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Troubleshooting Your Furnace

While spring is soon to arrive, many Ohio homeowners are still leaning on their heating systems to keep them warm throughout the final days of winter. Our furnaces come in handy when the chilly weather is stubborn to leave, and you still want to keep a cozy home. However, when your unit begins to act awry, it can definitely cause some concern.

Your furnace consists of a variety of components and mechanics, so when it comes to repairs, it can be difficult for an untrained eye to spot the affected areas. In this blog, we’ll be sharing the most helpful troubleshooting tips for your furnace so you can find the answers you need!

Consider the Filter

Sometimes, all it takes is a simple fix to restore your furnace. If it’s been some time since you’ve replaced the furnace filters, that could be the root of your problem. Not only do air filters help improve your indoor air quality, but they also help support your furnace’s efficiency and effectiveness. A clogged filter will only block the warm airflow generated by your unit, resulting in a waste of energy. You’ll want to make sure your furnace filters are fresh and clean to ensure steady airflow!

Check the Pilot Light

Your furnace’s flame should burn with a blue color, potentially with a slightly yellow tip. Blue flames indicate that your furnace is burning the gas efficiently and safely. If your furnace flame emits any other color, it’s time to call in our professionals at Robinson Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. for assistance!

If the pilot light is out completely, it will need to be relit. While you can relight the pilot light on your own, it’s always best to call in our HVAC professionals to ensure your unit is operating correctly. If you do attempt to relight the flame on your own, wait to do so until 10 to 15 minutes after turning off the gas. If you smell gas after this time window, do not continue!

Ensure Air Vents are Unobstructed

Air vents play an essential role in distributing the conditioned and heated air throughout the home. That being said, if they’re blocked by the accumulation of dust, furniture, or an appliance, the system’s airflow can be hindered, resulting in uneven temperatures throughout your home and impacted efficiency levels. Inspect all air vents and registers to ensure they are completely open and unobstructed. A closed or blocked air vent will not only leave you with an uncomfortably chilly home but also could potentially lead to duct leaks due to the built-up pressure inside the system.

Check the Thermostat

Another simple fix that may be the answer to your furnace problems is to check the thermostat! If your furnace filter is clean and the unit looks to be functioning as usual, the root of your problem may be your thermostat. Make sure the settings are on “Heat” and test increasing the temperature by five degrees than the current temperature to see if that makes a difference for your home comfort.

Pro tip: The location of your thermostat may be affecting its performance and temperature readings. Sunlight, heat from electronics, and space heaters can all affect the thermostat’s accuracy in temperature readings.

Furnace Repair Specialists in Middletown

If you’ve been having repeat issues with your furnace or have experienced a breakdown, Robinson Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is here to help restore the efficiency of your heating system and improve your home’s comfort levels. Make sure your furnace repairs are squared away before the new season begins. Give us a call today at (513) 813-5107 or complete our online contact form to schedule your next heating service!

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