Time is of the essence when it comes to furnace repairs. The longer a problem is allowed to persist in the system, the greater the chance that it will grow large enough to cause a breakdown. With that in mind, it pays to be able to recognize furnace problems while they’re still in the early stages. The sooner you can identify a problem with your furnace, the sooner you can call an HVAC technician and get it fixed. Let’s take a look at some of the common signs that you need furnace repair.
There are all sorts of noises that could indicate a problem with your furnace. A grinding noise indicates a problem with your air handler. The air handler is the part of your furnace responsible for actually circulating warm air through the house. The motor that powers the air handler is outfitted with lubricated bearings to help it cope with the stress of operation. When those bearings wear out, they start to increase the resistance on the motor. This is what causes the grinding sound. If not fixed, the motor will burn itself out.
A booming sound is also common in natural gas burning furnaces. When the burner assembly combusts natural gas, one of the byproducts are carbon particles. Some of these particles settle on the assembly, and become stuck. Eventually, the carbon buildup can become large enough that the burner assembly has trouble igniting. When it finally does ignite, it burns through all the excess gas at once. This is what causes the booming sound. If not treated, the carbon buildup can eventually prevent the burner assembly from lighting at all.
Rise in Heating Bills
If you notice a consistent rise in your heating bills over the course of a couple of months, it’s a good sign that something is wrong with your furnace. There could be any one of a dozen causes for this, including a clogged air filter or a malfunctioning air handler. The important thing is that you call a professional right away to have a look at your system. Nothing good will come of a problem capable of causing this symptom.
If you think your furnace needs repairs, call JW Heating & Air. We provide furnace repair services throughout the Hollywood area.