Santa Rosa Furnace Repair: 5 Trouble Shooting Tips

Santa Rosa furnace repair trouble shooting when your furnace has stoppedFurnace problems can be a nightmare. When the weather turns cool in Santa Rosa, and nighttime lows send you heading for the extra blankets and warmer PJ’s, you count on your furnace to keep warm and comfortable. When your furnace doesn’t work, it’s frustrating. In Santa Rosa, furnace repair trouble shooting can be a big help, and maybe even save you money.

Most homeowners don’t feel comfortable diagnosing furnace problems. Santa Rosa furnace repair trouble shooting is possible, even if you don’t know the first thing about heating systems. Just remember, safety first.

Common Furnace Problems

When it comes to Santa Rosa furnace repair trouble shooting, there are some easy tips and tricks to get your furnace up and running. Common furnace problems fall into one of 5 categories.  By doing a little Santa Rosa furnace repair trouble shooting, you will most likely find your problem is in one of these 5 areas.

1. Noise

All furnaces make some kind of noise when they are running. If the noise becomes loud, or unusual, check the access panel(s) to see if the screws have come loose. Tightening the screws should quiet the noise. If not, it could be your blower or a loose belt. If that is the case you need to contact a Santa Rosa furnace repair contractor.

2. Turns On and Off Repeatedly

A furnace that doesn’t come on, stay on, and make your home comfy, can make you mad. But, the fix might be an easy one. Experts agree furnace filters should be replaced every other month. If your filter is clogged with dust and dirt, your furnace will shut off. The solution could be as simple as a new filter.  If a new filter doesn’t fix the problem, you could have a dry motor or blower. Check the owner’s manual and, using the right grade of oil, lubricate your motor and blower.

3. Pilot Light Issues

For a furnace with a pilot light, the light must stay lit in order for your furnace to work properly. Check to make sure the gas isn’t turned off.

  • If the gas is working, and your pilot light won’t stay lit, you may need to clean the opening.
  • If the problem is with the gas, call your gas company.
  • If neither the gas, nor the opening is the problem, you might need a Santa Rosa furnace contractor to replace the thermocouple.

4. Power

When your furnace won’t turn on at all, check to make sure the thermostat is in the right mode-heat, not air-and that it’s turned to the “on” position. If that checks out, make sure your breaker hasn’t been tripped. This is very often the problem.

For a gas unit, check to make sure the gas valve is open.

For an electric furnace, make sure the fuse isn’t blown.

If you suspect an overload on the motor, turn your furnace off for an hour, then back on. Once you’ve finished going through this Santa Rosa furnace repair trouble shooting checklist and you are still having trouble, it’s time to contact a Santa Rosa furnace repair contractor.

5. Not Enough Heat

Another common problem is not getting enough heat. This can indicate one of many problems. Run through this section of the Santa Rosa furnace repair trouble shooting tips:

  • Check your thermostat first. You may need to raise the setting.
  • Second, check the filter to make sure it’s clean and clear of clogs.
  • Make sure your registers are open and clear.

If none of these fixes take care of the problem, the problem could be with your blower, a dirty burner, or broken belt.

You want the peace of mind that comes with a reliable heating system. Maintenance is essential. Santa Rosa furnace repair trouble shooting can keep you one step ahead of any potential problems, but remember that there are some Santa Rosa furnace repairs that you need a professional to handle.

If you have run through the Santa Rosa furnace repair trouble shooting tips and have not been able to correct the problem, please call us at Affordable Heating and Air at 707-953-3345.


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About Chris Carpenter

Chris Carpenter has owned Affordable Heating and Air for 25 years. Chris is a fully factory-trained technician with a wealth of knowledge about heating and air conditioning. He enjoys educating homeowners about the pros and cons of each systems so they can make an informed decision when addressing their needs. Chris’s son and business partner, Paul, has been working with him for the last three years and their key to success is “being professional, honest and forthright in all our dealings and treating people as they would like to be treated.” You can reach Chris by calling 707-953-3345 at Affordable Heating and Air.

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