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The Information Every Electric Furnace Owner Needs to Know


Do you have an electric furnace in your home keeping you and your family warm? Great! These are powerful systems that can work very effectively and efficiently, as long as they’re well cared for. This means staying on top of your heating maintenance needs—each year, our professionals come out to clean, inspect, and adjust your furnace and ensure that it has no pending repair needs.

However, there’s always a chance that something will go amiss with your electric furnace, even between maintenance sessions. This is especially true for aging furnaces. If you do notice that your electric furnace isn’t quite working as it should, give us a call! We’re here to help. We also want to share with you signs that your electric furnace may be struggling. Read on for the information you need to know!

You May Have a Broken Heating Element

Electric furnaces have a series of heating elements working to transfer heat into the air that will blow in through your ventilation system. Due to natural wear and tear, coupled with age, it’s possible for a heating element to stop working or to accumulate damage. As a result, it can stop generating heat.

If you notice you’ve had to turn your thermostat down to get the same level of heat within your home, there’s a good chance that one or more of your heating elements is malfunctioning. Our HVAC technicians can easily replace these and restore your heater’s power. But allowing this to go on without repairing it means your furnace will run longer trying to keep you warm, and as a result, you’ll be paying more for less comfort.

Faulty Wiring Can Impact Heater Effectiveness

Faulty wiring is the source of a number of home appliance malfunctions. Consider all the electrical connections and components necessary to make your furnace work. There is a chance that somewhere along the way, wiring can get damaged or frayed.

Through routine professional maintenance, you can ensure that all these electrical components are inspected regularly, and that connections are tightened to help prevent problems there.

If your furnace abruptly stops running, or it’s been causing its circuit breaker to keep tripping, it’s very possible that you need to have the heater’s electrical components checked.

The Blower Motor May Need Help

In order for the motor of your blower fan to continue to do its job, it has a number of oiled bearings helping it turn consistently and powerfully. Over time, this oil wears down and the bearings need to be lubricated. If this doesn’t happen, it will start to create friction from metal on metal. As a result, the blower motor can overheat and stop working.

Other factors that can cause this component to malfunction include dust and even worn-out motor bearings. Fortunately, this is a common and easy fix for our professionals! If you haven’t had your system professionally maintained in at least a year, and/or you hear a screeching or friction sound coming from inside the unit, this could very well be the culprit. Give us a call ASAP!

For professional assistance with your electric furnace in Skokie, IL, look no further than Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. Contact us today!

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