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3 Common Furnace Issues [And Solutions!]

When a cool front blows through Birmingham, you don’t want to be struggling to warm your home. If your heater stops performing when you need it most, you don’t have time to wait around for days until it can be fixed. You need a quick and reliable team that knows your furnace repair inside and out!

Skelton’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is happy to provide Birmingham furnace repairs that you can count on. Your heater repair is never too big for us to handle, and we can prove it! Keep reading to find out some of the most common heater problems your home could face and our solutions to get your system running again!

No Heat

If your heater is producing very little or no heat, it’s pretty clear that something is wrong with the system. This problem may be fixed with a quick repair, but it could also signify a bigger breakdown on the horizon. You want to make sure you find out the real cause of the issue and get it resolved sooner rather than later. Limited heat can be caused by several things:

  • Broken limit switch
  • Clogged filter
  • Pilot control/electric ignition issues
  • Thermostat malfunction

These kinds of problems don’t resolve themselves, so it’s best to call on a professional who can make the necessary repairs and replacements of parts.

Jarring Sounds

When you turn on your heater, you should be familiar with the faint rumble of air as it moves through the ductwork. That and the sound of the outdoor unit turning on and off are the only sounds your HVAC system should be making on a regular basis. If you notice a strange or jarring sound when your heater is cycling, don’t ignore it! Anything from rattling to squealing can mean major damage to your system if it continues to run. These are some sources of odd noises in your furnace or heater:

  • Frayed blower belt
  • Worn-out ball bearing
  • Mechanical problems
  • Blocked airflow
  • Clogged burner

When you’re dealing with the production of heat, you don’t want to leave anything up to guesswork. Shut down your system and call a professional to assess where the problem originates and the proper solution to solve it.

Cracked Heat Exchanger

Although this repair is fairly rare, it is the most dangerous to you and your home. Many homeowners with this malfunction aren’t aware the heat exchanger has cracked until deadly carbon monoxide gas enters their home.

Since CO is odorless and colorless, it’s important to have CO detectors in every home with a gas furnace. If your furnace does have a cracked heat exchanger, it is best identified by a professional. In fact, scheduling yearly maintenance on your furnace could reveal this issue before it poses a risk to your family.

HVAC Services Birmingham Trusts

If you are experiencing any of the malfunctions mentioned above, the best solution is to call a professional. Skelton’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can make sure your repair is completed with haste and precision, leaving you confident that your furnace can operate safely. Contact us today to start your furnace repair service request!

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