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Answering Common Questions Concerning Furnace Issues

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A furnace can be a remarkably effective way of ensuring that a home is kept warm. Unfortunately, these systems can also be extremely complicated, which can expose them to the risk of encountering a range of problems. As a result, it is important for homeowners to know the answers to some common question about these systems so that they will be better prepared to get the most from these systems while also avoiding some routine issues. 

Why Is The Furnace Producing Excessive Smoke?

While it may seem like it would be normal for a furnace to generate small amounts of smoke, this can actually indicate a serious but common problem for the furnace. Often, this can stem from oil accumulating around the burner. This residue can create noticeable amounts of smoke when the system is running. Fortunately, this issue can often be corrected by simply cleaning the burner. To do this, you will need to take a damp cloth and thoroughly wipe down the burner. 

What Can Cause The System To Create A Banging Or Grinding Sound?

You might notice that the furnace is making a banging sound when it is active. This issue can stem from issues with the fan or pump that distributes the heated air or water because the motor that powers the fan or pump can suffer extensive wear and tear. To avoid this issue from causing problems with your furnace, you should make sure to have the system professionally serviced at least once a year so that any wear and tear can be repaired before the system suffers serious damage. 

How Does The Thermostat Influence The System's Efficiency?

The thermostat can be a critical part of the heating system, but many homeowners will overlook this important component. A poorly maintained thermostat can degrade the efficiency of the system as well as reduce the comfort inside the building. This occurs because dust can gather on the internal sensors of the thermostat. When this occurs, the thermostat may not activate at the correct times because it may have an inaccurate temperature reading. To minimize the risk of this problem occurring, you should make sure to clean the thermostat every few months. When performing this step, you should wipe down the exterior of the thermostat with a damp cloth and spray the interior with compressed air. These simple steps will remove the dust before it is able to get inside the thermostat and cause problems.