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Watch for Low Air Flow in Your Furnace

low-air-flowWinter is almost here, and cold temperatures are going to be staying a good long while. Your forced-air furnace was likely called into action some time ago, and by now you’re likely running it on a daily basis. Hopefully, it’s in good working order and you won’t need to worry about a breakdown during the cold winter months. Trouble with most forced-air furnaces tends to advertise itself well before it forces a shutdown, however, and wise homeowners will learn to spot them before they cause an unexpected shutdown. That way, you can deal with the issue in a timely fashion.

Among the most common signs of a problem in your furnace is the reduced flow of air from your vents. If you notice the air moving more slowly from the system, you should shut it down and call in a repair service.

Why Is It a Problem?

It’s a problem first because it forces the furnace to work harder to warm your home. That means more fuel consumed and higher monthly bills, as well as increased strain on the system itself. It also means that hot air remains trapped in the furnace in many cases, which can cause other components to overheat. (Most furnaces have safety features that will shut the system off before that happens, resulting in the system turning on and off again and again without ever getting the house warm).

What Causes It?

Low air flow can be caused by a number of issues, which is why you should never attempt to diagnose the problem yourself. Generally speaking, however, it results either from a blockage in the system somewhere (such as a clogged filter or damage to your ducts) or a problem with the fan mechanism such as the fan motor.

For quality furnace repairs in Boston, MA, call on Cooling Unlimited, Inc.

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