Avoid These Four Common Furnace Repairs

Homeowners often complain about the cost of heating and furnace repairs. Yet, many people settle for problematic heating and air conditioning. Here are some tips and tricks to avoid four common heating and furnace repairs.

Oftentimes, homeowners deal with:

  • Poor indoor air quality
  • An uncomfortable home
  • High energy expenses
  • A noisy furnace
  • Irregular and unreliable service

However, heating and furnace repairs can easily be avoided.

Furnace Repairs for Ignitors

Inside most furnaces, the ignitor is responsible for starting the live flame. Without it, heating cannot happen. Like a handheld lighter, the igniter is connected to a gas source. Once lit, it creates a flame for the burner, which then transfers to the heat exchanger. There, the flame is kept for the duration of the heating process.

Ignitors can spoil for different reasons. Your furnace may have just had a run of bad luck with a poorly manufactured ignitor. In more common cases, ignitors need replacement and repair because of buildup.

The ignitor is crucial to the heating process. Without a functional ignitor, homeowners will not be able to heat their home. Forcing heat is also dangerous.

Refrain from using the furnace under such circumstances. Heating furnace repairs for ignitors are more than common, and can be accomplished in one visit.

Furnace Repairs for Flame Sensors

Flame sensors are important for the safety of your air system and home. Flame sensors are responsible for detecting a live flame whenever the gas valve opens. However, flame sensors commonly encounter problems when there is no routine furnace maintenance.

If the flame sensor is coated in dirt and grime, it is unable to correctly detect a flame. Typically, this trips the safety switch, causing the entire heating system to shut down in order to protect your home from potential disaster.

Fortunately, flame sensor repairs are not too costly.

A bad flame sensor can cause you furnace to:

  • Use energy inefficiently
  • Overrun or short cycle
  • Shut down

If you experience any of these issues, or notice your furnace behaving oddly, take note and call an HVAC professional.

Furnace Repairs for Motors

The motor inside the furnace pushes heated air through the air ducts and back into your home. When the motor is out, the rest of the heating furnace may work just fine, but homeowners will not receive any heated air.

With a stalled motor, homeowners may find that:

    • While the heating furnace turns on, warm air does not come out of the vents
    • The thermostat continues to signal for heating
    • The temperature in the home does not change
    • The heating furnace overheats

Repairs for furnace motors can get expensive. It depends on the extent of any damage.

Furnace Repairs for Faulty Thermostats

The thermostat is the only device homeowners have to control the furnace. As a result, thermostat repairs can be critical. Homeowners know their thermostats are acting up if:

      • The thermostat display does not work
      • The thermostat display is blank
      • The thermostat does not turn on
      • Homeowners lose control of the thermostat
      • The heating furnace does not do what the is directed by the thermostat

Thermostat repairs are relatively quick. In the event of a complete replacement, homeowners are encouraged to do a little research on what type of thermostat would work for their homes. Different thermostats can help homeowners save time and money, as well as increase home comfort. For further guidance, consult an HVAC specialist.

Avoid Furnace Repairs with Routine Maintenance

What does almost every furnace repair have in common? They could have been avoided with regular maintenance.

Regular furnace maintenance prevents 90 percent of repair costs and HVAC problems. Not scheduling routine maintenance can cost homeowners service fees, emergency repairs, replacement expenses, time and discomfort.

With regular furnace maintenance, homeowners receive a professional who cares for their specific heating furnace. During a cleaning and tune-up furnaces are:

      • Cleaned inside and out, removed of tough and damaging buildup
      • Maintained with technical adjustments
      • Tested for proper, efficient and correct operation
      • Evaluated for safety and cleanliness

With this type of specialized preventative care, furnaces can last for 15 to 20 years.

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