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Cold winter nights in Thousand Palms, CA, will have you reaching for the thermostat. If your furnace isn’t heating your home, one or more components may need to be repaired or replaced. These are some of the most common issues that require prompt furnace repairs.

Faulty Ignition or Pilot Control

Older furnaces use a constant pilot. If the pilot goes out, the furnace won’t heat your home. Newer furnaces may use an intermittent pilot or an electronic ignition. The electronic ignition has a safety limit switch in case it draws too much current from your home’s wiring. A fault with the electronic ignition could trip this switch. The safety system shuts down the heating system. You’ll need furnace repairs for pilot or ignition problems.

Insufficient Heat

If your furnace is running, but the air blowing from the vents is room temperature, there are a few things you can check before calling for furnace repairs. Examine the furnace filter. A clogged filter impedes airflow. On older furnaces, make sure the pilot is on. If there’s still not enough heat, your furnace could have a burner, heat exchanger, or airflow problem that requires a repair.

Furnace Won’t Turn On

There are many possible reasons why your furnace won’t turn on. Begin by checking the circuit breaker and power switch to make sure the furnace has power. Verify that the thermostat is set to heat. If the furnace still won’t turn on, it could have a relay switch problem, capacitor failure, blown blower motor, cracked heat exchanger, or gas supply problem. All of these issues require professional furnace repairs. If your furnace needs frequent repairs, your utility bills are going up and the furnace is more than 15 years old, Energy Star suggests replacing it with a new, efficient heating system.

For more information about common furnace issues that require professional repairs, take a look at Vic’s Air Conditioning’s furnace repairs, or contact our heating systems experts today for additional tips.

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