Residents of Riverside, CA usually use gas furnaces to heat their homes in the winter. The system works quite well for our environment, and makes efficient use to the duct system that it absolutely vital for our air conditioners in the summertime. But while gas is used as the fuel for the furnace, many components rely on electricity for power, and when those electrical components run into trouble, it can shut down the entire system. A reliable repair service can usually fix the problem, though as the homeowner, you should familiarize yourself with at least a few of them to understand how the system works. We’ve laid out a few of the more common electrical problems with your furnace below.
The Ignition System
Older furnaces used pilot lights to ignite the gas and start the heating process. More modern models use electronic ignition systems, which are safer and more reliable. If the electricity runs into trouble, however, the ignition system will shut down, and you won’t be able to run the heater until it gets repaired.
The Fan Motor
The fan motor blows the hot air through your ducts once the hot air has been generated. A frayed wire or electrical disruption will cut power to the motor, preventing your system from getting the hot air into your house. Instead, the air will sit in your furnace, eventually causing it to shut down before other components in the system overheat.
The thermostat allows you to turn your heater on and off and adjust the temperature to suit you. A control wire runs from it to the heater to allow it to do its job. When that wire becomes frayed or damaged, you won’t be able to turn the system on and off like you should.
Call the experts at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air for electrical problems with your furnace.