If your furnace is blowing cold air in your home, this is a sign of an issue with the flame detector, gas supply, air filter, pilot light, or condensate lines. Many of these issues are able to be easily solved on your own by sanitizing or replacing components in the gas furnace. Let’s discuss the various ways you may be able to resolve these issues on your own.
Reasons Your Furnace Is Not Producing Warm Air
The Pilot Light is Damaged
If your furnace is blowing cold air, it may be a good idea to check the pilot light on your gas system to ensure it is working. The pilot light in your gas furnace is designed to ignite the burners to ensure your system is able to develop heat. It is common to have issues with the pilot light on older gas furnaces. We recommend following the instruction kit that came with your furnace to re-light the pilot.
Find the Pilot Light Assembly & Reset Toggle
If you’re looking to re-light the pilot light on your own, the first thing that needs to be accomplished is locating the pilot assembly and its reset toggle. The reset toggle is usually located near the bottom of the furnace. Please refer to your instruction kit if you are having issues finding the pilot light assembly and reset switch. After the reset toggle has been located, move it to the off position to deactivate the gas.
Set the Reset Switch to the On Setting
We recommend waiting a couple of minutes before setting the reset switch to the On position to allow excess gas to exit from the chamber in your furnace. Next, adjust the reset toggle to the Pilot setting to ensure gas is able to be transmitted to the pilot light. After you have changed this setting, locate the reset button on your furnace and hold it down while placing a match in front of the pilot light. You will observe the formation of a flame from the pilot light. Once you are able to start a flame, you will need to release the reset button. Congratulations! You have successfully re-light the pilot light and your furnace should activate to heat your home. If you need assistance re-lighting your pilot light, give our team a call by phone at (703) 543-9649 to receive assistance.
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Dirt & Grime on the Flame Detector
Other types of gas furnaces to not rely on a pilot light to activate the heating process. Furnaces without pilot lights rely on flame detectors to ensure the successful completion of a heating cycle. If your flame detector is covered in dust, dirt, or grime, you will quickly loose heat and your furnace will start blowing cold air. This issue is able to be fixed by simply cleaning the flame sensor in your furnace. Or you may rely on our team of HVAC experts to sanitize the flame detector and restore the heating process.
Air Filter is Restricting Airflow
If the air filter in your furnace is covered in dust, grime, or soot, this will block incoming air from your gas furnace. Common signs of dirty air filters include long heating cycles and overheating issues. The average overheating issue will cause your heater to blow cold air throughout your home. To restore the flow of warm air in your house, we recommend replacing the contaminated air filter with a new one. Since the new air filter will not block airflow to your gas furnace, the unit will no longer overheat.
A Low Supply of Gas in the Home
If your heater is blowing cold air, this may indicate a severe issue with the gas supply line in your home. Your furnace is designed to deactivate if it’s not receiving enough gas to perform its standard heating process. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to fix this issue on your own. We recommend calling a professional HVAC technician to perform a gas furnace repair project.
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The Condensate Lines are Clogged
Have you noticed your furnace is not working in your home? The latest state-of-the-art furnaces are engineered with condensate drain lines that aid with the removal of moisture. If there is a blockage in the condensate lines, this may deactivate the burners and cause the furnace to blow cold air in your home.
There’s Damage to Your Ductwork
The furnace may be blowing cold air due to holes and cracks in the ductwork of your home. These small to large openings allow cold air from your attic to enter the air ducts. Your furnace could be blowing warm air and working properly, but could be leaking out by the time it blows out of your vents. Duct sealing could allow the warm air to reach the vents much more efficiently.
The Thermostat is Set to On Instead of Auto
If your heater is blowing cold air, we recommend checking the thermostat in your home to confirm its set to Auto. If your thermostat is toggled to the On setting, this will cause your furnace to continuously run throughout the day, even when it is not producing heat. Simply switch this thermostat setting to the Auto channel to ensure the gas furnace in your home will only run during the standard heating process.
Reliable Furnace Repair & Installation Services
If the furnace in your home is blowing cold air, give us a call by phone at (703) 543-9649 or fill out our Service Request Form to receive assistance. We offer furnace repair and installation services in areas of Virginia such as Arlington, Reston, Alexandria, and Centreville. We also offer other HVAC services such as air conditioning repair or replacement. Call us and we’ll check your furnace and ducts so you’ll have warm air heating your home for the rest of winter.