Is your furnace on its best behavior this winter season? It had better be, because the coldest days of winter are still ahead of us, and you’ll want your heater to work at its best. Your heater costs a lot of money to install, maintain, and run each season, and you want that investment to be worth it.
But sometimes, things happen. Your furnace may have a few hiccups here and there that need to be addressed. There are three common furnace problems that we see. If you notice them, then it may be time for furnace repair in Buford, GA. Give our team a call and we can help you troubleshoot and fix the problem.
Unusual Furnace Sounds
Your furnace is not completely silent when it runs. But that doesn’t mean that it should make unusual or loud noises. One of the most common furnace problems we see is problems with the igniter. This can lead to a clicking sound as your furnace tries to turn on. If the gas does not combust, the pilot light or burners continue to click on until ignition occurs.
But clicking can also indicate other problems. Sometimes bearings grow loose and cause a clicking sound as they rattle or knock around inside of your unit. If these loose parts are left alone for too long, they can cause more damage to the inside of your unit.
Cool or Lukewarm Air
If you hold your hand up to a vent while your heater is on, the air should feel very specifically hot. If the air is cool or lukewarm, that means your heater is not working as it should. It’s easy to ignore this if your home is still at a comfortable temperature, but it’s definitely a cause for concern.
It may also be that your air filter is dirty. When this happens, dirt and grime block airflow from entering into your heater. This can leave little or no air to actually heat and blow into your home. When this happens, your furnace begins to work harder to bring fresh air into the system, costing you more on your energy bill and placing strain on the system.
Of course, sometimes the problem it’s just a user error. Check your thermostat and make sure you have the temperature settings correct. It is not uncommon to have homeowners adjust the settings and forget to turn the heat back up. This is perhaps the easiest problem to solve because all you have to do is adjust your heat settings.
You may be alarmed if you see water leaking out of your furnace. Should there even be water inside the unit? The short answer is yes. Your heater has a drain that removes condensation from inside the system. If this line has damage, you may notice a water leak.
If your heater has a built-in humidifier, that can also be the problem when it comes to leaking. The humidifier is designed to add moisture to the air, but should never leak. If the humidifier has a clog, this can cause leaking and you may notice water pooling beneath your heater. Water can cause damage to the inside of your heating system, so you should never ignore a leak.
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