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Even New Furnaces Can Malfunction! Watch for These Troubles

If you have a newer furnace, you may think that you’re off the hook for scheduling any type of maintenance or service. However, we encourage you to schedule annual maintenance for your furnace whether it is new or older. Unfortunately, even new furnaces face the possibility of a malfunction.

If installation is not completed just the right way, your furnace may struggle, especially on the coldest days of winter when it needs to use the most power. You can give our team a call to schedule a furnace repair in Bountiful. You can also keep reading to learn more about common furnace problems and the signs of each one so you know what to watch for.

Failing Pilot Light

Even though your brand-new heater can make heating your home seem effortless, there are actually dozens of functions happening inside that work toward warming your home. One of these is the pilot light. It needs the exact right conditions in order to burn correctly. The pilot light should always be bright blue. If it is any other color, including a lighter or faded blue, yellow, and even orange, something is wrong.

It’s also possible that your heater turns off early during a heating cycle because there are pilot light problems. There are safety mechanisms in place to prevent your heater from staying on if something is wrong with the pilot light. If your heater is turning on and off frequently, it’s possible that the pilot light is to blame.

Miscalibrated Thermostat

You may also consider that your heater issues actually have nothing to do with your heater itself. Your thermostat is where you select a temperature for heating your home. Your thermostat then has the job of communicating those expectations to your heater and signaling for it to turn on and off based on the indoor air temperature. 

If something is wrong with your thermostat, it may communicate incorrectly. As a result, your heater will not function the way it was intended to. Usually we can clean out or recalibrate your thermostat to get it working again. Occasionally have to replace a thermostat, an easy upgrade to make.

Lack of Airflow

Occasionally, you should hold your hand up to an air vent in your home and check to make sure you feel a strong stream of airflow. If you do not, there’s a chance that there is a blockage somewhere in your furnace, either preventing airflow into your heater or coming from it.

Many times a dirty air filter is the culprit. If a dirty air filter is the problem, you might need to change it out more frequently than you are doing now. But there are also many other possibilities when it comes to airflow problems. You can schedule service with our team, and we can help you troubleshoot to figure out where the airflow problem is coming from and fix it to keep it from happening again. 

Tripping the Circuit Breaker

If you lose power completely to your furnace, that could mean the unit is tripping the circuit breaker. Having this happen once might be a fluke. But if it happens all the time, that’s a major red flag that your circuit breaker panel cannot handle the power produced by your furnace. In this case, your circuit breaker panel needs to be upgraded. Otherwise, your furnace will continue tripping the breaker, which poses hazards to your home and family. 

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