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How Can I Tell If My Furnace Needs Repair?


When your heating system is working, it probably rarely crosses your mind. You might only notice a problem when it becomes so severe that the system fails entirely. While people tend to be aware of early signs of their own illness, realizing they need to rest or see a doctor before they collapse and have to be rushed to the emergency room, we don’t always recognize the warning signs when our furnace’s wellbeing is starting to take a turn for the worse.

But if you don’t notice the early warning signs, you can end up with a heater that’s not working at all. This is absolutely miserable if it happens on a cold January night, and emergency repairs are more costly than those you can schedule in advance. We’d like to save you some trouble and give you the tools to avoid heating problems or catch them early, before they get any bigger.

Prevent Heating Problems

  • Schedule Annual Maintenance: This is most often done in the autumn. A technician will clean and inspect the workings of your furnace, make sure fuel lines or electrical connections are secure, lubricate moving parts such as fans and motors, and more. A furnace that is maintained annually is more efficient, sustains less wear and tear, requires fewer repairs, and can even last years longer than a neglected furnace.
  • Change Your Air Filter: While most maintenance should be done by a professional, changing the air filter is something you can and should do yourself. It’s easier for your heating system to move air through a clean filter. The struggle to push air through a filter heavily clogged with dust can cause strain on the system and make it more likely that you’ll require repairs. If you’re not sure how to do this, check your owner’s manual, or reach out to us with any questions.

Catch Problems Early

  • Air Quality Issues: If your heated air comes with an extra helping of dust and debris, there may be a leak in your ductwork pulling in contaminated air from dusty places like your attic. A repair can prevent the problem from worsening and give you cleaner air to breathe.
  • Noises: Your furnace should make consistent sounds that are fairly quiet. Take note of any banging, squealing, rattling, or other unexpected noises, and schedule furnace repair in Freeport, TX before things get any worse.
  • Uneven Heating: This could mean that some rooms get too warm while others never get warm enough, or it could mean that the range of temperature is too wide, allowing your house to get too cold before triggering the heat to come on. A repair can help resolve this.
  • Insufficient Heating: It simply shouldn’t be the case that your heating system can’t cope with the coldest winter nights. If there are times when you just can’t keep your home warm enough, your heater needs repair.
  • Severely Dry Air: Winter air will always be dry, but if you’re suffering from cracking skin, brittle nails, and an onslaught of static shocks, it’s possible that a heating repair could help.

To schedule heating repair with a member of our team, contact Switzerland Air today.

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