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5 Quiet Signs of a Malfunctioning Furnace

Is your furnace malfunctioning? Problems don’t always have to be blatant and in your face for something to be wrong. Many homeowners wait to call for furnace repair until something major happens. But by that time, the damage is already significant.

We encourage you to take a different approach. Be proactive in scheduling furnace repair in Newberry, FL whenever you think that something might be wrong. It’s better to stay ahead of the issues by taking care of your furnace to prevent major problems. You can keep reading to learn more about five less obvious signs that your furnace is experiencing issues.

Bad Odors

Any unusual smells coming from your furnace should be a red flag. With the exception of the first time that you turn your furnace on for the season, the system should never produce odors. The only reason the air might smell bad when you first turn your furnace on is because stale air has been sitting inside while your furnace went unused over the summer.

Long Heating Cycles

Your furnace should run in consistent heating cycles. If you notice that your heater began staying on much longer than usual, you need to schedule a tune-up. When your furnace turns on and stays on, it may be struggling to keep up with your heating needs. The system may not be producing enough heat to bring the temperature up inside of your home, resulting on the heater staying on for longer in an attempt to product results. 

Short Cycling

If your furnace short cycles by turning on and off frequently, then something is triggering your furnace to turn off in the middle of a heating cycle. It’s likely a safety function, but it indicates that something is going wrong inside of your furnace. Short cycling adds a lot of strain to your furnace and can drastically shorten the expected lifespan if it continues on. 

Lack of Heat

If the air blowing out of vents around your home is not specifically hot, then something is wrong. Even if your home is still comfortable and the air feels lukewarm, your heater is still not working as it was intended to. If you allow this problem to continue on without being addressed it will only get worse. Eventually, there won’t be enough heat at all to keep your home comfortable.

Inconsistent Temperatures

Your furnace should keep all of the rooms in your house equally warm. If you have rooms that are significantly hotter or cooler than the rest of your home, then there may be an issue with the ductwork attached to your furnace. While this isn’t an issue with your furnace itself, it is still a problem that needs to be addressed. 

If your home is not consistently warm, your thermostat may signal for your heater to turn on more frequently or stay on longer in an attempt to heat your home up. This leaves your heater working harder to produce results.

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