As the weather gets colder, you’re going to be relying on your furnace for more and more hours of the day to keep warm. That puts more stress on the system, which makes it more likely for issues to occur. So, you’re going to need to be more vigilant during the winter if you want your furnace to stay in top condition. Read on for some of the more common furnace problems that you need to know about.
Short cycling is when your furnace turns itself on and off every couple of minutes. This is caused by heat becoming trapped in the furnace chamber, usually because of a clogged air filter or malfunctioning air handler. Once the temperature inside the furnace rises to dangerous levels, the system shuts itself down to prevent overheating. The system will then cool down for a bit, before restarting and attempting to finish its heating cycle. Unless the source of the problem is solved, though, the system will just overheat and shut down again. Constant short cycling will cause the parts in the furnace to wear down faster, resulting in more breakdowns and a shorter lifespan.
If you’re using a gas-burning furnace, you’re going to want to listen for booming noises when it activates. This indicates that the burner assembly is clogged, and in need of cleaning. As the burner jets combust natural gas, carbon particles will collect on the assembly. This will cause the assembly to eventually become clogged, which will prevent the jets from firing on-time. When the jets do fire, they burn through the excess gas all at once and generate a loud boom. If the assembly isn’t cleaned out, it will eventually become too clogged to function.
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