Common Reasons for Heating Repair in Poway: Electrical Problems with Furnaces

Does your furnace blow the fuse when the heat turns on? Root problems can be many and difficult to identify for the average homeowner. As experts in heating installation, maintenance and heating repair in Poway and across San Diego, Action AC is here to answer your HVAC dilemmas and provide custom solutions to your heating and HVAC needs.

When your furnace is having electrical problems, doing research and investigation on your own is fine, but since causes can greatly vary in nature, it’s best that you call an experienced heating repair specialist.

Wrong fuse

If the fuse is too weak to take on the capacity of your system, it will often cause shorts.

Solution: Always call trusted, qualified HVAC technicians to service your furnace.

Dirty fuse

This is likely to happen when a furnace hasn’t been maintained for some time. Fuses that are covered in soot or grime could have difficulty connecting and fail.

Solution: Keep the system regularly cleaned, maintained and inspected by a qualified and experienced professional.

Dirty filters

Dust and debris build up in filters. When they are not regularly changed, the dust can accumulate in the blower motor, which can lead to overheating. This causes the fuse to blow. What is especially hazardous in this case is that the fuse can even catch on fire.

Solution: replacing the fuse and the filter, having the system deep cleaned and committing to a routine of regularly changing the filters.

Contact with water

If the furnace comes into contact with water, it’s highly likely it will lead to a short. The water could be coming from the furnace itself (from the condensation) or there could be a leak near the furnace.

Solution: It’s best to call in a professional HVAC technician to prevent any potential hazards.

Loose wire

When a furnace is working, there is a certain level of vibration. It is possible that these vibrations cause a wire to get dislodged and sometimes, cause a short circuit.

Solution: Identifying the wire and replacing it, and having the system regularly inspected and tuned up to avoid such problems.

Faulty starting capacitor

In this situation, the problems you experience with your furnace and electricity could come and go. That’s why it could be difficult to locate the root of the problem.

Solution: Replacing the capacitor.

Broken transformer

Transformer converts the building’s voltage so that the electrical components of the furnace can function. This is necessary in buildings that have a 120 voltage. When the transformer fails, the system shorts.

Solution: Replacing the transformer.

Bad valve

Gas furnaces have valves. When a valve doesn’t open and shut correctly, it can turn hot and cause a short.

Solution: Replacing the valve and performing regular system check-up by professionals.

Faulty blower motor

When the blower motor is faulty, it puts a strain on the system, drawing too much power to run. This can lead to short circuits.

Solution: Replacing the blower motor.

Prevent problems with regular maintenance by experts for heating repair in Poway

Most of these problems can be prevented if you get a professional to look at your system on a regular basis and perform the necessary maintenance. Action AC is San Diego’s favorite local HVAC contractor, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune’s poll. We offer you a full range of HVAC services, backed up by more than 4 decades of experience and thousands of satisfied customers. Call us when you need expert heating repair in Poway or elsewhere in San Diego and South Riverside County!

Hazards of Old Furnaces & the Importance of Preventative Maintenance

The season to fire up the furnace is among us, even for Southern California. With this year’s unseasonably cold winter (thanks to El Niño) you’ll be using your heating system more regularly.

That’s why it’s important to understand the health and safety hazards of an outdated heating system. Our team of experts provide some valuable information below on how to ensure your heating system is not putting your home, family ….and wallet at risk.

What is Considered an ‘Outdated Furnace’?

Furnaces 20 years or older are especially dangerous since they all have pilot lights. The average life expectancy of a furnace is between 16 and 20 years. Although newer furnace models with pilot lights have sensors that will automatically shut down if a problem is detected, having a pilot lights still pose a significant safety concern.

Health and Safety Concerns Related to Older Furnaces

Carbon monoxide poisoning is especially common with outdated furnaces. Older pilot lights are typically controlled manually, and even a slight adjustment defect can produce carbon monoxide gas. Today’s homes are built more “air-tight”, leaving furnaces starved of the necessary oxygen it requires to burn fuels completely. When this occurs, toxic gases build up inside the home.

According to statistics compiled by US Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 200 people across the nation are known to die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by toxic gas build up produced by their heating systems. In addition, around 10,000 cases of carbon monoxide-related injuries are diagnosed each year- including headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and seasonal depression.

House fires caused by pilot lights, bad ventilation, and/or gas line leaks are another major safety hazard of an outdated heating system. The combustible materials or any flammable objects near a furnace create an increased possibility of fire or explosion. Gasoline, solvents, or other volatile substances emit vapors that can be ignited by the heat or flame inside a gas furnace. Additionally, natural gas which has no odor, taste, smell or color can be omitted from gas line leaks and are extremely flammable and could cause a catastrophic fire or explosion.

Keep Your Heating Cost Efficient With a New Furnace

The oxide required for older furnaces is known to destroy valves, cause gaskets to leak, and bearings to go dry, inevitably creating more risk of malfunctioning parts or total system breakdown. The older a furnace is, the more likely its parts will malfunction, causing repairs to become gradually more expensive. Older furnaces also require more gas to create heat. Replacing your furnace with a more energy efficient system will save you in long term repair costs…. And you might actually smile next time you get your gas and electric bill.

Furnace Repair & Heating System Preventative Maintenance

Not only do Action Air’s experts encourage you to maintain a safe heating system for your home, but several US agencies and organizations do as well. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Fire Protection Association, and the American Lung Association encourage regular maintenance of older furnaces and up-to-date of home heating systems in order to keep homes all over America safe.

If you are not ready to replace your old furnace, service and maintenance at least twice a year (every 6 months) is necessary to insure your home and family are not at risk, especially if you have a furnace operating on a manual pilot light. Our team at Action Air provides 24 hour emergency service and competitive pricing on HVAC service and maintenance agreements.

Talk to an expert at Action Air today for a free consultation on replacing or servicing your heating system!