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Troubleshooting Your Gas Heating System

February 01, 2016

If you sense an issue with your heating system, ignoring it is the last thing you want to do. There’s no denying your heating system is one of the more critical components of your home.

Year in and year out, you depend on it to provide warmth and comfort to your home throughout the cold winters here in the northeast. Typically, home furnaces have a lifespan of around 15 years. While most operate smoothly during that time, there may be an issue here or there to deal with.

Here are some of the most common home heating system issues and some of the possible causes.

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1. No Heat

  • Possibility 1: Tripped fuse controlling the furnace or circuit breaker
  • Possibility 2: Thermostat malfunction
  • Possibility 3: Pilot Light is out

2. Constantly Cycling Off and On

  • Possibility 1: Dirty Air Filter
  • Possibility 2: Thermostat malfunction
  • Possibility 3: Blower Motor issue

3. Insufficient Heat

  • Possibility 1: Air Filter may be dirty
  • Possibility 2: Air flow blockage
  • Possibility 3: Adjustment needed to gas burners

4. Noisy

The type of sound being produced by a noisy heating system can often be a clue as to what the actual issue is.

  • Possibility 1: Low rumble noise may be caused by dirty burners
  • Possibility 2: If your hearing a high pitched noise, that could be related to a certain part(s) that need to be oiled

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