Frequent Furnace Questions


The winter season is a bustling time for residents across Ohio, especially with all the holidays. A lot goes into this beautiful season, like cooking, cleaning, shopping, and spending quality time with family and friends. Although the list goes on, the disarray of these tasks can easily cause a homeowner to forget about their residential furnace. Because your furnace is used the most during the winter season, it can be more likely to run into issues. But there is no need to worry; your friendly HVAC experts at Mount Washington Heating & Cooling enlighten us with answers to some commonly asked questions about furnaces.

Why Does My Furnace Keep Turning Off?

We understand how frustrating it can be to have a furnace that keeps turning off repeatedly, and just know you are not the only one experiencing this. A furnace can do this for many reasons, one of them being a clogged air filter. Exchange the filthy air filter for a fresh, clean one and see if the issue is resolved. Dirty air filters are the most prominent causes of poor airflow reaching your heat exchanger, which causes the furnace to shut down over and over again continuously.

Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

If your furnace is blowing cold air, that is not a very good sign. A furnace’s job is to provide heat for your home, not make it cooler. You residential heating experts at Mount Washington Heating & Cooling want you and your loved ones to keep warm and comfortable in your home. The first thing you should do is inspect the pilot light on your furnace if you have not done so already. There should be directions on your home’s furnace that will walk you through each step. Also, check your furnace’s filters to ensure they are clean and not clogged.

Is My Furnace Suppose to be Making Noises?

Furnaces do not typically make noises; however, if there is a rattling noise coming from your equipment, it could be due to loose screws. First, check the area around your furnace to see if anything is lying around the equipment. Other strange noises that shouldn’t be coming from your furnace include banging, buzzing, and humming. If you hear any of these noises coming from your furnace, check for loose panels and inspect the ductwork for any holes or tears. If the problem still occurs after not finding any visible damage, we suggest giving your local HVAC contractor a call. 

Is My Furnace Supposed to Smell Funny?

Is your furnace giving off an unusual or funny smell? If this is the case, you will first want to investigate the situation by determining where it is coming from. You can start by, you guessed it, checking your furnace’s air filters. Pollutants from the air in your home can clog up your furnace’s air filter quickly, so make sure to keep an eye on it at least once a month. If there is still a faint smell coming from the furnace, don’t forget that you just turned on your equipment for the first time since last winter. Because of this, give your furnace a few hours to get its bearings. If the smell continues contact your local and trusted HVAC technicians at Mount Washington Heating & Cooling.

Can My Thermostat Cause My Furnace Not to Work?

Be mindful that your thermostat could be one of the reasons your furnace may not be working correctly. Unfortunately, when issues with residential furnaces arise, we tend to forget that our thermostat could be part of the problem. Check the thermostat’s fan settings to ensure it is set to “auto.” If the thermostat’s fan settings are set to “on,” it will continue to run, thus wasting time, energy, and, most importantly, money. 

All in all, furnaces can be challenging to manage when they have issues going on, so hopefully, we enlightened you on some helpful tips you can utilize in the next couple of months. At Mount Washington Heating & Cooling, we wish all of our valuable customers a comfortable and safe winter season. If you have any questions or have further problems with your furnace, we are just one call away, and we will be happy to send one of our heating experts out as soon as possible! Give us a call today at (513) 655-5115, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!

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