Common Winter Furnace Problems

It’s the middle of winter, temperatures have dropped to below freezing, and suddenly you realize your furnace isn’t working. What could be the cause of a malfunctioning furnace? Grab your blanket and read on to find out more.

Check The Vents and Registers
This is a simple step; double check the vents and registers in your home to make sure nothing is blocking them. All vents need to be fully open and unobstructed from items. Rugs, furniture, and even toys could potentially restrict air flow which in turn can cause duct leaks because of the excessive air pressure.


Your Furnace’s Filter Is Clogged
Homeowners tend to forget about their furnace filters and maybe change it once a year. Though one of the most common reasons your furnace may not be working is because of a clogged furnace filter. You see, a clogged filter can make your furnace work extra hard causing it to overheat thus shortening the lifespan of the machine. 


Inspect the Furnace Flame 
Check to see if your furnace flame is out, the color of the flame should be blue with a yellow tip. This signifies that the furnace is burning the fuel safely and efficiently. However, if the flame is any other color aside from blue such as red or yellow, call a professional as soon as possible. Remember to never fix the color of furnace flame on your own. 

Check the Thermostat
Lastly, the reason for your malfunction furnace could be an old thermostat. A thermostat that is either broken or old can send the wrong signals to your furnace. Does your thermostat take batteries? If so, change them. If you notice the issue is persisting, then it may be time to replace and upgrade your thermostat. Newer thermostats are better at regulating your home’s temperature, so it keeps your home comfortable and saves you money at the same time. 

Are you having furnace issues? Contact the team at Heaney Plumbing and Heating today!

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