3 Explanations Why Your Furnace Isnt Staying Lit and How to Fix It

A broken furnace is frustrating to put up with. There are several reasons this might happen, but one of the most common is a problem with the burners or related parts.

Newer systems don’t require pilot lights to keep the furnace lit. Instead, they work via electronic ignition. If this ignition stops working correctly, the burners can’t function like they are supposed to.

When your gas furnace is performing normally, here’s how it should work:

  • The thermostat directs your furnace to turn on.
  • Your furnace’s draft inducer fan begins to spin in order to bring fresh air toward your furnace.
  • The gas valve opens to move gas into the pilot burner.
  • An electronic spark lights the pilot light.
  • The flame sensor informs your furnace that the pilot is burning.
  • The gas valve sends gas to the main burners, which are lit by the pilot light.
  • Your furnace then distributes warm air into your house via ductwork.

If something fails during this procedure, your furnace will deactivate for safety purposes. Or it might shut down a few minutes into heating because it’s overheating.

A number of of these issues can be handled on their own, but others need professional assistance. When you need the finest furnace repair in Albany, call our heating Experts at 518-205-3324. We have experience with all brands and our services are ensured by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for a year.*

Here are a number of the typical reasons why your heater isn’t staying lit and what to do about it.

1. Dirty Flame Sensor

Your furnace’s flame sensor is a safety system that tells your furnace when gas is ignited. If the sensor is dirty or damaged, it may work inconsistently or not at all. Even if the sensor is functioning like it should, poor positioning leaves it unable to recognize the flame to begin with. While you could start troubleshooting and cleaning this sensor by yourself, hiring a professional like D.A. Bennett Service Experts will ensure the problem is taken care of promptly and correctly.

2. Furnace is Too Hot

Your furnace has built-in safety functions that deactivates your furnace if it gets especially hot. One of the most frequent causes is a clogged filter. We encourage reviewing your air filter every month. If you can’t see light through it, replace it.

3. Thermostat is Malfunctioning

Your thermostat commands your furnace when it should heat your residence. When it’s not operating normally, your furnace will have trouble keeping your residence warm. This can be a battery or electrical problem, depending on what kind of thermostat you own. We recommend opening your owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website for necessary troubleshooting info. If you still can’t get yours working, contact our Experts at 518-205-3324. We’ll pinpoint the problem right away and can replace your thermostat, if needed.

Some of these issues, such as a dirty flame sensor or an overheated furnace, are caused by a lack of consistent furnace maintenance. It’s vital to have this service performed every year, because it can help prevent breakdowns, increase your furnace’s energy efficiency and might even make it live longer.

We Have You In Good Hands When It’s Time for Furnace Replacement

Sooner or later, your furnace can’t work like it’s supposed to in spite of attempts to repair or maintain it. When the time comes, trust D.A. Bennett Service Experts and our excellent furnace replacement in Albany. We work with some of the number one furnace brands, like Lennox®, to offer you affordable, energy-efficient heating options.

When you’re thinking about replacing your furnace, consider taking advantage of our Advantage Program™. Replacing a furnace can be thousands of dollars out of pocket. As an Advantage member, you’ll be given a new furnace for just one low monthly fee. There’s no down payment or installation expenses, and you get to keep any helpful rebates.

What’s even better is that Advantage members don’t pay a cent for repairs** or maintenance. If disaster hits, you’re protected with 24/7 priority service. You’ll also obtain discounts, no sneaky charges and many other benefits.

Don’t struggle with interruptions to your comfort for a moment longer. Give D.A. Bennett Service Experts a call at 518-205-3324 to schedule an appointment right away. Whether you are looking for repairs or if it’s time for a new furnace, we guarantee your satisfaction.


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