What Are The Most Common Problems For Home Furnaces
Unlike most geothermal heating systems, Furnaces need maintenance and broken systems need repairs from time to time. However, problems may appear more often depending on the type of furnace you have. Most furnaces will lose some energy due to inefficient combustion or leakage of gas.
Leaking Gas Furnace consumes more energy due to inefficient combustion Warmer house with rising thermostat Lower system life due to low-quality materials Higher repair cost due to frequent breakdowns
A furnace with many problems can be recognized by symptoms like:
No heat, no power or blinking lights No hot air Weak flame or small flame Flame goes out frequently Unusual or loud noises Less energy-efficient Terrible smell from furnace Higher energy bills Water leaks outside Furnace shuts down frequently
How To Troubleshoot Common Heating System Problems?
Troubleshooting Furnace problems is not difficult once you know what to look for. It will help you to unplug the furnace first and fix your problem yourself. If you want to hire an expert, it's a good idea to at least try troubleshooting on your own before getting in touch with a repairman. A picture of our gas furnace control board is shown below:
A furnace either works well or breaks down. One problem leads to another and it gets more expensive to fix if you ignore the signs. Here are some basic things you can do to troubleshoot common heating system problems:
Check thermostat Make sure that there is a power supply Check for gas leaks Check for pilot light If you have a central heating system, check air pressure Also, check your flue pipe if it's not blocked When all else fails, call an expert!
Do I Need To Hire An Expert To Fix Furnace Problems?
A professional service call can be expensive and may not be worth it depending on how complicated the problem is or if they charge hourly rates. However, some people may still prefer to get a professional to take look at the furnace because they aren't comfortable with working on furnaces, don't know what to do, or can potentially make things worse. You also should not try risky procedures like cleaning the flame sensor yourself which could cause an explosion if done improperly.
If you want to replace your furnace or parts, it's a good idea to at least call an expert to take a look at the situation. A professional could tell you if you really need a new system and whether repairing is an option or not.
It makes sense to hire a skilled technician instead of trying everything yourself especially since replacing parts costs money and time even if you have the know-how. In the long run, it may be better to pay them once instead of getting multiple problems that could accumulate into a very costly bill.
Furthermore, you might be able to rent the old furnace from the company and move it somewhere else if not used for a period of time.