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How To Repair A Furnace That Is Not Heating Your Home

by Anthony Graves

Your furnace may not be running properly for a handful of different reasons, although hiring a professional repair company to help you make the necessary repairs is the best thing you can do, there may also be things you can do to make the repair yourself. Your furnace requires maintenance in order for it to continue to run properly, so if you aren't maintaining your system, this may have been the reason for the breakdown in the first place. Be sure you maintain your system, such as keeping your system clean and replacing the furnace filter monthly. Read on for some tips that may help you repair your furnace.

Check The Flame Sensor

The flame sensor may be clogged with soot and could be preventing the signal from allowing the furnace to ignite and heat your home. The flame sensor may need to be cleaned with a piece of emery cloth or a piece of fine-grit sandpaper. Don't rub it too harshly, you are only trying to clean the soot from the sensor. Rubbing it too harshly may cause the sensor to scratch and you may need to replace it altogether, which can be more expensive. Clean the flame sensor and then test your system.

Test The Thermostat

Check your thermostat to see if adjusting the temperature will help to turn on the furnace. The thermostat may not be reading the proper temperature and may need to be replaced. Try making a few different adjustments to the thermostat to see if it sends a signal to the furnace, or if you hear anything happening at all. If you have an aging thermostat, such as a dial or a lever to change the temperature, you may want to replace it anyway with a newer thermostat that may be more energy efficient and accurate. 

Clean Your Furnace

You should try to clean the furnace and change the furnace filter to see if this helps to heat your home better. If it's clogged with dust, dirt, and debris, it may not be running as it should or could be hindering its ability to heat properly. You need to clean the entire furnace, stay away from the moving parts, and change the thermostat. Be sure all of the vents in your home are open as well to provide heat evenly throughout your home.

If your furnace is not heating your home properly, it could be quite a few things that may have caused this issue. For more info about furnace repair, contact a local company.