Bryant Furnace Code & Specifications Guide
You’ve just been made aware of a problem with your Bryant furnace. You don’t know the specific issue or what might be causing it, but whatever you do, you can’t continue to operate the unit as is. The inspector specifically brought this up as a potential red flag for future problems, and you need to get on top of it immediately. If you want to avoid fines and other penalties from the inspection team, we understand that it can be stressful, but rest assured we are here to help! It can often feel like there are no resources out there for people in situations like these. Luckily for you, we have just the information you need to get back on track and operate your furnace once again!
Find the Bryant Furnace Code for Operations
When you are working to resolve a furnace issue, the first thing you should always do is consult the code for proper operation. This way, you will know the minimum performance standards your unit must meet, and you can keep it in mind as you move forward. Sections 98.11 and 98.12 of the code explain how a furnace should operate, be maintained, and be tested. It is important that you understand and follow these guidelines so you don’t get fined (and avoid other potential complications). A furnace should be ignited manually while ensuring that its setting is appropriate for the season. Furnaces should be equipped with a thermostat that can be manually set to adjust the temperature in the home.
Make Sure Your Furnace Is Up to Date
While the code can tell you what your unit should be doing, it doesn’t necessarily tell you if it’s working properly. Before you begin troubleshooting any issues, you should first make sure your furnace is up to date. When was your furnace installed in your home? If you’re not sure, you can find the model and serial number on a decal that should be visible once the access panel is open. You can then visit the Bryant website, input those details, and find the manufacturing date of your specific unit. If your furnace is more than 10 years old, it is worth considering replacing it with a new one. This doesn’t need to be a costly venture either; you can find top-of-the-line Bryant furnaces for a great price. Don’t let your outdated furnace cause issues that could have been avoided.
Check Your Filters and Coils
Even if your furnace is relatively new, it is still possible that your filters are dirty. This can restrict airflow and cause the furnace to work harder to produce heat. Cleaning your filters is the easiest way to get on top of this problem. Another thing to check is your coils. If the coils are dirty, the furnace won’t be able to transfer heat throughout the home properly. It is important to pay special attention to this if you have a gas furnace, as the coils are what burn the gas and turn it into usable heat. If the coils are dirty, it is possible that the gas is not burning at a high enough temperature to create the needed heat. Therefore, it is important to keep the coils free of dust and debris.
Check Your Blower Motor
Similar to the filters and coils, you can check your blower motor to see if it is dirty or broken. If the blower is dirty, clean it with a vacuum. If the blades are broken or there is something caught in the unit, you should have it replaced immediately. If your blower isn’t working at all, you may need to replace the motor. If the motor is sparking or overheating, you should shut off the furnace immediately and call a professional to come and take a look.
Check Your Combustion Chamber
If your furnace is still not heating up the home properly, it may be due to improper combustion in the chamber. This can happen if there is too much ash in the chamber that blocks the flow of oxygen. There are a few ways you can check if this is an issue: First, you can visually check the chamber and see if there is an excessive amount of ash present. If so, you can use a vacuum to clean it out. Next, you can listen for a clicking or rattling sound, which may indicate a buildup of ash. If you hear this, it is a good idea to call a professional to come to clean it out. Finally, you can use a carbon monoxide detector to check the level of CO in the home. If you notice that CO levels are high, you should turn off the furnace immediately and call a professional. This could indicate an issue with combustion in the furnace.
This article has been your one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about resolving a furnace issue. If you follow all of these steps, you should be able to identify and resolve any issues that come up with your Bryant furnace. Now that you have all of this information, hopefully, you are able to correct the issue your furnace is experiencing, and you can continue to use it safely and efficiently.