Winter is the busiest time of year for furnace repairs, especially for people who did not take the proper precautions by getting their furnace inspected before the main heating season began. This means it’s also the time of year when we receive the most questions about furnace repairs and wintertime HVAC service in St. Louis, MO.
With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of those most frequently asked questions we get from our customers. Here are our responses to them.
Q: How much can I expect to pay for furnace repair?
This is a difficult question to answer, because every furnace and every situation is different. You can expect to pay a service fee on top of the cost of the actual repair, which will include the cost of the components that need to be replaced, as well as the cost of the labor it takes to make the repairs. The national average for furnace repair costs is $268, but again, expect a lot of variance there depending on your situation.
Q: What are the most common furnace repairs you make?
There are a lot of different issues that can arise in a furnace. We frequently see a lot of dirt and grime buildup that can cause ignitors to work poorly. Bad thermostats are also common—they can prevent the furnace from effectively heating the home, as they fail to call for heating when it’s needed. Bad flame sensors are another common problem, and they can cause improper fuel burning, which can result in furnace shutdowns. Furnace motor issues are also common, and tend to be the most costly repairs.
Q: Are you available to take on emergency jobs?
Yes—our team is capable of coming out on short notice to handle any emergency repairs you need to get your furnace back up and running. It’s important to have access to emergency services like these during the winter months, as long service outages could be a danger to you and your family when the weather gets extremely cold.
Q: What’s the best way for me to avoid repairs altogether?
If you want to avoid significant issues with furnace problems that require expensive repairs, you should make sure you keep up with all your preventative maintenance steps. You should schedule annual service appointments with an HVAC technician, who can inspect your system and catch any performance problems before they lead to breakdowns. You should also remember to change your furnace filter every few months to make sure air is able to move properly through the system, allowing it to work more efficiently. A dirty filter causes the furnace to work harder, which can stress its inner mechanisms and make it likelier that you’ll need to spring for repairs during the heating season.
For more information about furnace repair and what you need to know about keeping your furnace in good working condition, contact the team at Ashley Brothers Heating & Cooling to schedule HVAC service in St. Louis, MO today.