Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

Day: December 19, 2016

If you use a radiant heating or ductless system, then you are not going to be depending upon your air ducts again until the cooling season arrives once more. If you use a forced-air heating system, such as a furnace or a heat pump, though, then your heating system is still very much a part of your day to day life. You cannot let leaky ductwork go unresolved.

Unfortunately, there is no way in which to guarantee that you will never encounter problems of any kind with your air ducts. When you do, however, there are definitely warning signs that you can recognize and which can give you an early alert. Read on, and remember to let the professionals on our staff handle your duct sealing services in Loveland, CO.

 

  1. Low heating efficiency is definitely something to keep an eye out for. Yes, you are going to have to pay to heat your home. If you’ve been doing so for at least a couple of seasons, you probably have a basic idea of how much it costs to keep your home warm. If you see any inexplicable spikes in your heating costs, despite not using your heater any differently, leaks in your air ducts are likely.
  2. Falling indoor air quality may also suggest that you have leaks in your ductwork. When your air ducts leak, it’s not just air leaking out that should concern you. It’s also pollutants making their way in. When that happens, those pollutants can be distributed throughout your entire home via your air ducts.
  3. Cold spots are yet another sign that you’ve got leaks in your air ducts, particularly if you have hot spots in those same areas when running your whole-house air conditioner. When the ductwork serving any given area of your home is leaking, that area is not going to get the conditioned air it should.

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If you expect your furnace to operate truly silently, you’re going to be a bit disappointed. Depending upon the location of your furnace in your home, you may hear it cycle on and off. You’ll likely also hear some sound as the furnace forces hot air throughout your ductwork.

These are what we consider to be normal operating sounds. If you begin to hear what could only be described as abnormal operating sounds, however, you have reason to be concerned. When your furnace in Fort Collins, CO starts making strange and unfamiliar sounds, call our number to have the problem resolved before serious damage is done.

 

  • Scraping sounds are most often the result of metal scraping up against metal. This often stems from issues with the blower wheel in the furnace. It could be hitting the casing as it has come loose from the motor mount, or the wheel itself could be broken and in need of replacement.
  • A screeching or whining noise is usually caused by a loose or fraying blower belt. This is easy enough to resolve for a trained professional, and a minor expense. You could also require more lubrication on moving parts within the system. That is not a big deal either, though ignoring the problem could lead to further operational problems.
  • If you hear a booming or a loud pop when the furnace comes on, you could be dealing with a delayed ignition. Perhaps the furnace burners are too dirty, or there is an issue with the igniter. Whatever the case, you may essentially have a small explosion going off in the combustion chamber. Don’t let this lead to damages or an unsafe operation.

Schedule your furnace repairs with Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. Big enough to serve, small enough to care.

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