Why isn’t my furnace keeping up this winter?

Jan 15, 2021 | HVAC, Tips & Tricks | 0 comments

Living here in Montgomery County during the wintertime, it can be challenging to have to deal with a furnace that doesn’t keep up with the cold.

So what do we do when there’s an unexpected problem? 

Short of calling our team here at Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air to get your system back up and running like it should, we present the following list of things that could be causing problems with your furnace this winter:

1) Your air filter needs replaced

Throughout the winter heating season, homeowners should be checking their HVAC filters on a monthly basis. In some cases, they’ll need to be changed just as often. When furnace filters become dirty or old, they can prevent proper airflow and wreak havoc on your furnace and make your heating bills rise. Because furnace filters don’t cost much, are super easy to replace and they allow your furnace to work like it should, staying on top of this is essential. Doing so ensures your expensive system has plenty of airflow that enables it to do its job.

2) There’s a thermostat malfunction

After you check your air filter, next you want to consider whether you have a problem with your thermostat, another easy fix. Check its power source, or batteries, first and after that check the area surrounding the thermostat to make sure is clean. If this doesn’t solve the problem, next you’ll want to look inside the thermostat. If there are any cobwebs or dirt or dust inside clean it out using a soft brush that’s dry. If this doesn’t work, use an independent thermometer to determine whether the thermostat is reading the correct temperature.

In any case, if you have an older thermostat or if it’s not working properly, now is an excellent time for replacement. Older furnaces are prone to breakdowns and other problems. They can be inefficient, and the problem is only doing to get worse as it gets older. Furthermore, you might be surprised at how affordable today’s smart thermostats and programmable thermostats are and how quickly and easily we can install one! Not only do they look great and work well with other smart home technology, but they also save you money by helping you cut down on energy costs year round.

3) You’re have heat escaping

Another reason why your furnace might struggle keeping up with the cold is because of heat escaping. Air drafts and air leaks, or lack of ventilation, will send heat right out the window — or door — with your hard-earned cash. If you suspect this is the reason for your colder-than-normal home, or if you’re not sure about your insulation levels, you should do some checking in certain areas around the house.

As you might already know, when it comes to losing heated air, the usual suspects include windows, doorways, ductwork, pipes, chimneys or anything else that might be “penetrating” the structure of your home, naturally or unnaturally (like dryer exhaust vents, spickets, etc). In any case, for future reference, these are all things we suggest checking as part of any normal residential winterization.

4) The system hasn’t had maintenance

Furnace maintenance, which includes furnace tune ups, are essential to the health and longevity of any HVAC system. As such, homeowners should have their heating equipment tuned up by a certified furnace technician once a year at least. The same goes for cooling equipment, or air conditioning.

If you are interested in having one of our friendly team members to take a look at your furnace and determine why it’s not keeping up with Ohio’s cold weather, give us a call today for an appointment. Otherwise, if you know your system is getting old and simply isn’t able to keep you and your loved ones warm throughout another winter, our friendly and sales team is standing by. We’d be happy to help you find the perfect home heating system for your needs and your budget, with fast and easy financing — and no sales pressure whatsoever!

Furnace not keeping up with the cold? Don’t delay calling us today!

Our home’s expensive heating equipment works tirelessly for us throughout the most extreme weather here in the Miami Valley. Because of their complexity and value, there’s simply no substitute for the help of a certified heating expert who knows what your system needs. Our trusted, friendly certified furnace technicians perform maintenance quickly and affordably. In addition to keeping your system running smoothly like it should, this will give you peace of mind you can’t find anywhere online.

To give your heating equipment the love and care it deserves and needs, call Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air today at 937-502-3842, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!