Furnace problems can occur unexpectedly, leaving your home or business uncomfortably cold. It’s a good idea to be aware of common furnace problems and telltale signs of trouble. Read on for more information. To get started with repairs or replacements, contact Maccarone Plumbing for service in Long Island and Five Boroughs.
What Causes Furnace Problems?
Insufficient heating, lack of heat, and excessive energy consumption are three of the most common furnace problems. Too little heat can be the result of filter blockage or duct leakage. Filters must be replaced at least every three months, and leaks should be sealed by repair technicians. When a furnace no longer produces any heat, the problem may lie in the pilot light, circuit breaker, or thermostat. If your furnace is using too much energy, the unit may need to be replaced. In many cases, regular maintenance may be all that is necessary to help you avoid these common problems.
How Long Do Furnaces Last?
Studies have found that most furnaces last for about 15 to 20 years on average. However, this depends on a number of factors, including the type of furnace and the frequency of maintenance. Older furnaces that utilize cast iron exchangers can be expected to last far longer than many modern units. However, most homes utilize forced-air heating systems for greater energy efficiency, and these generally stop working within the lifespan mentioned here. Regular maintenance by professionals will give your furnace 20 or more years of service.
What are Signs You Need to Replace Your Furnace?
Your furnace will display a number of problems that indicate the need for replacement. If your furnace is more than 15 years old and is in constant need of repair, installing a new unit will be a more cost-effective move.
High energy bills are also a sign that your furnace is becoming less efficient and will need replacement soon. Other causes for concern include uneven heating, excessive humidity, or frequent cycling. Finally, it’s important to have a professional inspect your furnace if you notice rust, corrosion, or cracks.
How Can You Avoid Furnace Problems?
You’re more likely to avoid problems with your furnace by having it cleaned and maintained by professionals on a regular basis. Clogged air filters are common reasons for poor heating, and it can make the motor dirty, which may ultimately cause the furnace to break down altogether. By investing in regular preventative strategies like these, you can cut as much as 10 percent off your annual energy costs.
For the greatest protection against future problems, look to the professionals who can safely and reliably handle a full range of furnace issues. Call us today (516) 671-3232 for long lasting furnace solutions!