How cold is cold? When your Highland Park, IL furnace conks out in the middle of winter, you find out first hand how cold winters here can be. Thankfully, Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating, and Electric is dependable, fast, and available 24/7 for emergency repair services. Contact us today to schedule service.
Furnaces are a reliable way to heat homes throughout the Chicago, IL area. However, like all appliances, they do tend to break down occasionally, especially the older they become. Here are some common issues you might experience with your furnace:
When the pilot light is out in your Highland Park, IL furnace, there is no heat. Without the flame to burn the oil or gas, the air in the heating chamber cannot warm. Newer furnaces use electronic ignition systems, which can also fail over time.
Dirty air filters cause the system to work harder to heat your home, which can lead to increased wear and tear on the system. Replace your furnace filter about every three months, or according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Older systems tend to break down more often and need repair services. If your Highland Park, IL furnace is over 15 years old, then it is at the end of its lifecycle. Expect breakdowns to increase in frequency and service costs to go up the older the system becomes.
Even the best brand of furnace will need repair services at some point in its lifecycle. If the unit is still functioning but any of these issues arise, then a repair is needed.
An inefficient heating system burns more fuel and drives up the cost of heating your Highland Park, IL home. A repair service call can return the unit to a better level of efficiency so you pay the least amount possible for fuel and heating.
When your furnace is not heating your house effectively and there are no ongoing weather issues, like a sudden deep freeze, then the unit is not heating enough air to warm your house. Other issues can also cause this problem, such as duct leaks. Contact an HVAC professional to inspect the issue.
Short cycling will damage the unit. The on-off cycle causes the entire system to run and stop continually without properly heating your home. Common causes of short cycling include low air flow due to a clogged or dirty air filter, a dirty flame sensor or a faulty thermostat.
Strange noises coming from a heater are not a good sign. Inside, something might be breaking. If it has not broken yet, there may still be time to repair the unit before a major repair service call is required. A simple furnace repair call may be all you need.
Odd smells from a furnace are an immediate red flag. Call for a service inspection. The odd smell could be a gas leak, excessive CO2 or other chemical that requires immediate attention. If you notice a musty smell, there could be mold or mildew growing in the system due to a broken or clogged condensate drain pipe.
To get the longest possible service out of a furnace, it must be maintained regularly. A poorly maintained furnace will break down faster and more often, requiring frequent repair service calls. The Ravinia Plumbing Home Care Club helps you maintain your HVAC system throughout the year. You’ll receive discounted rates, priority service and standard rates during after-hours emergencies, among the many benefits.
We provide quality and affordable service for heating and cooling systems throughout the Highland Park, IL community. We serve our clients with honesty and integrity. When service is needed, call on the experts at Ravinia Plumbing. Our technicians are available 24/7.
“The service technician who comes to the house is always very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. I appreciate that the same technician comes to our home for our semi-annual maintenance checks.”