What Are the Common Problems with Residential Furnaces?

A properly working furnace is often taken for granted. You get so used to having it, you forget how important it is until an issue arises. Furnace problems should always be diagnosed and repaired by an experienced furnace technician. There are a few common residential furnace problems that furnace technicians are all too familiar with. Those common problems include:

No Heat Production

A furnace has one job: heat the home. When your furnace is no longer keeping the house warm, you don’t need to panic. A simple mistake like having your thermostat set to fan instead of furnace could result in airflow that isn’t actually heating the home. Once you know your thermostat is in the right setting, check your furnace filter. A furnace filter that has been neglected for an extended period of time can become so clogged with dust and debris that the hot air isn’t able to properly circulate through it anymore. Replace the existing filter if your filter is dirty or more than 2 to 3 months old. The final thing you can check before calling a professional is your pilot light. Some furnaces have a pilot light that needs to stay lit all the time, while others ignite on their own when the furnace kicks on. A pilot light repair is a lot cheaper than a brand-new furnace! If none of these simple fixes get the heat flowing again, a furnace technician will need to take a closer look.

The Furnace Isn’t Kicking On When it Should

When a furnace is working properly, it will kick on when the thermostat signals that the temperature in the home is dropping. If your furnace isn’t turning on automatically, start by checking the thermostat. Bump the temperature setting up, replace the batteries, and make sure it’s set to heat. If you can’t get the furnace to kick on from the thermostat, the issue is coming from the furnace itself and should be diagnosed by a professional.

Annoying Noises

Furnaces make noise. It’s inevitable and although it can be annoying, it’s usually not a cause for concern. If your furnace starts suddenly making a new noise or if you hear a loud knocking, contact your furnace technician ASAP. A loud rumbling noise is also caused for concern.

Water Leaks

You shouldn’t ever see water around the base of your furnace. If you do, something needs to be fixed. Letting the water leak go unchecked puts your home at risk of water damage, mold, and mildew.

Contact ASAP Drain Guys & Plumbing today to schedule an appointment with a furnace technician in your area! From simple repairs to a new furnace installation, our team can get your home back to a comfortable temperature in no time.