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Top Furnace Warning Signs

Professional Technician Doing Furnace InspectionThere’s no doubt that any furnace is going to need professional repairs or service from time-to-time. In fact, eventually, even with regular repairs, the time will come when replacing your heating system is the only thing that makes sense. You can continue to repair your HVAC equipment, but with lower efficiency and a furnace that keeps breaking down, a new furnace will often be the best option. Of course, keeping your furnace in good condition is important and this includes paying attention to furnace warning signs and having an annual furnace inspection.

An important warning sign that requires immediate HVAC service is if you see that the flame in your furnace is burning orange or yellow. The flame should be a clean, steady blue. If it’s not, the problem is likely an inappropriate mixture of oxygen and gas. This can easily be adjusted by a trained HVAC technician.

Another common sign that your furnace needs professional service is when it keeps turning on and off. If your furnace is continually clicking on then back off again, but you never seem to get a warm house, chances are your thermostat is broken. This is a common problem and one that can quickly and easily be fixed by a heating technician.

Many homeowners don’t realize the problems that can occur when there is an obstructed airflow. A furnace needs good airflow for proper operation, but when you place furniture or other objects in front of vents, air flow is diminished and it can affect furnace performance. Obstructed airflow, whether from blocked vents or from ducts that have something inside of them that blocks the airflow can cause your furnace to not run properly, be less efficient and even cause mechanical breakdowns.

Just like blocking vents or ducts can lead to poor furnace performance, so can a dirty air filter. Filters need to be replaced on a regular basis so that your furnace can get the airflow it needs. Additionally, a dirty filter can cause your furnace to overheat leading to expensive damage and repairs.

For all types of furnace or heating system repairs, maintenance or service, contact your local HVAC contractor.

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