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October 27, 2016

The 5 Most Common Causes of Furnace Problems

With cold weather here to stay, you want to know your New Castle County furnace is up to the task of providing reliable heat to your home. People often don’t think about furnace maintenance until there is a problem, but regular maintenance check-ups can help prevent many of these furnace problems before they happen. The five most common causes of furnace breakdowns are:

  1. Lack of regular maintenance – Failure to maintain your furnace leads to increased energy costs, poor performance, and unexpected breakdowns. With routine maintenance from a trusted New Castle County furnace repair company, your furnace will be kept in peak condition. The technician will also catch and repair small furnace problems before they turn into major headaches. Maintenance plans are a wise investment to keep your energy bills low and prevent the expense of replacing your HVAC system prematurely.
  2. Dirty air filters – A dirty filter restricts airflow, forcing your furnace to work harder. Not only does this increase your energy bills, the unnecessary strain on your furnace can lead to breakdowns and an unevenly heated home. A clogged filter can even damage the limit switch, which controls the fan, affecting its operation. Replacing your furnace’s air filter once a month is the easiest way to improve your furnace’s efficiency and extend its lifespan.
  3. Regular wear and tear – Just like any other machine, your furnace’s components are subject to wear and tear over time. If one of these components stops working, it can decrease your furnace’s performance or cause it to break down altogether. As part of our furnace maintenance plans in New Castle County, we inspect and lubricate all moving parts to ensure proper function.
  4. Pilot or ignition control problems – There are typically two types of ignition systems: hot surface ignition or intermittent pilot. A hot surface ignition systems uses a resistance heating element – similar to the filament in a light bulb – to ignite the gas burner. The intermittent pilot system uses a high voltage electrical spark to ignite the gas pilot and then the main burners. A malfunctioning ignition system can cause inconsistent or no heat in your home.
  5. Malfunctioning thermostat – Your thermostat tells your furnace when, and when not, to run. If the thermostat isn’t functioning properly, you may end up with intermittent or no heat throughout your home, or no fan to force the hot air through the ventilation system.

Quality Furnace Repairs in New Castle County From Gold Star Services

If your furnace isn’t operating efficiently or is overdue for maintenance, call the experts at Gold Star Services. We are the most trusted HVAC company in New Castle County, providing our customers with professional, reliable service and 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

Call us today at 1-302-485-1649 and get your New Castle County furnace up to speed.

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