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5 Signs Your Furnace Needs Repair

Most homeowners would love to prevent a furnace breakdown from ever happening. Are you one of them? If so, you need to be able to identify the signs of furnace repair needs. Identifying furnace problems early and addressing them is the best way to prevent your furnace from breaking down weeks, months and even years from now.

Our team are the experts at furnace repair in San Juan County, NM. We’ve compiled a list below for your reference. You can keep reading to learn more about five common signs of furnace problems. Then give our team a call to schedule service when you notice anything unusual with your furnace’s operation.

1. Lack of Heat

This one may seem a little obvious. If your furnace is not producing hot air, that is a problem. However, it’s perfectly possible that your furnace is blowing out lukewarm air and yet your home is still reasonably comfortable even with a lack of heat. You may be tempted to ignore this problem. However, if the air coming out of your vents is not specifically hot, then your heater is experiencing some sort of operational problem.

2. Lack of Airflow

It’s equally possible that the air coming from your vents is plenty hot enough, but there is no strong airflow. When this happens, your heater is working just fine to produce heat, but there is either a lack of airflow coming into your heater or lack of airflow leading out of your heater that is preventing it from warming up your home. The air filter may be overly full or the ductwork may have holes allowing a lot of heated air to escape.

3. High Dust Levels

You may not correlate heater problems with having a lot of dust around your home, but the two are definitely connected. Too much dust and dirt getting into your heater can cause it to malfunction. If you have a lot of dust and dirt around your home, there’s a pretty good chance that you also have a lot inside of the system. The air filter on your heater can only do so much. 

It is also important to vacuum and wipe down surfaces around your home to eliminate dust as much as possible. But if the problem is out of control, you can give our team a call to schedule a furnace service appointment. We can clean out the inside of the unit and even clean out the inside of your ductwork to give you a fresh start.

4. Unusual Sounds

Hearing any sounds that are out of the ordinary for your furnace should be considered a red flag. The sounds can be loud and obvious, like banging or booming. But they can also be quietly persistent, like ticking, clicking, or rattling. 

Some of the sounds are easy to ignore, whether they only happened one time and you write it off as a coincidence. Or the sounds are quiet enough that they fade into the background. But you should always listen to your intuition and call for service when your furnace begins to make unusual sounds.

5. Changes in Operation

Other changes in operation are also suspicious. For example, maybe your furnace begins to turn on and stay on for long periods of time. Or maybe your furnace is turning on and off every few minutes without ever staying on long enough to complete a heating cycle. If you don’t hear any unusual sounds or your home is still comfortable, you may not think that changes in operation are a big deal. 

But you should definitely schedule service because your unit is taking on a lot of extra strain by operating outside of its normal heating cycle range. Left and addressed, these problems could lead to your furnace completely breaking down.

Don’t waste your time with the run-around. Give the Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning team a call to schedule your appointment for furnace service and let us do it right the first time!

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