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3 Things to Check When Your Furnace Won’t Ignite

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When the weather is cold outside, the last thing you want to happen is for your furnace to quit functioning.  It doesn’t take long for your entire home to become chilly when there’s no heat coming in.  Before calling in the experts, there are 3 things you can check on your own if your furnace won’t ignite. 

1. Check to make sure that the thermostat is on and set to heat. This may seem basic, but it’s smart to check this first so it can be quickly ruled out. Some electronic thermostats, especially if they are newer, can be checked for an error code that will tell you more information about a specific problem. If you have a gas furnace, you can check to see if gas is flowing to other appliances, like a gas-burning stove, by trying to ignite it. If your gas line has been disrupted, then gas stove tops also won’t ignite, and you can contact your local gas company for assistance.

2. Check to make sure the furnace has electricity.  The power switch for the furnace should be on. If it appears to be on but the furnace won’t ignite, check your circuit breaker to make sure it hasn’t tripped and shut down the furnace. If the power to the furnace trips consistently, call the professionals at Golden Seal Service Experts to remedy the problem.

3. Another potential fix for a faulty furnace is changing the air filter. If you don’t replace the filter every 90 days, it can get bogged down with dust and debris, severely inhibiting your furnace’s output and sometimes keeping it from being able to ignite. Safety features will not allow a clogged furnace to ignite.  Replacing the filter will dramatically boost the air flow in your HVAC system and your home.

If the problem persists, a more comprehensive diagnosis may be needed. For more information, please contact:

Golden Seal Service Experts 

1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B

St. Charles, IL 60174

Phone:  630-621-9784

www.goldensealservices.com