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How Do I Know if I Need Furnace Repair?


Your furnace endures a lot of wear and tear throughout the year. We always turn our furnaces on when we need them most, and the sweet relief of heat clouds our ability to identify when there’s a problem.

Finding out that you need furnace repair in Jackson, MS should never come immediately after your unit breaks down. System failures lead to more extensive repairs, and if there’s currently a damaged component in your furnace, failing to service it could cause damage to other working parts.

This is how you can tell if your furnace is in dire need of repair.

Your Energy Bills Keep Rising

You know how much your utility bill is supposed to be. You don’t touch the thermostat often, so why are your bills rising? It’s because your furnace is losing efficiency.

Furnaces lose efficiency over time, but a rapid rise in energy bills isn’t a sign of wear and tear: it’s a distress signal. Your furnace is in trouble and something in it is about to fail.

Even if there’s no other clear signal that your furnace is in danger, rising energy costs are enough of a reason to call for a repair appointment.

Your Furnace Hasn’t Been Serviced in a While

Do you know the last time you had a furnace repair? What about maintenance? New homeowners often don’t have documentation for their furnaces, and sometimes it just isn’t in the budget. But it’s still important.

If your furnace hasn’t been serviced in any capacity in at least one year and you notice something isn’t working properly, it may be time for a repair appointment. Furnaces need annual maintenance to operate efficiently.

These annual appointments also act as furnace inspections to identify when something is wrong, so if it’s been a while, there could be a problem with your furnace you aren’t aware of.

Your Thermostat Might be the Culprit

Thermostats are essentially controllers for your furnace. If there’s an issue with your thermostat, it can make it appear as though the issue is with your furnace instead.

If your thermostat batteries need to be replaced (for non-hardwired units), that may be all that you need to enjoy your furnace again.

Short Cycling

When your furnace runs frequently, but it’s stopping before your thermostat indicates that you’ve reached your desired temperature, it’s a problem.

This is called short cycling: when your furnace doesn’t operate for long enough to actually heat your home. It shouldn’t shut down until the thermostat communicates that the temperature has increased per the settings.

Short cycling could mean that your blower motor is damaged, or it could be an electrical issue that needs to be fixed immediately. The cause could be a multitude of things, but one thing is certain: it’s not good.

Your Furnace Needs a Helping Hand

Did anything we listed make you think of your furnace? If so, it’s likely that it needs to be repaired as soon as possible to avoid a complete system breakdown. Let our technicians find out what the exact problem is, determine the best possible course of action, and help you make the right decision regarding repair.

Contact AirSouth Cooling and Heating today to schedule furnace repair and stop compromising on your home comfort.

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