Gas furnaces tend to be more common in the Riverside area than electrical ones: largely because gas costs less than electrical power and then allows you to heat your home without costing you as much in monthly bills. But electrical furnaces are common in the area too, particularly in rural areas further east where homeowners don’t have access to gas lines.
Electrical furnaces draw upon your home’s electrical grid for power, which costs more but gets around the need for gas lines. They run into trouble less frequently too, but no system is entirely problem free. If you own an electric furnace and it’s having trouble, now is the time to address it.
We have very mild winters in the Inland Empire, and chances are you’ve only used your furnace a few days so far this year. That’s enough time to spot any problems, however, and temperatures are going to continue to drop as December turns to January. If your electric furnace is experiencing problems, you can easily spot signs of it now if you know what to look for. Then you can get it addressed before the weather gets much cooler. Not only will that prevent any nasty surprises later in the winter, but it will usually reduce the cost of the repairs since the damage won’t have as much time to spread. The sooner you can spot a damage repair issue in your home, the better.
What Kind of Repair Issues?
Electric furnace repair issues can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Overheating. Overheating occurs when a given component is failing and can’t keep up with the demand. It can also occur when a blockage keeps heater air inside the system, causing it to overheat. With most modern furnaces, safety features will shut off the system before it causes a component overheat. Look for “short cycling,” or turning on and off rapidly many times as the safety features kick in over and over.
- Low Heat Levels. Low heat can be just as much of a problem as high heat, and if the air coming out of your vents isn’t as warm as you expect it, it can be a big problem. Low heat levels mean that your system will need to work much harder to arm your home, raising your monthly costs and eliminating one of the big benefits of electric furnaces (low rates).
- Strange Noises. Strange noises can be anything you don’t normally associate with the regular functioning of your heater. A loose fan belt can create a squealing sound, for instance, while breaches in the air ducts can result in whistling sounds. In most cases, these noises will start and stop in time with the starting and the stopping of your furnace.
- Faulty Blower. A faulty blower will often continue to run even when there’s no heat being generated: wasting energy without getting your house warmer. Check the thermostat settings and make sure the fan is set to “Auto” instead of “On” before you call.
Contact Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. for electric furnace repairs in Riverside, CA.