Frymire Home Services Blog: Archive for ‘Heating’ Category

Why Won’t My Pilot Light Stay Lit?

February 28th, 2021

Your furnace’s pilot light provides the flame that ignites the gas coming out of its burner. If your pilot light is out, your furnace will be unable to provide any heat to your home. Don’t worry – all modern furnaces have a fail-safe device that keeps gas from continuing to fill the burner. Once your pilot light goes out, you will have to open your furnace and relight it manually. A pilot light that won’t stay lit can be a constant source of frustration, so read on to learn why this might be happening to your furnace.

Possibility #1: Dirty Pilot Light

When your pilot light is on, take a look at the flame. It should be a strong blue flame. If it small, flickering, or yellow-orange, your pilot light’s tip might be dirty or corroded. This impedes the flow of gas, making your pilot light weak and more likely to go out. Turn off the gas valve on your furnace, then use a thin needle to clean out the hole in the tip of your pilot light. If it seems too corroded, you can remove the pilot assembly and buy a new one to replace it for a relatively inexpensive fix.

Possibility #2: Faulty Thermocouple

Your furnace’s thermocouple senses whether your pilot light is on and shuts off the supply of gas if it does not detect a flame. This keeps gas from being released without a way to burn it up. If the thermocouple is dirty, misaligned, or malfunctioning, it might fail to detect your pilot light and shut off the gas supply, which will then cause your pilot light to go out. Take a look at a diagram of your furnace (most likely available on the manufacturer’s website or in your manual) and locate the thermocouple. Remove the heat sensing end and clean it. When you put it back, make sure it lines up with where the flame should be. If that doesn’t solve your problem, your thermocouple could be malfunctioning. You should contact a trusted HVAC company to take a look and replace it if needed.

Possibility #3: Drafts

If you can’t find any issue in your furnace that would cause your pilot light to go out, a draft of air may be blowing the flame out. Relight your pilot light and wait. If it starts to flicker, put your hand near it and see if you can feel any air currents. If it seems fine, pay special attention to the wind conditions around your home and see if windy weather correlates with your pilot light going out.

Possibility #4: Faulty Gas Regulator

Your home’s gas regulator controls the flow of natural gas not just to your furnace, but to all your gas appliances. If you have other gas appliances and are having issues with them, your gas regulator could be damaged or malfunctioning. If this is the case, your pilot light may sometimes not have enough gas to stay lit. The gas regulator is the responsibility of your natural gas provider, so call them to have someone come check it out.

The Best Way to Fix a Pilot Light That Won’t Stay Lit

While the reasons listed above are the most common issues that cause pilot light troubles, there are many other possibilities. The best way to get to the bottom of any pilot light problem and restore your furnace to working order is to call in a licensed HVAC professional. They’ll have the experience to diagnose your furnace and will know all the proper safety procedures to check for and prevent gas leaks.

For over six decades, Frymire Home Services has been providing expert furnace repair and maintenance in the Dallas area and beyond. Our service professionals offer you “A Higher Degree of Comfort,” backed with extensive training and the experience necessary to see that your furnace functions at top safety and efficiency. If your having issues with an unreliable pilot light, give us a call!

If your pilot light won’t stay on, trust the experts at Frymire for furnace inspection, repair, and maintenance in Dallas, TX. Call us at 972-620-3600 or contact us online today!

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6 Reasons Why Cold Air Is Coming From Your Vents When Your Heater Is On

January 13th, 2021

During the winter season, experiencing cold air coming from your vents is the last thing you want happening when you turn on your heater. Within your AC system you have four main units:  your condenser (located outside your home), your coil (located inside your home),  your furnace (located inside your home), and your thermostat (located inside your home). The thermostat is probably the unit you are most familiar with as this is what you use to regulate the temperature within your home.

Essentially your AC system does one of two things for you: it is either bringing hot air into your home (heating) or it is taking the hot air out of your home (cooling).  Your condenser, coil, furnace, and thermostat work together to make this happen.

With Frymire Home Services, we bring you peace of mind and have listed below six possible reasons why your vent is blowing out cold air instead of hot air.

Why Is Cold Air Coming From My Vents?

It is cold inside your home and you have just turned on your heater. A couple hours go by and you have not noticed any heat changes with the temperature inside your home; it is just as cold, if not colder, as when you turned your heater on. You walk to your thermostat to double-check, and you did turn the heat on!  You are puzzled as to why you are experiencing cold air coming through your vents instead of the hot air you are wanting. There are a couple reasons as to why you may be experiencing this issue.

Reason #1

The first reason could be due to the age of your flame sensor.  Your flame sensor is located within your furnace and is an important safety feature that not only protects your unit but also protects you. When a flame is ignited within your furnace, your flame sensor makes sure to burn the natural gas to continue the heating cycle. When no flame is detected, your flame sensor automatically shuts off your furnace, ensuring that no natural gas escapes into your unit. As your furnace ages, so does your flame sensor. The only two ways to fix this would be having your flame sensor cleaned or having it replaced.

Reason #2

The second reason could be due to a bad limit switch. Your limit switch is located inside your home and is attached to your furnace. When the heat exchanger becomes too hot, your limit switch acts as a safety mechanism and turns off the burner. Problems arise when your limit switch malfunctions and either continuously runs your blower, never properly ending a heating cycle, or it doesn’t allow your furnace to operate because it is continuously turning off the burner. To fix this you will need to have a technician come out and diagnose the underlying issue. It could be as simple as making sure that your filters and fan blades are cleaned properly or ensuring there is no improper duct sizing or high static pressure. In the end you might have to have your limit switch replaced.

Reason #3

The third reason could be due to a faulty fan or motor.  Within your furnace you have your blower fan and your inducer draft motor. Your indoor fan, otherwise known as the “blower,” is responsible for bringing in hot air when in heating mode. The reason this goes out is because the blower has reached the end of its life span, has inadequate ductwork, or has high static pressure. The two ways to fix this are to either lower the static pressure or, if that does not work, replace it with a newer one.

Next, you have your inducer draft motor, which is responsible for removing exhaust gas. The reason this becomes faulty is because it has a restriction or blocked flue pipe, or the windings have burned up. To fix this you need to have the blockage or restrictions cleared, or if that does not work have the motor replaced.

Reason #4

The fourth reason could be due to the age of your gas valve. Your gas valve is located outside your furnace and is what opens and closes the furnace’s fuel system.  When you tell your thermostat to heat, your furnace’s gas valves begin to open and close and allow the gas to flow to the pilot light and burner(s).  When this stops working properly, the only way this can be fixed is by replacing your gas valve with a newer one.

Reason #5

The fifth reason could be a low refrigerant charge in your AC system, which is due to a leak in either your heat pump or coil. This can be fixed by having a technician locate the leak and repair the leak. If the leak cannot be repaired, you will need to replace your AC system with a newer one. This would only be applicable if you have a heat pump system.

Reason #6

The sixth reason could be due to a bad compressor.  The compressor is inside your heat pump, located outside your home. The compressor is the heart of your AC system and is what keeps everything running smoothly. When this goes out you will need to replace it. Some reasons it could go out include that it was over- or under-charged, had a faulty run capacitor, faulty motor, dirty evaporator, or dirty condensing coils, or had undersized ductwork. Again, this is only applicable in heat pump systems.

Frymire Home Services understands the importance of educating and informing our customers and helping them become air conditioning experts! We make sure that we not only correct the issue, but also help the customer understand why the issue happened.  To learn more about your air conditioning system visit our website at www.frymire.com or call us at 972-910-2041 to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians.

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Why Can’t My Gas Furnace Warm My Home?

January 20th, 2020

You have found yourself standing in front of your thermostat several different mornings lately, trying your hardest to figure out why your heater isn’t heating up your home at all. The bills are paid, the thermostat is accurate and connected and your know that you turned the system on, so what’s up?

Well, it could be one or more issues to be honest. There is a strong chance that your furnace is in need of furnace repair in Arlington, TX. There is also a chance that your system could use some additional help to keep your home warm. Or your heater might be on its way out.

If you want to figure out why your furnace can’t seem to warm your home the way you want it to lately, we will help you solve the mystery. You can browse the potential causes we have discussed below and, when you are ready, reach out to us for professional help in getting the issue resolved.

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It’s Still Not Too Late for Heating Maintenance

December 23rd, 2019

Yes, winter is in full swing and we are sure you have more than enough going on and we don’t want to add anything onto your “To-Do” list. If anything, we are bringing up heating maintenance because we want to make sure you can avoid having to add more tasks to your calendar later on. After all, scheduling HVAC maintenance in Fort Worth, TX is always going to be a better alternative than needing to reach out for heating repairs.

You may not be entirely enthralled with the idea of having someone come to your home to do a maintenance check-up on your heater. Especially because that might mean you would need to turn your heater off for a little while. Well, because we strongly believe that maintenance is vital to the long-term operation of your HVAC system, we want you to know why a tune-up is absolutely worth your time, even if it is late in the year.

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The Most Dangerous Malfunction Your Furnace Might Need Repaired

December 09th, 2019

First, before we go farther, we want to stress that natural gas furnaces are not “risky” devices to have in your home. They aren’t ticking time bombs that will eventually become hazardous, and they aren’t something to worry about each time one comes on. If they were any of these things, they would never be allowed into homes in the first place. The modern gas furnace is built with a high priority on safety.

However, burning natural gas—as with burning any combustible energy source—can create dangers without the proper precautions. The company that manufactured your gas furnace already took most of the major precautions. You’ll need to take a few of them yourself to ensure your furnace operates at the highest levels of safety. Specifically, you want to watch out for this malfunction: a cracked heat exchanger.

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Upgrading Your HVAC System? Consider A Dual Fuel System

October 29th, 2018

Air conditioners are pretty straight-forward. They run as well as their equipment allows them to. When it comes to forced-air heating, however, there are other factors that influence efficiency. Furnaces provide powerful and consistent heating, but they’re not always efficient in moderate cold. Heat pumps make a great alternative, but they don’t always perform the best in lower temperatures.

A dual fuel system, however, allows you to have the best of both worlds. We’ll go into more detail on that below.

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Don’t Ignore These Noises from Your Heater

February 05th, 2018

Sometimes, a heating system breaks down with little or no warning at all. It goes from working just fine throughout the day and night to suddenly not turning on at all. However, this is quite an uncommon occurrence. Unless there is a sudden failure of an electrical component, a furnace usually gives off some sign that it is on the brink of failure.

Often, this sign of trouble comes in the form of an odd noise. While it may be accompanied by some unusual performance from your heater, the noise is what helps you to narrow down the cause. Today, we hope to show you what those noises may mean and why it is so important to call technicians in at their first sounding off. Don’t ignore these furnace noises!

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What’s the Best Heating System for My Home?

December 25th, 2017

You might be surprised to learn just how many options there are for central heating today. Gone are the days when you only had to choose between gas and electric. Today, you can find systems in all different efficiency ratings, with extra features for comfort and energy savings—and furnaces are not your only option!

In fact, in our service area, many people are moving away from the standard furnace-AC setup and trying alternative heating systems. But a furnace may still be the right choice for you. The best way to know is to speak with your local technicians, but we’re here to help with a quick guide to different types of heaters.

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3 Steps to a More Efficient Heating System

December 18th, 2017

You don’t have to shut off the heater altogether and shiver under a blanket to start saving money on heating! You may be able to get your current heating system up to speed and keep it running as efficiently as possible, without spending a ton of money. Follow these steps to more efficient heating this winter.

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Why Won’t My Furnace Turn On?

December 11th, 2017

Temperatures are finally low enough that you’ve decided to fire up the central heater. You go to the thermostat, turn up the heat, and wait…and nothing happens. You may become worried that your furnace is completely broken down and needs to be replaced. Of course, this is a possibility, but there could be a number of reasons a furnace would fail to start or turn on after a cycle.

To know the problem with certainty, you would have to reach out to a team that is trained in diagnosing furnace troubles. If you live in Dallas, that’s Frymire Home Services! In any case, read on to get a better idea of what may be the trouble. It could even be something you can fix on your own!

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