A heating system can suffer a range of problems that will be able to negatively impact its performance, and this could leave your home cold during the winter months.
Mold Growing In the Heating System
During the spring and summer months, you may go for long periods of time without having to use the heating system. During this time, there may be a risk of mold and mildew starting to grow in the system. If this occurs, you may notice a number of unpleasant odors as a result. More specifically, mold in the heating system could contribute to a musty odor spreading through the home. Unfortunately, a mold problem with the heating system could spread to other areas of the home. Thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing the heating system can help to mitigate this problem.
Corroded Burners Or Heating Elements
The burners and heating elements of your furnace will be necessary for producing the heat that the unit will distribute throughout the home. Unfortunately, it can be possible for the burners and heating elements to become corroded. As this corrosion occurs, it will result in a significantly lower heating output from the unit. While corroded burners and heating elements will have to be replaced, this can be a routine repair that an HVAC technician will be able to complete for you. Ideally, you should have this done at the first sign of the system corroding so that any impacts that this problem has on its overall performance can be mitigated as much as possible.
Damage To The Connection To The Ducting
Your furnace will have to be connected to the ducting system for the home. Over time, it can be possible for issues with this connection to develop. This may result in much of the warm air escaping. An option for eliminating this source of performance issues will be sealing this connection. By applying a seal around this connection, the heat will be unable to escape from the system. While this is a minor repair, it can greatly decrease the energy costs for operating your system as it will directly improve the ability of the warmth to be distributed. In many cases, these gaps may be fairly small, which can make it difficult to notice them. However, you may be able to feel these drafts by placing your hand near these connections. Additionally, you may be able to place a thermometer near this area to measure any unexpected temperature increases.
To schedule a heating repair, contact an HVAC contractor in your area.