Even down here in Florida, we can experience some cold, wintery days. In these cold seasons, we tend to rely on our sources of heat. If you have heated seats in your car, you might press that button for your morning commute. If you know you’re going to be outside for a long period of time when the weather’s cold, you might make sure to bundle up and wear layers. Even here in Hillsborough County, we have to know how to stay warm when the temperatures drop. As much as rely on our cars and clothing for heat, we all know that heat in our homes is probably the most important heat source that we depend on.

If you’re anything like us, you understand the feeling of comfort and familiarity when you walk out of the cold elements into your warm house. You can take your shoes off, remove that outer layer, and feel perfectly at ease in that perfect, seventy-degree room. Now, if you will, imagine a different scenario: you come home from a long day at work on the coldest day of the year, only to realize that your house is barely warmer than the winter weather you just emerged from.

Broken furnaces in our area can often go unnoticed for months because we know that Florida residents only rely on their furnaces two or three months out of the year, at the most. Because Florida weather is usually fairly mild, you can live comfortably in your home with a furnace that doesn’t work and not even know that there’s a problem, that is, until you find out the hard way. In Hillsborough County, there is one company that stands above the rest: Benjamin Brothers will work to address your heating and cooling needs. Keep reading below to learn about some of the most common issues encountered by your furnace.

Lack of Regular Maintenance

If your furnace hasn’t been inspected in years, don’t be surprised if it starts to act up. Just like for your AC unit or HVAC unit, your furnace needs yearly inspections to ensure that it’s running efficiently and effectively. Give your heating and cooling specialist a call to schedule your inspection today!

Dirty or Clogged Filters

Just like anything that relies on a filtration system, your furnace filter needs to be regularly changed so that dust and build-up don’t clog your ventilation. When a furnace filter is needing to be changed, you might start to notice a difference in your temperature, air flow, or overall furnace function. Make sure that you contact your HVAC professional here in Hillsborough County to come out and make sure that your filter is still in tip-top shape.

Mechanical Wear and Tear

I’m sure we’d all love for our applications, appliances, and gadgets to last forever, but that’s simply not reality. Everything in our lives breaks down eventually and your HVAC and furnace are certainly no exception. Most furnaces are supposed to last fifteen to twenty years. This means that it’s easy to just assume that your furnace is always going to behave the same way it has. Your furnace can start experiencing a few small issues even when it’s relatively new. However, as it ages, the chances of something going wrong go up. If you’re needing furnace repair from regular wear and tear, call the experts. But if your furnace is anywhere near fifteen years old, it might be more cost-effective to actually bite the bullet and replace your unit.

Pilot or Ignition Control Problems

While a pilot light being out might seem like an easy fix, there might be a bigger issue that, until addressed, is just going to keep extinguishing your light. There are a number of issues that can cause a problem with your pilot light’s ability to stay on: thermocouple issues, appliance clogs, or drafts can each cause a problem.

Thermostat Malfunction

Many times, people will notice that their furnace isn’t working quite like it used to and though they’ll assume that there’s an issue with the furnace itself, the problem was actually with the thermostat. A faulty thermostat can cause all kinds of problems with your heating and cooling. Make sure that if you notice changes in your home’s temperature, you call your local HVAC professionals.

Broken Blower

If you encounter an issue with the heat in your home, the issue could be with the fan or blower itself. When this is the case, your HVAC and furnace repair pro will know exactly what to do; just make sure that Benjamin Brothers is your first call if you’re in Hillsborough or Pasco County.

Loud or Strange Furnace Sounds

If you encounter loud or strange noises coming from your furnace, there could be a number of things going on in its inner workings. For instance, if there is a problem with your blower, your furnace may start to get much louder than you’re used to. Additionally, gaps in ducts could cause extreme and high-pitched whistling sounds. If you notice any of these sounds coming from your unit, give the experts a call.

Even in sunny and beautiful Florida, we can see some pretty cold days. Make sure that if you notice a change in your home’s temperature control or air quality, you call your local service pro to come out and assess the problem.

Though we’re used to working mostly with HVAC units here at Benjamin Brothers, we also see the importance of furnace repairs. Make sure that you give us a call for all of your furnace repairs or HVAC repairs. We’d love to talk with you about your options. Visit our website for more information or to get a free quote!