Short CyclingPerhaps one of the most dangerous problems that can afflict a furnace, short cycling is a behavior in which the system turns itself on and off every couple of minutes. This is caused by heat becoming trapped in the furnace, typically due to a clogged air filter. As the temperature rises above established safety levels, the furnace shuts itself down to prevent overheating. Unfortunately, this doesn’t address the root cause of the issue. As soon as the furnace cools down, it will start up again and overheat again. The repeated stresses of overheating and shutting down will shorten the life of the system, and make it more likely that it will break down in the future.
Odd NoisesYou probably know what your furnace is supposed to sound like, if you’ve used it for any length of time. As such, you should be very wary of any unusual noises that your furnace suddenly starts making. You might have a problem with your burner assembly, your air handler, or any number of other systems, depending on the type of noise. It’s best to call for repairs as soon as you notice these sounds.
If your furnace needs repairs, call Magnolia Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. We serve all of Hyattsville, MD.