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5 Common Furnace Issues You’ll Experience

Fall is officially here and that means you’ll be relying on your heating system to keep you warm through our long, cold winters. If you have a furnace, it’s essential to know what types of issues are common for homeowners to deal with.

From uneven heating to short cycling, let’s go over 5 of the most common furnace issues you’ll inevitably encounter as a homeowner. That way you’ll know if there’s something you can do to try and fix it or if it’s time to call us for furnace repair.

1. Inadequate Airflow

Your furnace is running, but your home is taking forever to get warm. What gives? Put your hand in front of one of the vents. The airflow should be strong and steady. If it’s not, the first thing to check is the air filter. If it’s dirty and clogged, this hinders your furnace’s ability to have a strong airflow output.

If that doesn’t fix the issue, it could be an issue with the blower fan. The blower fan’s job is to blow the heated air through your ductwork and if it’s not working, it’s not something that’s going to get better on its own. Give us a call. You don’t want to keep paying for your furnace to run if it can’t deliver the hot air to your home.

2. Cold Air Instead of Hot

Even worse than weak airflow is when the airflow is strong, but your furnace is blowing cold air instead of hot air! A furnace that’s blowing cold air could be caused by a number of issues such as an improper thermostat setting, a dirty air filter, a faulty fan limit switch, or something else entirely. Contact us to restore your furnace’s heating output.

3. Uneven Heating 

Sometimes your furnace is working just fine, but it’s your ductwork that’s the issue. Leaks, holes, and tears in your ductwork system can reduce the distribution of heat to the rooms of your home. If you notice cold spots in certain rooms or some rooms that don’t receive warm air at all, it could be a breach in the air ducts.

4. Thermostat Issues

Here’s another circumstance where the furnace isn’t faulty, but the thermostat is. Sometimes your thermostat is unable to properly read the exact temperature of your home and thinks it’s cooler or hotter than your home actually is. If the thermostat thinks it’s 5° F hotter than it actually is, then your thermostat won’t tell the furnace to turn on even when it’s colder.

5. Short Cycling

Short cycling occurs when your furnace repeatedly turns itself on and off without completing a heating cycle. This can happen for many different reasons. The important thing to know about short cycling is that not only does it keep your home from reaching your desired temperature, but it’s also incredibly hard on the furnace. This is an issue that should be addressed as soon as possible. 

Don’t let the weather get you down, call Brown’s! Brown’s Heating & Cooling is your trusted resource for furnace repairs in Colorado Springs. Contact us today!

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