Addressing Your Furnace Before the Cold Season
The nights are getting cooler here in Georgia, meaning you’ve probably turned on your heater a time or two recently. With Halloween approaching and the holidays following not too far after that, we can already sense cozy, relaxing evenings with a warm mug in hand. Hopefully, the reality isn’t that you’re wrapped under a number of blankets, shivering and frustrated with a broken furnace. Get ahead of the curve by meeting with a furnace repair technician and asking the right questions. What questions should you ask? Stay tuned!
What Should You Ask Your Heating Contractor During a Furnace Repair?
Question #1. What is causing the problem?
Ask your technician what’s causing the problem so you can avoid it in the future. While some of these issues may be caused by normal wear and tear, some stem from simple negligence and lack of preventative maintenance.
Some of the most common problems affecting furnace performance include:
- Faulty ignition
- Malfunctioning thermostat
- Faulty flame sensors
- Worn-out ball bearings
- Slipped or frayed blower belt
- Frequent cycling
- cracked heat exchanger
- and other general mechanical problems
Question #2. How much will it cost me?
The cost of furnace repair depends on several factors, including what needs to be done, the cost of labor, and the cost of replacement parts. A thorough assessment by a technician must be made, considering the unique factors of your home.
Question #3. What should I do to extend the life of my furnace?
Aside from replacing the air filters at least once a month and checking the thermostat when the furnace doesn’t produce heat, we advise considering a preventative maintenance plan to reduce the risk of costly repairs and system breakdowns.
Question #4. Do I need to replace my furnace?
How do you know if it’s time to buy a new furnace? We generally recommend buying a replacement unit if:
- The furnace is more than 15 years old
- Your heating bills have increased dramatically during the past few months
- The unit has been repaired multiple times during the last two years
- It makes strange noises
- The thermostat requires constant adjustment to keep the temperature comfortable
- Instead of producing a blue flame, the furnace produces a yellow flame
For advice on your specific circumstances, please schedule an appointment with a technician.
Furnace Installation, Repair, and Maintenance Shouldn’t Scare You Out of Your Wits
At TemperaturePro North Atlanta, your comfort is our top priority, so we make sure we do the job right the first time. Our expert NATE-certified HVAC technicians are fully capable of addressing all your HVAC installation, repair, and maintenance requirements at a price that you can easily afford.
We also offer free home evaluation and estimate to help assess your needs. For questions or to set an appointment, please contact us or give us a call at (678) 888-4822 today.