A broken furnace can quickly become an emergency for many families. After cheering for a win at Bryant-Denny Stadium or returning from a shopping trip to the Galleria, you want to walk into a warm and cozy home. At P&C HVAC, we train all year to handle any heating problems your system may face this winter. From Customer Service Specialists to our skilled technicians and service supervisors, our team does everything we can to make your heating repair as smooth as possible.
When you call P&C HVAC, we take the time to understand the heating system problem and your home’s unique situation. Our technicians are also happy to answer any furnace or heating questions you have. Once the problem has been diagnosed, we will let you know all of your options for furnace repair. We also offer upfront pricing to help you make the decision that’s best for your home and your budget. and after the work is done, we always clean up after ourselves because we respect your home.
Common Furnace Problems in Alabama
When colder weather arrives, it’s a good idea to prepare for common furnace problems you may face. We often see the same heating issues over. A little know-how and a few simple tips may help you avoid heating problems this season–or at least better understand what to expect if they happen to you.
1. No Heat At All
Several issues may cause your furnace to stop working entirely. Faulty ignitors are a common culprit, especially if your furnace suddenly shuts off after operating smoothly. Replacing them is a lower-cost furnace repair and is easy for a trained technician to do. Also, if your heating system hasn’t had regular maintenance, flame sensors can get dirty and keep your furnace from passing its internal safety checks. If you hear multiple clicks but the furnace fails to start blowing warm air, dirty flame sensors may be your problem. Other possible causes include the thermostat, power, or gas supply.
2. Not Enough Heat
Your furnace may appear to be working, but it can’t keep up with the temperatures outside. First, check your air filter. A dirty filter may be clogging your system. Change your air filter to see if it improves performance. It might save you from scheduling a service call.
3. Heat Cycles On and Off
When your furnace continually cycles on and off, you may have a problem with a thermostat setting or airflow. First, check your thermostat settings. A bump or nudge can accidentally move the settings from heating to cooling or even turn the thermostat off altogether. Next, change your filter to see a clean filter will improve airflow and stop the cycling.
4. Rumbles, Thumps, or Squeaks
Your furnace is designed to run quietly. If you hear loud noises, you likely have a mechanical issue that needs attention. Depending on the sound, you may have problems with your blower wheel, fan motor, ball bearings, or other parts of your furnace. Schedule a service call right away if your system makes troubling sounds. One of our professional heating technicians can help you understand what is going on before it causes more damage to your unit.
5. Fan Blows Constantly
If your heater blower doesn’t turn off, you likely have a problem with your thermostat, blower motor, or limit switch. Scheduling a service call is a good idea when your furnace blows continuously.
6. Lack of Maintenance
Scheduling heating checks for your furnace isn’t always convenient, but HVAC maintenance goes a long way in preventing breakdowns. We thoroughly clean and inspect your entire unit, priming it for top performance. Besides increasing energy efficiency, our system checks can also find parts that are wearing out before they break down. Many times, a system check can keep you comfortable all winter and help you avoid emergency calls when demand is high.
Tips from Our Heating Specialist Before Requesting Repair Service
You need your furnace to keep you warm and protect your home from dangerously cold weather. When you experience the need for home heating repair, it can be frustrating and stressful. Here are some quick DIY tips to try before scheduling service for a furnace repair. Problems sometimes have simple solutions, and we would love to save you the time and trouble of having a technician do something that you can easily do yourself.
Check Your Thermostat
The first step to it check your thermostat settings. Is it set to HEAT or AUTO? People often forget to update the settings when the seasons change. It’s also possible to change settings or even turn it off accidentally. Finally, try replacing the batteries. If your unit isn’t turning on at all, that simple fix may be all you need to get your heating system up and running again.
Replace Your Air Filter
Dirt can cause a lot of trouble for your furnace. Honestly, it’s the number one problem we see when heaters aren’t working. When dust builds up, it hinders performance and blocks airflow. To protect your HVAC system, replace your air filters frequently and schedule regular maintenance. Replacing your filter could improve both airflow and heat production.
Check for Adequate Airflow
Your furnace is designed to run with a certain amount of ventilation. Check for furniture, doors, or closed air vents that may be blocking airflow. It’s common practice to close vents in less-visited parts of the house, but each vent has a role in the overall design of your heating system. Try opening up your airflow (combined with a clean air filter!) and see if it improves performance.
Reset The Breaker
Losing power, even briefly, may trip the breaker to protect against surges. Turn the switch off entirely and then on again to restore power to your unit.
If these troubleshooting tips don’t get your furnace up and running again, please schedule an appointment for heating service. Our technicians are well-trained and ready to diagnose what’s going on in your home. Also, we always explain any options you have for repair so that you can make the best decision for your home and budget.