Common Winter Furnace Problems and How to Deal With Them

The temperature outside is dropping, and you’re trying to hunker down inside to stay warm. If the heat is cranked up and you’re still freezing, there could be a few different reasons why. Here’s are three common furnace problems you may face:

Dirty filters blocking airflow

When you have dirty filters, they can restrict the airflow, which makes the furnace work harder to circulate air. Change your air filter monthly. This ensures the smooth flow of warm air, and is less taxing on your heating unit.

Electric ignition or pilot control problems

A faulty ignition or pilot could be the result of a simple electrical problem. First, check to see if the circuit breaker has tripped. If the unit still has power, then read your owner’s manual before attempting to re-light your pilot light. A word of caution: Never attempt to light a furnace manually by flame, especially if the furnace has an electronic igniter. If your pilot won’t re-light, schedule an appointment with an expert.

Thermostat issues

A common furnace problem actually isn’t a furnace problem at all - a malfunctioning thermostat may be to blame. One tip is to shut down power to the thermostat to reset it, as well as change the batteries. The batteries need to be periodically replaced for the thermostat to remember its settings when power goes out. If this doesn’t work, it’s likely time to have your thermostat and heating system inspected.

Before it gets colder, it’s always a good idea to have your heating system tuned up. Schedule an appointment online with Coolray today!

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Get Your HVAC System Ready for Fall and Winter
The Importance of Regular Furnace Maintenance
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Coolray is your Atlanta-area home comfort expert, specializing in installation, repair, and service of heating and air conditioning systems. We also offer air purification and plumbing services. If you have questions or need to schedule a service, we’d be happy to help – just contact us or schedule online!

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