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Common Problems with Furnaces

furnace-repairWe don’t suffer through particularly brutal winters here in Las Vegas. That does not mean, however, that we don’t have any cold weather to deal with. Those who think of Vegas as being hot and sunny all the time have obviously never experienced the chill that creeps into the nighttime air during our admittedly mild winter seasons. That is why you really need to know that your furnace is in good working condition. You may not need it all that much, but you need it to be there for you when you do!

We install and service both gas and electric furnaces, and we can handle any necessary furnace repairs in Las Vegas. Remember, a malfunctioning furnace is much more than a minor inconvenience even in our climate. It could actually lead to a dangerous situation in your home. Contact a member of our team at the first sign of trouble. And now, let’s review some common problems that you may encounter with your furnace.

No Air Coming from Ducts

Does it seem as though nothing is happening when you run your furnace? Assuming that you’ve got it turned on and your thermostat is set to a higher temperature than the ambient temperature in your home, you’ve got a problem on your hands. Chances are that it lies with the blower. A forced air heater needs to force air through its ducts, and if your blower is not functioning properly, that is just not going to happen.

Cool Air Coming from Ducts

Of course, problems with the ducts themselves can also lead to operational issues. If your furnace is trying to heat your home via leaky ductwork, then it may result in cool air blowing from those ducts. This is common in homes where ductwork passes through unconditioned areas in the house. If you notice cool spots developing and you see a decrease in indoor air quality as well, then you probably have leaks in your ductwork servicing that area.

No Heat Generated

There are a few reasons why no heat at all is being generated. If you have a gas furnace, the combustion process may be interrupted due to unsafe combustion temperatures. A component called the thermocouple may actually be shutting things down to keep your home safe. Use an electric furnace? Then a faulty sequencer is a likely culprit. The sequencer is responsible for firing up the elements in a way so as to avoid a surge that could trip your circuit breaker. If it’s not functioning properly, neither will the furnace.

Strange Sounds

There are a lot of different strange sounds that you may encounter with a furnace in need of repairs. Loose components may bang around in the unit. A lack of sufficient lubrication could lead to grinding sounds. Hear a screeching? It could be a fan belt on its way out. Loud booming sound?  Sounds like delayed ignition to us. Whatever the case, you shouldn’t be hearing strange new sounds coming from the furnace that used to operate relatively quietly. If you do, give Goettl Air Conditioning Las Vegas a call.

G-O-E-T-T-L it’ll keep you cool but it’s hard to spell.

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