When you’re in the midst of a Michigan winter, the last thing you should have to deal with is a faulty furnace. Furnace breakdowns tend to happen a the most inconvenient times, often for the most unpredictable of reasons. If your furnace has stopped working, there are a number of factors that might have influenced the breakdown. While your own judgement is no substitute for the diagnosis of a trained furnace repair professional, here are a few common furnace problems that may be worth looking into.
Every furnace has an air filter that works to prevent unwanted dust and pollen from being circulated throughout your home by your furnace. In addition to improving the quality of the air within your home, furnace filters are also important when it comes to furnace efficiency.
If your furnace is currently out of commission, and you are looking for a quick fix to the problem, try checking your furnace filter. If it looks dirty or clogged, clean it or replace it, and your problem might just be solved.
It is recommended to replace your furnace filter regularly to ensure your furnace is running at its best and to prevent a clogged furnace filter from breaking your furnace entirely. Inspecting your furnace filter monthly and cleaning it as appropriate can save you money on both energy and repair costs.
Depending on the age of your furnace and the type of furnace that you have, you may have a pilot light or an electric ignition heating system. Either way, ensuring that the power source for your unit is functioning properly is essential. With older units, at the beginning of the season, a pilot light may need to be relit in order for your furnace to provide you with the heat you need. One common reason for furnace breakdowns relates to pilot or ignition control problems resulting in intermittent function of your heating system or even preventing your furnace from outputting any heat at all.
To check whether or not your furnace problems are related to improper functioning of your ignition or pilot, find out whether your furnace has a pilot light or electric ignition and light the pilot or observe the ignition process to ensure it is functioning as it should. If you see a weak flame or the pilot won’t stay lit, this may be your problem.
A final common culprit when it comes to furnace breakdowns relates simply to units not receiving regular HVAC maintenance. When you fail to have your heating system examined by a professional on a regular basis, its the little things that can start to go wrong, eventually causing your furnace to stop working completely. If there is something small that just hasn’t been maintained, it can cause your furnace to overheat and stop functioning.
Maintenance issues can be harder to diagnose on your own, because there are so many small parts that could be causing your issues. If you have examined your furnace filter and your pilot or ignition with no luck, your best bet is probably to have an experienced furnace professional examine your heating system for you.