As the temperature in Braselton, Georgia, starts to cool down, you’ll want to make sure your furnace stays in working condition through the winter. Avoid a furnace breakdown by addressing issues early. Learn how to notice furnace issues and what you can do to resolve them.

Check the Thermostat

If your furnace doesn’t seem to be working the way it should, try checking the thermostat. The thermostat relays important information to the heating system, so it’s a likely first place to check. For example, if the thermostat runs on batteries, it may be time to change them. Your thermostat’s digital display usually will notify you that the batteries are getting low. If the display is completely blank, the batteries have run out.

If you have a programmable thermostat, be sure to check the dates and times for the thermostat adjustments. Correcting any errors will allow the system to lower or raise the temperature on the days and at the times you intended.

Check the Breaker

If, after checking the thermostat, your furnace is still not working, you may need to check the circuit breaker. It’s possible that the furnace tripped the breaker, especially if it was working unusually hard to get your home to the desired temperature.

Check your home’s breaker box and note the switch for the furnace. If the switch is off or in the middle, turn it to the on position. If the system continues to trip the breaker, check your system’s air filter. If needed, change the filter to improve airflow. If the issue persists, call a professional to inspect the circuit wiring.

Change the Filter

If your furnace isn’t producing enough heat, check the air filter. Hold the filter up to the light. If it blocks out the light, it needs to be changed. A clean filter will improve airflow through the system and push the heated air throughout your home more efficiently. You will not only reach your desired indoor temperature but also reduce energy costs, lengthen the life of your system, and improve your indoor air quality. You can keep your furnace running efficiently by simply changing out the air filter.

Keep Furnace Clean and Clear

Just as you should keep your outdoor unit clean and secure, keep your furnace clean and clear of clutter. You may have stored items near the furnace without realizing that it could cause problems. Reduce any clutter and vacuum around the furnace to remove dust. Cleaning around the furnace will not only improve airflow but will also reduce fire hazards.

Know Your Noises

If you hear noises while your furnace is on, you may need a furnace repair. However, not all noises mean the same thing. If you hear pinging or popping, it might just be the ductwork expanding and contracting as it warms and cools. A rattling sound in the furnace could indicate a loose panel. Squealing could indicate that the belt that connects the motor to the fan has slipped. If you hear a grinding sound, the bearings are likely shot, so turn off the furnace and call our HVAC team for an inspection.

Remember that your furnace won’t last forever. If it’s more than 15-20 years old, you may need to consider buying a new furnace.

Inspect the Gas Line

If you have a gas furnace, you should check to make sure the gas line is set to "open." Also, check the pilot light. If you need to relight it, follow the instructions that are usually posted on the outside of the unit. However, if the pilot light doesn’t stay on, you’ll need to call a professional to check out the issue.

Follow these steps and suggestions to keep your furnace in working order throughout the fall and winter. If you continue to experience furnace issues, call us at Pruitt Heating & Air, Inc. at 770-450-6001 today to have one of our professional technicians inspect and repair your furnace.

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