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False Alarm: 3 Furnace Problems Not Caused by Your Furnace

There may be times that it seems like your furnace is not working, when in reality there is another contributing factor impacting your furnace’s ability to heat your home. We like to call these false alarms. We have calls all the time for furnaces that are not operating. Homeowners often see dollar bill signs thinking that a major furnace problem will be expensive to repair.

Instead, we often find that there are three common factors contributing to what you might think are furnace problems. You can give our team a call anytime for furnace repair in Fort Wayne, IN. No matter what is going wrong, our team can assess the situation and offer a solution. Keep reading to learn more about the problems that may be contributing to the illusion that your heater is malfunctioning.

Thermostat Issues

If it seems like your furnace is not working the way it should, your thermostat might actually be the problem. There are a variety of things that could be wrong with your thermostat and contributing to your heater not working the way it should. Examples of thermostat problems include:

  • Miscalibration
  • Dust and dirt buildup
  • Low battery charge
  • Thermostat age

Our team can clean out your thermostat, re-calibrate it or even replace it with a newer, smart thermostat that helps your heater to work even better.

Thermostat Settings

There’s also a reasonable chance that the thermostat settings are to blame. You might be thinking that your heater is not working due to some kind of malfunction, when really it is a user error. It is easy to think that you got the settings right when they are really not set correctly for heating. 

Before you give us a call, double check your thermostat settings to make sure they are correct. Your thermostat should be switched over to heat mode and the temperature should be set higher than your current indoor air temperature. If everything looks right, you can try setting the temperature just a degree or two higher to see if the heater will kick on. If it doesn’t, the problem may lie elsewhere.

Electrical Panel

You could be experiencing electrical problems that contribute to your heater not working the way you want it to. If your home is 40 years or older, there’s a good chance that your electrical panel is outdated. It may need to receive some upgrades or be overhauled completely. Signs that your electrical panel is outdated, include:

  • Presence of fuses instead of circuits
  • Circuit breakers flipping frequently
  • Lack of outlets around your home
  • Lights flickering when you use an appliance

When our team completes an assessment of your heater, we will check everything that could be contributing to heater problems – and that includes your electrical panel. If we find electrical concerns that we think need to be addressed, we will let you know and offer you your options for upgrading or replacing your electrical system. 

We understand that this type of project can seem overwhelming, but upgrading your electrical panel can have a lot of benefits. In addition to improving your home safety may see a difference in overall monthly energy costs because a new panel will work more efficiently. 

True Comfort, True Savings. The team at Colliers Comfort is here to serve you. Schedule an appointment today for electrical service.

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