December is here, and we are all buckling down with holiday preparations as the days pass. There are so many things to cross off our lists like cleaning, shopping, contacting loved ones, and making sure everything is in order- all while still trying to find the time to sit back and enjoy the little moments too. As the hustle and bustle of the season steer our attention their way, don’t forget to pay attention to any signals your furnace may be sending you. The last thing you want or need is for your furnace to stop working just when it counts the most! Thankfully, our experts at Springboro Heating & Cooling have graciously provided a list of a few frequent questions that can help you make sure your furnace is in five-star shape for the winter.
Is Your Furnace Blowing Cold Air?
If your furnace is blowing cold air, check the air filters first. Dirty filters are a common issue because they restrict proper airflow when they haven’t been changed with a fresh filter. Also, check the pilot light to see if it is lit. It could have gone out without you noticing, resulting in cold air being blown through. Refer to question three if you need help with relighting your pilot light.
Is Your Furnace Running Continuously?
A furnace will run continuously if it is not working in harmony with the thermostat. This is a common issue between the two. First, you can check to see if the thermostat’s fan setting is set to “on.” If it is, change it to “auto.” Then you can turn the temperature to a lower number.
Is Your Furnace Pilot Light Lit?
If you need to know how to relight the pilot light on your furnace, check if there is a label with directions on the furnace itself. As a general rule, the instructions to relight a pilot light are:
1. Turn the pilot dial to “off.”
2. Wait five minutes for the gas to dissipate.
3. Turn the pilot dial to the pilot setting.
4. Hold the reset button down, then raise the flame from a lighter near the opening of the pilot light.
5. Let go of the reset button.
Your furnace should be lit and ready to go at this point. If you are still having trouble, feel free to give your service professionals at Springfield Heating & Cooling a call today. We will get you booked as soon as possible.
Is Your Furnace Making Sounds?
If your furnace is making sounds that you don’t usually hear, don’t ignore these signals. Your furnace is communicating that something isn’t quite right. For example, banging sounds would indicate there might be loose panels that need tightening. Popping sounds could indicate an issue with the ductwork. Rattling noises could be a sign that there are loose screws, etc., in the furnace area. Be sure to perform a quick check to ensure nothing loose is lying around the heating unit.
Is Your Furnace Beeping or Does It Have Lights Blinking?
Beeping sounds coming from the furnace or blinking lights are something you absolutely want to pay attention to. These signs could mean that there is some type of clog or blockage going on. They could mean the pilot light isn’t lit. If you have checked the pilot light and it is still on, or you have already relit it as recommended above, and the issue persists, please call to book an appointment with us ASAP.
These are just a few of the frequent issues that our service professionals come by when it comes to furnaces. We value your service and uphold your family’s safety in the greatest regard. If you are still experiencing any of these frequent problems with your furnace, do not hesitate to give us a call today!
Call Springfield Heating & Cooling today at (937) 350-1881, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!