If your heating is acting up, chances are you’re aware of the symptoms, even if you haven’t yet connected them to your heating system.
In this blog, we’ll talk about the most common problems related to residential warm air furnaces – the type of heating system that distributes warm air through your ducts. (We’ll dedicate a future blog to problems associated with home heating boilers, those that distribute heat through baseboard heating units.)
So, how do you know if your furnace needs some professional attention and perhaps even repair work or, worst case scenario, needs to be replaced? Let’s have a look:
- Stratospheric heating costs – This year, during the winter of 2015 – 2016, people all across America are enjoying lower than normal home heating costs, especially those who heat with oil. For everyone else, it’s normal to expect a little hike in your heating bills from one year to the next. But when they go up by 30% or more, something’s definitely wrong. If you can’t explain the price hikes, first call your utility company to make sure they’re reading your gas and/or electrical meter correctly. If they are, then contact Service Pros so we can see what’s going on with your furnace.
- Loud, persistent noises – Furnaces are designed and built to be felt, not heard. But if you’re now heating loud noises – such as popping, wheezing, clanking, etc. – chances are they’re not going to stop on their own. If the fan guard, for example, on your blower motor has come in contact with the blade, that would explain the clanking. As for wheezing or popping? No doubt there’s a problem with your air distribution system that needs to be addressed.
- A series of hot and cold spots – A well-designed warm air heating system provides uniform levels of heat from one room or area to the next. If you’re experiencing something different, then we suspect one of two probably causes: a problem with one or more of your thermostats or, yet again, an air distribution imbalance.
- Cycle on, cycle off – Once again, your furnace was not designed to frequently turn itself on and off. If that’s what it’s doing, however, then it might have been over- and under-sized in the first place. Or, perhaps, a clogged filter, etc., is forcing it work harder to provide the kind of comfort you’ve grown accustomed to.
There are other home furnace problems we could tell you about but, as we stated, up front, these are the most frequently reported by our customers throughout the Memphis and Jackson areas. If you’re having a problem with your furnace, consider Service Pros your friend in the business, and for several very good reasons:
- We service and repair all makes and models.
- Honest advice and highly skilled repair work.
- Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.
- We have offices in the Memphis and Jackson areas and a growing list of satisfied customers.
We look forward to your call, and doing whatever it takes to restoring a consistent level of warm, comfortable conditions to your home.