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Common Furnace Issues Heating

HVAC-wiresWhile California is certainly more well known for its seemingly limitless sunshine than it is for its winter weather, the fact of the matter is that temperatures can and do drop well below comfortable levels around here. That is why it is so important for homeowners to have great heating systems installed in their homes, one of the most popular of which is the furnace. While modern furnaces are typically very reliable, you need to remember that no heater will ever be 100% reliable.

There are a number of problems that you may encounter with your furnace that could put your heating in Hanford, CA in jeopardy. While we cannot give you some magical ability to completely eliminate the risk of encountering such issues in your home, we can give you some helpful information regarding common furnace problems. These issues are not normal, and you should not ignore them just because it seems as though your furnace is still operating decently.

Uneven Heating

When you run your furnace, assuming that it is properly sized for and installed in your home, that furnace should be heating your entire house evenly. If you start to notice that there are cool spots throughout your home when you’re running your furnace, then you definitely have a problem. It may likely result from issues with the air delivery system.

Furnaces are forced air heaters, which means that they distribute heated air throughout the house via a network of air ducts. If there is a leak in the length of ductwork servicing any given area, then the temperatures in that area may not reflect your desired comfort level. If this is the case, you’ll probably also notice hot spots there in the summer.

Short Run Times

The heater must be working really well, it’s only running for a few minutes at a time! Strange that it doesn’t feel too comfortable in here, though. If you notice that your heater is running in short bursts, then your system is probably short cycling. This is a serious problem, and one that wastes money while leaving you less comfortable and putting your system at an increased risk of damages.

If your system is short cycling, it may just be due to a very dirty air filter. Check on that before calling for professional help. If the filter doesn’t seem dirty, then you may have a faulty component. If the system has always behaved this way, it could just be too big for your property. In that case, a replacement is really the only course of action.

Strange Sounds

When your furnace runs, it is going to make some noise. As the homeowner, you should have a good idea of what that noise sounds like. If you start hearing strange new sounds, or just sounds that are much louder than normal, you need to give us a call.

Grinding, screeching, banging—these all suggest problems with the furnace that could ultimately lead to serious damages if left unresolved. Just because your heater is running does not mean that it is functioning properly. Contact us should trouble arise.

Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning. We strive to provide honest answers and solutions to the problems our customers experience while remaining highly competitive in price, and offer the fastest turnaround you can find!


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