Rheem furnace troubleshooting

Rheem furnace troubleshooting

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Rheem furnace not working? Wondering if you can fix it yourself or if you need to call an expert? You’ve come to the right place!

We’ve listed the most common issues below, along with corresponding Rheem furnace troubleshooting tips. Give our suggestions a try before calling a repairperson. You may save yourself the expense and hassle of a service visit.

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Rheem furnace is not heating

Set your thermostat to “heat” and “auto.” If you set it to “on,” it will blow air constantly. If the furnace isn’t in a heating cycle, the air coming out of your vents may not feel warm.

Check the air filters throughout your home and in your furnace. You should change them every few months. If they get too dusty, they’ll prevent airflow throughout your HVAC system. You can purchase new filters on Amazon or at a nearby hardware store. Follow our furnace filter replacement guide for instructions on how to do this.

Check all the air vents in your home. The louvers should be open and free of obstructions like furniture, drapes, laundry piles, and other clutter. Blocked vents can also inhibit airflow.

If you can access your ductwork, examine it for holes and blockages. You can see some of your ducts by taking off the registers and looking inside with a flashlight. If debris has fallen in, remove it. If you see any leaks, repair them with UL181 Tape or sealant specified for ductwork repair. Consider hiring a duct cleaning company if you haven’t cleaned them recently.

If your furnace uses gas, check the gas valve inside. It’s a knob that likely has “on” and “off” labels. If the “on” and “off” labels are missing, you’ll know the valve is “off” if it is perpendicular to the gas piping. If it’s in line with the gas pipe, then it’s in the “on” position.

Check the pilot light if you have an older furnace (20+ years old). If it’s gone out, read your owner’s manual for instructions on how to re-light it.

Look at your burners and other components within the furnace. If they’re dirty, they may prevent ignition. With the furnace powered off, dust the inside with compressed air. You can also use a vacuum with a hand-held component with a soft bristle brush on the end. Burnt-on substances can be removed from your flame sensor and burners with an emory cloth.

If none of these Rheem furnace troubleshooting tips get your furnace heating again, call an expert.

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Rheem furnace is short cycling

Set your thermostat to “heat” and “auto.” Dust in and around the thermostat to ensure its sensors accurately read the temperature.

Check the air filters in the furnace and air returns. If excessively dusty, they may inhibit airflow and cause short cycling. Buy fresh filters on Amazon or at a nearby hardware store. Our furnace filter replacement guide has instructions to help you change yours.

Search your home for air leaks. Feel for drafts, especially near windows and doors. The Department of Energy has tips on how best to find air leaks. If you detect a leak, seal it with weatherstripping. Air leaks make it hard for the furnace to keep up, which may cause short cycling.

Check your air ducts for holes and blockages. Remove your registers and look in with a flashlight. Clean out any fallen debris inside and repair any holes with duct tape or sealant. If you can’t access all your ductwork, consider hiring a duct cleaning company for a thorough checkup.

Make sure your Rheem furnace flue is clear. It’s the metal tube that vents your furnace to the outside of your home. It may lead out through a wall or the roof. If there’s anything in the way, like snow or a bird’s nest, clear it away.

If these Rheem furnace troubleshooting suggestions don’t stop the short cycling, call an HVAC pro. They can get to the bottom of your issue.

Rheem furnace is running constantly

Set your thermostat to “heat” and “auto.” If you choose “on” instead of “auto,” your system will blow air constantly, even when it’s not in a heating cycle.

If that doesn’t solve your problem, dust in and around your thermostat with condensed air. Its sensors might be dusty and unable to register that it’s reached the set temperature.

Check the furnace filters and those in your air returns. If they are excessively dusty, they may block airflow and cause the furnace to strain. Purchase new filters on Amazon or at your local hardware store. Our furnace filter replacement guide has video instructions to help.

Search your home for air leaks. Feel for drafts near windows and doors. Seal them with weatherstripping or a draft stopper. If warm air is escaping, your furnace may have difficulty keeping up.

Also, check your air ducts for leaks or blockages. Remove your air registers and examine the inside with a flashlight. Clean out anything that’s fallen inside and fix any holes you can reach with UL181 Tape or sealant specified for ductwork repair. Consider hiring a duct cleaning company for a more thorough examination if you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in several years.

Finally, take a look at the limit switch in your furnace. It’s circular, with wires coming out on two sides. If this piece is damaged, it can cause your furnace to run constantly. If you’re an expert DIY-er, you may be able to replace it yourself following the instructions on our limit switch repair page. But in most cases, this is a job for a professional.

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Rheem furnace is making unusual noises

Rattling or clinking sounds may indicate an easy fix. Open your furnace cabinet and look inside for stray items that may have fallen in, especially screws or bolts that may have come loose. Check all fasteners and tighten them if needed.

Rheem furnace codes

Sometimes, your furnace may give you a clue about what’s wrong. Your Rheem furnace may have an LED display on the front, depending on its age. When it’s experiencing trouble, the furnace will display a code corresponding to the issue.

Below, we’ve listed some of the most common Rheem furnace codes and what they mean. For more information, refer to your Rheem furnace owner’s manual.

Rheem furnace code What it means Troubleshooting tips
0 Standby mode N/A – normal operation
cd Dehumidifier on N/A – normal operation
dF Defrost on N/A – normal operation
F Continuous fan on N/A – normal operation
H (flashing) Furnace calibrating N/A – normal operation
H Actively heating N/A – normal operation
d1 No shared data Furnace may not be communicating with thermostat.
10 One-hour lockout Call a professional. You may be able to get furnace running temporarily, but it requires attention.
11 Failed ignition Check flame sensor, gas valve, and gas supply.
12 Low flame Check flame sensor, gas valve, and gas supply.
13 Flame lost Check flame sensor, gas valve, and gas supply.
14 Unexpected flame Check your furnace for fire. Call a pro.
22 Main limit open Furnace is overheating. Check for system blockages and improper ventilation.
23 Heat assist limit open Furnace is overheating. Check for system blockages and improper ventilation.
26 Line and neutral reversed This is an electrical issue. Call an electrician.
33 Manual reset limit open Check furnace temperature. If it’s OK, reset limit switch (usually a red button on a circular device).
44 Low-pressure switch closed; inducer off Check the inducer. This prevents dangerous backdrafts in your home.
45 Low-pressure switch open; inducer on high Air intake is likely clogged.
46 Low-pressure switch open; inducer on low Air intake is likely clogged.
55 High-pressure switch closed; inducer off Check the inducer. This prevents dangerous backdrafts in your home.
57 High-pressure switch open Airflow is blocked somewhere in the system.
60 Blower fault; blower running Check blower for potential issues.
61 Blower fault; blower not running Check blower for potential issues.
66 Blower overspeed fault Check blower for potential issues.
68 No communication with blower motor Check blower for potential issues.
77 No communication with gas valve Check gas valve for potential issues.
78 Gas valve servo fault Check gas valve for potential issues.
82 Supply air temperature sensor fault Check air temperature sensor for potential issues.
93 Internal fault or control fault This is an issue with the control board. Call a pro for help.

Rheem furnace troubleshooting resources

Rheem’s website has a page that offers some help for furnace issues. There’s also a Homeowner Resource Center where you can look up warranty details and information about parts.

If our Rheen furnace troubleshooting tips aren’t enough to get your furnace back up and running, call an HVAC pro. They can identify the issue and fix it for you.

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