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Handling Common Problems A Furnace Can Encounter

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During the years that you own your home's furnace system, there could be any number of problems that the system may encounter that you will be tasked with addressing if you are to keep your home's interior a warm and pleasant place to be. 

Deep Cleaning The Furnace To Remove Residue And Mold

If your furnace has not been thoroughly cleaned in a fairly long time, there may be enough residue in the unit to severely hinder its performance. Furthermore, it may even be possible for mold to start to grow in the furnace. A mold issue in the furnace itself can be a serious problem as it can reduce the air quality in your home, interfere with the flow of air into the system, and even spread spores throughout the house. To thoroughly clean the unit to address these issues, the furnace may have to be taken apart so that the areas that are hard to reach can be effectively cleaned and sanitized.

Problems With The Thermocouple Of The Furnace

The furnace's thermocouple is a critical safety device for the system. It will monitor the pressure and temperature in the combustion chamber of the furnace. In the event that the pressure starts to get too high or the temperature exceeds a safe limit, this component will turn off the furnace to prevent damage or even catastrophic failures. Many furnaces are designed to fail to activate if this component has been damaged or has failed. Attempting to force the unit to work without this component may not be advisable due to the risks that this component can prevent.

Repairing A Damaged Flue

The flue for the furnace can be another important safety component due to its ability to let the fumes leave the home. If the flue were to suffer damage, it could potentially allow some of these fumes to seep into the home. As this occurs, it could lead to a potentially dangerous accumulation of noxious fumes from the burning of heating oil or natural gas. One common source of damage to the flue could be strong storms. They may send debris crashing into the exterior portion of the flue, and this could cause it to suffer significant damage. After any storms move through your area, you should thoroughly inspect the exposed portion of the flue to make sure that it is both free of damage and leaves or other debris that may have been blown into its opening by the storm's winds.

Speak to a furnace repair service to find out more.