3 Ways You Can Tell If Your Furnace Is Breaking Down

Posted on: 11 May 2016

It is important to make sure that you are well aware of the signs that there could be something going wrong with your furnace. This way, you can call in a professional HVAC technician as soon as you spot a sign of trouble. To help you know when it is time to call for heating repair, you will want to review the following points.

The Furnace Shakes When It Kicks On

If you happen to be near the furnace when it kicks on, you will want to make sure that you re keeping an eye on it for a moment. If it violently shakes when it turns on, you will need to contact a skilled HVAC technician as soon as possible. The furnace may  be experiencing a problem with the motor. It could be locking up and then causing the unit to shake when it suddenly and harshly unlocks when it kicks on.

You Have To Continuously Light The Pilot 

Natural gas and propane furnaces will have a pilot light that should remain on at all times. However, you may have to occasionally relight the pilot. The thing is, though, if this is something that you have to do all of the time, then there is a good chance that the pilot part is malfunctioning and it will need to be replaced. However, the HVAC technician that you call in will first examine it to make sure that it is not simply in need of being cleaned. If that is the case, then the technician will be able to properly clean it in no time at all.

Air Is Blowing But It Is Never Warm

Just because your furnace is turning on and it is blowing air does not mean that it is working perfectly fine. It has to be blowing warm or hot air, depending on the temperature setting on your thermostat. If it is only blowing cool air, then there is a problem with either the thermostat or the heating elements inside of the furnace itself. An experienced HVAC technician will have no trouble figuring out the exact cause of the problem and helping you resolve it from there. 

With those three signs of furnace trouble in mind, you should have no problem realizing when it is time to call in a professional HVAC technician. All you have to do now is to make sure that you are taking the time to find the best one in your area.


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