Temperatures are dropping, and homeowners throughout Utah are bumping up the thermostat. Turning on the heat and running the furnace can, unfortunately, uncover problems you didn’t realize were there before.
Now that winter storms are in the forecast, it is essential you get your furnace up and running correctly, so you don’t have significant issues during the season. Nothing is worse than a furnace that breaks down in the middle of a snowstorm. Luckily, our Manwill team of furnace technicians and experts have put together a list of the most common furnace problems.
Along with the most common furnace problems, we have also included symptoms and solutions. Read along to find out how you can perform some simple furnace checks and have your furnace working all winter long.
The Most Common Furnace Problems
Home furnaces are tricky. These large appliances tasked with the job of warming your home must take in cold air, clean and heat it, and then distribute it throughout the entirety of your home. While heating problems vary, there are a few that come up time and time again. According to our home furnace experts, the most common issues include:
- Clogged air filters
- Thermostat problems
- Tripped circuit breaker
- Ignition issues
Let’s look at each issue and discuss them more in-depth.
- Clogged Air Filters
A simple solution for fixing your furnace is cleaning your air filter. Homeowners should regularly replace their air filters. Regular replacements can extend the life and efficiency of your furnace. A dirty filter restricts the airflow and makes your unit work much harder than it should. When this happens, it puts unnecessary strain on your furnace and can cause future breakdowns and sporadic comfort throughout your home. Luckily, replacing your air filters is relatively straightforward. Depending on the type of filter you have, you may get anywhere from 1 to 3 months out of the filter. You can also call us to help, 801-262-4671.
- Thermostat Problems
Problems with your furnace could stem from a faulty thermostat. Your thermostat controls the heating and cooling of your home. When it doesn’t work correctly, your entire system could be at risk. Some signs that your thermostat isn’t working properly include:
- The furnace produces no heat
- Blank display
- Severe temperature swings
- Sporadic Cycling
- Issues with your HVAC fan
Sometimes you can simply replace the battery, and that fixes the problem. However, it can also be more complicated than that. It is also important that you match the type, capability, and features of your equipment to your thermostat.
If you have the wrong thermostat or a faulty one, your heating system is most likely having issues. Contact one of our HVAC technicians to see if your thermostat could be contributing to your furnace issues. We also may be able to make a suggestion for a thermostat that may better match your home and lifestyle.
- Tripped Circuit Breaker
Some homeowners, typically in older homes, experience frequent circuit breaker trips. When a circuit breaker trips, this means that the electricity is cut off to keep your circuit from overheating or causing more damage. Even though the circuit breaker trips ensure safety, it can be frustrating when they happen time and time again. If this is happening to you, it could be a few things, including:
- Circuit Overloads
- Short Circuits
- Ground Fault Surges
Making sure the circuit breaker is “ON” is another good place to start if your furnace is not turning on, however if a circuit breaker continues to trip it could indicate that an electrician may need to be contacted as well.
- Ignition Issues
A non-functioning furnace pilot light is better left to a trained HVAC professional. Much of the reason behind that comes down to your personal safety. When your pilot light goes out, it may have to do with the gas supply or the gas control itself.
A furnace’s main job is heating your home. Unfortunately, sometimes your furnace can’t do that job properly. A heater that doesn’t heat up correctly or doesn’t seem to be warming up at all is a significant problem for homeowners. When your furnace is lacking the capability to heat your home, it is a clear sign that something is wrong. However, finding the root of the problem is a bit trickier.
If you suspect your furnace isn’t working properly and these straightforward solutions don’t work, you should probably get the help of a professional. The HVAC technicians at Manwill Plumbing and Heating can help you get everything running smoothly again.