Common Furnace Problems to Watch for This Winter

undefinedThere aren’t many appliance repair needs that are more disheartening than that of a broken down furnace—especially when it is one of the coldest days of the year. When you live in our area, it’s vital that you have a fully functional and efficient heating system in your home. To accomplish this, the first thing you want to do is make sure you keep up with routine Idaho Falls, IA heating services, such as furnace maintenance.

Next, you want to ensure that you take care of any repair needs you might have as soon as you can to avoid a bigger emergency in the future. Two of the most frequent repair calls our team receives are in regards to a furnace that won’t start, and one that won’t stop running. Read on to learn more about what’s going on in either of these cases.

A Furnace That Won’t Start

There are a few potential causes of a furnace that won’t start, some of which are more serious than others. One possible situation is that you don’t actually an issue with your heating system, but rather with your thermostat.

Check on your thermostat to ensure that it’s in the right mode (heating mode) and then check to make sure that there is not a problem with the wires that connect the furnace to the thermostat. On this latter point, do make sure that the circuit breaker to the system is turned off first, for your safety.

Another reason your heating system might not be working is due to a lack of electrical power. You may have a tripped circuit breaker, or there could be a power outage in your neighborhood. For gas-powered heaters, it could be that your pilot light is out.

If you aren’t experiencing any of the above-mentioned problems but your furnace still won’t come on, then you may have a serious issue at hand. Hopefully you had maintenance done before the season began, and in that case, you likely don’t have anything too serious to worry about. But your next move should definitely be to call a professional.

A Furnace that Won’t Stop

So let’s say that the problem with your heating system isn’t that it won’t start, but instead that it will not stop. While this might seem like a minor issue on a particularly cold day, it’s actually detrimental to the efficiency of your heating system, and may be doing a lot of harm to the system itself.

Again, this may be a thermostat issue. If your thermostat isn’t functioning as it should, then it might not be able to accurately signal to the furnace that your desired temperature is being met, and it’s time to shut itself off.

Another possibility is that your temperature is set too high, or possibly that your air filter is too dirty and clogged. Either of these issues can certainly prevent your furnace from shutting off because it’s working to meet your desired temperature when it simply can’t. If resolving either of these problems doesn’t do the trick, then it’s time to call our team.

Schedule That Maintenance!

This is worth bringing up again. The biggest and costliest furnace repairs can almost always be avoided by staying on top of your annual maintenance appointments. During your furnace maintenance appointment, our HVAC technicians fully inspect and clean your furnace, making any necessary adjustments and recommendations for repairs as we go.

So long as you’re having this service completed on a yearly basis, you should be able to keep your furnace in good working order for as long as possible.

Advanced Home Services is the standard when it comes to providing great service. Contact us today!