Keeping Your Home Cool during the Sweltering, Summer Months

Three Common Problems With Furnaces

by Anthony Graves

With summer starting to appear in the rearview mirror, many homeowners are turning to their furnace to make sure that things are working and in tip-top shape. The last thing you want to do is watch the temperatures drop, only to find out that your furnace isn't working properly.

Fortunately, most of the issues associated with furnaces are very common and can be solved with a simple call to your local HVAC company to schedule some furnace repair. Below are a few of the most common issues you may face; if you experience any of them, schedule that service as soon as possible.

Furnace Not Turning On

Since the primary function of your furnace is to heat up your home, if you switch on the heater and nothing happens, that's a cause for alarm. The problem could be minor, such as a breaker that has been tripped or a thermostat that isn't turned on, but it could also be a much larger issue, such as a motor that has blown out. Unless it's something that you can fix yourself in a few minutes, it's always a good idea to have a professional perform the furnace repair for you.

Weird Sounds and Smells

Ideally, your furnace should only make a sound when it clicks on and off, and the only smell you should ever have come through your events is a slight burning smell for a couple of hours the first time you switch it on. If you hear a clanking or screeching sound coming through your vents, that means that either a part has broken off or something has dislodged in the inside of your unit to cause the racket; it needs to be fixed immediately to prevent further damage. A significant burning smell (or any other type of smell) could be the sign of an electrical short or an overworked motor, which also needs to be looked at.

Uneven Heating in Your Home

If the temperature in one room is substantially different than the temperature in another room, then the problem could be either with your air ducts that are not ventilating your house properly or a furnace unit that is struggling to keep up with the workload. This could mean installing a brand-new furnace or it could just be time for a residential heating repair service to perform a tune-up. Either way, have a professional look at it to ensure your home's heating efficiency is where it should be. Contact a furnace repair service for more information.