The average life expectancy of furnaces in homes today is between 15 and 20 years. However, even during these years, the furnace system is subject to constant wear and tear due to various issues. Your home furnace system’s efficiency can remain intact if you avoid the following common home furnace problems.
The Furnace is Not Producing Heat
The primary and only function of the furnace is to produce enough heat throughout your home. If the furnace is not producing heat, the essential thing to do here is first to check if your thermostat is set to heat; if yes, then check your power, gas or pilot light.
The Thermostat is not Set on Heat
This is a pervasive problem in most homes. At times the thermostat is not set on heat or accidentally flipped by someone, or your thermostat batteries may have died. The thermostat should be set at least five degrees above room temperature. Always ensure to keep your thermostat on and in the right setting.
The Furnace Has Leakage
The most common reason for a leaking furnace is a condensation leak. Condensation leak is due to clogged dust or dirt in your drain or tubing. Apart from this, furnaces can develop a crack in the heat exchanger, which could cause the release of carbon monoxide(CO) that can lead to dangerous health problems like CO poisoning. A leaking furnace is something you should not ignore and get it fixed as soon as possible.
The Furnace Keeps Turning On and Off
When a furnace keeps turning on and off, it is usually due to short cycling, which may be caused due to various reasons. This start-and-stop cycle can keep your home from heating and may also cause permanent damage to your home furnace system.
The Furnace is Making Noise
This problem not only affects the home furnace system but also causes noise irritation indoors. The reason for noise could vary. One possibility is that your furnace bowler has broken, which can cause a metal scraping noise. Other reasons could be a dirty burner, noisy transformer, air leak, etc.
The Filter is Dirty
The importance of regularly replacing your air filters cannot be stressed enough. Clogged and dirty filters restrict the airflow, which forces the system to work even harder. This will only result in hefty energy bills at less productivity.
There is Blockage of Vents
Always ensure that all the vents in your home are free from blockages. The blockage would restrict the airflow, causing a disbalance in the heat produced throughout your home. This will make your system overwork and put your furnace at high risk of setting on fire.
Apart from these common problems, maintenance of the furnace system is neglected by many. Every machine is bound to depreciate, but regular maintenance will ensure your system works at its optimum productivity. If in Edmonton, we’ve got you covered for this. Capital Plumbing and Heating will provide you with the best maintenance service to keep your system’s life intact and even extend it. Contact us today!