Here in Mesa, AZ, our winters are short and mild, but we’re not through the current winter yet. We’re likely to get a few more cold spells before the temperatures finally start to climb. This is the time of year when we get more repair calls on heating systems than any other, as regular winter use can cause it to wear out and break down right in the home stretch. The sooner you can spot the kinds of problem that can lead to late winter repairs on your heater, the better. Here’s a quick list of some things to watch out for as we head into the final month of winter.
Dirt and dust can gather in your system over time, and when you’re running your heater on a regular basis, you’re not able to get it maintained. We recommend a maintenance session for your heater at the beginning of every winter, but if that doesn’t happen, then the dust and dirt can sometimes clog your burners. As a result, the air won’t get as hot and your heater will have to work a lot harder to do its job, raising your bills in the process.
Faulty Fan Motors
The fan motors turn the fan that blows the heated air from the furnace into your home. They have a lot of moving parts, which means if they become worn enough, they will start to break down, in which case the fan won’t turn and the hot air will remain stuck in your system. (The heater will usually shut down in these cases to prevent other components from overheating.)
Air filters collects detritus from the air as it is blown through your ducts, and it needs to cleaned or replaced every month or so. If it isn’t, then it will restrict the flow of air and eventually result in a breakdown.
Contact the professionals at John’s Refrigeration for late winter repairs on your heater!