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How Do you Diagnose a Furnace Problem?

A furnace is essential for survival and comfort in the winter months. However, they can malfunction and develop issues that prevent normal operation, even with regular maintenance. 

Diagnosing Furnace Problems

Below are a few ways to check if your furnace needs heating repair services in Murrieta, CA.

  • Check the Breaker and Shut Down the Switches

Occasionally, our furnace technicians discover that the furnace only requires the “on” switch to function. Look for a typical wall switch on or close to the furnace; regardless of type, every furnace has one somewhere. Additionally, check the furnace’s circuit breaker or fuse. Ensure the front panel that covers the blower motor is tightly fastened; the furnace’s push-in switch underneath must be fully depressed for it to turn on.

  • Change your Furnace Filters

A clogged furnace filter may result in the furnace turning off. The most typical reason for furnace problems is dirty filters. Airflow is impeded by dust and dirt, and if the filter becomes too full, the heat exchanger will overheat and shut off too quickly, preventing your house from warming up. A clogged filter can also shorten the lifespan and decrease the furnace’s efficiency by causing soot to accumulate on the heat exchanger.

  • Make Sure the Gas is Switched On

Like switches, a gas valve might have been turned off and then forgotten to be turned back on. To make a handle parallel to the gas pipe, turn it perpendicular to the gas pipe as you follow the gas line back from the furnace to the meter. Your furnace’s age will affect how often you need emergency gas furnace repair in Hemet, CA. Check if it’s lit by removing the front panel and the burner cover.

  • Check your Chimney Exhaust

The heat can occasionally draw in birds and fall into the exhaust. Disassemble the furnace’s duct where it leaves and check for debris after turning it off and lowering the thermostat. Ensure that the sections are put back together in the same order and direction as when you first removed them.

  • Flush Drain Lines

During the heating season, high-efficiency furnaces can lose several gallons of water daily. The furnace will turn off if the drain lines are blocked by mold growth or sediment. If the drain hose appears to be filthy, remove it, fill it with a solution of bleach and water, and then flush it after a while.

  • Look for Blocked Ducts

Check to see if all of the room registers are open if your furnace turns on, but only one or two rooms are cold. Then inspect any ductwork you can access, looking for openings or branching points between sections. Use special metal duct tape to fill in any gaps between duct sections. Avoid using standard cloth duct tape because it quickly wears out and might leak if it was previously used to seal duct sections.

In Summary,

Regular system inspections, at least as frequently as the manufacturer advises, can stop a small fix from turning into a costly repair. You might require the help of a furnace repair expert if the tips provided does not assist you in identifying or resolving issues or if it is beyond your level of expertise. Contact Ease to get the best services in heating repair in Murrieta, CA