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Increase in Furnace Problems

Repair companies have gotten an increase in calls about furnace problems over the past few weeks.”With temperatures dropping, we’re noticing more people calling with problems. The problems include motors going out, ignition systems failng, and dirty filters,” Brunner and Peters Heating & Air Conditioning General Manager Gary Ledbetter said.According to Ledbetter, dirty filters are the easist to fix because all you have to do is buy a new filter and replace the old one. “Replacing a filter takes just a few minutes,” Ledbetter said, “You also want to walk around the furnace and make sure there’s no water around the furnace. Also listen to hear if it’s making any unusual noises.”Ledbetter recommends checking your furnace at least twice a year. Especially to prevent a more serious problem of leaking carbon monoxide. “That’s always a main concern because a build up of carbon monoxide can lead to death,” Ledbetter said, “The best way to prevent this is to get a working carbon monoxide detector.”Ledbetter also says a good temperature to keep your home at is around 70 degrees.

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