Keeping your furnace and HVAC system running smoothly through all four seasons of the year is crucial to keeping your indoor air healthy and happy. But we know that not everybody can be an expert in that kind of technology – that’s why you have Aprilaire!
There are always going to be planned and unplanned issues that can arise in a homeowner’s HVAC system—whether you have a furnace, a boiler, or a geothermal heat pump—so it’s important to get ahead of taking care of them.
Below we will take you through the 5 most common unplanned HVAC issues you should be familiar with.
Shining a Light on Unplanned HVAC Issues
If your thermostat malfunctions, you can be left with no heat, no fan to force the hot air through your home, or no intermittent heat, which can all result in comfort problems. When a thermostat works properly, you can control the humidity in your home and gain the ventilation and Indoor Air Quality that you need.
Airflow problems from broken fan motors and belts can cause your furnace to overheat and lose control of the temperature in your home. Your gas furnace is crucial during cold weather climates, but if your motor overheats and gives out, you will not be comfortable in your home because temperature will be compromised.
Dirty and Clogged Filters
Dirty or clogged filters may restrict airflow, which causes your unit to work much harder to circulate warm air and puts unnecessary strain on your furnace. Not only does your unit have to work harder due to clogged filters, but if it’s dirty, your old or broken furnace can have adverse effects on the air you breathe in your home, which can be harmful to your health. Some potential health hazards that could arise due to poor air quality from an old or faulty furnace include dry or itchy skin, asthma and allergy irritation, nosebleeds, sinusitis, and various illnesses. On top of this, not being comfortable with the temperature in your home can be frustrating.
Intermittent and No Heat
Furnace, heating system pilot, or ignition control problems can cause intermittent or no heat. This problem can arise for a number of reasons. One reason could be the system is too old. The average life expectancy of a modern furnace is between 15 and 30 years, if maintained properly. Be wary of your furnace’s age and plan to replace it. Other reasons you could experience intermittent heat include bad pressure switches, blocked pipes, and blocked drain lines.
Lack of Maintenance
Neglecting regular maintenance can cause unexpected breakdowns, poor comfort, increased energy costs, and aging or failing ducts, which can compromise airflow. While there are a number of ways a furnace or HVAC system can unexpectedly require repair or attention, avoiding or neglecting maintenance is the one way to ensure you will have problems. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Replacing or repairing parts can be an investment, but regular maintenance will help you save money in the long run and protect the longevity of your HVAC system.
Creating Healthy Environments Together
Unexpected setbacks with your HVAC system can produce unhealthy air and cause discomfort within your home. Thanks to the experts at Aprilaire, your plan for maintaining your system and avoiding unexpected issues can be easy. While you’re at it, consider Aprilaire’s Indoor Air Quality solutions for your home and tackle everything at once with your Pro.
At Aprilaire, we design and build whole-home solutions to help you manage air purity, humidity, temperature, and fresh air supply in your home, no matter the location or environment. For help creating a Healthy Home, contact a certified Aprilaire Healthy Air Professional near you today.