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Furnace Issues to be Aware of

As we move into winter, you should keep an eye out for any signs that your furnace is experiencing a problem. More strain on the system means more wear and tear, which means a greater likelihood for issues to crop up. The faster you can catch these issues, the better off your furnace will be. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the furnace problems you need to be aware of this winter.

Burner Assembly Clogs

If you’re using a gas burning furnace, then you should know the system operates by using a burner assembly to generate heat. Carbon particles are created as a byproduct of natural gas, and build up on the burner assembly over time. Eventually, these deposits can become large enough to prevent one or more of the jets in the assembly from firing on time. When the jets do fire, they burn through the excess gas at once and create a loud booming sound. If you hear this sound when your furnace starts, call a professional to examine the system. If not corrected, the burner assembly can become so clogged that it won’t fire at all.

Air Handler Failure

The air handler is the part of the furnace responsible for circulating air throughout the home during operation. It’s essentially a motor with a fan attached to it. If the air handler malfunctions, the furnace will not be able to circulate air to heat your home. If you hear a grinding sound coming from your furnace, it might mean that the air handler is overheating. If your furnace isn’t blowing air at all, the air handler may have already failed. Call for repairs in either case.

Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. offers furnace repair services throughout Gainesville, FL. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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