A lack of understanding about the problems that the furnace system in your home can experience may limit your ability to respond to situations where the home has lost its source of heat. Unfortunately, this is a problem that can occur with any home regardless of its age.

What Could Cause Your Furnace To Experience Frequent Cycling On And Off?

Cycling is easily among the most common problems that a home's furnace can experience. When this occurs, the unit will turn off and on fairly quickly. In addition to reducing the ability of the system to warm the home, this can also indicate that there is a serious problem with the unit. Typically, cycling occurs due to the furnace overheating and being forced to shut down. Poor ventilation can be a source of this problem as the unit will not be able to expel the excess heat from the mechanical and electrical components. If thoroughly cleaning the side vents does not correct this problem, you will need to have the system professionally repaired as this could indicate that there is a problem with the temperature regulator or the burner is outputting too much heat.

Why Can Corrosion Be A Common Problem For Furnace Systems?

Homeowners will often be surprised by the fact that the furnace will be extremely vulnerable to corrosion damage. This can be due to the fact that the furnace may be kept in the basement or other area that can be prone to moisture problems. Furthermore, the temperature change that these units will cause can lead to condensation being more likely to form on the exterior or near the vents. If you notice condensation forming on the exterior of your unit, it may be worth considering placing a dehumidifier near the unit to help reduce the moisture content of the air.

Why Should You Clean The Furnace's Ignition Or Burner Every Few Weeks?

The most common type of care that your furnace will require is going to be cleaning the burner or the ignition. At the start of the heating season, you will need to clean the burner so that you remove any dust that gathered while the unit was dormant. Furthermore, the furnace's burner should be cleaned every few weeks during the winter so that any residue or other unburnt fuel is removed. If left, these substances can severely degrade the performance of the system by reducing the amount of heat output that the burner is generating from the fuel.

To learn more, contact a furnace repair service.