Troubleshooting Furnace Air Flow Issues

Posted: October 5, 2020

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Is your oil furnace or propane furnace doing its job and keeping your home warm and comfortable? As the cold weather creeps in, we want to make sure you’re getting all the heat you should from your furnace. If that’s not happening, your furnace may have an air flow problem.

With a little troubleshooting, you may be able to solve the problem on your own! If the issue proves to be bigger or you’d rather have someone from the Murray-Heutz team come take a look, just contact us for a service call.

4 Air Flow Troubleshooting Tips

  1. Do a thermostat check. At this time of year, while it’s still early in the season, a common thermostat problem is that it may not be set correctly. Double check that it is set to “heat.” The fan should be set for “on.” You’ll also want to check the batteries as they may need to be replaced.
  2. Make sure you have a fresh air filter. Your furnace’s air filter should be checked monthly and changed out every three months—at least. If you have pets, or someone in your home has respiratory issues or allergies, you’ll want to change it more often. Once the air filter is dirty, the air flow through the heating system becomes restricted.
  3. Give your blower a check. A worn out or obstructed blower will not push air through your ductwork. Check to see if it’s worn out or if anything is in the way. Our service technicians can help—call us if it needs to be fixed or replaced.
  4. Inspect your ductwork. Does your ductwork have a tear? If so, the air pressure will be affected, and the air flow will slow down. It’s also possible that your ductwork has disconnected or is blocked by debris, like insulation.

If you can see the issue and can resolve it yourself, you may be back in business in just a few minutes. If you are not able to identify the problem, give us a call or send us a message.

You want your oil furnace or propane furnace to work as efficiently as possible, all the time. This will keep your monthly costs down, and it will extend the life of your heating system. Plus you’ll be more comfortable—every day!

Need more information about the heating systems we service and sell in Androscoggin County, ME? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help!