There are few things more annoying than waking up freezing cold in the middle of a spring, fall, or winter night. Pulling the covers up only goes so far, especially if the problem is with your furnace itself. If you have a furnace in your home or business, here are the most common furnace problems that you need to know about.
Is the Heat On?
It sounds silly, but countless homeowners panic over not having any heat and then realize that the thermostat was not set to “heat” or set at least 5 degrees over the current room temperature. Many service calls could be avoided entirely by checking the thermostat first. You can start by checking the thermostat and then making sure the batteries are working. If that doesn’t do the trick, open the cover and lightly blow dust or debris from the sensor. Ensure that the time and date are correct if you use a programmable thermostat.
The Furnace Isn’t Producing Heat
This could happen for a number of reasons, including a thermostat error. If fiddling with the thermostat doesn’t help, you should check the home circuit breaker to see if a fuse was tripped or blown. Manually test the breaker by flipping it on and off. Check to see if the breaker stays in the “on” position when you leave it there. That should reset the problem and correct the furnace if the issue is the breaker or a fuse.
Your Furnace Isn’t Making Enough Heat
Furnaces that won’t heat enough are different from furnaces that won’t heat at all. The most common cause of this is a clogged filter. You should check to make sure that your air filter is clean and in food condition. If you don’t replace your filter on a regular basis, there’s a good chance that dust, debris, and household allergens have clogged it and prevented your furnace from producing enough heat.
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