When the furnace is not performing to its full potential, there are a few issues that are quite common that the homeowner can remedy. However, there are more where you need a professional to assist you. Today, we at Agape Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing would like to discuss a few furnace problems you can fix and a few you should let the pros handle.
Air filter Change
One of the biggest causes of furnace problems are clogged air filters. You likely have a clogged air filter if your furnace turns on but doesn’t blow hot air very long. Your furnace can shutoff when dust builds up on the filter it reduces airflow through the system. If the furnace acts at all faulty, the first thing to do is check the air filters. If they are at capacity, or even close, be sure to change or clean them accordingly.
Adjust Thermostat Temperature
A miss-programmed thermostat is a likely culprit when the furnace is not functioning as it should. Because you may not have set it to reflect current temperatures, or perhaps it was messed with or other circumstances, even a dead battery, checking the thermostat to get the furnace up to par should follow if the air filters are not to blame. Set the thermostat to heat, rather than “air” or “off,” and make certain the correct temperature is set.
Furnace Can Trip the Circuit Breaker
Though not always the case, but occurring often enough to point it out, check the circuit breaker and find the right breaker for the furnace. If it has been tripped, flip the switch all the way to “off,” and then flip it back “on.”
Furnace Ignition Won’t Light
Modern gas furnaces are not usually equipped with standing pilot lights. To start the furnace, they use either intermittent pilot or hot surface ignition instead. Since they are not constantly burning a small amount of gas just to keep the furnace ready to start, they are more efficient. The hot surface ignition system is the most common. Electricity runs through the igniter and heats it up when the thermostat signals the furnace to activate. Similar to standard light bulb, the thin piece of metal, the igniter, wears with time and use. Where there are other issues surrounding the ignition, when that is the problem, you want a certified expert to assess the issues and make the need for repairs.
Furnace Burner Adjustment or Cleaning
To heat the air that is then blown through your air ducts and delivered to the rooms in your home, the furnace is lit and relies on a burner. Though the ignition system operates fine, the burner may not light and in other instances, the burner doesn’t work. An in depth look inside the furnace us needed to make the proper adjustments or cleaning for the burner however and needs a professional.
Bad Furnace Blower Motor
Though indicating a more serious issue, the most common blower problems are due to belt issues. The blower belt or the blower itself is likely the cause of high-pitched sounds coming from the furnace. A qualified professional can diagnose and remedy this issue.
Furnace Inspection, Troubleshooting, Repair, Tune Up Maintenance, Replacement & More in Bedford Hills, Manhattan, Flushing, Queens, Brooklyn & The Bronx, New York
Where many of these problems can be avoided with routine maintenance services and homeowner care, some issues are simply due to age and use. No matter if you are looking to schedule furnace maintenance services or require repairs, Agape Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing is readily available to oblige. Contact us today!