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Common Furnace Repair Problems

Common Furnace Repair Problems

By Keith Guilmet

When all’s not well with your home heating system, it’s difficult to focus on much else. Maybe it works fine one day, but not so much the next.  Or, maybe you started noticing a problem only recently, and it doesn’t seem to be getting better.

The point is, whatever the problem might be, it’s not going to get better on its own.  Maybe it’s something as simple as a leak or two in your duct work or a dirty air filter.    At the other extreme, it could be that your furnace is old, run down, and might not be worth even one more repair bill.

Right now, that’s all pure speculation because the only way to know for sure what’s wrong is to have a professional heating company inspect your heating system and diagnose the problem in person.

For now, here are 5 common causes of problems with home furnaces, also known as forced air heating systems, where the warm air is distributed through your duct work:

Age of System

Do you know how old your furnace is?  If not, it’s easy enough to find out.  Simply write down the make, model and serial number which you’ll find on the unit and then use that to discover the year it was made on the manufacturer’s website.  If it’s even close to 15 years old, it’s just about at the limit of its expected lifespan.

Loud Noises 

An efficient furnace is whisper quiet.  So, if you hear banging or other noises coming from your furnace room, give us a call so we can investigate the cause and recommend one or more optional solutions.

High Utility Bills

The older the system, the less efficiently it operates, even with ongoing maintenance. Check your filter and clean or replace it as needed.  If that doesn’t have an immediate impact on your heating costs, the problem could be with your air distribution system, general wear and tear, and so on.

Frequent “On and Off” Cycling

This may indicate a clogged filter, improper airflow or a bad thermostat setting.

Electric ignition or pilot control problems

A faulty electronic ignition or pilot light (on older models) could make it difficult to heat your home. If you do have a pilot light and it’s any color but blue, it needs to checked by a professional.

Fortunately, most of these problems can be prevented through ongoing maintenance, and that’s one of the primary services we offer here at Correct Temp.  So, if it’s been a year or longer since your furnace was last cleaned and inspected, contact us today to schedule service.  It’s a great way to save money on home heating.

Common Furnace Repair Problems
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