27 May “Why is my furnace leaking?” – Solutions for 5 Common Heating Problems
There’s nothing worse than coming home on a chilly night and discovering your heat isn’t working, or to find that your furnace is leaking water, becoming noisy, or not heating correctly. On cooler days, an expert heating contractor will receive hundreds of calls from people experiencing problems with their heating systems which have just been turned on for the first time in months, and may not have been properly maintained. Here we take a look at the top problems that occur in heating systems and what you can do to solve them.
A Leaky Furnace
Water leaking from your furnace could be the result of a leak in the tubing of a high efficiency gas furnace. These furnaces have a cool exhaust, and as such produce condensation, which if not drained correctly can result in a water leak. A professional heating contractor can come to your home to investigate the leak and make the necessary repairs. If your furnace is leaking gas, this could be a potentially dangerous situation, so if you do smell gas, get out of the house and call your gas company immediately.
Thermostat Not Working
If your home is experiencing wild oscillations in heat from being too hot to too cool, the thermostat for your heating may be faulty. The thermostat may be failing to read an accurate temperature for your home and adjust itself accordingly. A heating repairs professional can recalibrate your thermostat to set it right again, or you could upgrade to a programmable thermostat to better reliability and energy savings.
If your furnace seems to be working but just isn’t heating as well as it should be, you could be dealing with leaks or blockages in the ductwork. Another sign of damaged ducts and leaking heat is skyrocketing utility bills as you turn up the temperature to compensate. Regular testing and maintenance can help to assess and correct ductwork or mechanical issues with your furnace before they arise.
A Noisy Furnace
You may notice that your furnace is making a different sound than it was before, whether subtle like a rumbling sound, or very pronounced like a rattling or squeaking. These sounds are not normal, and could signal clogging, blockages in the ductwork or a mechanical problem.
If your furnace just doesn’t seem to be responding or working at all, it’s important to try to identify the root cause of the problem. There may be a problem with the power, gas or the pilot light. The thermostat may also be the culprit here, so check that it’s switched on and set high enough to initiate the furnace. A heating professional can quickly and easily diagnose the underlying issues with a non-responsive furnace.
Avoiding Future Issues
Many furnace problems arise due to a lack of routine maintenance and repair, particularly during the warmer months when the furnace isn’t being used as much. Avoid the rush at the beginning of winter by having a heating professional perform maintenance on your heating system ahead of time, before problems arise. This not only saves you time, money and hassle, but a well-maintained system also preserves the future life of your system and saves on utility bills, so it’s better for you and the environment.