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Is There Something Wrong With Your Furnace Burners?

It shouldn’t be a surprise to homeowners that their gas furnace has burners. This is what ignites the gas in the system that generates the precious heat needed to stay warm and cozy during the winter. However, some burners could be really struggling under the weight of grime, dirt, soot, and other issues that cause your furnace to lose efficiency and eventually break down.

Today, we’re going to zoom in on your burner system and how you can tell that you need furnace repair in Monticello, AR. There are three specific ways a burner can show you that it’s in trouble, and more that might need professional diagnosis. The real point of this blog post is to make it clear when to call for a pro to take care of your furnace problems.

Our team can fix your furnace issues with the right tools and training. Keep reading and don’t forget to give us a call when you need help with furnace repairs.

Common Problems With a Furnace’s Burners

In order to make things simple, we’re going to talk about some of the most common burner issues we come in contact with. These problems can occur naturally over a long period of time, or sometimes they’ll pop up due to an internal problem with the furnace. We won’t know for certain unless you call us to investigate the problem in your furnace.

Delayed Ignition

When soot or grime builds up on the burner or the igniter, there can be a delay with ignition. While this doesn’t sound like that bad of a problem, and it comes about naturally when a furnace isn’t properly cleaned through maintenance, it can be a big issue.

Delayed ignition can result in all of the gas being burned at once and a small explosion taking place. You’ll usually hear this as a “boom” sound. Some furnaces that have years worth of grime and soot will make a louder boom, while others will give a soft boom, but either way, this noise is signaling something seriously wrong with your system. It needs professional attention when you encounter this problem.

A Broken Igniter

Sometimes a furnace will inject gas into the burner chamber but no ignition will take place. This can usually be the result of a failed igniter. Some furnaces have pilot lights that could be the problem, while other furnaces have electric ignition systems that could have failed.

Either way, if your burners aren’t igniting and starting to heat the air of your home, then you’ve likely got a problem with the ignition and it needs to be fixed.

Inefficient Burners

Some burners get caked up with grime and soot but they won’t boom. Instead, they’ll keep working quietly but inefficiently. Cleaning the system during maintenance isn’t just for aesthetic purposes, it helps it burn gas efficiently and effectively.

If you’re starting to feel like your furnace is working harder to achieve the same temperatures you’ve set it to every year, then it might need to be cleaned or fixed.

Call Nicholson’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. to have your furnace repaired.

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