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The last thing you want to happen in the middle of a cold winter is for your furnace to break down. Although heating systems are typically built reliably, they will begin to break down and show problems due to age. They will also begin to show wear-and-tear due to regular use. If the system does not receive regular inspections and maintenance, issues may also begin to appear prematurely.

Some homeowners resort to a DIY furnace repair to fix issues or they may give the friendly neighborhood handyman a call. This is where more problems crop up. Learn why calling a professional furnace repair company to fix your furnace is far wiser and will save you more money over the long term.

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Signs It’s Time To Call A Professional HVAC Company

Below, we discuss some of the signs that you should be on the lookout for when your furnace requires professional attention.

An Overheating Furnace

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When the furnace overheats, the most likely cause is a clogged filter. Like most HVAC equipment, the furnace collects dust, dirt, and other particulates through the air filtration system. When the filter is overwhelmed with dirt, it becomes more difficult for the system to ensure proper airflow. As a result, the furnace will have to work harder to generate the desired temperature.

Overheating will cause damage to the heat exchanger – one of the costliest components in the furnace to repair. By cleaning or replacing a clogged filter regularly, you can avoid this issue and prevent any overheating problems with your furnace.

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A Malfunctioning Thermostat

Thermostats indicate the current temperature being generated by the furnace. A problem with the thermostat also happens to be one of the most common signs that your furnace isn’t working properly. If there is an issue with the heat, check the thermostat to confirm its setting. It should be turned on and set to “HEAT”. It is also a good idea to ensure that the fan is set to “AUTO”. Check if the temperature setting is correct as well.

If the thermostat seems to be displaying inaccurate temperatures, check if it is dusty or dirty. Older thermostats that are not maintained well tend to show the wrong temperature. Turn off the thermostat, then use a clean and dry brush to clear the dust and dirt. If you find some corroded spots, you can use a contact cleaner specifically formulated for electronics to remove the rust. Make sure that the thermostat is located away from sources of heat, such as direct sunlight, stoves, and other heat-generating appliances.

HVAC Ductwork Damage

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Another reason why your furnace is not working properly is damaged ductwork. When the furnace generates heat, the air is distributed through the ducts inside the home. If there is a leak due to a crack, gap, or damage in any part of the ductwork system, heated air will escape. This will affect the efficiency of the furnace and will likely cause temperature fluctuations throughout your home. If the damage is severe, your furnace will fail to heat your home completely.

Dangers Of Dealing With Faulty Gas-Fired Furnaces

The most common issue about gas-fired furnaces is a gas leak. This is also one of the most dangerous problems with this type of furnace. The gas that escapes from the system can be toxic to both humans and animals. Gases such as methane and carbon monoxide can cause serious health issues, some of which can be fatal in case of prolonged exposure.

These, along with the risks of fire, explosion, and electric shock are reasons why the furnace should never be a DIY project. Professionals are trained in the proper inspection and handling of HVAC equipment, which means they are better trained to perform the correct and safe repair of your furnace.

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What A Professional HVAC Contractor Can Offer You

Below, we share some of the advantages of hiring a licensed professional to address your malfunctioning furnace.

More Savings

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A professional HVAC contractor can inspect your furnace system and identify issues correctly. More importantly, they can perform proper repairs safely. This will ensure that any replacements and repairs made are appropriate to the type of system you have. If the repairs are poorly done or (as in the case of having the system repaired by an untrained individual) incorrectly done, your furnace is likely to become damaged. As a result, you will pay more for further repairs and replacements.

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More Secure Home

Safe repairs are critical for the safety of your home. If there is an error in the repair process or if the wrong component was used, you and other household members could become exposed to physical harm such as fire, explosion, or gas emission. If there is a problem with your furnace system, do not hesitate to call a professional technician.

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Minimal Work Time

Experienced professionals follow a set of procedures to identify and fix problems. As a result, they can find the issue and have it resolved in due time. You do not have to experience inconvenience just because someone does not know how to do the job right.

Necessary Skills

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A professional technician has built their skills over the years. This is necessary so they can perform the job correctly and safely. Keep in mind that furnace systems are specialized equipment and will require specific knowledge and skills to repair and tune-up.

Better Warranties

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An HVAC system’s warranty requires that a licensed HVAC contractor services your system. Therefore, using a reliable HVAC contractor can ensure that your system’s warranty stays valid. If you or another person who is not certified attempts to repair your furnace, you will void the manufacturer’s warranty. Furthermore, a reputable HVAC company will stand by the work that they do and they will back the work that they perform for you with a guarantee.

 

Conclusion

A furnace that is not working properly is already inconvenient, which is why there is no point in having it fixed by someone who does not have the proper training. Avoid serious damage to your heating system and save on the cost of repairs and replacements by calling your trusted local HVAC contractor. They will be able to help you with your issues and offer the best and most appropriate solutions to keep your home warm and ready for winter.

Call McAllister Energy For Effective Heating Solutions

McAllister EnergyMcAllister Energy offers superior heating and cooling services in Camden County, New Jersey. We have professionally certified technicians on staff who can provide you with excellent HVAC tune-ups, repairs, installations, and replacements. Each of our techs has the knowledge and experience to service your HVAC system correctly. We can provide you with practical solutions to improve your air quality, increase system efficiency, and enhance your comfort.

McAllister Energy guarantees the most competitive heating and cooling service costs in the area. Our maintenance services can prolong your HVAC system’s lifespan and reduce your home heating and cooling costs. If you happen to need an HVAC repair or replacement system, we can recommend the best one for your home while staying within your budget. We back all of our work with a guarantee to ensure your satisfaction. To schedule a service appointment, give McAllister Energy a call today. We offer free, in-home estimates.

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