why won’t my furnace turn on

Why Won’t My Furnace Turn On?

Cold weather will soon be upon us in the Kansas City area. And for many individuals, it’s likely they’ll experience an issue with their furnace this season.

While some issues may be an easy fix, other issues can result in bigger problems if not addressed. Regardless of the issue, the expert technicians at Abbey Appliance are here to help solve your furnace problems quickly.

Lack of Power

Whether your furnace is electric or gas, it still needs power to operate.

If you notice it’s not on, check other appliances in your house to make sure they’re working, too. If they’re not, it could be an issue with the electric company.

If other appliances are working, check the power switch next to the furnace, and see if it’s in the “On” position. Then, check the electrical panel for the furnace to see if the breaker is blown and if so, simply reset it. Corroded wires in your electrical panel could be a sign of a larger problem, like water damage.

Overloaded Motor

Another reason your furnace may not turn on is because the blower motor malfunctioned. If you’re able to access the furnace, peak through the inspection window with a flashlight.

You should notice a flashing green light. If the light is not flashing, or it turns red, there could be a problem with the blower motor, transformer, control board, or more.

Clogged Air Filter

If you don’t replace your air filters frequently, it may cause them to become clogged. A dirty filter limits the airflow, eventually causing heat and pressure to build up in the furnace.

Newer furnace models will often shut down before they overheat. Older furnace models may continue to run but with less heat output and efficiency.

If the air filter is dirty, replace it. If it still won’t turn on, contact Abbey Appliance.

Check the Pilot Light

A common troubleshooting issue for a gas furnace is the pilot light going out. To relight it, use a butane lighter or long matches.

Typically, the pilot light is in the bottom of the furnace near a small knob. This small knob should have 3 distinct settings, “Pilot,” “Off,” and “On.”

Before you relight, make sure the knob is in the “Off” position. Wait a few minutes for gas to disperse. Next, turn the knob to “Pilot.” Hold the butane lighter or long match to the pilot’s opening while pushing the reset button on the pilot control panel. Keep this button depressed until the pilot flame starts, then set the knob to the “On” position.

If the pilot light goes out right after you light it, it could be another issue like a faulty sensor.

Contact the Experts at Abbey Appliance

Don’t get stuck in the cold this season – Abbey Appliance is here to help! Since 1992, we’ve served the Kansas City area with fast, reliable furnace repairs. In fact, most fixes can be done the same day.

Give us a call now to schedule your furnace repair.
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