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December 7, 2023

Understanding Why Your Gas Furnace Won't Ignite or Turn On

As the winter chill sets in, a functioning gas furnace becomes more than a comfort—it’s a necessity. However, homeowners often face the perplexing issue of a gas furnace that won’t ignite or turn on. When this common problem occurs, it’s important to understand the root causes so that you may make informed decisions regarding your heating & air system.

Understanding Your Gas Furnace

Gas Furnace Basics: A gas furnace is a key component of many homes, providing warm air during cold months. It operates by igniting a mixture of gas and air, which heats the air that is then circulated throughout your home.

Types of Gas Furnaces: Common types include single-stage furnaces, which operate at full capacity whenever on, and multi-stage furnaces, which adjust their output for efficiency and comfort.

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Common Causes of Ignition Failure

Thermostat Issues

Symptoms: Furnace not responding to thermostat settings. Solutions: Check if the thermostat is set to “heat” and the temperature is higher than room temperature. Replace batteries if it’s battery-operated.

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Power Disruptions

Symptoms: No signs of power in the furnace. Solutions: Ensure the furnace switch is on, check the circuit breaker or fuse box, and inspect power cords for damage.

Pilot Light Problems

Symptoms: Pilot light is off or flickering. Solutions: Follow manufacturer’s instructions to safely relight the pilot. If it doesn’t stay lit, it might be due to a faulty thermocouple or gas supply issues.


Troubleshooting Steps for Homeowners

Initial Checks: Verify thermostat settings, ensure registers are open and unblocked, and check the furnace filter for clogging.

Resetting the Furnace: Locate the reset button and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to reset your furnace.

Inspecting the Air Intake: Ensure that the furnace’s air intake is not blocked by debris, snow, or other obstructions.

Maintenance Tips to Prevent Future Issues

Regular Cleaning: Keeping your furnace and its components clean can prevent many issues related to airflow and overheating.

Annual Inspections: Have a professional inspect and service your furnace annually, ideally before the heating season begins.

Filter Replacement: Replace or clean your furnace filter regularly, as a dirty filter can impede airflow and cause your furnace to work harder.

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Professional Intervention

When DIY troubleshooting doesn’t resolve the issue, it’s time to call in the professionals. Complex problems like a malfunctioning heat exchanger, faulty ignition systems, or gas supply issues require expert intervention.

FAQs About Gas Furnace Issues

  • Q: How often should I replace my furnace filter? A: Generally, it’s recommended to replace or clean furnace filters every 3 months, but this may vary depending on the filter type and usage.
  • Q: Can a power outage affect my furnace? A: Yes, power outages can reset the furnace settings or affect electronic ignition systems.

Ensuring Warmth and Safety

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Regular maintenance and timely troubleshooting can prevent most furnace ignition problems. However, when in doubt, always opt for professional assistance to ensure your home’s warmth and safety.

Schedule Your Next Service: Don’t wait for a chilly night to find out your furnace isn’t working. Schedule your next appointment with Paschal Air, Plumbing & Electric and ensure your home is warm and comfortable all winter long.