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Examining Some of the Biggest Causes of Furnace Problems

Last updated 4 years ago

When the weather is chilly and your home needs heat, experiencing furnace problems can be inconvenient and uncomfortable. Often, if a furnace is not working properly, the issue requires a simple repair. Here are some of the biggest causes of furnace problems:

Air Filter
If you have set your thermostat to the required temperature, but your furnace is not producing enough heat, the furnace filter could need repair. If the air filter is dirty or clogged with debris, heat will be blocked from traveling from the furnace to the rest of the house. Your filter will need to be changed every two or three months.

Pilot Light
When your furnace seems to be producing no heat at all, it could be that your furnace pilot light has gone out. A draft passing through the furnace area can extinguish the pilot light. If this is the case, you can follow the manufacturer instructions to safely relight the furnace. If a faulty thermocouple or dirty gas burner is the source of your extinguished pilot light, you should call a service professional to perform the repairs. 

Blower Motor
Occasionally, you might notice that your furnace seems to go on and off at random. Many furnaces are calibrated to vary the amount of heat that enters a room, depending on the required temperature. However, if the furnace starts and stops irregularly, your blower motor could need oiling. By maintaining the condition of your blower motor, you will ensure an even and steady delivery of heat from the furnace.

Your thermostat is the device that allows you to control and monitor the heating and cooling of your home. Make sure that your thermostat is set to the proper temperature setting, and that it is turned on. If your thermostat is not working properly, you will not be able to use your furnace.

If you are in need of furnace repair, Blue Dot of Maryland can help you. Give us a call at (410) 698-6465 and we will diagnose and fix your heating issues. Visit our website to learn more about our services and how we can help.


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