Winter is the most stressful time of year for furnaces, which means there is a much greater chance of problems occurring in them. If you are relying on a furnace to keep you warm throughout the winter, you should be vigilant for signs that your system is starting to have operating problems. Otherwise, you may end up without heat for a few days when the furnace breaks down on you. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that your furnace might be heading for trouble.
A Drop in Output
If your furnace is not putting out as much heat as it should, there are a couple of different problems that could be at the root of it. You may have one or more duct leaks, which can contribute to a massive loss in output. One or more of the jets in the burner assembly may be malfunctioning. Finally, it may not be an issue with the furnace at all. The thermostat might be having a problem, instead.
Short cycling is often caused by a clogged air filter trapping heat in the furnace. This causes the system to overheat and shut down. Once the system has cooled off for a bit, it turns on, overheats, and shuts down again. This cycle continues until the system has parts start to break down. If you hear your furnace turning on and off every couple of minutes, it is a very good idea to call for repairs as soon as you can. Otherwise, the rapid accumulation of wear and tear on the furnace could easily destroy the system and leave you without central heating until you have found a replacement.
If your furnace is having issues of any kind, call Sound Heating. We offer a full range of furnace services throughout Seattle, WA.