Keep in mind, when you have a furnace, even if you have just seen a minor problem at first, a furnace still has a big affect on the efficiency and comfort of your home. Keeping your house comfortable is simply a combination of routine maintenance and knowing the signs of a possible furnace repairs problem. You can begin today by learning more about the different symptoms of a potential furnace repair and maintenance. The more educated you are about furnaces, the better off you will be should the time come to contact a technician.
What is the Most Common Furnace Problems
The most common symptom of furnace problems is overheating. It may not be obvious that your furnace is overheating your house, but there are several signs you can watch for to help you spot the problem. These are:
* The furnace turns on with no warning. * Your furnace turns on but does not light. * Your furnace seems to work great for a while but after a few days, starts to work hard and consumes a lot of energy.
* Do you notice that the furnace is always in a low cool setting? When your furnace first starts to work, it is operating at a high cool temperature. Over time, as your furnace consumes more energy, it will lower the cool setting on the furnace. This can be a sign that your furnace repair could be necessary.
* The cool setting on your furnace also goes down when you turn on your air conditioner. If this occurs, you can be sure that you should call a technician to check out your furnace and possibly find the root cause of the problem.
* If your furnace is constantly reading “low”, even though the temperature gauge on the thermostat is always reading “high”, this is another indication that your furnace may need to be serviced. If you know what your thermostat temperature is, it is easy to check it every so often.
* It is recommended that your furnace is checked for scheduled maintenance at least once a year. However, you should never take the furnace out of service without calling a technician. Although it may sound simple, it can be very dangerous to remove the furnace from service on its own. Even if the furnace is not in use, some of the elements inside the furnace may have been overheated and there is an imminent danger that they will ignite.
Factors Influencing the cost of Furnace Repairs
There are many factors that influence the cost of furnace repairs. For example, having a leaky furnace filter can mean that you will have to pay a much higher price to have it repaired. Other things that determine the cost of furnace repairs include the size of the ductwork, the amount of money you are willing to spend, the age of the furnace, and the type of furnace that you own.
The cost of furnace repairs will vary according to how complicated the problem is. If you are able to repair the furnace by yourself, you might end up saving quite a bit of money. However, if you choose to have a professional repair company come to your house, you will have to pay a much higher price. Even though you may save some money, you should still do research and make sure that you get a good price.
If you have a regular schedule of maintenance, you can usually schedule it when you feel like it. This way, your furnace will not be on “short notice” when you need it. If you let it run all day with no maintenance, it may start costing you a lot of money. In addition, you will have to pay for gas.
There are different types of furnaces. You should research what type of furnace you have before hiring a technician. There are two types of heaters – electrical and gas. If you have an electric furnace, you should call your local electrical company and have them replace the furnace filter for you.
You also need to have your air conditioner serviced on a regular basis. If you have an air conditioning system, you can usually schedule it as often as you want. If you do not want to use the furnace all summer, you can turn it off and leave it off until spring. This way, you will not be paying a lot of money to have it serviced during the winter months.