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September 2020

Common Furnace Problems

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List of Common Furnace Problems Once the first cold weather of the heating season hits, our phones start ringing off the hook with people having first of the season furnace problems. A lot of these following issues can be prevented by having annual maintenance completed on your furnace. Most of the furnace issues we see are basic repairs and can be fixed rather quickly. Here is a quick list of the most common furnace problems we hear about on a daily basis: Dirty, Clogged Filters A dirty filter by far the leading cause of breakdowns that we see on furnaces. Dirty or clogged furnace filters reduce airflow, making a furnace work harder to circulate indoor air. Left unchanged, a dirty air filter will eventually overheat your furnace and you will need a furnace repair. In some cases, a clogged filter may damage the limit switch, which will shut off your unit completely or trip a circuit breaker to prevent a fire from starting. If you have a standard 1'' filter, these should be changed every 30 days depending on the environment of the home. If you have a 6'' media filter, these are usually good for 6-12 months but should still be checked on a regular basis. Electronic Ignition or Pilot Light Problems All new furnaces today come equipped with electronic ignition. If you furnace has a pilot light it is most likely quite old. If your ignition system is not operating properly, there will be no heat coming from...
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