Furnace Blowing Cold Air or Emitting Funny Smells? Here’s What to Do…

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Furnace Blowing Cold Air or Emitting Funny Smells? Here’s What to Do…

As summer turns into fall, the chill in the air reminds us that cold weather will be here before long. Now is the perfect time to make sure your furnace is ready for winter. We can help. Here at Aspire Heating & Cooling, we can check your unit so it works perfectly when the temperature drops. Additionally, we can help you diagnose any HVAC problem, such as a furnace blowing cold air or a funky smell. If you have a furnace-related problem, give us a call. We have experience with everything from replacing a sensor to repairing ductwork.

How to Diagnose Common HVAC Issues (The Flame is Out, A Furnace Blowing Cold Air and More)

If you have a furnace issue, you should always call a professional. However, there are a few steps you can take to deal with simple problems. Here are some causes of common HVAC issues:

  • Funny Smells

There are a few funny smells that should cause you to immediately evacuate and call a professional. Namely, burning smells could indicate the start of an electrical fire and sulfur smells could indicate a gas leak. However, a dusty or musty smell is not a huge cause for concern. Your furnace will probably smell a bit dusty the first time you turn it on for the year. Dust and dirt collect on the filter when it is not in use over the summer. If the smell doesn’t get better, it typically means that you just need to change the filter. Sign up for one of our service plans and you won’t have to deal with a dusty or musty furnace smell for long. We’ll make sure your system is clean and ready to go for each season.

  • Furnace Blowing Cold Air

A dirty air filter may be causing a furnace blowing cold air as well. So, your first step is to see if the filter is very dirty and blocking the airflow. When this happens, the heat causes your furnace burners to shut off. Simply changing the air filter could fix your problem. Additionally, the problem could be that the pilot light flame is out. If you are comfortable re-lighting it, use your HVAC manufacturer’s instructions to light the flame again. (Or, we can come out and fix it for you so your heat starts working again!)

However, if neither of these is the issue, you may have a part that needs repair work. Our NATE-certified technicians are trained to find the problem and fix it. Click here to learn more about furnace repair.

  • Circuit Breaker Tripping

If your circuit breaker trips, you can easily switch it back on. This can sometimes happen especially if your furnace is working overtime during the coldest part of the year. However, if your breaker keeps tripping, it might be an indication that you are overtaxing the system. It could also be a bad sensor or another problem. It’s always best to call a professional in this case, in order to get a full assessment.

What if You Have to Replace Your Furnace?

Sometimes, the cost to fix a furnace is so high that replacement makes more sense. It isn’t always as easy as replacing a sensor or fixing the temperature settings. If you need a new furnace, don’t panic. Yes, this is a big expense. However, we can help. We have financing available to qualified buyers. Additionally, we have lease-to-own options for homeowners with less than perfect credit. In other words, we’ll work with you. Our goal is to make sure that you and your family stay warm this winter. You shouldn’t have to go a second without heat in your home. We’ll help you get back to the right temperature again. Click here to learn more about our financing options.

And remember, at Aspire Heating & Cooling, a consultation is always free. So, if you want to learn more about the cost of a repair or full furnace replacement, simply click here to contact us. We are happy to go over your options.

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