Reasons Why Your Furnace Isn’t Keeping Up With the Cold Weather

The last thing you want is for your furnace to stop working when you need it the absolute most.

St. Louis can have some pretty cold winter weather; we’ve definitely seen that this year. When extreme cold sets in, it’s imperative that your furnace is in the best working order. The last thing you want is for your furnace to stop working when you need it the absolute most.

If you have noticed that your furnace isn’t performing as well as it should during this cold winter, you may need to consider a few things that could be hindering its performance. At Thomas Hoffmann Air Conditioning & Heating, we can replace, repair, and provide maintenance for your home’s heating system.

There are several reasons why your furnace isn’t working as well as it should. Here are a few reasons to consider:

  • Your HVAC system needs a professional inspection and cleaning – After sitting all summer long, your HVAC system may need some care and attention. Your furnace may need an inspection and thorough cleaning to keep it working properly. If your furnace didn’t get checked before the cold winter weather, some potentially overlooked issue could be the problem.
  • Once you’ve started your furnace, don’t turn it off – On mild weather days, it’s okay to turn it down but don’t shut it off completely. If you turn your system off and then turn it on when the weather gets cold, your furnace will have to work extra hard to warm up again. This means it will take longer for your house to get warm and make your system work harder.
  • Your furnace may be the wrong size for your home – If your furnace is too small for the size of your home, it will easily become overworked, and the motor could overheat. On the other hand, if your furnace is too big, the temperature in your home may be too warm regardless of the temperature you set your thermostat at. This can cause damage to your system’s ductwork.
  • The fan isn’t working correctly – If your system’s fan isn’t working properly, it can cause inadequate airflow and prevent your home from getting warm when temperatures drop. In this case, your furnace is producing sufficient heat, but if the fan is broken, clogged, or damaged, the warm air has no way of getting into your home.
  • Something may be wrong with your thermostat – If your furnace is constantly running and your home still isn’t getting warm, your thermostat may not be working right. The batteries may need to be replaced, or you may need a new thermostat, but this is typically an easy fix.

Contact Thomas Hoffmann Air Conditioning and Heating

Thomas Hoffmann Air Conditioning and Heating wants to ensure that your home is comfortable and warm throughout this winter. Call us with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment. Our goal is quite simple, to exceed your expectations through our responsiveness, integrity, and expertise.

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