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6 Common Causes of Winter Furnace Repairs

The furnace is an integral part of a household’s indoor comfort, especially during the winter months. Like any home appliance, however, it can run into issues that necessitate emergency repairs. Here’s a look at the most common causes behind furnace repair calls that HVAC companies like us receive.

6 Common Causes of Winter Furnace Repairs

  1. Lack of Routine Maintenance. Similar to a car requiring oil changes, furnaces also need routine care to prevent it from breaking down. Maintenance not only enhances performance but also helps households save on energy bills. It is not uncommon for us to diagnose furnace issues and highlight to homeowners lack of maintenance as a contributing factor. That’s why we advise scheduling tune-ups that can help catch and address issues early, saving homeowners from frequent but costly repairs.

  2. Dirty and Clogged Filters. A simple yet critical task often overlooked is changing HVAC filter products. A dirty filter can significantly impede airflow, causing the furnace to work harder than necessary. This additional strain can lead to premature breakdowns and reduced efficiency. Cafco Services recommends a regular swap of filters, optimally on a monthly basis, to maintain proper system health.

  3. Wear and Tear of Furnace Components. Service calls often stem from homeowners reporting strange noises from within the furnace, which are often indicative of internal component issues. Parts such as bearings, belts, and fans can wear out and affect both heating efficiency and control, warranting a closer look by a technician.

  4. Ignition or Pilot Light Failures. One specific component that can cause heating hiccups is the ignition or pilot light. If you’re having trouble with your furnace’s ignition, it could be a simple issue requiring a straightforward fix, or it may point to a more significant problem. The expertise of a certified technician can help in determining such an issue.

  5. Thermostat Malfunctions. The thermostat acts as the command center for your furnace, and a problem here can cause a myriad of heating issues—from no heat to an unresponsive fan. Homeowners call in a technician when all troubleshooting efforts have been exhausted, from adjusting the thermostat to changing to a fresh set of batteries.

  6. The Furnace’s Age. Just like any other piece of equipment, a furnace has a limited lifespan. In time, older units become less efficient and need more frequent repairs. When ongoing repair costs start to mount, it may be worthwhile considering a replacement. We can recommend new equipment that comes with energy-efficient features that can potentially lower energy consumption and save on operational costs in the long run.

Remember, a well-maintained furnace is key to a comfortable, cozy home throughout the chilly season. Whether you need a new furnace or want your existing one to undergo scheduled maintenance, Cafco Services is here to meet all your home comfort needs. Call us at (513) 242-3400, or fill out our contact form today.