Many homeowners don’t realize the fact that heating contributes noticeably to their utility bills. The Department of Energy revealed that heating makes up for roughly 45% of residential energy bills.
Considering the fact that furnaces run for years before showing serious signs of problems, many of us don’t act until we see a serious drop in heat, that too during the chilly months. Heating repairs can cost a lot of money so it’s best to schedule bi-annual maintenance checks to avoid hefty expenses.
Here are some common problems you might face with your furnace:
Top on the list of problems is a faulty thermostat. It’s just so common!
A thermostat, as you know, is used to regulate the temperature of your home. If your thermostat is powered by batteries, the first thing you should do is check if the batteries are dying out. Weak batteries tend to interfere with how the thermostat functions, leading to malfunctions and inability to maintain higher temperatures.
Thermostats also need to be recalibrated in order to function efficiently. If you feel that the temperatures are noticeably different than what you set, high or low, your thermostat might be in need of repairs.
As time goes by, furnace filters tend to lose efficiency to clogs. Since the furnace is constantly heating up air, dust tends to settle in the filters. If a filter is excessively clogged, your furnace won’t work properly. Clogged filters are often evident in the form of unusual spikes in your energy bills. Since the furnace needs to work extra hard to push air through clogged filters, it utilizes more energy in the process.
Furnace filters need to be changed at regular intervals to ensure HVAC efficiency.
Visible Drop In Efficiency
If you find that the heating in your home is fine but your energy bills are higher than usual, your furnace is telling you something. It’s commonly believed that turning down the furnace at night will save energy. But this also means that your furnace will need to go into overdrive mode in the morning to heat up the house.
Routine maintenance is the best way to combat any problems that can occur with HVAC furnaces.