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Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

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Did you finally turn your furnace on this winter only to have cold air blowing out of your vents? Or did your furnace stop working just when you started to need it most? There are a few reasons your furnace may be blowing cold air, and there a few things to check before you need to worry too much.

At Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we are here in Portland to help keep your home warm and comfy this winter. If you’re having problems with your furnace, check these things first and then call us for help.

Check Your Thermostat’s Settings

Be sure your thermostat is set on the correct setting. If it is set to ON, the blower will run continuously even when the furnace is not heating the air. The air coming through the vents will seem cool because it’s room-temperature air.

Turn your thermostat to AUTO, then the fan will only run when the furnace is heating, and you won’t get tepid or room-temperature air.

Change the Air Filter

A dirty air filter will cause your furnace to overheat. It restricts the airflow in and out of your furnace, which can cause this issue. If it does overheat, the safety control will shut off the burners, causing the fan to blow cool air through the house versus heated air.

Check the Pilot Light

Your furnace may be blowing cold air because the pilot light has gone out. It’s a simple fix; just relight the pilot.

Depending on the age of your system and its model, you may have to manually relight it yourself or you may only need to push a button. Call our Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning professionals if you’re unsure how to proceed. We are always happy to help.

After relighting it a few times, if the pilot continues to go out, you should contact us to come and take a look. This is indicative of a bigger problem requiring professional help.

Reboot Your System

If you have a modern furnace, you probably have one controlled by a computer. Sometimes there is simply a glitch in the system, and it needs a simple reset—the same way you would restart your computer or smartphone.

If you turn off your furnace for 30 seconds and then turn it back on, it may reset itself and begin functioning correctly. If it doesn’t start working the way it should after you have restarted it, call one of our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals to diagnose and repair the issue expediently for you.

Examine Your Ductwork

The older your ductwork is, the more likely it is to be damaged or leaky. If it is damaged or leaky, air can escape before it gets to the desired living areas in your Oregon home. The US Department of Energy (DOE) advises that leaking heated air into unheated spaces, like an attic or basement, can add hundreds of dollars a year to your energy bills.

Be sure to inspect the ductwork yourself, but it is possible you may not be able to visually detect the rips or tears causing your leak. It is best to call us at 503-233-1779 for an in-depth ductwork inspection.

Contact Us for All Your Furnace Needs

If none of these troubleshooting suggestions get your furnace up and running again, unfortunately you may have a bigger problem. Contact our Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning professionals today at 503-233-1779 or request service online, and we would be happy to come to your Portland, OR, home and repair any problem you might be having.

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