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Is Your Furnace on the Fritz?

furnace-technicianWe are getting the briefest hints of springtime around the corner for Charlottesville. However, while those couple days of sunshine were a treat, it is obvious we still have some chilly weather to contend with until wintertime finally calls it a day.

This is an important time to go the extra effort and make sure that your furnace is going to make it through the remainder of the season. What’s more, you will want to ensure that it will work when you go to turn it on next winter. With that in mind, you should check to see if you need to schedule a furnace repair in Charlottesville, VA.

Repair needs are common toward the end of the season thanks to the wear and tear caused by extended use. Don’t let your furnace go without the help it needs.

So, what might be wrong with your furnace at this stage? There are a few potential repair needs that you should keep an eye out for, including:

Blower Motor and Fan Problems

Your furnace’s blower fan is responsible for pushing the heated air the system creates into the house. If the fan, or the motor that powers that fan, is having problems, such as a broken motor belt, a broken fan blade, or a need for lubrication, you won’t get the heat you need. This is often characterized by weakened airflow and screeching or squealing noises.

A Heat Exchanger Crack

Your heat exchanger is a metal chamber that fills with combustion gases and warms the air around it, creating the warmth you want in your home. If your heat exchanger develops a crack, this is detrimental to both your comfort and your health as the leaking gas can reduce the amount of heat being made and endanger your well-being. Be wary of the smell of gas, reduced heating power, and a rattling noise, all of which point to this repair need.

Ignition Troubles

Do you hear a clicking noise after your turn on your heater? This is the sound of your furnace trying to ignite the burners. While the sound itself is normal, if it lasts for more than a few minutes, it indicates a problem with your furnace’s ignition. This can mean that it either isn’t registering that the burners are on, or that the burners themselves aren’t lighting properly. If the burners aren’t igniting correctly, you may hear a booming noise once they do.

Get Your Furnace Fixed, Fast

The potential issues that we have listed above are not the only ones that your furnace may encounter. Thermostat issues, ductwork leaks, and dirty burners are all repair needs that your furnace might develop. Whatever the issue with your furnace is, however, your response should be to reach out for repairs ASAP.

The team at Mack Morris Heating & Air is ready to assist with all your heating repair needs. Turn to us for professional, reliable service.

We can’t control the weather outside of your home, but we can control the weather inside your home. Contact us now.

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