Troubleshooting My Furnace

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Troubleshooting My Furnace

As soon as winter rolled around this year, I knew that I had a problem. Our home heating system didn't seem to be working well, and it was really frustrating. We would wake up to absolutely frosty mornings in our own home, and so I decided to pull out the user's manual. I started researching different furnace problems and it occurred to me that the issue might be the filters. I checked them, and you wouldn't believe how full of dust and debris they were. After they were replaced and the air handler was blown out, my furnace started working again. Check out this blog for more information about troubleshooting your furnace.

Why Preventive Maintenance Is Important To Heating And Cooling Systems

Just like your car, your heating and cooling system requires maintenance. If you do not carry out preventive maintenance, it's just a matter of time before your system grinds to a halt. The last thing you want is your heating system failing right in the middle of winter. Preventive maintenance offers numerous benefits:

Preventing Costly Repairs

Preventive maintenance helps to identify and fix problems before they get out of hand. Left unattended, these minor repairs can quickly escalate into major repair issues, costing you more.

Worse, they can appear at the wrong time; when you desperately need the system to work, or when you are short of money.

Helps Avoid Emergencies

Preventive maintenance allows you to schedule your repairs, therefore reducing the risk of unexpected break downs.

Energy Efficiency

Preventive maintenance will save you a lot of money in energy bills. This is because a well-maintained system works more efficiently and consumes less energy.

Good Air Quality Air

Preventive maintenance involves cleaning internal components of your system such as filters, coils and ducts. This ensures that the air you breath is clean and of good quality.

If your area is extra humid, your heating and AC repair services may suggest extra measures to deal with molds and spores. These include UV lamps to kill bacteria and molds in your system, dehumidifiers and air purification systems

Longer Life for the Equipment

Your cooling and heating parts are related. One flawed part can affect other parts causing the equipment to deteriorate rapidly. For example, low refrigerant levels and dirty coils can cause the coils to freeze.

If unattended, this can permanently damage your system. Preventive maintenance will extend the life of the equipment


A malfunctioning HVAC system can be dangerous to your family. A crack in your furnace's heat exchanger can release carbon monoxide into the air, posing a risk to your family.

Tasks You Can do Yourself

There are a few simple tasks you can do yourself in between scheduled maintenance. You can change your HVAC filter every month. You can also clear debris and foliage from around the outdoor unit.

Other aspects of heating and cooling repair and maintenance can be quite specialized and should be left to a qualified professional.

Preventive maintenance of your HVAC system will save you money in repair costs and high energy bills. You will also have peace of mind, knowing that you can trust your system to deliver through all seasons.