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What are Common Furnace Problems to Look out for this Winter?

November 12, 2021 | Blog

As the winter approaches, you’re going to want to make sure your furnace is in top shape for the changing weather. The colder months can bring about a lot of problems to your furnace and it’s important to know how you can address them.

Here at Ball Heating and Air Conditioning, we are experts when it comes to furnaces. Here are common furnace problems to look out for this winter.

Dirty and Clogged Filters

If you ever notice that some of your rooms are a lot colder than others, then you likely have an air circulation problem. The most common reason behind air circulation issues is dirty air filters. Over time, your air filters are going to get dirty, causing them to block airflow. During the colder months, you’ll likely be running your furnace much more than usual which can cause your filter to get dirtier quicker. Thankfully, fixing this issue is easy. Changing the air filters in your home should resolve this issue. To ensure your filters are always clean, make sure to schedule your seasonal tune-ups, they are critical!

Freezing Pipes and Coils

Frozen pipes can cause a whole furnace breakdown. When the temperature drops and ice begins to form hydronic systems, it can prevent steam and hot water from passing through pipes. Keeping ice off your pipes and coils is essential to make sure they don’t freeze.

It’s also important to make sure pressure doesn’t build up if your pipes do freeze. If your pipes freeze, turn your home’s water supply off to make pressure doesn’t build up.

Issues with the Pilot Light

The pilot light is the most important part of your furnace. If the pilot light is not staying on with a strong flame, this could be from the pilot being dirty or damaged. If you notice your pilot light is having issues, try turning the furnace off and cleaning it. If your pilot light is still not working properly, it may need to be replaced. Unless you have experience with HVAC equipment, it’s recommended you call a professional to have it replaced.

Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Carbon Monoxide leaks can very deadly. Although carbon monoxide is naturally odorless, a chemical is added to it so you can smell it. If you smell something akin to rotten eggs, it may be a carbon monoxide leak. Immediately evacuate your home and call the gas company. To avoid leaks, make sure you have your furnace tuned up at least twice a year. A tune-up will keep your furnace in top condition and allow a professional to catch any small issues before they become big ones like a carbon monoxide leak.

Broken Thermostat

The thermostat is essential to controlling your home’s temperature. If your thermostat isn’t working properly, it could cause your home’s furnace to work overtime or not enough. Diagnosing the issue behind a broken thermostat can be difficult. They can often be fixed but in some cases, they’ll need to be replaced. It’s best to call an HVAC professional to diagnose the issue.

If you need help with your furnace then don’t hesitate to call the pros at Ball Heating and AC. Whether you need help with an AC tune-up, a furnace installation, or an air quality check, we can help you with all your heating and air needs.

If you are located in Biloxi, Mississippi and the surrounding areas, contact us today!

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