Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
If you have a gas furnace in your office building, there may come a time when it is no longer working properly. The furnace is responsible for pulling in cold air in the room, cleaning it with the furnace's air filter, and heating it up before distributing warm air throughout your office. There are a variety of things that can go wrong with a furnace, from a clogged filter, to problems with the appliance itself. Here are tips for troubleshooting and repairing your gas furnace.
The Furnace Doesn't Heat
One of the most common types of issues with a furnace occurs when you don't get any heat at all. There are many causes for a furnace no longer heating, including a circuit breaker or fuse that is blown, a closed gas control valve, or a thermostat that is set too low or not working at all. It might also stop producing heat due to a pilot light that is out or problems with the hot surface ignition. Checking the pilot light, circuit breaker and fuse is easy enough. Once you narrow down these simpler issues, you may need to call in a professional to have it inspected.
The Heat is Insufficient
Even if your gas furnace is producing heat, that heat might not be sufficient enough to warm your offices. In this case, it is usually due to an air filter that is clogged. Open up the furnace and check to see if the air filter needs to be replaced. If it not from the air filter, then the gas burners might need to be adjusted or there is an obstruction in the combustion air chamber.
The Furnace Keeps Going Off and On
A gas furnace that is constantly going off and on when it is operating can be very frustrating. There are a few different things that might be happening here. The first is also due to a dirty air filter, which happens to be the easiest thing to check and replace. If the air filter is relatively new or doesn't look clogged, then you may have a problem with the heat anticipator on the thermostat. Finally, if it is neither of those issues, have the blower motor checked.
The Furnace is Too Noisy
If when you turn on the heat the furnace is so noisy that your employees are distracted, it is time to inspect it. Different noises caused by a furnace can mean different things. If it is making a rumbling sound with a low pitch, this is either due to the pilot light needing to be adjusted or gas burners that need to be cleaned. If it is a squealing sound, check to see if the shaft bearings need to be oiled or the blower belt needs adjusting. Contact a company like Robinson Heating & Cooling Inc if you need assistance.