Winter will be here this week, and chances are you’re already running your furnace on a daily basis. You need to keep a close eye on the system for signs of trouble. In most cases, there are usually telltale symptoms letting you know that a problem is getting bigger. By taking notice, you can call in a repair technician and get the issue fixed before it causes a sudden breakdown in the middle of a cold spell. And it’s simple enough to pay attention to anything that may be amiss.
Among the most common signs of a problem with your heater is a lack of airflow from the vents: either gone entirely or moving much more slowly than you are accustomed to. It may not sound like much, but low air flow is usually a sign of big trouble if you don’t get the issue addressed. If you spot it, shut the system down and call in a repair service immediately.
Why Is This a Problem?
First and foremost, low airflow means that the furnace isn’t going to warm your house as quickly as it should. That means it requires more fuel to do its job–raising your monthly bills in the process–as well as raising the strain on other parts of the system and elevating the chances of a more serious breakdown in the process.
More importantly, low airflow usually means that hot air is trapped inside the furnace itself, which will cause individual components to overheat. Modern safety features on most furnaces will shut the system don before that happens, but it usually leads to a phenomenon called short-cycling, where the furnace turns on and off multiple times without ever really warming up your home.
If you notice low air flow in the vents of your Richardson, TX home, call Earthwise Home Services for quality repairs!