Freezing cold weather and furnace failures – name a more iconic duo. If you’ve turned the heat on in your home only to find that cold air is now beginning to circulate, this is the blog post for you! Here are four reasons why your furnace might not be operating at full capacity this winter.
Of all the issues that could be hindering your HVAC system, suboptimal thermostat configurations are among the easiest to fix. Most often, homeowners accidentally leave the fan set to “on” rather than “auto.” Keeping the fan set to on allows it to run even when the heat isn’t running, which will rapidly decrease the temperature of your home.
When is the last time you changed your furnace filter? If you haven’t done so this season, there’s a good chance your furnace is being hindered by debris and dust that it has collected over the last several months. Luckily, furnace filters are cheap, easy to install and can potentially solve all of your heating and airflow issues right away. As a bonus, replacing your filters will also help you maintain your indoor air quality.
Pilot Light Issues
When your pilot light goes out, cooler air can be circulated throughout your home as a result. A wide variety of things can cause a pilot light to go out, even a strong gust of air. Older furnaces are more susceptible to pilot light outages, but it’s worth investigating, even if yours was installed recently.
Problems at the Root
If you’ve inspected all of the above issues without success, it may be time to take a look at the root of your heating system. What powers your furnace? There could be simple issues keeping your heating system from functioning correctly for each type of furnace. Here are a few common types of furnaces you may have in your home:
- Oil powered: Is there any oil left in the tank?
- Electric powered: Is the furnace itself turned on? Is it switched on at the breaker panel too?
- Gas-powered: Is the gas supply valve opened?
Rely on Will Air for Your Routine Furnace Maintenance
Will Air is proud to be a customer-centered residential and light commercial heating and cooling company serving the greater Central Maryland area. With over 30 years of experience, we are dedicated to offering the highest quality services at competitive rates. From preventative maintenance to residential HVAC repair, we are here to help you however we can. If you are having issues with heating this winter, call us today at (410) 549-9300 or request an estimate.