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“Help! The Air Coming from My Furnace is Cold”

couple-sitting-with-parkas-on-in-living-roomOur home furnaces are something we rely quite heavily on here in our area. So, of course, when your furnace stops blowing warm air, it’s cause for alarm. The last thing you need when temperatures dip low enough to bring on snow is another air conditioning system, right?

There are several reasons this problem might occur, and we’ve outlined some of them for you below. Keep reading to learn more—and if you have this problem or any other issue with your furnace, please give our team a call right away!

Thermostat Woes

We have a bit of good news here—your furnace problem might not actually be a furnace problem at all, but rather a thermostat problem. We say this is good news because for our technicians, a thermostat fix is a much simpler repair—meaning it costs you less time and money.

Another possibility is it’s a problem you can fix on your own—even better, right? We know this sounds obvious, but hang with us… check your thermostat to see if it is set to “auto” instead of “on.” When it’s set to on, the fan will blow continuously, even if the furnace isn’t actually heating the air. Also, check to make sure that the temperature setting is where you expect it to be. It’s always likely that someone in your household with different heating preferences has reset it.

A Clogged Air Filter

This is another one of those problems that are easily resolvable. There’s a common misconception among homeowners that the furnace air filter is in place to protect their indoor air quality, but it is actually in place to protect the inside components of the furnace from dirt, dust, and other debris. So if it’s too clogged up, it can restrict airflow.

Therefore, what you may be feeling isn’t so much cold air but a lack of airflow that’s preventing you from warming up as quickly as usual.

Broken Heating Elements

If any of the elements tasked with heating the air are broken, you can expect cool, or at least lukewarm, air to come from your furnace. A professional can inspect each element of your furnace to pinpoint the exact source of the problem and resolve it for you.

Ductwork Damage

If there’s a tear or even pinhole leaks in your air ducts, then it will cause heated air to leak out. You may notice cold spots throughout your home, or cold air coming from a couple of vents. This again, isn’t a detrimental problem to the actual furnace system itself, but it will cause it to run longer to try to achieve your desired temperature. As a result, it will cost you more to run even though you’re not getting the warmth you deserve.

If you suspect you have a problem with your ductwork, the best thing you can do is give our staff a call to do duct testing, and follow up with a potential duct sealing or repair.

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY and HVAC service in Bergen County, NJ and surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert services. Contact us today!

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