It’s Too Cold in Here! Common Furnace Problems and What to Do About Them
Did you know the average temperature in New York is 34°F during the winter months?
It’s no wonder that making sure that the heat is working is important.
Is your furnace struggling to keep your house warm?
Keep reading to learn about the most common furnace problems and what to do about them.
Common Furnace Problems and What to Do About Them
Heating systems are an essential part of everyday living in Long Island which consists of Nassau and Suffolk counties. When there’s a furnace problem in the middle of winter this can be stressful especially when you have a family to keep warm.
Sometimes furnace problems are unavoidable. This means it’s a good idea to become familiar with the most common furnace problems in case you find yourself waking up freezing in the middle of the night.
Every HVAC requires filters to keep the junk out of the system to keep anything from breaking it down. Over time dust and gunk accumulates in the filters and can cause the furnace to stop working. If the furnace suddenly stops working check the filter to see if it needs to be replaced.
If filters are not checked and changed out it can break down the entire system and end up costing more, in the long run, to replace compared to spending money on new filters.
Home Circuit Breaker
If suddenly the furnace stops working double check to make sure that the thermostat is in fact set to “Heat.” Move the dial up a few degrees to see if you hear it kick on or notice a difference in temperature.
If nothing happens you can reset the home circuit breaker to see if this makes a difference. In the breaker panel look for the breaker switch that controls the furnace or check to see if any of the switches are on the off position. Manually flip the switch on and off and then back to on to reset the breaker.
If the furnace stops working you can check the safety switch on the furnace door. This door safety switch doesn’t let the fan or the burner come on while the access panel is removed.
If the door is removed the safety switch pops out and the furnace stops working. The door has to be put back in place for the switch to activate and for the furnace to turn on. If this doesn’t work you might have to replace a new safety switch.
If you hear noises coming out of your furnace or in your ducts this is not normal. This could be a sign of a blogged burner, a mechanical problem, or an airflow reduction. The following are sounds you might hear:
- Squealing: This could mean a belt needs to be replaced or a belt that connects the motor and the fan slipped
- Rattling: This could mean there are loose panels that have to be tightened
- Grinding: This could mean the motor bearing need repair and it’s time to have a reputable company take care of your heating needs
Other noises or sounds you might hear include humming, banging, scraping, or thumping.
The last thing you want is to be freezing cold inside your home because of unexpected furnace problems. It’s important to have regular maintenance done annually to prevent an emergency during the winter.
Are you looking for a professional in your area to help you with your heating system? Contact us today so that we can help you.