting bolt.
Electric Ignition Problems
The first sign of an electric ignition problem in your furnace is if you notice a limited amount of heat coming from it. A bad ignitor will lower the amount of heat that your furnace can produce. Another sign is your thermostat may automatically start and stop the heating cycles frequently. If any of these things begin to happen to your furnace, call us at 757-898-2894 immediately! Ignitor problems in your furnace can lead to a larger issue.
If you are experiencing any of these issues with your furnace, contact A/C Masters and we will be happy to give you a free estimate on any repairs or replacements. Call 757-898-2894, 24/7 in case of an emergency.