Just because you live in Florida, doesn’t mean you’re not going to need your furnace every once in a while. On those days when you do need to heat your home, you probably don’t want to have your furnace malfunctioning in some way. If your furnace is failing to heat properly for some reason, you might have a problem that requires professional repairs. Have a look at some of the problems that can cause low heating output below.
Clogged Air Filter
If you’re lucky, the only reason that your furnace is not heating properly is that the air filter is clogged. The air filter is great at protecting the furnace from the various contaminants that are often found in the ducts of a home. However, since it can’t get rid of the contaminants that it collects, it will become clogged after a while. If you don’t change the filter every three months or so, it will become so clogged that it will block most of the air from flowing into the system. Fortunately, this is really easy to fix. Just make sure you change your air filter on a regular basis, or get a professional to do it for you.
Short cycling is what happens when the furnace turns itself on and off every few minutes, instead of completing a full heating cycle. It’s one of the more dangerous threats to the health of the system, as it increases the rate at which the furnace accumulates wear and tear. Prolonged short cycling causes parts to break down more often, and shortens the lifespan of the system. It also cuts into the output capacity of the furnace, as it never gets the chance to complete a full heating cycle. If your furnace is short cycling, you should turn it off and call for repairs as soon as possible.
Air Handler Malfunctions
The air handler is the part of the furnace that is actually responsible for circulating air throughout the home while the system is operating. It’s basically a large motor with a fan attached. If the air handler malfunctions, the system will be unable to circulate any air while it’s running. If your furnace isn’t circulating air during operation, it might be because the air handler is malfunctioning.
Clogged Burner Assembly
If you’re using a gas furnace, then it might not be heating because of a clogged burner assembly. Carbon particles tend to build up on the jets in the assembly over time, clogging them and causing them to ignite later than they should. If the jets become really clogged, they may not ignite at all. That will lower the system’s ability to properly heat the home. This is a fairly easy thing to fix, though. Just have a professional clean out your assembly for you, and the furnace should have its heating output restored.
Climate Masters provides comprehensive furnace repair services throughout Palm Coast, FL. If you need to have your furnace repaired, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.