During the middle of winter, a broken down furnace is something no one wants. With routine maintenance, tune-ups, and inspections before the season starts, you can avoid many short comings your heating system may be inflicted with, but when it falls short, being without heat in the dead of winter can be a uncomfortable experience. Generally, in the middle of winter, especially if maintenance services were neglected, your furnace will experience one of two things; it won’t start or it won’t stop running. We at Ambient Heating and Air Conditioning would like to discuss these dilemmas.
1) Furnace won’t start. There are a few causes as to why your furnace won’t start; some more serious than others. A thermostat issue, whether it was set incorrectly or bumped off the correct settings, or even a malfunctioning thermostat is a minor problem easily resolved. When the furnace refuses to start, check the thermostat first and ensure it is in “heating” mode, batteries are good, and so on. If the thermostat’s settings and battery is good, flip off the circuit breaker to the system and ensure the wiring from the thermostat to the furnace are connected. The lack of electrical power could be another cause of the furnace’s inability to start. A tripped circuit breaker could be the fault. If the furnace is a natural gas operated model, the pilot light may have gone out in it. Other serious issues could be the reason as to why the furnace isn’t working. Where most of the serious causes could be averted by simple maintenance because the professionals can catch early sign of wear, there are isolated instances where the furnace can experience severe inflictions and will need the assistance of a professional to ensure the problem is skillfully and efficiently rectified safely.
2) Furnace keeps running. Having the furnace continue to run is another problem that the furnace faces in the middle of winter. Despite the initial frustration of this issue being minor on a cold day, it is one that will get old fairly quickly. The efficiency of your furnace will suffer, heading down a downward spiral and the damage from the heating system will accumulate quickly. Like when the furnace doesn’t come on at all, the root of this issue could be the furnace as well. In the event that the thermostat is malfunctioning, the furnace will continually operate to attempt meet the desired temperatures, therefore restricting itself from shutting off. The temperature could also be set too high for it to keep up with the setting. In addition to thermostat issues, the air filter could be excessively dirty, clogging the air flow. If remedying the thermostat or replacing the filter does not work in getting the furnace to cycle, you need the assistance of a professional.
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Having your furnace fall short in the midst of a Massachusetts winter is something we all prefer to avoid, but if your furnace is acting faulty, call in the experts of Ambient Heating and Air Conditioning today and let our professionals get your heat back to operating at its full potential. Contact us today to learn more!