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Behind the Flames: Understanding Common Heating System Issues

The best way to prevent heater issues is to stay ahead of them with professional and homeowner maintenance. But there are still times that components inside of your heater will malfunction, and you’ll need to schedule a repair appointment to figure out what’s going on.

When you know the signs of heater problems, you can give us a call sooner rather than later to schedule heating repair in Sterling Heights, MI. Keep reading to learn more about components that can cause system issues with your furnace and the related signs to watch for. 

Malfunctioning Sensors

One of the most common reasons for furnace problems has to do with the safety sensors. There are a variety of sensors inside of your heater that help ensure safe operation. If something is off or working incorrectly, the sensors will not allow heater operation to continue. Your heater will shut down to prevent fire and other safety hazards.

But if the sensors malfunction, your heater may turn off when everything is really working fine. Whether there’s a safety issue that needs to be addressed or the sensors are malfunctioning, our team can get down to the root cause of the problem and fix it so that your heater can operate correctly.

Soot Buildup

Other times, soot buildup inside of your heater can lead to operating issues. Soot can interfere with the sensors that we talked about above, but it can also pose problems for the other components in your heater.

Tiny particles of soot and dirt can get into gears and bearings to dry up lubrication. This interferes with how effectively your heater is able to operate. It leads to strain during operation and sometimes loud squealing noises as parts grind together. 

Lack of Airflow

A furnace also needs adequate airflow in order to provide heat for your home. This is especially true of furnaces that have an open flame to create heat. If there’s not enough oxygen via airflow through the system, the flame will grow larger as it seeks more air. If the flame gets too large, a sensor can trigger and turn your heater off. 

This can happen over and over again as your heater struggles to keep up with heating your home against these challenging circumstances. Other times, airflow is blocked leading out of your heater. When this happens, exhaust air gets trapped inside and interferes with heating ability. 

Your heater may get too hot on the inside and overheat, turning off as a precaution so the system can cool down. You can prevent airflow problems in your heater by ensuring that the air filter gets changed out regularly, and always before it gets too full of dust and dirt. You can also ensure that the outdoor exhaust vent is unobstructed and clear from debris.

Contact Charter Home Comfort today to schedule an appointment with our professionals for gas furnace service. Old fashioned values with tech savvy results! 

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