Repairing Common Furnace Problems

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A furnace system can be one of the most efficient and effective ways of heating the interior space of a home. When a furnace encounters problems that can prevent it from effectively warming a home, there are furnace repair technicians that will be able to visit your home to complete this repair. In particular, there are a few furnace problems that you will want to be prepared to address.  

Pilot Light Problems

The pilot light is one of the most important parts of the furnace system as it will allow the fuel that flows into the burner to ignite and produce heat. Problems with the pilot light can be among the most serious issues as they may completely prevent the furnace from being able to produce heat. There are many problems that can occur to the pilot light, but homeowners may assume that this will always result in the pilot light simply being unable to ignite. However, it can also reduce the pilot light failing to burn well enough or in a sustained way. This can lead to you needing to regularly relight the pilot light. Cleaning the pilot light is one option for avoiding this problem, but it will need to be done every few weeks during the winter so that fuel residue is removed as it accumulates.

Fuel Smells

For furnaces that burn heating oil or natural gas, there is a chance that you may notice a fuel odor coming from the unit. In addition to making the interior of the home a less enjoyable place to be, these odors can also indicate potentially significant problems with the unit. For example, these odors could be due to excessive amounts of fuel entering the burner, which can lead to much of the fuel failing to ignite. Unfortunately, this can represent a major fire threat, you should arrange for repairs as soon as possible to minimize the risk of a fire starting as a result of this damage.

Insufficient Heat From The Radiators

Radiators are a popular system for delivering the heat from the furnace to the various rooms or other areas of the home. A common source of radiator problems can be due to air pockets forming in the radiator. If these pockets form, they will prevent the steam or hot water from circulating through the radiator, and this will reduce the heat transfer from the system. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to remove these air pockets as most radiators will have a valve that can be used to allow excess air in the unit to vent out.

To learn more, reach out to a local furnace repair service.