Although forced-air furnaces are quite durable, sturdy, and reliable, they, like most things, can break down too.  Therefore, it is essential for you to know how to fix a furnace when something goes wrong. You wouldn´t want to shiver in your home now, would you?  And, more often than not, furnaces tend to break down typically when you require them the most. So, what are you supposed to do when your furnace stops functioning during the winter months?
  • What to do when your furnace breaks down?

First and foremost, it is essential for you to troubleshoot your furnace and identify if it requires professional care. You should first check the power and see if there is electricity in the house. Then, you should check to see if the thermostat is on and set to ¨heat.¨ You should also check the blower motor and see to it that the front panel that covers the blower motor is closed securely. Maybe, it is the furnace air filter that needs to be changed? Dirty and clogged air filter can trigger your furnace to shut down. If you have an outdoor vent, you should check to see if the vent is not covered with debris, leaves, ice, and snow etc. If you have checked everything, and yet can´t seem to diagnose the problem, it is in your best interest to call a repair technician.

  • Who to call for furnace repair?

There isn’t a dearth of furnace repair services in the world. However, you should be careful when choosing a furnace repair company. You should typically opt to hire a company that offers 24-hour emergency services. It is also essential for the HVAC repair company to be licensed, bonded and insured. It is possible for you to check the credentials of a company online or from a local listing.

The repair service you intend to hire must also be willing to provide written estimates up front.  You should also be well aware that your furnace may not be compatible with certain replacement parts. Therefore, before hiring the services of a repair company, you should ask them if they carry the parts for your furnace. If they do, you should hire them. If they don´t, you should find some other company that does. If the company has to order the parts, it can not only increase the repair time, but also increase the repair cost.

  • Types of heater repairs

We will discuss some of the common heating problems faced by furnaces. Furnaces are primarily of two major types—gas and electric furnaces. Although the gas and electric furnaces both use a different type of fuel to generate heat, they do face similar problems. For instance, the blower assembly, in both types of furnaces, often faces problems. The blower assembly features a blower motor that boasts of plenty of moving parts that are prone to breakdown. Other common issues found in furnaces include worn out fan belts, broken or bent fan blades, and problems with the motor’s capacitors.

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