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3 Repairs Your Central Heating System Will Run Into

Winter is fast approaching and it’s time to turn your heater on. When you do, you may notice some odd smells at first as it burns off dust, maybe a few banging sounds, but it’s standard–it’s like your heater is waking up for the season.

But then there’s the not-so-standard things that turn into central heating repairs in Brighton, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today. These three repairs will eventually befall your heating system, so it’s important to know about them now and get ahead.

Flame Sensor Problems

With a central heating system that’s combustion-based, like a furnace, you have a flame sensor that you have to check in on. Its job is to detect when there’s a flame, and if there is one, it allows the flow of gas so it can create heat and warm up your home.

If the flame sensor runs into an error and can’t detect fire, it shuts down and prevents gas from coming in. Your ignitor will try to spark a flame, but it won’t happen. Your furnace appears completely broken and out of commission, but in reality, it’s just a sensor.

The fix? Disassemble the flame sensor, clean it out, clean the area, and replace it. Since this deals with live gas lines and ignitors, it’s a safety hazard to DIY this. You absolutely need a professional to help you out with this one.

Blower Motor Troubles

At the end of the day, most heating systems are forced air systems. That means there’s a blower motor that propels the heated air through the ductwork. When the blower motor doesn’t work, how does that heated air travel throughout your house?

Exactly–it simply doesn’t. Your blower motor is a heavily used component of your heater, and it’s going to run into trouble from time to time. This is one of the more common components you’ll have issues with throughout your heater’s lifespan.

Ignition Failure

The ignitor on a furnace is what gets the party started. You can run into problems even lighting the pilot light in the first place if there are faulty thermocouples or dirty burners that prevent ignition from taking place. This happens on older pilot lights, so the solution might simply be to replace the pilot light with a newer one.

These problems are huge safety concerns. While your flame sensor will likely do its job and prevent the flow of gas from escaping, you can never be too careful. If you run into this problem, make a phone call immediately and get a technician out to you.

Your Heater Needs a Company Like Us

Your heating system is reliable, but when it runs into trouble, it’s rarely a DIY solution. We’re here to help you out with every heating problem you run into, no matter what it is. Call us today to get started with heater repair and ongoing maintenance to help prevent as many problems from popping up in the future.

Contact Potter Heating Cooling & Plumbing today to schedule your central heating repairs as soon as possible.

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