With Annual Maintenance, You'll Avoid Furnace Problems

Even though winter has already set in, it isn’t too late to schedule your annual furnace maintenance. With regular maintenance, your home heating and air conditioning systems will last long into the future which means you will avoid costly and inconvenient breakdowns.

Here are some things that you should look for that will help you determine if your system is in immediate need of annual maintenance.

Burners — either oil or gas — are cycling on/off frequently
This is one of the easiest problems to listen for, and it’s caused by an oversized burner that’s generating heat faster than the blower can extract it, blocked air filters or blower fans, incorrect furnace settings or faulty thermostat controls.

Reduced airflow at heating supply registers
As with cycling burners, this is an easy one to check. Simply stick your hand over your registers to feel if air is circulating or not. If it isn’t, then any of the following may be the cause:

  • Dirty or damaged air filters
  • Dirty, damaged or defective blower fans
  • Collapsed, disconnected or blocked ductwork
  • Dirty cooling coils, if the system is a combined heating/cooling system

Uneven airflow at heating supply registers in different rooms
If you’re receiving plenty of heat in one room and not enough in others, you might be contending with blocked or collapsed sections of ductwork or an undersized or inefficiently operating furnace. Also make sure that you’ve checked to see all vents are open before performing this test.

Odds and ends to watch for
As with any mechanical system, strange noises such as banging, clanging, squealing and off-putting smells should be investigated immediately as these are almost always signs that parts within the unit are failing.

To learn more about the benefits of an annual maintenance agreement for your home heating and air conditioning systems, contact the professional staff at Roth Heating & Cooling. For 35 years, we have proudly served Portland area homeowners with their maintenance needs, and we want to make you our next satisfied customer.