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Common Issues With Older Gas Furnaces

by Rita Richardson

If you still have an older, conventional gas furnace — the type without any fancy options like a condensing chamber or a multi-phase fan — then it's time to be on the lookout for issues. After 15 or 20 years of use, these furnaces often start developing problems. The good thing is that these furnaces also tend to be pretty easy to repair. Keep reading for a look at common issues with older gas furnaces and a look at how each issue is dealt with.

Faulty Limit Switch

The fan component of an older furnace has a part called a limit switch, which is necessary for turning the fan on and off. If this part breaks, your fan may constantly run, whether or not the heat (or the fan setting on your thermostat) is actually turned on. Sometimes the limit switch may just need to be reset, and other times, it may need to be replaced completely. The switch is a small part and is fairly easy to replace, so there's often no sense in replacing the whole furnace if this is all that is wrong.

Broken Thermocouple

The thermocouple is basically a safety device. It stops the flow of gas into your furnace if there is no flame. This way, you don't end up with gas leaking all over (or with an explosion). If the pilot light goes out and it does not stay lit once you relight it, the thermocouple is likely to blame. Again, this is an easy part for an HVAC technician to replace. The part itself costs a couple of dollars, and the repair might take an hour or two.

Torn Fan Belt

The motors in older furnace fans have belts that go around and around, much like the belts in a car engine. They tend to slowly develop wear as they age. The first sign of this wear is often a squeaking when the furnace first starts blowing air. Many homeowners ignore the squeaking since the furnace is still producing heat at this point. But eventually, the squeaking becomes a squeal you can't ignore, and then if the belt tears all the way through, the heat stops coming out of your vents entirely. Replacing a torn fan belt is easy and inexpensive, and you should aim to do this before the sounds get too bothersome.

Keep an eye out for these common older furnace issues, and contact your local HVAC company to learn more about furnace repairs.