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Solutions To Common Furnace Problems

Solutions To Common Furnace Problems

Is your home’s heating not working right? Try these simple fixes!

furnace troubleshooting new jersey Your furnace is one of the most important investments you make in your home. It’s also one of the priciest. For the sake of your family’s comfort, your home’s value and your pocketbook, it’s crucial to keep your furnace functioning well.

At JW Pierson Co., we have over a century’s experience helping households in Essex, Passaic, Union and Bergen Counties stay warm and safe in the coldest months of winter. We know the causes of many furnace problems and how homeowners can sometimes fix them without calling in a technician.

So, before you spend money on a professional furnace repair call, check out these common problems and how you can solve them.

My furnace isn’t turning on

If you try turning on your furnace for the first time this season and it won’t come on, this issue might be as simple as your thermostat not working. Check the following items and see if the furnace turns on:

  1. Is the thermostat on? If not, try replacing its batteries. If it’s powered by wiring, check the breaker.
  2. Is the thermostat set to “heat?”
  3. Have you set the thermostat to a few degrees below room temperature?

If none of these steps gets your furnace working, there could be a more significant electrical issue. You should call in a professional.

My furnace isn’t producing heat

If your furnace isn’t producing heat, there could be an issue with either the power or safety switch. Check your fuses and circuit breakers to confirm whether they are tripped or blown.

If there is no power supply issue, check the furnace door’s safety switch. This switch prevents the fan and burner from running while the door is removed. You may need to install a new switch if the current one has popped off. You can do so by:

  1. Shutting off the power to the furnace
  2. Repositioning the blower door
  3. Wiring the new safety switch
  4. Testing the switch

My furnace isn’t producing enough heat

If your furnace is running, but you aren’t getting enough warm air through your vents, then there is likely something obstructing airflow from the furnace. One of the most likely culprits is a dirty air filter. Luckily, this is an easy and inexpensive fix.

Locate the filter in the intake. If it’s dirty or clogged, wash it (if it’s reusable) or replace it (if it’s disposable). Ideally, you should check your filters monthly

If cleaning or replacing your filter doesn’t help, you should call a service technician to check your furnace and ductwork.

My furnace is making loud noises

If you hear popping, clanking, rattling or grinding noises from your furnace, you should immediately call a service technician. Properly-functioning furnaces should not make loud noises. The cause of these sounds could be:

The only way to know for sure is to bring in a professional. The techs at JW Pierson can look at your equipment and determine what needs to be done.

And for total and continuous peace of mind, you can also protect your furnace with an affordable service plan. Our plans include an annual tune-up and priority repair service to keep your furnace working perfectly!

Contact JW Pierson today to request service for your furnace.