Keeping your furnace in good repair is one of the most important things you can do for your home this winter. Furnaces are under a lot of strain all season long, and it’s common for them to break down on the coldest days of the year. This can be inconvenient and even dangerous for you and your family. Luckily, most problems can be avoided with regular furnace maintenance. Here are some of the most common issues we run into at Dipple Plumbing.

Dirty Filter

Many homeowners do not change the filters in their furnaces nearly as often as they should. Your filter keeps dirt and debris from getting into the rest of your furnace so it can run more smoothly and efficiently. Change your filter at least once a month during the winter months. If you notice that it looks extremely dirty, you may even have to change it more frequently. Homes with pets, for example, often need their filters changed more often because they tend to get clogged with large amounts of pet hair.

Blocked Duct

Blocked ducts are another common cause of furnace malfunctions. These can be caused by debris that gets sucked into your vents. They can also occur if small animals like mice get into your ducts. Animals are drawn to heating vents as warm, sheltered places to build their nests. Unfortunately, these nests can completely close off your vents and make it more difficult to heat your home.

Ignition Problems

If your furnace fails to produce any heat whatsoever, it may be because your ignition source is malfunctioning. If you have a pilot light, check to see if it has gone out. Your ignition problem could also be due to electrical issues in your home. Call a professional for heating and air repair in Anderson, SC, any time you suspect electrical trouble, as these problems can be very difficult to repair on your own.

Thermostat Malfunction

Problems with your thermostat can also lead to difficulty heating your house during the winter. If your thermostat is malfunctioning, it may not be able to communicate correctly with your heating system, and won’t turn on or off at the appropriate times. These problems can usually be corrected by replacing your thermostat or having it diagnosed and repaired by a professional HVAC technician.

Lack of Regular Maintenance

All of these problems are often linked to the age of your heating system, as well as how well you maintain it. The best way to prevent your heat from malfunctioning suddenly is to have your system thoroughly cleaned and inspected every year before winter strikes. This way, your technician will be able to identify and repair problems before they can cause your whole system to break down.