We’ve reviewed some of Long Island’s usual heating and furnace problems in the past, but we’re back with a few more issues that could cause your heating equipment to go out in the middle of this awful cold.
Lack of Maintenance
Not only does routine furnace maintenance help your system run up to 30% more efficiently and lengthen the lifespan of the equipment, it’s also demanded by most manufacturers to maintain your system’s warranty. For both of these reasons, you should really invest in seasonal furnace tune-ups. Catching little issues early can help keep them from becoming huge (expensive!) furnace problems.
System Wear and Tear
If you’re running your heating equipment all winter long to stay warm, typical wear and tear on the components is to be expected – particularly in older heating equipment. Wear and tear on your belts and bearings can cause the system to overheat or result in malfunctions with the fan motors, creating air flow problems.
Clogged Air Filters
If you use a conventional furnace air filter, you should be replacing it monthly. If you forget, it not only affects the air your family is breathing, the dirt and bacteria growth could cause air flow restrictions inside the furnace. This will result in your furnace working much harder to warm your home, likely putting too much wear and tear on the components and, in turn, raising your heating bills .
Your thermostat is the gadget that tells your heating equipment when it’s time to turn on and fill your home with warm air, and when it’s time to stop. If the thermostat is not calibrated or working accurately, it could cause your furnace to turn on and off every few minutes, going all day long, or not turning on at all.
If you have any questions about your furnace regarding these or other typical furnace problems, or want to set up a tune-up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Matz-Rightway and 631-406-9220 today and we’ll make sure your system is running properly.