Furnace Furies: Frequent Answers To Frequent Questions

Furnace Furies: Frequent Answers To Frequent Questions

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Even though the majority of the winter months are starting to fall behind us, there is still a long way to go before we really come into spring. Until that time, the chances are great that most of us will continue to keep our furnaces on for the remainder of the season. But what if you are experiencing issues with your furnace, like it blowing cold air or cycling too often? Who do you turn to when you need a quality, professional fix at a price that won’t ruin your summer vacation plans? Let’s look at three frequent problems that tend to plague people this time of year.

 “My furnace is blowing cold air!”

Furnaces work by heating air and ventilating it throughout your home to raise the overall temperature of the house. This happens in about five to ten minutes depending on what temperature you set, no? So what do you do if you wait more than ten minutes only to find out your furnace has been blowing cold air the entire time?

The first thing you should do is double check that your thermostat is actually switched to the ‘heat’ setting. If there is no problem there, next check the ducts and filters to ensure your system isn’t trying to push through an overworked filtration system. In the event this does turn out to be the case, your system may simply have shut off. Gas furnaces may also be dealing with an extinguished pilot light, which could cause the furnace to stop heating. In any case, be sure to keep your system clean and do regular maintenance checks to avoid future issues.

 “My furnace is simply not working!”

As before, be sure to first double check that the thermostat is on, and if all is fine there, the next thing you want to check is the circuit breaker. A failed circuit breaker could be the result of any number of problems, like a short circuit, equipment failure, or appliance malfunctions. It is therefore important that you consult with an HVAC contractor if this is the case.