Within a couple of months, the winter will be here in Edmonton. You and your family will rely heavily on the furnace for heating your home. Even if your furnace is well maintained, it can still face issues during the winters, and you must know what those problems are and how to fix them. To help you, here are the most common furnace problems that you should be aware of.

1) Clogged Air Filter

Clogged or dirty air filter is one of the most common furnace problems people face, mainly if the furnace hasn’t been run since last winter. When the air filter gets clogged, it can prevent the air from circulating properly, making the furnace work harder. It can also result in inadequate heating of the home. The solution to a clogged air filter is to simply replace the air filter. It is an easy DIY job that can be done in an hour.

2) Mechanical Wear and Tear

Like any other machine, the furnace also faces a lot of wear and tear during its lifetime. Some of its components may stop working or malfunction with time and cause the furnace to break down. Mechanical wear and tear of the furnace can lead to overheating, airflow problems, mechanical issues, etc. Some of them can be easily fixed, while some may require complete replacement of the furnace. Your best solution to deal with wear and tear is having the furnace maintained and inspected by us at least once a year. 

3) Pilot or Ignition Control Issues

The ignition and pilot control are two of the most important components that can break down or malfunction, leading to various furnace issues like insufficient heating in your home. If you suspect a problem with your furnace’s pilot or ignition control, we recommend that you contact a professional plumber to fix the furnace issue instead of trying to tackle it on your own.

4) Thermostat Issues

Like ignition control, the thermostat can sometimes malfunction and lead to furnace issues like inadequate heating, overheating, or increased electricity consumption. You can troubleshoot your thermostat by first checking the battery or the wires leading to the device to ensure proper electricity reaches there, followed by opening the panel and see if the internals is clean and rust-free. If the problem persists, contact us to have it repaired or replaced.

5) Strange Noise Coming From the Furnace

If you hear strange noises like squeaking, rattling, or rumbling coming from your furnace, don’t be alarmed. This is a common furnace issue when it is being used after a long time, and usually is a symptom of a clogged filter or burner, mechanical issue, or wear and tear. The easiest way to fix this issue is by calling a professional plumber to thoroughly inspect and check.

Don’t wait for problems to creep up on your furnace. Contact Capital Plumbing to have your furnace checked, inspected, and serviced before the winter sets in. Regular maintenance can go a long way in avoiding such common furnace issues, giving you the peace of mind and comfort of home during the colder months.