Why Won't My Furnace Work?


It’s the middle of winter in Virginia Beach, and your furnace is one of the last things you need to worry about during colder months. A furnace is a reliable source of heat in your home or office, but similar to a car, an older furnace may occasionally break down and need professional repair. Keep reading to learn what to look for if your furnace is broken and what may be causing your furnace not to work.

Signs Your Furnace Is Broken

There are many signs that indicate a broken furnace. The first and easiest way to determine if your furnace needs repair is if it isn’t working anymore. If your furnace no longer turns on we recommend contacting your local HVAC contractor to schedule repair. A reliable HVAC company will send a professional heating technician to diagnose and repair your furnace in a timely manner.

Other signs your furnace is broken include, but are not limited to:

  • Your furnace makes strange noises. When running correctly your furnace should make minimal noise. If you notice any loud or strange noises (banging, clanking, whining, groaning, etc.), chances are you will need to schedule furnace repair. Strange noises coming from your furnace often indicate a loose belt, loose or broken component, or correcting an ignition problem.
  • Your pilot light is yellow. While inspecting your furnace you may notice a yellow pilot light. Although this might seem normal, your furnace’s pilot light should be blue in color. A yellow pilot light is one of the first indicators of problem gases, such as carbon monoxide, while a blue pilot light means the correct balance of gases are present in your furnace.
  • Your thermostat isn’t working. Constantly needing to adjust the thermostat to find a comfortable temperature isn’t a sure sign of a broken thermostat; your furnace may be broken too and could have a problem with its pilot light.
  • Your energy bills increase. A steep increase in your energy bills is often the first signal your furnace is in distress. Unusually high utility bills often mean your furnace is working inefficiently and requires a professional HVAC technician to diagnose and repair.
  • Your furnace frequently turns on and off. If your furnace struggles to stay on, or frequently turns on and off you may need to replace a thermostat, have faulty wiring, or need a fan motor replacement.

Furnace Repair In Virginia Beach

At American Mechanical, we’re a professional heating and cooling company serving Virginia Beach, VA and its surrounding areas with over 19 years of industry experience. We offer 24/7 emergency service, so you can rest assured we can help repair your broken furnace anytime, day or night. We also offer same-day repairs.

Contact us today to schedule furnace repair from American Mechanical, and be sure to ask us about our available maintenance plans!

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