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Is Your Furnace in Need of Repair?

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We get it—the official end of winter is here. We can all start looking forward to warmer temperatures and favoring our air conditioners over our furnaces.

Here’s the thing, though. If you’ve lived in the Denver Metro area for even just a year, then you know how variable our temperatures are. It can be 75° and sunny tomorrow and then back to blizzard conditions next Wednesday.

Why are we saying all this? Well, to stress the point that even though it’s almost time to start using your cooling system, your heater may still have a lot of work to do. That means if it has repair needs, then now is the time to address them. There’s never a good reason to wait.

So, how do you know if your furnace is in need of repair? Here are some signs:

We get it—the official end of winter is here. We can all start looking forward to warmer temperatures and favoring our air conditioners over our furnaces.

Here’s the thing, though. If you’ve lived in the Denver Metro area for even just a year, then you know how variable our temperatures are. It can be 75° and sunny tomorrow and then back to blizzard conditions next Wednesday.

Why are we saying all this? Well, to stress the point that even though it’s almost time to start using your cooling system, your heater may still have a lot of work to do. That means if it has repair needs, then now is the time to address them. There’s never a good reason to wait.

So, how do you know if your furnace is in need of repair? Here are some signs:

Strange or Unfamiliar Noises

If you’ve been using your furnace all winter long, then you’re probably used to the noises it makes. You’re familiar with the rush of air coming through the vents, and maybe even the gentle rattling of the ducts as temperatures fluctuate. What you shouldn’t hear are noises like sudden banging, rattling, hissing, or clicking as the furnace finishes a heating cycle.

These are all sounds that indicate something is amiss within your furnace, and it’s worth giving our team a call.

Short-Cycling

Short-cycling is the name given to when a furnace cycles on and off rapidly. Furnaces are designed to run in regular cycles, and when it short-cycles instead, your furnace is telling you there’s a problem. What’s worse, is that short-cycling can exacerbate other problems, too, creating a domino effect.

Short-cycling can lead to inefficient operation as well as shortened system lifespan.

Dust Buildup

Have you noticed excessive dust in your home this winter? It’s probably not a sign that you’re bad at cleaning your home. Instead, it may be entering your home through your ductwork. What can happen with older ducts is that they start degrading—accumulating small pinhole leaks and tears in the meantime.

So, the air ducts can pick up dirt, dust, debris, and even moisture, bringing it into your home. This is one problem that should be addressed right away, as it will impact you during air conditioner use as well. Plus, moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth, which can make your family ill. This is definitely a problem worth avoiding!

A Lack of Warmth

Maybe it’s a pretty mild day, and you’ve noticed that your heater doesn’t seem to be warming your home as much as usual. You check the thermostat, and it’s set to the correct temperature, but your furnace isn’t reaching that temperature. You may brush it off because of the warmer temps outside. We encourage you not to ignore this though.

If your furnace is struggling to reach the desired temperature on the thermostat, it means there is a problem. Of course, if we’re talking about a day that is below freezing and you’re trying to heat your home to 75°F, then yes, it’s going to struggle. But if it’s around 45°F and your furnace can’t make it up to 66°-68°F, then this is an inefficiency issue that needs to be addressed by trained professionals—like our team!

For exceptional heating repair in Wheat Ridge, CO, look no further than Apple Aire. Family-Owned & Serving the Denver Metro since 1988. Contact us today!

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