Simple Fix: 4 Normal Heating Issues That Are Easily Remedied

Simple Fix: 4 Normal Heating Issues That Are Easily Remedied
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    If your furnace isn't working, it can be a bit scary.

    Heating system repairs aren't cheap, and if you wind up needing a new furnace, it will cost you thousands of dollars.

    But many furnace issues are actually caused by problems that are easy to fix.

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Before calling the repairman, check for these four normal heating issues that are easily remedied.

Check the Thermostat

It’s 65 degrees in your home. You’ve got the thermostat set to 68, but your furnace won’t even turn on. Does this mean your heater is broken? Maybe, but probably not. The first thing you should check is if your thermostat is set for heat and not cool. This is a common problem when people try to use their furnace for the first time in the fall or winter. Professionals, like those at Trenton heating, can help you with expert advice and solutions about heating issues. Most heating problems can be resolved with a little bit of knowledge and some patience. 

Look at Your Flame Sensors

If your gas furnace turns on but won’t stay on, you could have dirty flame sensors. The flame sensor literally "senses" a flame. It’s part of your furnace’s safety system, and it shuts the furnace off after a certain time if it doesn’t sense a flame so you won’t get a dangerous buildup of flammable gas. Because the sensors are metal and are constantly exposed to flames, they can get coated with soot, which then prevents them from working right. You can clean the flame sensor yourself by using sandpaper or steel wool to rub off the coating.

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Check Your Air Filter Regularly

If your furnace appears to be working fine but you are getting just a little air through your vents, you could have a dirty furnace filter. Depending on the type of furnace you have, you may need to change the filter as little as once a year or as often as every three months. This is an easy problem to remedy. Simply check your filter and replace it if it looks excessively dirty.

Check the Pilot Light

Newer gas furnaces use an electric mechanism to ignite, but if you have an older furnace, you likely have a pilot light, which is an actual flame that ignites your furnace. If the pilot light goes out, you have to relight it to get your furnace working. Turn your pilot knob to "off," wait a few minutes to let the gas dissipate, turn the knob to "pilot" and then relight it.

Before you call a furnace repairman, check to make sure you don’t have one of these simple problems you can fix yourself.

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