Keeping your furnace functioning in winter

Plumber fixing gas furnaceRegardless of which part of the US you live in, heating and air-conditioning equipment makes life in extreme weather bearable. HVAC equipment is designed to work flawlessly. When a furnace quits working in the dead of winter, it could be difficult to figure out the exact problem.

Here’s a look at some common issues that could be the contributors.

Reasons for furnace failure

  • No maintenance: This is very common and results in big furnace repair bills. Professional HVAC companies in Utah do inspections and service systems annually. It is essential to get this done.
  • Pilot light malfunction: If your system is an automatic ignition system, it should be checked before calling a service company.
  • Clogged filters: This is a common reason for furnace failure and repair. A homeowner should replace filters on a regular basis.
  • Noisy boiler: If you hear strange noises from the furnace, it could indicate equipment problems. Get a furnace repair company to fix the problem right away.
  • Faulty thermostat: A malfunctioning thermostat sends mixed signals to the HVAC system’s controls. Replacing it will help.
  • Aging system: Most systems work for 20+ years without problems. If you notice recurring issues, get an upgrade.
  • Cycling problems: If you notice the furnace starting and stopping often, check the filters and other issues. Annual maintenance and working with a professional Utah based furnace repair company will keep you comfortable.

The bottom line is that just like maintaining a car, doing annual checks and changing filters often is very important. Work with a reputed contractor and pay a bit extra to get checks done at least twice a year, during the spring and fall. Some things a homeowner can do is to look at and change filters regularly.  A good contractor will also explain what to watch for so that you can call him in case of problems.