Why Is My Furnace Not Keeping Up With The Cold Weather?

Jan 14, 2020

Anyone who has ever experienced Ohio weather knows how crazy and unpredictable it can be, especially in the winter. They also know that it is a good idea to make sure your heating is fully prepared for anything that Mother Nature might throw it’s way. The last thing you want is to have your heating system stop working in the middle of extreme weather conditions. Before the brutal weather sets in, be sure that your furnace is ready and able to keep your home adequately heated in cold weather:


1. Have your HVAC system professionally cleaned and inspected

Treat your HVAC system to a thorough professional cleaning and comprehensive inspection to make sure everything is in good working order and that no issues are waiting to rear their ugly heads and cause trouble right in the dead of winter. Give New Albany Heating and Cooling a call at (614) 636-5002 and let us set you up with an appointment to have your heating system checked out by one of our fully trained service technicians.

2. Don’t shut your furnace off

Don’t turn your heating system completely off once you have started using it for the cold weather season. Lowering the temperature when the weather permits is fine, but when the frigid temperatures return, you don’t want to have to wait for your heating system to warm your entire house again to be comfortable and stay warm. Turning your furnace off completely can mean big trouble if the temperatures drop below the freezing point. The water pipes in your home can freeze and burst, causing a lot of damage to your home and your wallet. 

3. Your furnace is the wrong size

If the furnace in your home is too small to heat such a large space, then your furnace can quickly become overworked and overheated, and this can cause the motor to burn up. This will require extensive repair work to your furnace, if not a complete replacement of your entire HVAC system. You can determine if this is the problem by setting your thermostat five degrees higher than you normally do and timing to see how long it takes for your home to reach the higher temperature. If it takes a long time or if it fails to reach the new temperature at all, then you most likely have a heating system that is too small to heat your home effectively. 

If your house stays too warm al the time, even when you reduce your thermostat’s setting, your heating system may be too large for your home’s needs. This can be a serious issue because excessive heat can damage your home’s ductwork, which will result in costly repair or replacement costs for you. 

4. Your system’s blower fan is malfunctioning 

If the airflow from your heating system into your home isn’t as strong as it should be, then your home will not feel warm when the cold weather sets in. A dirty air filter, a broken blower fan, or damaged or dirty ductwork can prevent heat from being carried throughout your home and warming it adequately. Start out by checking the easiest fix first: check your furnace’s air filter to see if there is dirt and debris trapped inside it, and replace it with a new, clean filter. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, give us a call and we will get you set up with an appointment with our professionals to determine the problem and get to work repairing it right away.

5. You need to invest in a programmable thermostat

If your heating system is running practically nonstop but your home is still not warm, it may be time to invest in a more modern, programmable thermostat. Check the effectiveness of your existing thermostat by setting the temperature five degrees higher than usual. When the system kicks into action, check to see if heated air is coming into your home via the heat ducts. If it is not, then it is likely time to update to a more modern thermostat. 

Programmable thermostats are very cost-efficient and eco-friendly as they will cut back on your energy usage and lower your utility bills in the process. You can even download an app to your smartphone that allows you to set your programmable thermostat even when you are away from home. 


New Albany Heating and Cooling can help. Give us a call at (614) 636-5002 or visit us online at https://newalbanyheatingcooling.comschedule-now/. We are happy to answer your questions and get you set up with an appointment with one of our expert HVAC technicians for a complete inspection and thorough cleaning of your HVAC system. We’re here to meet all your HVAC needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.