Did My Flame Sensor Go Bad?

Your heating system is fairly complex and has a lot of internal components. When just one of these components stops functioning correctly, it can hinder the overall operation of your system. Today, we’re going to take a look at what your flame sensor is and what you’ll experience when it goes bad. What Is a Flame Sensor? A flame sensor is basically a safety feature that most modern gas-powered furnaces have. This sensor controls the gas valve. When it senses that there is a flame present, it will leave the valve open. However, if it senses that there is no flame, it will turn off the valve for your gas. Your sensor is programmed to do this as excess gas inside of your furnace can end up resulting in a leak or a fire. While your flame sensor is a very imperative part of your heating system, it can be utterly annoying when it fails. Signs of a Bad Flame Sensor Over time, it’s not uncommon for a flame sensor to malfunction. There are a few common indicators that will let you know that there is an issue with your flame sensor. These include: Burners turn off a few seconds...

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What Causes Heating Repairs?

is a heating company in Puyallup, and we respond to a wide range of repairs. Customers often ask us what caused the problem and if it could have been avoided, and with that in mind, let us consider the leading causes and what you can do about them. Normal Wear and Tear Your modern furnace or heat pump is a complex piece of equipment with moving parts and finely calibrated electronics. It is subject to vibrations and other wear, and over time, that deterioration will lead to a fault or failure. This is the reason seasonal tune-ups are so important. Tune-ups can undo that wear at a reasonable cost, before it manifests into something more serious. Unnecessary Wear and Tear Heating equipment can be subject to undue wear and tear as well. A furnace that is improperly sized for a home, for instance, will be overworked and thus have a shorter life span. Likewise, if you have a fixed-speed blower and disrupt the pressure balance, the blower will work harder and fail sooner. Inadequate Filtration Not replacing air filters on time is another way that you can increase pressure. Dirty air filters present another problem. They become compromised and allow...

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