When your furnace is on the fritz, it can feel like the only solution is a completely new system! But when you work with the expert service technicians here at Burton, you may have other options.

Here are three common furnace issues that seem like the end of your unit, but may actually be easily repaired:

     1. Your unit won’t produce heat

We know what you’re thinking— a furnace that won’t heat is a lost cause! But there may be a simple solution.

When you call Burton to request a furnace inspection and repair, we’ll check:

  • Your thermostat settings. If your thermostat isn’t set to “Heat” or your temperatures are incorrect, the furnace may not warm up.
  • Your air filter. A dirty or clogged filter may be restricting the airflow into your unit, preventing it from disbursing heat.
  • The pilot light. If your pilot is out, the unit will not kick on and begin warming the air.

If we’ve addressed these three offenders and your furnace is still not heating, we’ll complete a full inspection to determine the underlying cause. We’ll then give you several repair and replacement options, so you can choose the best one for your family.

     2. Your furnace turns on and off frequently

We call this “short cycling”— when the unit repeatedly turns on and off in a short period of time. If it’s a particularly cold day, this cycling may be necessary to keep your home at the proper temperature. But on a normal winter day, this behavior is not only annoying, it can cause permanent damage to your system and run up your energy bills.

To solve this common issue, your Burton service technician will take a look at your air filters to see if they need to be replaced, confirm your exhaust vents are operating properly, and make sure your thermostat works as it should.

Typically one of these simple repairs solves the short-cycling issue. But if the problem persists, your service tech will take a closer look at your unit’s safety sensors, ventilation, and switches to find the root cause.

     3. Your system is making unusual noises

When your furnace goes bump in the night, the sooner you call your Burton repair tech, the better! Grinding, scraping, banging, humming, or rattling noises are often the early signs of a deeper problem.

When it comes to furnace noise, there are a number of potential solutions your service tech may suggest. The fix may be as simple as oiling the blower motor and replacing your air filter, or more serious, like replacing the ignition system or heat exchanger.

The best way to prevent furnace issues is to schedule your annual tune-up and inspection!

When you call Burton for a furnace tune-up and inspection, you don’t just get years added back to the life of your unit— you get the peace of mind that comes from knowing your system is operating safely and efficiently. Don’t leave your furnace operation up to chance! Call (402) 343-0011 to schedule your preventative maintenance today.