No one enjoys having to make that dreaded phone call needing furnace repair! In this blog, we will discuss the most common furnace issues, furnace cleaning, how to’s, and some tips for maintenance. Perhaps you can avoid a future furnace repair by becoming knowledgeable about the potential issues outlined below.
Most Common Furnace Issues
• Electric ignition issues/pilot control not working
• Regular wear and tear on the parts and equipment
• The blower runs constantly
• Faulty or failing indoor regulator
• Messy channels
• The furnace doesn’t provide any warm air at all
• The furnace doesn’t warm up to the temperature required
• Visit cycling
• The furnace is excessively loud while running
• Absence of support
There comes a point when the lovely, warm summer weather and the crisp fall air disappear. Without notice, the cold winter weather creeps in on us. The snow is blowing and you don’t even want to head outdoors. The thought of grabbing a blanket and turning up the heat in the home is just what you are looking for. What if you go to turn up the heat and your furnace will not start? What if it never reaches the desired temperature?
If you can learn about the most widely recognized furnace issues, you can perhaps take proactive measures to avoid them. Whether for home or business use – we all want to avoid a very costly furnace repair once the winter hits!
A Bit More Information on Furnace Repair…
A defective start or pilot light could make it hard for your furnace to work properly. Therefore, it will not warm your home or a business space. Thermocouple issues, drafts or obstructs in the machine may bring about these concerns. On the off chance that the furnace isn’t delivering enough warmth, check the indoor regulator’s setting to ensure it is on “warmth” mode. At that point, check the temperature to ensure it has been set to one that is higher than the present room temperature.
If nothing appears to work, you may need to buy another regulator. When you need to purchase a replacement regulator, make sure that you are buying one that coordinates with your furnaces ability, size, and limit. Purchasing one that is incorrect, may cause the experience of future issues that could be on a much larger scale. Therefore the costs involved could be much more significant.
If you notice that the furnace has stopped working or the indoor controller’s screen is clear, check if the electrical switch faltered or if perhaps it blew a breaker. Checking into these simple items can lead you to find the answer to the problem without having to contact your local HVAC technician.
Normal wear and tear on the internal parts can cause wind stream issues, warm control-related issues or over-heating. If a draft causes issues with the pilot light, you may need to prevent the air flow causing this issue. If you are experiencing blower issues, it may be due to an issue with the point of confinement switch, which an expert may need to be contacted for.
Dirty or plugged up air channels diminish the wind stream as well, influencing a furnace to work harder to flow. A harder working furnace will not run smoothly for a long time and may lead to other parts breaking down or being worn out. At times, an obstructed channel may harm the breaking point switch, which controls the fan. Make sure to schedule a cleaning once a month.
Maintenance and More
More commonly, a furnace may have issues with the indoor controller setting, power, gas or the pilot light. If the furnace isn’t adequately warming the space, it may be that simply the furnace is not the right size for the space that you have. Cycling between the “on” and “off” modes may be due to a plugged channel, low wind current or a faulty indoor regulator setting.
Rumbling, squeaking, loud humming and rattles are not ordinary sounds associated with a well-running furnace. These sounds may show a mechanical issue or wind stream diminishments. If you neglect to plan yearly furnace up-keep and assessments, you are more apt to experience sudden issues and breakdowns.
Regular furnace repairs and maintenance can enable the system to run more efficiently and dependable. We would highly recommend every year, toward the finish of the summer or the early fall – reach out to a furnace repair professional to examine and provide a tune-up of the furnace.
Furnace Cleaning Tips
Cleaning your furnace is a great first start in trying to avoid major furnace repair. Before you start, please make sure that your furnace is not running.
First, you want to asses the outside of the furnace. Wipe down the outside with a wet cloth. Next move to the inside. Open the furnace and examine if there is a lot of dust and dirt inside. The best way to clean the inside is with a vacuum. You can use a damp cloth inside as well if needed on certain areas.
Next, move onto the blower. A vacuum is the best tool for this area as well. You may find that you may need a brush to loosen the soiled areas. Use the brush on the areas where there is build-up. Once it has been loosened off the furnace interior you will be able to easily vacuum up the debris. Be careful not to use a lot of force and chip at any hardened or soiled areas. You do not want to poke a hole in the furnace compartments as this will cause more extensive issues.
Lastly, clean the pilot light and igniter. A great tool for cleaning this area is using canned air. Use the canned air and blow the area clean and wipe any additional dirt that is exposed. Again, make sure that the furnace is completely off during any or all of the above cleaning processes. We should also note that there are different procedures for gas furnaces, wood furnaces, and oil furnace repair.
If you are experiencing issues with your furnace and you need assistance with a furnace repair. Give us a call and we will be more than happy to offer you service you can trust!