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3 Common Furnace Repairs

couple-on-couchWhile our winters may lack a bit of the punch that they pack up in Vermont or Minnesota, they still get plenty cold enough to cause some serious discomfort for homeowners throughout the area. Our air conditioning systems may get more time on the playing field, but when your heater is called up to bat, it really needs to be ready to jump right into action. That is why ignoring the need for furnace repair in Cary, NC is such a bad idea.

Sure, there are problems that you may encounter with your furnace that are not going to render the system inoperable right away. However, the fact of the matter is that any problem with your heater, no matter how “minor” you may think that it is, can do serious damage if given the opportunity. Today, we’re going to talk about some common furnace problems, and what may need to be done in order to resolve them.

Strange Sounds or Odors

We’re lumping these two issues together, and the fact is that they’ll often appear together. If your furnace is making a strange sound, or if it is making its usual sounds at a much louder volume than is normal, then you may need some repair work done. Anything from insufficient lubrication allowing for metal-on-metal scraping to issues with electrical relays leading to clicking could be to blame.

As for strange odors, those insufficiently lubricated parts could be creating a burning odor. Electrical issues may lead to overheating wiring melting their casings. Do you smell a sulphuric odor akin to rotting eggs? That could indicate a gas leak, which is definitely going to put your safety at risk.

Short Cycling

When you run your heater, it should be running in full heating cycles. If it is starting up, but then running only very briefly before cycling back down, then it is short cycling. This causes a number of problems, from increased wear and tear to spikes in your heating costs.

While the fix may be as simple as changing out a very dirty air filter, it could also be as serious as malfunctioning components that require repairs, such as the thermocouple, or replaced, such as a thermostat that is not accurately reading temperatures in your home.

Cool Air

Is your furnace blowing cool air? That is obviously a pretty serious issue, and aside from a completely broken down heater, it is the one that is the most difficult to ignore. Again, there are a lot of potential causes of and solutions for this problems.

You could have issues with your pilot light, or you could have damaged ductwork pulling unconditioned air into the system. Whatever the case may be, it is vital that the exact cause of the problem is diagnosed by a trained professional, and that it is resolved in a timely manner. Contact a member of our team to guarantee that this is the case.

Schedule your furnace repairs with Ideal Services Heating & Cooling.

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