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The Importance of Understanding Your Gas Furnace

Gas furnaces are common heating devices that comprise of one part of a residential heating and cooling system. Furnaces work well in cold winter environments, like the one we have in Toronto. Although modern furnaces are efficient and reliably made, they can sometimes break down or experience problems within the home. Part of troubleshooting a gas furnace is having an understanding of how they work and what basic steps you can take to zero in on the problem.

The Gas Furnace Process

In the winter, furnaces work differently from heat pumps. Their burners generate combustion gases. These gases pass over the heat exchanger in the furnace. Meanwhile, your indoor air flows across the heat exchanger, which heats it up. Then, the heated air flows back through your home via your ductwork.
With this knowledge, you know that the effectiveness of a furnace depends on durable ductwork, as well as functioning burners. Ducts and faulty burners are two of the most common causes of furnace problems.

What To Do With an Inefficient Furnace

Furnaces may not work as well as they could if the home does not have proper insulation. Drafty homes, generally older ones that weren’t equipped for modern HVAC systems, can leak air and cause the furnace to work harder than it should.

If you notice that your energy bills go up at the same time as you leak air, then you should consider insulating your home with the help of Consumers Energy Management. We can equip your residence to handle a well-functioning gas furnace that will keep you warm in the dead of winter.

Another potential problem may not be the fault of your ductwork. Noisy furnaces can be startling and distracting to many residents. Often, dirty burners that aren’t igniting quickly enough are causing these noises. When they do finally ignite, they overcompensate by burning more fuel than they need. Consumers Energy Management can help solve these noisy furnace problems by cleaning out the burners.

Basic Troubleshooting

Some furnace problems are puzzling. You can help solve some of the most basic issues by simple troubleshooting. First, make sure your furnace is set to heat. Then, check that the fan switch for the furnace is on. If it’s on and the furnace doesn’t work, then it might not be getting enough power, or the fan motor is broken.

Check on the other furnace switches. If the furnace still doesn’t work, perhaps the pilot light is off. Follow careful instructions to turn the pilot light on, or call technicians at Consumers Energy Management to come by and complete the procedure for you.

Like any parts of an HVAC system, furnaces can encounter several problems that cause them not to work the way they should. Whether it’s your home or the furnace itself at fault, all you need to do is follow a few steps to help diagnose the problem. Call Consumers Energy Management today to chat with us about your furnace or any other HVAC system hindrances that you may experience.

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