With us being officially in the cold winter season, you are definitely relying on your furnace daily. When the furnace breaks down, it can be more than frustrating as you try to stay warm without it. When you live in Massachusetts after all, your furnace is not a luxury appliance, it is a necessity. Preventative maintenance is the first step to avoid surprise furnace failure. Scheduling a furnace tune up around the fall for your heating system and ensuring you keep up on your care will void a lot of repairs. Even if you have not gotten your system maintained by a professional this season, it is never too late. Below are a few of the issues many people see with their furnace during the middle of winter that we at Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning would like to share.
Furnace Won’t Kick On Sometimes
Where there are other more serious reasons as to why your furnace is not starting, there could be a few possibilities. The thermostat, for example, could be the reason your furnace is not operating. Considering what could be wrong with the furnace, a faulty thermostat is mild. So, if your furnace is seemingly inoperable, start with the thermostat. Ensure the battery is fresh and the settings are correct. The thermostat should be set to “heating”, keep in mind it could have gotten knocked off the setting. Check the wiring and make certain none of the wires frayed, broken, or disconnected. Call in the professionals if the thermostat is beyond the settings and battery for help.
No Power to Furnace or Thermostat
The furnace may be unable to kick on if it lacks power. Check to make sure the circuit breaker hasn’t been tripped. A pilot light might have gone out if the furnace is a gas furnace. Keep in mind gas-furnace does use an electric igniter, so the issue can be electrical related. If none of these issues are the culprit, there is some underlying problems that require the professional training and experience of a licensed specialist.
Central Furnace Heating Will Not Turn Off
Though the furnace kicked on, it does not stop. On the coldest of days, this issue may not even go noticed. However, when it doesn’t shut off it can be detrimental to your furnace is it causes damage to the system’s internal parts.
Faulty Thermostat in Home
A faulty thermostat may not be sufficiently supplying the furnace with a signal to shutoff and that the set temperatures has been met. It could also be set so that is “on”, where it should be set to “auto” so, it does not run continually. Additionally, the temperature may be set at an unrealistically high setting and cannot reach the temperatures, but the furnace tries endlessly. Another common issue is that the air filter is clogged. Remember they should be cleaned or changed, depending on the type of filter, once every 1-3 months. Checking on them monthly can ensure they are changed often enough.