HVAC Hacks: Tips for Novices and New Homeowners

Why Do First-Time Homeowner's Need To Hire A Professional For Heating Repairs And Services?

Are you a new first-time homeowner? If you have no experience with residential heating system repair, take a look at the top reasons to call an HVAC contractor.

Constant Cycling

Does your furnace turn on and off constantly? Known as short cycling, this common problem will result in ineffective and inefficient heating. There are several possible reasons for short cycling. A blocked exhaust vent, clogged filter, bad flame rod, or thermostat failure can cause this problem. Along with these issues, a furnace that's too large for your home can also short cycle.

Given the variety of potential causes, it's best to hire an HVAC contractor to inspect your furnace and diagnose the problem. While some culprits behind short cycling are easy to fix (such as dirty air filter), others require a professional heating system repair. A pro has the expertise, experience, and equipment necessary to correct short cycling safely and easily.

Reduced Heating

Is your home cold? If you continuously boost the thermostat, but nothing happens, your furnace needs an HVAC service. Along with short cycling-related issues, a pilot light problem, thermostat failure, mis-sized unit, dirty flame sensor, or heat exchanger failure can reduce or eliminate the furnace's ability to effectively heat your home.

Like short cycling, reduced heating capacity also requires a professional heating repair. A qualified HVAC contractor will assess the issue, ask you for information on the potential problem, and recommend a repair.

Wear and Tear

How old is your new home's furnace? The average lifespan for a typical home furnace ranges from 15 to 25 years, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). As the furnace ages, wear and tear can cause a host of issues—ranging from minor to major.

Age alone isn't the only predictor of wear and tear-related problems or breakdown. But when combined with lack of maintenance, an older furnace can suddenly stop, fail to heat your home evenly, make odd noises, or cause your energy bills to rise excessively. If the previous owners didn't schedule annual service or make repairs when needed, your furnace could have wear and tear damage.

Again, you'll need to hire an HVAC professional to repair your furnace. The contractor will evaluate the wear and help you to decide what steps to take next. Some types of wear are easy to repair, while others may require a full replacement. Even though replacement will cost more than most repairs, if the furnace will need repeated service, this option may save you money over time.