3 Reasons Why Your Heater Is Not Performing Efficiently

Posted on: 18 January 2023

Problems with the furnace always come up at the most inconvenient times, like the middle of the cold months. More so, it can be overwhelming to try and deal with a malfunctioning heating system, especially on the coldest days. Further, getting someone to battle the cold and perform emergency assessments and repairs is also challenging. Fortunately, you can learn a few things about an underperforming heating unit and ensure regular checks for excellent performance. Here are four reasons why your system might not be working optimally. 

It’s Been a While Since You Changed Filters​

The filter has a dual purpose: it prevents dust, pollen, and other allergens from circulating through your home. Further, it keeps the unit operating efficiently by ensuring enough air for heating. However, if you don't change the filter when it gets dirty, it may reduce airflow, and your furnace's efficiency and performance will suffer. The good news is you can fix this issue by checking the filter regularly and replacing it if necessary. Ultimately, this will keep your heating system operating at peak efficiency.

The Ignition System Has Stopped Working

Inadequate heating from your furnace is likely if there is an issue with the pilot light or electrical ignition system. Note that the unit will not heat if the gas furnace's pilot light goes out or the electrical ignition system fails to work. So, have a technician test the pilot light or electrical ignition system often to ensure proper operation. Remember, if this part of the unit has malfunctioned, the best solution is to replace it.

You Need a New Motor for the Blower

A blower or a fan motor constantly moves the air inside your home. In most cases, your furnace will still light and function well if this part breaks. That said, the blower motor will not turn on, and air will not get blown throughout the house. Keep in mind that the motor in the blower is just one part of a system that includes fans, belting, and bearings. Further, these parts work together to recirculate the warm air. Given this, these parts have equal potential to be at fault if the blower motor malfunctions. Hence, you should ensure an expert inspects the blower motor's parts for signs of wear and damage as they check the rest of the unit during routine maintenance.

Consult an HVAC contractor if you cannot troubleshoot and resolve these issues. They will help you determine what could be causing the system malfunction. Further, with their expertise, you can fix the problems within the unit and restore its efficiency.


Summer is Upon Us – Is Your AC Working?

Hi. My name is Laurie Waters. The HVAC contractor was just out at our house last week and did I ever get a lesson from him. You see, we had a warm spell hit and I went to turn our air conditioning on for the first time since last summer. Much to my dismay, it wasn’t working. All I got was a blast of warm air. The fan was bringing the outdoor heat inside. Thank goodness it wasn’t anything major. My unit needed Freon. While he was here, the contractor taught me how to do some routine maintenance around my unit, vents, and filters. I’m going to share this information with you. I hope you find it to be useful.

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