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Be Careful of These Furnace Issues

Monday, March 11th, 2019

frunace-inspectionWhile it’s never good to take things for granted, you know your furnace is in good working order when you hardly realize it’s there. Aside from the peaceful whooshing of air and the fact that your room is getting warmer, there shouldn’t be much else going on.

A properly working furnace is a lot to be thankful for. But at the same time, you don’t want to forget about the furnace issues that can ruin your comfort. Fortunately, they can be stopped with a bit of diligence and regular maintenance. We’ll explain what they are down below:

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Why is My Furnace Making Strange Noises?

Monday, December 18th, 2017

furnaceIt is especially important that you be on the lookout for warning signs that your furnace is in trouble this winter. The heating season is the time of year when furnaces are placed under the most stress, and as such are the most likely to develop problems. If you can identify problems quickly and get them repaired, then you will be much more likely to prevent the damage those problems might cause. One of the more obvious ways to tell if your furnace is acting up is to listen for odd noises coming from the system.

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Why Is My Furnace Short-Cycling?

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Have you ever noticed your furnace acting particularly strange? For example, have you noticed it turning on and off over and over again over a long period of time?

That behavior is called “short-cycling,” and it’s one of the most damaging issues that your furnace can have. If you notice your furnace short-cycling, you should turn it off and call a professional immediately. Even if you’ve never seen your furnace doing this, however, it pays to know a little more about it. That way, you can more quickly identify the issue and have it fixed before any permanent damage is done.

Let’s examine what causes short-cycling, and how you can prevent it from happening:

What Causes Short-Cycling?

Short-cycling is the result of how the furnace interacts with a small, but vital, part called the furnace limit switch. The furnace limit switch is a device that measures the temperature inside the furnace’s plenum, the main chamber where air is heated. If the temperature inside the plenum gets too high, the limit switch activates and shuts down the furnace to prevent damage from overheating. The limit switch is only a stop-gap measure, however. When the furnace has cooled off sufficiently, it will restart in response to the thermostat’s continuing calls for heat. Then the entire cycle repeats itself until the root cause of the overheating is addressed.

How can I Stop Short-Cycling?

The best way to prevent short-cycling it to regularly clean or replace the air filter in your furnace. There are other things that might cause short-cycling, but a clogged air filter is by far the most common. If the air filter is not cleaned or replaced every 1-3 months, it becomes so clogged with dust and debris that it restricts air flow into the furnace. This traps heat inside the furnace, causing it to overheat and short-cycle. If you don’t know where your air filter is or how to replace it, any HVAC technician should be able to do it for you.

If your furnace is shot-cycling, call Total Comfort Inc. We provide heating repair throughout the Riverside area.

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Ways to Avoid Needing Heating Repairs

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Have you seen a technician for heating service recently? If it’s been a few years since a technician has checked out your system, consider yourself lucky. Many heating systems that don’t receive any attention every year fall victim to sudden breakdowns that can leave homeowners without any heating right when they need it most. And unfortunately, your risk of heating failure increases every year that you don’t schedule a visit from a technician.

So what can be done to keep this from happening? Experts recommend you take a few vital steps. Be sure to clean the filter every few months, keep a close watch for any problems, and call a technician for professional maintenance every year. In the following list, we’ll go over why these steps are so vital to proper operation and efficiency.

  • Change the Filter: If you use a forced-air heating system to heat your home, generally a furnace or heat pump, then your system came equipped with a filter to keep unwanted particles away from the system and out of the air you breathe. Change or clean the filter every few months or so, not only to prevent air pollutants from circulating but also to protect your unit from damage.
  • Listen for Anything Unusual: If you notice anything unusual with your heating system, never wait to schedule a visit from a technician. Waiting too long is one of the top reasons that heating systems fall victim to much larger repair needs. An unusual noise may simply indicate a loose screw or a broken fan blade, a quick fix that can keep your unit from failing later on.
  • Schedule Annual Maintenance: If you schedule maintenance annually with qualified technicians, they’ll check every portion of your system to ensure its working as it should, let you know of any repair needs, make a few adjustments as they go, and clean the unit from top to bottom. This service can keep your heating system running for longer and save you some money on your monthly bills as well.

Here at Total Comfort, Inc., we’re here for any and all of your heating needs. Whether it’s a complete maintenance visit, emergency heating repair (24 hours a day!), or just a question about changing the filter, we’ve got you covered. Call us today for expert heating repair service in Corona today!

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