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Furnaces are liable to develop a lot of different problems over years of normal use, especially during the winter when they’re under the most stress. Since most of those problems are progressive, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the signs that your system is afflicted with one. The faster you can identify a problem with your system, the faster you can get it repaired and the more damage you can prevent. Let’s take a look at some problems you should watch for this winter.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is a behavior in which your furnace overheats and shuts down every couple of minutes while trying to operate. It is caused by heat becoming trapped in the system, often because of a clogged air filter. This puts the furnace under an immense amount of strain, and eventually causes it to break down if the problem is not dealt with. If you notice your furnace short cycling, call for repairs right away.

Worn Out Air Handler Bearings

Circulating all of that air throughout your house is not an easy thing for your furnace to accomplish. In order to help keep friction on the system low, the air handler motor uses a number of lubricated bearings to keep everything running smoothly. Over time, however, those bearings wear out. As the bearings start to fail, the friction on the motor increases and produces a loud grinding sound. If you hear this sound coming from your furnace, you should call for repairs immediately. If the bearings are not replaced, the friction on the system will increase until the air handler motor burns itself out. It’s far cheaper to replace the bearings early on than to replace the entire motor later.

If your furnace is in need of repair, call Cliffs Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. We offer furnace services throughout Port Charlotte, FL.