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Why Is My Furnace Rapidly Turning On and Off?

Monday, December 24th, 2018

furnace-repair-technicianNothing feels better than your furnace smoothly and consistently dispensing heat through your home. So if your furnace is doing the opposite of that then, well, we won’t keep rubbing it in… But you should also get your furnace checked as soon as you can.

A furnace that’s turning on and off rapidly, also known as “short-cycling,” can be due to a few reasons. Some of them you might be able to fix immediately, and some will require the help of an expert.

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Gas Furnace Repair Requires a Professional

Monday, January 8th, 2018

heating-repair-servicesHere in the Inland Empire, most of our heating systems are forced-air furnaces, which run on natural gas. The burners use a heat exchanger to warm the air in the furnace, then that air is blown through the ducts into your home with a powerful fan. The system is effective and inexpensive to operate, and considering how mild our winters are in this part of the world, they provide more than enough heat to keep our homes warm.

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Common Electrical Furnace Repair Issues

Monday, December 11th, 2017

family-comfortable-electric-furnaceGas furnaces tend to be more common in the Riverside area than electrical ones: largely because gas costs less than electrical power and then allows you to heat your home without costing you as much in monthly bills. But electrical furnaces are common in the area too, particularly in rural areas further east where homeowners don’t have access to gas lines.

Electrical furnaces draw upon your home’s electrical grid for power, which costs more but gets around the need for gas lines. They run into trouble less frequently too, but no system is entirely problem free. If you own an electric furnace and it’s having trouble, now is the time to address it. 

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Common Electrical Problems with Your Furnace

Monday, January 4th, 2016

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.

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Why Won’t My Furnace Stay Lit?

Friday, November 28th, 2014

There are few worse feelings than trying to turn on your heat during a cold day and getting nothing. Furnaces are combustion heaters, and rely on a few different parts to stay lit. If your furnace doesn’t turn on or stay lit, chances are it is because one or more of these key parts is malfunctioning. Let’s examine the various factors that can contribute to your furnace refusing to stay lit.

Bad Thermocouple

Chances are good that if you’re using a natural gas furnace, you’ve got a pilot light to serve as the ignition source. The pilot light is a small, constantly burning flame at the bottom of your furnace that is used to light the main burners and turn the furnace on. If the pilot light goes out, your furnace will not be able to light itself.

The thermocouple is a heat sensor that is installed next to the pilot light, and controls the gas valve that provides the fuel to keep the flame burning. When the pilot light goes out, the thermocouple closes the gas valve to keep the gas from filling the house. If the thermocouple is malfunctioning, it often loses the ability to sense the heat from the pilot light. This causes it to close the gas valve while the pilot light is still on, smothering it and preventing the furnace from working. If your furnace isn’t staying lit, check your pilot light. If your pilot light won’t stay lit, there is a good chance that you have a bad thermocouple.

Burner Malfunction

The burners are the source of heat output for your furnace. If your burners aren’t working properly, your furnace will have no way to generate heat. Problems with the burners are less common than with the pilot light, but they do happen. Often, the burners on your furnace will become dirty and caked with carbon. This can hinder one or more burners from operating at peak efficiency. A blockage in the gas line is also possible, which can starve out the burners and prevent them from igniting at all.

If your furnace is refusing to stay lit, call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air. We provide heating repairs throughout the Riverside area.

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