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A couple of months ago, the HVAC unit in my home started malfunctioning. The temperature inside my home soared to over eighty degrees Fahrenheit, even though my air conditioning system ran nonstop. After inspecting my air conditioning unit, my knowledgeable HVAC contractor recommended I purchase a new system. He discussed the pros and cons of installing different sizes of HVAC units with me. After considering my HVAC contractor’s advice, I decided to purchase a three and a half ton HVAC unit. Shortly after my HVAC contractor installed my new air conditioning unit, my house started feeling more comfortable. On this blog, I hope you will discover how an HVAC contractor can help you select the right air conditioning unit for your home. Enjoy!


The Right HVAC Unit for Your Home

Why Is Your Furnace Not Turning On?

by Jamie Shaw

As the colder months of winter approach, many people are turning on the furnace for the first time or the first time in a long time. When they do, they may experience a shocking revelation: their heating system isn't turning on at all. Aside from being completely inconvenient at this time of year, a furnace that doesn't turn on puts your entire house at risk, since cold weather can mean cold pipes that will eventually break or leak.

Below are a few reasons why your furnace may not be turning on. If you recognize any of them, contact an HVAC company to perform heating repair services as soon as possible.

No Power

Even if a home runs primarily on electricity, the HVAC system can either be powered by gas or electricity. If it's electricity, the solution might be as simple as flipping the breaker switch but watch to make sure that it doesn't continue flipping. If it does, you might have a larger electrical issue in your hands. Gas lines that need to be reconnected should be done by a professional since working on gas lines in any capacity usually requires permits to do so. If the power is there, it may be that you have a faulty energy supply, which should be replaced by a technician as well. Schedule heating repair services to have it taken care of.

Broken Thermostat

This sounds overly simplistic, but it's surprising how many homeowners call HVAC companies to talk about how their furnace won't turn on when the solution is as simple as turning it to "heat" on the thermostat. If you've done that and it still doesn't work, flip it to "cool" to see if your unit turns on. If it does, then there's a problem with the connection to your furnace; if it doesn't, that means your thermostat is malfunctioning. Talk to an HVAC technician about replacement.

Pilot Light Out

If your home uses gas and is older than about 10 years, chances are your furnace uses a pilot light to light the ignition and provide heat to your home. Anything can cause your pilot light to go out, from a crack in the heat exchanger to a lack of power from the energy source, so open up your casing to see if the light is on. If it's out or is discolored, you'll need to have a technician check it out immediately.

Blown Motor

Just like in an air conditioner, your furnace's motor provides the airflow to send warm air throughout your home. If it's blown completely or if the fan belt is snapped in half, the motor won't be able to turn the fan blades and deliver that warm air. You may hear it or click as it tries to turn on, but the air will remain stagnant until you schedule heating repair services to have it fixed.

For more information, contact a heating repair service today.