Restoring Heat to Your Fulton County Home Right Away
Since 1976, our team at Allen's Family Heating & Cooling has served the local community with timely furnace repairs and maintenance. We stand by the service we provide, offering a satisfaction guarantee in which you can trust. We provide upfront pricing and free estimates for Fulton Valley furnace repair.
What are the Most Common Furnace Problems?
In general, furnaces should heat the home, not add chaos to it. Noisy furnaces usually signify an underlying problem. We can inspect the vents, fan, and other moveable parts to see what is causing the trouble. With more than 40 years of experience, you can trust that no problem is too complex for our technicians.
Common furnace problems we address include:
- Banging and clanking
- Furnace not turning on
- Thermostat reading the wrong temperature
- Insufficient heat
- Pilot light frequently flicking off
- Irregular cycling
- Filter replacements
- General furnace cleaning
For your convenience, we offer around-the-clock service for furnace repair in the Mohawk Valley. We want to make sure you can rest comfortably in a home that is effectively and safely heated by your furnace.
Why Does a Furnace Short Cycle When It Is Cold?
There are a few possibilities to explain short cycling in very cold weather. The most obvious is the possibility of the high demands placed on the system due to the very low temperatures. Sometimes, the furnace will simply run harder to maintain a warm climate for your home when the weather is extremely cold. When a furnace pushes itself to work harder internal safety systems force it to power down to prevent overheating.
There are other possibilities that could lead to short cycling such as a crack in the heat exchanger or a broken thermostat. If either of these are the cause of the problem repairs will be needed immediately. When a broken heat exchanger is left ignored it leads to major damage within the unit and carbon monoxide leaks. Be sure to contact the furnace repair technicians at Allen's Family Heating & Cooling to isolate and repair the cause of the short cycling.
What Are Signs You Need Furnace Repair?
There are several signs that indicate you may need furnace repair. If you notice any of these signs, it's important to address the issue promptly to ensure your furnace operates safely and efficiently.
Here are some common signs:
- Lack of Heat: If your furnace is running but not producing enough heat or no heat at all, it's a clear indication that something is wrong. This could be due to a variety of issues, such as a malfunctioning thermostat, a faulty pilot light or ignition system, or a clogged air filter.
- Strange Noises: Unusual noises coming from your furnace, such as banging, clanging, popping, or squealing, are often a sign of mechanical problems. These noises can be caused by issues with the blower motor, bearings, or other internal components.
- Frequent Cycling: If your furnace frequently turns on and off (short cycling) or runs continuously without reaching the desired temperature, it could indicate a problem with the thermostat, the blower motor, or a clogged air filter.
- Increased Energy Bills: A sudden increase in your energy bills without a corresponding change in your heating habits can be a sign of reduced furnace efficiency. This could be due to a malfunctioning component, such as a dirty or clogged burner, which forces the furnace to work harder and use more energy.
- Uneven Heating: If some rooms in your home are significantly warmer or cooler than others, it may indicate a problem with your furnace's distribution system or ductwork. This can lead to inefficient heating and discomfort.
- Pilot Light Issues: If you have a gas furnace with a pilot light, problems with the pilot light, such as it going out frequently or burning an unusual color (not blue), can be a sign of issues with the ignition system or gas supply.
- Yellow or Flickering Flame: A healthy gas furnace flame should be blue. If you see a yellow or flickering flame, it could indicate incomplete combustion, which can release carbon monoxide into your home. This is a serious safety concern that requires immediate attention.
- Strange Odors: Unusual odors, such as a burning or musty smell, coming from your furnace can indicate various problems, including a dirty air filter, a motor issue, or even a potential electrical problem. Some odors, like the smell of gas, can be a sign of a gas leak and require immediate attention.
- Excessively Dry or Dusty Air: If your home's air feels excessively dry or dusty, it may be related to a malfunctioning humidifier or air filter in your furnace system.
- Age of the Furnace: Furnaces have a typical lifespan, and as they age, they may require more frequent repairs. If your furnace is nearing the end of its expected lifespan (usually around 15-20 years for most models), you may want to consider replacement rather than frequent repairs.
If you notice any of these signs, it's advisable to contact a qualified HVAC technician to diagnose and repair the issue.
Regular maintenance and timely repairs can extend the life of your furnace and ensure it operates efficiently and safely.
Additionally, carbon monoxide detectors are essential for homes with gas furnaces to alert you to any potential leaks, even if you don't notice any of these signs.
Our technicians are highly trained, friendly, and always on time.
Decades of Experience & Skill
We're committed to superior customer satisfaction and service.
Quality Backed by Warranties
We quality check our work & offer warranties for your protection.
24-Hour Emergency Services
Our team is ready to help you out whenever you need a hand.
All our parts, services, and installations include service warranties for your protection. We have worked hard to earn the trust of our customers and we will not let you down. When it comes to furnaces, we are deeply aware that the safety of your home and family depend on the quality of our work.
After our repair is complete, we can also run a full-system inspection and carbon monoxide check to make sure your furnace meets all safety standards. Schedule furnace maintenance to avoid repairs when you need your unit the most.