As close as we are to summer, there are still some chilly, rainy days where you may want to have your furnace turned on. The last thing you want to find is that instead of blowing a comforting warm air, it’s blowing cold air instead! We know how frustrating it can be dealing with a malfunctioning furnace, especially right at the time you need it the most.
Luckily, there’s no need to panic. As bad as the situation may seem, the solution could be a simple fix. Here are five common reasons a furnace may be blowing cold air and how you can resolve each situation.
1. The furnace isn’t warmed up
If you feel a blast of cool air when you first turn your furnace on, give it a couple of minutes to see if the air eventually gets warmer. It’s normal for cool air to emerge from the vents at first since the furnace has to warm up. It’s the exact same as when you turn on a faucet for hot water but you get cold water at first.
2. Your thermostat is set to “On”
This is more of a common reason than you might think. If you notice a constant flow of cool air coming from your furnace, check your thermostat to see if the unit’s fan is set to “on” or “auto.” If your thermostat is set to “on,” your furnace blower will constantly run even when your furnace isn’t actually heating the air. By switching it to “auto” the fan will only blow when the furnace is heating the air.
3. The flame sensor is dirty
Pilotless ignition furnaces use a flame sensor to keep the furnace burning once it starts. If that flame sensor is dirty, your furnace will turn on and begin heating but then turn cold relatively quickly. If you’re familiar with furnace components you can most likely clean the sensor yourself. However, if you’re not comfortable performing that task you can always call us and one of our HVAC technicians will be happy to clean it for you.
4. The pilot light is out
If you have an older furnace and it’s blowing cold air, chances are the pilot light has gone out. Feel free to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how to re-light it safely if you feel comfortable doing so. If not, again, please contact us and we can assist you.
5. Your air filter is clogged
Dirty air filters can cause a lot of issues because they limit airflow into your furnace. Restricted airflow can cause your furnace to run longer to heat your home until it overheats. Once it overheats, you will only get cold air. The solution is pretty obvious for this situation – replace your dirty air filter with a clean one. Once the airflow is no longer blocked, your furnace will be less likely to overheat and should function normally.
If you’re still having problems after all of these troubleshooting efforts, something more serious may be happening with your furnace. If you live in the Brant County area, the HVAC professionals to call are Crystal Heating and Cooling. Your Crystal technician will work through a series of tests to pinpoint the exact source of trouble and get your heating system up and running again as soon as possible.
Whether your furnace is blowing cold air or you need help with other home comfort issues, Crystal Heating and Cooling offers homeowners the services they can count on for all of their needs.