4 Reasons Your Furnace Might Not Work This Fall

If you’ve lived in Bromall, Pennsylvania, long, you know it’s a good idea to test your furnace well ahead of cold weather. The first time the temperature drops, everyone in town will switch on the heat. For some people who didn’t think ahead, the heat won’t come on. Heating and air conditioning companies will be swamped with calls, and there are only so many technicians available. Some families will be stuck shivering in the cold while they wait their turn for service. But what happens if you switch your thermostat to heat on the first fall day, and you find out you have a problem? Here are some reasons your furnace might not be working.

Electrical Issues

 Even if you have a gas furnace, it still requires power. If you switch on your thermostat and nothing happens, you might have loose or corroded wires in your unit or in the thermostat. Make sure your thermostat is set to heat, check your electrical box for a blown circuit breaker, and examine wiring leading to your furnace. If you see loose wires, contact an expert immediately.

Pilot Light Is Out

 If the blower goes on but all you get is cold air, check to see if you can see the blue flame of the pilot light. If you don’t see a flame, the furnace may simply need to be relit.

Dirty Filters

 Filters should be changed every 30 to 90 days. Dirty filters make your furnace work harder to push out warm air, which wears it out faster. If your furnace doesn’t seem to be putting out much heat, check the filters. If your furnace frequently switches between hot and cold, that also may indicate a clogged filter.

Mechanical Problems

 If your furnace thumps, bumps, or squeals, it may have mechanical issues. Call an expert right away so a mechanical issue doesn’t lead to system failure.

 Have your heating and air conditioning systems checked twice a year to prevent major issues. With regular maintenance, you’ll never have to wonder if your heater is ready for the cold weather ahead. Contact John McCuen, Inc. for plumbing, heating, and air conditioning in Bromall, PA, and throughout the area.





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Signs You Need a Furnace Tune Up


Furnace Tune UpWhen the weather gets cold, heat is something that people cannot do without; so it is important for people to always make sure that their heating units are working in top condition. The best way for people to do this, is to watch for the signs that warn that a heating unit is beginning to malfunction. If people learn to spot these signs, they can get their furnace fixed early, before the weather gets extremely cold.

The most obvious sign that there is something wrong with a heating unit is when the heating unit is activated, and the air that comes out of it is not completely warm. When this happens to a person, it is a telltale sign that they need to have their heating unit looked at. Many have the mistaken belief that their heating units need time to heat up, the way that old cars do, but in truth, it should never take longer than a minute at max for hot air to start coming out of a heater.

Another thing that can let a person know that there is a problem with their heater is when their heating unit starts staying on too long when they have it set to automatically go off once it reaches a certain temperature. If a person normally leaves their heating unit on one setting, that is usually very comfortable for them, and they don’t have any windows open, or anything else bringing cold air into their home, they should never have to constantly adjust their heating unit to get the right temperature in their home. When heating units stay on too long, or don’t come on when they are supposed to, it is time for a person to call an HVAC specialist to fix their heating unit.

If a person gets a tune up for their heating unit, they can avoid having to completely replace it. The cost for repairs, versus the cost for buying new heating units, is normally vastly different; so getting repairs can save people a lot of money.

Are you looking for a heating contractor in Broomall or surrounding area? Call John McCuen Plumbing Heating & Air at (610) 325-9395 and get started today!