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Causes of Delayed Ignition in Your Furnace

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

If you turned on your furnace recently to get the chill out of your Newport Beach home, and noticed that your gas didn’t light immediately, it is time to give our experts a call. Delayed ignition, where the gas runs for several seconds before igniting, is a potentially dangerous situation, and there can be a few reasons why your furnace isn’t lighting when it should. The heating experts from Command A/C can help determine why your furnace isn’t lighting when it should and repair the problem for the safe operation of your furnace. 

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What to Check if Your Furnace Isn’t Lighting

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Usually, your heating system is rather reliable, so it can be frustrating when your furnace suddenly stops working. If you get no heat at all from your furnace, it usually means that the burners aren’t lighting up in the first place. Repairs are usually a job for professionals, and most experts don’t recommend that you attempt to check inside the unit on your own for your safety and because there are so many parts that it can be difficult for a homeowner to understand what exactly has gone wrong. But there are a couple of things you can check before calling for furnace repair.

The Thermostat and the Circuit Breaker

The one part you should always check first is the thermostat. This may seem obvious, but professionals often arrive to a home only to find that a child has changed the programming or that the thermostat has accidentally been switched into cooling mode. Try turning the temperature a bit to determine if the heater is working at all. But keep in mind that if you have to set the thermostat to a very high temperature before it finally clicks on, you’re not in the clear. Something is causing your unit to run incorrectly and it must be addressed before the parts become too worn down.

You can also try checking your fuse box or circuit breaker. Modern gas furnaces still rely on electricity to start up, and you may only need to reset a tripped breaker or replace a blown fuse.

Call for Repairs and Schedule Regular Maintenance

When an examination of the thermostat and the circuit breaker doesn’t yield any success, calling a technician is your best bet. It may turn out that a small part like the flame sensor needs replacement or cleaning, or that a larger problem requires you to replace your unit. But it’s better to know about the problem now than attempt to fiddle with the system on your own only to have it fail again soon.

Scheduling regular maintenance is also recommended to keep your furnace running as it’s supposed to and prevent burner problems from occurring. With furnace maintenance, a technician will clean the burner, the flame sensor, and any other part that could cause the unit to stay turned off or to run inefficiently. The professional will also inspect the unit and make any necessary adjustment.

Call Command A/C today to schedule a standard maintenance visit or to see an expert for more information regarding our furnace repair service in Anaheim.

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Common Problems with Electronic Ignition

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Advances in the heating industry have benefited just about every aspect of heating, including the ignition process. The former standard of ignition was the standing pilot light; standing pilot lights require a constant flow of natural gas, which can be quite wasteful. The advent of electronic ignition eliminated the standing pilot, so while there are many furnaces with standing pilots, furnaces are no longer manufactured with them. Electronic ignition is easier and less wasteful, but these components can develop problems just as any other can. Ignition problems should always be handled by trained and certified experts, so if you are experiencing ignition problems, call Command A/C today and have your furnace repaired by professional in Orange County.

Two Types of Electronic Ignition

There are two types of electronic ignition: intermittent pilot and hot surface ignition. With an intermittent pilot ignition, a small, dedicated pilot gas line opens when your thermostat calls for heat. An electronic device creates a spark that lights the gas, ignition the pilot light. One of the more common problems with an intermittent pilot is electronic problems: if the device can’t create a spark, the gas can’t be lit. A secondary problem occurs when there is dirt or dust in the nozzle. A dirty nozzle can inhibit the flow of gas, which can result in a shutdown of the ignition process.

Hot surface igniters work a little differently. Hot surface igniters are probes that heat to a very hot temperature using electricity. When the surface of the igniter reaches the right temperature, the main gas valve opens and ignites the burner. One of the most common problems that develops with a hot surface igniter is cracking. Because the probe is constantly expanding and contracting due to the temperatures to which it’s exposed, the casing is prone to cracking. A second common problem has to do with positioning. If the igniter isn’t close enough to the gas, it won’t be able to light it.

Think you may have a problem with your furnace’s electronic ignition? Schedule an appointment for our professional furnace repair service in Orange County today!

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3 Actions You Can Take to Extend the Life of Your Furnace

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Here in Long Beach, furnace repair and maintenance are largely a winter concern. And because our winters are brief enough, we tend to expect our heaters to last a good long time. That’s not unreasonable to assume, but it can’t happen on its own. Like any other appliances, furnaces suffer wear and tear as they go on, and while our mild weather can help mitigate that, the complicity it breeds can cause a lot of problems. By acting proactively and taking preventative steps, you can ensure that your furnace keeps operating for a long time to come. Here are 3 actions you can take to extend the life of your furnace.

  • Get it regularly serviced. At the end of air conditioning season, call in a trained professional to perform a regular maintenance session on your furnace. He’ll clean off the dust and dirt that   have built up on the internal components over the summer, as well as tightening any loose bolts, checking for any potential breakdowns and generally ensuring that it’s running as it should. This will improve efficiency and reduce the risk of larger repairs further on down the line.
  • Change the air filter. The filter screens dust and dirt out of the system, helping to keep it clean and maintain the high quality of your indoor air. A technician can change the air filter as part of his maintenance session, but you should change it more often if you can: once every three months, and more often if you have pets and/or a family member with allergies.
  • Consider additions to help it run more efficiently. See about adding things like a programmable thermostat, which lets you automatically turn the heat off and on at set times, or a zone control system which lets you heat one section of the hose while leaving the rest alone. They cut down on unnecessary use, sparing the furnace added strain.

For more actions you can take to extend the life of your furnace, or to handle repair and maintenance issues of all varieties, contact the Long Beach furnace repair service technicians at Command A/C today. We serve the whole of Southern California, and offer maintenance sessions as a regular part of our service. Pick up the phone and call us today!

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