22 Dec

5 Common Furnace Problems – And How to Fix Them

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Benefits of Gas Furnaces Fredericksburg, VAHaving an improperly functioning furnace can be stressful – especially if it quits when you need it most. There are several maintenance items that should be done regularly to keep the chill in the air outdoors where it belongs. But in case you run into issues, continue reading below for the 5 most common furnace problems (and their solutions).

  1. The furnace doesn’t stay lit. Modern furnaces use either intermittent pilots or hot surface ignitors to start, while older furnaces use a standing pilot light. Sometimes, these mechanisms can malfunction. In the case of a standard pilot light, you can typically restart it by following the directions on the furnace label. However, finding the cause of the faulty ignitor can be more difficult. If your furnace is not staying lit and you can’t find the source, give us a call so we can walk you through additional troubleshooting methods.
  2. Clogged air filter. Clogged air filters are one of the most common causes of furnace issues. It might not sound like a big deal, but a clogged air filter prevents airflow through the furnace system, which can cause the furnace to shut off. Replacing air filters is a simple way to prevent problems in your furnace. If it’s too late and you’re struggling with the aftermath of a clogged filter (such as soot collection in your heat exchanger), our team can help with furnace cleaning services.
  3. Belt or blower problems. The easiest way to determine if your furnace has a belt or blower problem is to listen. If you notice a high-pitched sound coming from the furnace unit, it’s probably time to inspect the furnace for these common problems. Oftentimes, a simple lubrication can fix the problem. But it can be more in-depth, like the need to replace the entire belt. When in doubt, call us for a maintenance inspection so we can find the source of the problem and provide you with the best solutions.
  4. Burner issues. The burner is, perhaps, the most important part of the furnace. If your burner isn’t working properly, not only will your house be colder than you’d like – your utility bills will also skyrocket in the colder months. In order to find burner issues, you’ll need to look inside the furnace – which can be a daunting, and dangerous, task. If you suspect your burner isn’t working properly, we urge you to call our team of professionals to do the dirty work for you.
  5. Thermostat problems. Thermostat issues are a common furnace problem and are usually quite simple to fix. Before cold weather sets in, check to make sure your thermostat is switched to heat and make sure any programs you might have set the previous year are adjusted accordingly.

Local HVAC professionals

If you can’t find the cause of your furnace problem or need help solving it, don’t wait until it’s too late to call us at Robert B. Payne, Inc. Our team of talented technicians is available around-the-clock to help with all your HVAC needs. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (540) 373-5876.