Furnaces are complex machines that have hundreds of components to warm your Asheville, North Carolina, home. Unfortunately, these complexities often make it difficult for homeowners to diagnose problems. Here are three of the most common furnace problems to watch for:
Inefficient Operation Caused By a Clogged Air Filter
Despite how quick, easy and cheap it is to replace your furnace filter, many homeowners don’t understand the importance it has on efficiency. When the filter becomes blocked, air can’t flow freely through the system. This has a two-pronged effect.
First, it reduces your furnace’s overall efficiency, because it has to work longer and harder to produce the desired temperature. It also adds excessive wear and tear to the system. As a result, it experiences more frequent repairs until you need a new furnace altogether.
Increased Instance of Repairs Caused By Excessive Age
Like a car, your furnace has a finite lifespan. While some factors can shorten its time in your home, maintenance can prolong it.
At some point, though, you’ll need to start thinking about buying a new furnace. In instances where your furnace is 15 or 20 years old, the constant repairs won’t make up for the loss in efficiency. In such an instance, it becomes more cost-effective to replace the unit.
Uncomfortable Conditions Caused By Thermostat Issues
We’re not talking about the thermostat that you use to set the temperature in your home. Furnaces also have a thermostat that registers and regulates your home’s temperature. When it malfunctions, it can cause your home to become too hot or too cold.
A service technician can visually inspect your thermostat and diagnose the problem. To prevent injury, don’t try to repair this issue yourself.
When it comes to your comfort this winter in your Asheville home, don’t leave anything to chance. At Gentry Heating Inc., we can inspect your furnace to see what maintenance or repairs it may need. Give us a call today at 828-581-4045 to schedule an appointment.
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