Having a problem with your furnace in the dead of winter is absolutely no fun. Waking up to a cold house and possibly frozen pipes can cause a sense of panic in the most hearty of folks.
But when the heat goes out how do you know what the source of the problem is? Could it be the thermostat? Could it be a pilot light? Or, could it be something a little more involved?
Below is a list of the top ten most common furnace problems and their symptoms:
- Cracked heat exchanger – is preventable with regular maintenance.
- Dirty filters – makes your furnace work harder and can lead to costly repairs.
- Slipped or frayed blower belt – can cause a high-pitched squeal.
- Electric ignition or pilot control problems – reduces heat getting into your home.
- Malfunctioning thermostat – can lead to problems with the fan or comfort levels.
- Flickering or yellow pilot light – could be a sign of excess carbon monoxide.
- Worn out ball bearings – indicated by a scraping sound and a call for immediate attention by a professional.
- Frequent cycling – may indicate a clogged filter or other issues.
- The blower continuously runs – could indicate a faulty limit switch.
- The furnace is too noisy – could indicate mechanical problems, clogged burner or poor airflow.
If you are experiencing any of the above or other issues, call Peter Needham Electrical and HVAC right away. Peter offers 24 hour emergency service and a 10% senior discount. Don’t waste time trying to fix it yourself. Peter is an expert and he won’t quit until it’s fixed.