“Come on, furnace, I know you can do it. ”Hey, dummy, where’s the heat?”  How you’d like a swift kick right up your heat exchanger?!”  Yes, at one time or another, many of us have attempted to cajole or bully our furnace either back to life or full capacity.  It never works and never will, but sometimes you just can’t help yourself.

But here’s something that could work:  learning a little about what causes furnace problems in the first place.  Knowledge can be a very calming influence and help lead to a speedier solution.

  1. Lack of maintenance: Without annual preventive maintenance, you’re subjecting your furnace to problems that otherwise could be avoided.  We recommend it and so does your system manufacturer.
  2. Dirty filters: Dirty or clogged air filters reduce airflow, making a furnace work harder to circulate warm air. In some cases, a clogged filter may damage the limit switch, which controls the fan.
  3. Wear and tear: Normal wear and tear can cause airflow problems, heat control-related problems, or even overheating. That’s another good reason to faithfully schedule preventive maintenance.
  4. Electric ignition or pilot control problems: A faulty ignition or pilot could make it difficult to heat our home.  The good news is it’s often a simple and fast repair.
  5. Malfunctioning thermostat: A faulty thermostat can fool you into thinking your furnace is the problem. Either way, the sooner you have it looked at, the sooner full comfort will be restored.
  6. The furnace doesn’t heat at all: Here, the problem could be the thermostat setting, lack of power, extinguished pilot light among several possibilities.  Before you call for service check the thermostat and ensure that your furnace is receiving electrical power.
  7. Frequent cycling: Cycling between the “On” and “Off” modes may indicate a clogged filter, improper airflow, or a bad thermostat setting.
  8. The furnace is too noisy: Rumbling, squeaking, and rattling noises aren’t normal. The sounds may indicate a mechanical problem, airflow reductions, or a clogged burner.

At the end of the day, you just want your furnace to work and work and work. Here’s what you can do to help ensure that outcome:  contact Bob Boldt HVAC today to schedule our multi-step cleaning and inspection service.  With annual service, you can expect improved performance, lower utility costs, fewer and less costly repairs, and longer equipment life.