It’s a fact of life in Southern Arizona—one of the hottest places in the Continental U.S.—that we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about our home heating system. Air conditioners are on our minds, but not heaters. We consider ourselves lucky that we don’t have to worry about blizzards and cars that won’t start in the morning, but one downside of this is that our heaters often go without the regular care they need—such as routinely changing their filters.
A clogged furnace or heat pump filter can trigger serious trouble for a heater. If you remember to change the filter once a month during the summer to keep your air conditioner healthy, try to carry over the tradition into the colder months. You should at least change the filter before the first time you turn your heater on for the season.
Why do you need to do this? Here’s a short list of some repairs you may need because of a clogged air filter. If you require heating repair in Tucson, AZ—whether because of a clogged air filter or any other reason—contact Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. We’re standing by 24/7 to assist you.
Replacing burnt out motors
The purpose of an air filter is to prevent dust contamination (and other debris) from reaching the inside of the cabinet of the furnace or heat pump. If dust gets on the motors, it can interfere with their moving parts, increasing wear to the point that they will eventually burn out and require replacement.
Cleaning the burner
Gas-powered furnaces use jets along their burners to produce the heat that warms up the air. If the burner gets choked with grime that gets through a clogged filter, it won’t be able to draw enough oxygen to light. This problem can also snuff out the pilot light. The result: no heating power at all. Professionals will need to remove the burner and clean it.
Repairing broken blower fan belts
This afflicts both furnaces and heat pumps. Debris that enters the cabinet can damage the belt from the motor that turns the blower fans. Not only will damage to this belt stop the fan from functioning properly, but a broken belt will strike against other components and cause further damage.
Make sure you avoid these problems with diligent changing of the air filter in your furnace or heat pump. Whenever a repair need crops up, make sure you attend to it as soon as possible so that it doesn’t get worse. It’s tempting in a climate like Southern Arizona’s to simply wait for the next warm day and forget about the problem. Don’t do that!
Get on the phone to Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning and let us take care of your heating repair problems right away.