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Uh-Oh! Is Your Furnace Blowing Cool Air?

You depend on your furnace to keep you and your family warm and toasty all winter long, so of course, when yours stops blowing warm air, it’s definitely a cause for concern! See, the last thing you need when temperatures dip into the ’30s is another air conditioner!

There are a number of reasons why your system might be blowing cool air, and below, we have listed some of them for you. All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more (and as always, remember to call our team when you need furnace repair in Grand Rapids!)

So, What’s Up With Your Furnace?

Like we mentioned above, there are a number of issues that can cause your furnace to blow cool air. These include:

Thermostat Troubles

Sometimes the problem isn’t with the furnace itself, but rather with the thermostat. If your thermostat is malfunctioning, it might be misreading indoor temperatures or it might not be properly regulating the temperature in the furnace.

We also recommend checking your thermostat to see if its set to “AUTO” rather than “ON.” When it is set to “ON,” the fan will blow continuously, even if the furnace isn’t actually heating the air.

A Clogged Air Filter

A clogged air filter can cause significant problems if ignored, one of which is a lack of heat. A dirty air filter restricts airflow into your furnace, causing it to overheat. When this happens, your system will shut down as a safety measure. The fan, however, will continue to blow air to cool down the heat exchanger.  Changing your clogged air filter might just be the way to restore heat to your home.

Broken Heating Elements

When any of the elements responsible for heating air are broken, you can expect cool air from your furnace. A professional can inspect each element of your furnace to pinpoint the source of the problem.

A Ductwork Breach

When there is a breach in the ductwork, warm air will leak from the system. In addition, a breach will cause air from other parts of the house, most of it colder than air from the furnace, to enter the system causing a drop in temperature. Fortunately, a certified HVAC professional can locate and seal any ductwork breaches.

Call in a Professional

If your furnace is in need of repairs, do not hesitate to call in a certified HVAC professional for help. Only a professional has the tools, training, and expertise to safely and correctly handle the complex needs of your system, the first time around. And yes, there may be plenty of amateurs willing to service your system for a fairly cheap price, but remember, sometimes an attempt to save money could end up costing you much more in the long run. Trust us, when it comes to your comfort and your budget, you don’t want to take any risks!

To schedule your heating repairs, or to learn more about our services, contact the team at GRmetro Heating & Cooling today. 

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