Why do Furnaces Even go Bad in the First Place?
- Categories: Energy Savings, Heating, Ravinia Plumbing, Safety Tips
- Date: January 9, 2018
Although a furnace is an essential item to have in your home, chances are that you seldom give this unit much thought until it decides to malfunction or worse, stop working completely. This is usually the time when the furnace technician in Chicago is asked, “Why did my furnace go bad?” There are a few different reasons why a furnace can decide to stop working as it should, some of which will be mentioned below.
The filter could be clogged
Many people forget that the filter on their furnace needs to be replaced once a month to once every two months for 1” thick filters or every six months for thick filters, especially if you have anyone in your home who smokes or you have pets. Failure to clean out or replace the filter as required can result in dust getting into the blower motor, which causes it to overheat. Once this happens, the fuse will burn out and there is a strong chance that your furnace could catch a light.
The starting capacitor could be faulty
The capacitor is responsible for starting your furnace blower motor. However, if this component is starting to malfunction, you will experience intermittent electrical issues, such as the unit turning on and off at random. Although replacing the capacitor is an affordable fix, this job is best left to an experienced technician.
The blower motor could be reaching the end of its lifespan
When a furnace’s blower motor starts to go faulty, it can cause the unit’s fuse to blow. This happens because the motor ends up drawing more current than the fuse can safely handle. If this occurs, it is time to call in a qualified repair person.
You are not having regular maintenance performed
A large number of homeowners put off having their furnaces serviced because “the unit is still working fine.” However, this will only continue for so long before malfunctions start occurring. The longer you put off having an inspection performed on your unit, the more you will have to spend over the long term on bigger repairs – not to mention being inconvenienced when the unit stops working totally.
When planning a maintenance inspection on your furnace, it is essential to choose a company that is reliable and known for providing excellent customer service. If you would like to find out more about having your existing furnace serviced or replaced, contact our team today. We look forward to being able to assist you.
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