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6 Common Furnace Problems (And Their Solutions)

furnace-inspectionIs your furnace not working the way it’s supposed to? It can be difficult to pinpoint the problem without actually being there to see it. But on the other hand, observing the symptoms and trying out some solutions might help you fix it.

We’ve listed 6 common problems seen in furnaces, as well as what you can do to resolve them. However, never hesitate to call in a professional when things get complicated!

1. Short-Cycling

The problem: The furnace is rapidly turning on and off. The cycles are occurring much faster than usual.

The solution: Start by changing the air filter. If that doesn’t work, your best bet is to call an expert for an opinion. Short-cycling can happen if the furnace is too big for the home (meaning it needs to be replaced entirely), but sometimes it can be due to something much simpler. You’ll want a professional to inspect it before deciding that replacement is the only option.

2. Duct Leaks or Obstructions

The problem: You’re not feeling air from the vents. Some rooms are not receiving adequate heating or cooling. On top of it all, your heating bill seems to be gradually rising.

The solution: Have your ducts professionally tested for leaks and, if any, have them sealed. If your ducts are particularly leaky or deteriorated, repair and replacement may be necessary.

3. Starting Issues

The problem: The furnace is not turning on. Or, if the furnace sounds like it’s turning on, there’s no hot air being created.

The solution: There are various starting components, from the gas burners to the pilot light. If any of them are not working properly—either due to being faulty or simply because they need to be cleaned—it will hinder the furnace’s ability to start up. It can manifest through many different symptoms, so it’s best to have a furnace repair expert in Colorado Springs come out and look at the trouble.

4. Dirty Air Filter

The problem: Dirty air filters can cause a range of problems from short-cycling and overheating, to restricted airflow and uneven heating in the rooms.

The solution: If the air filter is dirty, simply change it out and try again. If the problem does not clear up, then it’s time to call it in.

5. Thermostat Troubles

The problem: Your furnace’s inability to start could actually be caused by issues with the thermostat. After all, the furnace only operates after receiving commands from the thermostat.

The solution: Try dusting off the thermostat’s sensor and replacing its batteries. Consider whether its placement is in a spot that accurately reflects the overall home temperature. In particular, make sure that it’s out of direct sunlight and away from warm areas, such as the kitchen.

6. Burnt Out Blower Motor

The problem: The furnace seems to be operating, but there’s no airflow. It may even switch off occasionally from overheating.

The solution: Have the blower motor repaired or replaced. This component is responsible for pushing heated air out of the furnace and into the home, so it must be fixed in order to prevent your furnace from overheating.

Got a problem with your furnace? Contact Happy Heating & Cooling today. If You’re Not Happy, I’m Not Happy.

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