Time for a Tune-up: Make Sure Your Furnace Is Winter Ready

Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning

Gaithersburg HVAC Contractors


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Having your furnace inspected by a professional heating and cooling company helps to prevent unpleasant surprises. Let’s take a look at some of the early warning signs that signal your furnace needs a tune-up:

Short Cycling:

If your furnace only runs for a brief period of time before shutting down, it may have a faulty heat exchanger, which is a kill-switch to prevent overheating and fire. If this system malfunctions, it will shut down your furnace prematurely and create heating problems for your home. Generally, if a cycle lasts for less than three minutes, your system is considered to be short cycling.

Uneven Flames:

A well-maintained and properly functioning burner will have an even row of flames and create ample amount of heat. When flames favor one side, move to the back of the burner, or go out entirely, it’s time to call in a professional. A dirty burner or a cracked heat exchanger can cause these malfunctions, and remedying them as soon as possible is imperative for a cozy and comfortable home.

Soot Deposits:

When a carbon-based fuel’s combustion sequence is incomplete, soot is produced. This fine, black, smelly dust is a sign that your burners need replacing. Cleaning off the soot is simple and can be done with a rag or towel, but be aware that its presence may signal something worse.

Monoxide Levels:

If your heating system is leaking gas, your carbon monoxide monitor should alert you that it needs repair. However, if your meter stays quiet yet you experience headaches or illness suddenly and inexplicably, check for gas leaks and schedule an inspection.

When it comes to furnace repair and maintenance, nobody is better than Presidential Heating and Air Conditioning. Locally owned and operated, we know what our customers need. Contact us by phone at (301) 719-3315 to speak with a representative directly or visit us online for more information.

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