Dealing with a furnace that isn’t working can be really frustrating, especially during the coldest nights of winter. But it’s not uncommon for your furnace to malfunction. In many cases, you can quickly fix the problem yourself, but there are many problems that require the skill and expertise of an HVAC professional. If you’re currently dealing with a furnace that isn’t working correctly, keep the following information in mind as you decide whether you need to make a call for help.
If it’s been a while since you turned your furnace on, give it some time.
It can take up to a few minutes for a furnace to warm up. Before the air has time to heat, you may feel cold air blowing from your vents. Give it a few minutes to warm up before taking further action.
Check your thermostat
The solution to your problem could be as simple as flicking a switch on your thermostat. People commonly make the mistake of setting their thermostat to “fan” instead of “auto” or “on.” If this is the case, the fan will push out air without prompting the furnace to start heating it.
Make sure the pilot is lit.
It’s not uncommon for a pilot to blow out from time to time, and you can easily relight it yourself by following the directions in your furnace manual. If the pilot continues to blow out after you light it, there could be a problem with your gas line. If this is the case, you should call an HVAC professional for help, as there is always the threat of danger when dealing with natural gas.
Does your furnace receive regular maintenance?
When a furnace isn’t properly maintained, dirt can build up on the flame sensors and cause it to blow cold air after only a few moments of operation. If your furnace is cycling on and off without reaching your desired temperature, you should schedule an appointment with an HVAC professional.
If you’re furnace problems are more serious than those listed above, then the professionals at AJR Heating, Cooling, & Refrigeration, Inc are ready to help. Contact today to schedule a free estimate.