Troubleshooting Furnace Not Igniting, Blower, Short Cycling & Other Problems in Westfield, MA

To keep homes and businesses in Hampshire and Hamden County, Massachusetts warm in severe cold weather, furnaces are heavily relied on. When a furnace is inefficient, locals are uncomfortable and cold. Being able to recognize the issue can help get repairs completed before the problems escalate. Below, we at Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning would like to list the common issues furnaces experience.

Furnace Banging

The loud pop that is produced when your furnace kicks on is commonly the source of a few things, typically, a dusty furnace burner or ignitor. When the gas ignites finally, a loud bang from small explosions can mean the heat exchanger has cracked. Not only are you exposed to carbon monoxide leaks, but a cracked heat exchanger can be a pricey fix. The loud bangs can be heard after the heating system start up due to the heating system blower starting up causing the air ducts to expand and contract air ducts, particularly metal ducts. Other problems concerning the banging noises can be due to obstructed vents, a clogged air filter, or undersized ducts.

Furnace Making Grinding or Scraping Noise

Hearing a loud scraping sound that sounds like metal on metal indicates a problem with the blower wheel. Immediately call for a heating and cooling specialist to investigate the furnace if you hear the scraping sounds. Simply requiring a tightening, the blower wheel may have come loose with otherwise no damage. Other scraping noises can point to a motor mount that is broken causing incontrollable shaking of blower assembly, or blower wheel is worn.

Furnace Making Whistling Sounds

A problem with the blower belt, a blower motor, or jut the shaft bearings are in need of oil often produces the high-pitched noises. With a seasonal furnace tune-up scheduled annually, these issues can be stopped before they become a problem.

Furnace Blowing Cold Air

The first check is the thermostat, that is where most pros start. Ensure the system is set to “auto” and not “on.” The thermostat set to “on,” will have your heating system will blowing continuously, with “auto”, will keep it warm, it will deliver the warm air as needed. Once the thermostat is ruled out, check the air filters. The air filters should be cleaned/replaced every 1 to 3 months. More frequently maintenance is required from those who suffer from allergies and asthma, have multiple occupants in the home, indoor smokers, those who live in dusty climates, and those who have indoor pets. Restricted air flow caused by clogged prevents warm air from getting distributed to the various rooms. Leaky air ducts, poor connections, or even a faulty design can be the reasons as to why the air ducts are the problem. With inefficient warmth, the air duct issues often correlate with higher utility bills.

Furnace Inspection, Tune Ups, Emergency Repair & More in Springfield, Granby, Holyoke, South Hadley, Monson, Chicopee & Agawam, Massachusetts

With routinely scheduled tune-ups, many of these issues can be averted, however, with time and use, normal wear and tear can produce these common problems in addition to human error. Whether you need tune-ups or furnace repairs, Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning is happy to oblige in your Hampshire and Hamden County, Massachusetts. Contact us today!

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