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How do I tell if my gas furnace’s inducer motor is bad?

Problem: I turned my thermostat up to try and get my heat to come on and nothing happens! My furnace’s draft inducer will not start. After 30 seconds to a minute, I get a flash code on my control board that shows, “Pressure Switch Failed to Close”

Answer: We have this question asked quite often. The first component of the furnace that should start up after the thermostat is turned up to call for heat is the draft inducer. It might be necessary to tape your furnace’s safety door switch closed temporarily so you can test the furnace’s control board with a voltmeter. Test with a voltmeter on your furnace’s control board to make sure you are getting 24 to 28 volts AC between the W and C (com) thermostat wires that come from the thermostat. If you are not getting 24 volts between W and C (com) then you either have a thermostat problem, a thermostat wire problem, the thermostat might not be turned on heating or turned up, you could have a low voltage transformer problem or a blown fuse on the control board. Make sure that the batteries in your thermostat are in good condition. If you are getting 24 volts between W and C (com) and the draft inducer is not coming on then please watch the following really good YouTube video made by AC Service Tech LLC. Craig Migliaccio on “How to tell if a draft inducer motor is bad”.  Please click here if you would like to see many air conditioning and heating videos made by AC Service Tech. I believe these are the best HVAC Repair Videos on the Internet! I hope this post will help you in finding and fixing your furnace problem! If you have any questions please comment below or email me, Steve Arnold at Support@arnoldservice.com. Thank you so much for your time and support with our website!  

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Problem: Why does my gas furnace short cycle so much?

Troubleshooting Gas & Electric Furnaces

Problem: Why does my gas furnace short cycle so much? The furnace gas lights, but before the thermostat is satisfied the gas goes off. I do not understand what could be causing the gas to go off in our furnace before our thermostat has been satisfied. I noticed this happening for the past week. What could be the problem?

Answer: We have this question asked quite often. We have an excellent Youtube Video made by AC Service Tech LLC that explains why gas furnaces short cycle below. Craig Migliacco does an excellent and thorough job explaining four reasons why gas furnaces short cycle! Thanks to AC Service Tech LLC and Craig Migliacco for making this excellent video!! Please click here if you would like to see the AC Service Tech LLC written post with pictures that explains The four top reasons why a gas furnace short cycles. In short detail the 4 reasons are:

  • The thermal limit switch is tripping and opening up the electrical circuit. The thermal limit switch tripping could be caused by a dirty filter, dirty blower wheel, dirty or stopped up evaporator coil, a slow blower motor (might need a new capacitor or the gas input might be set too high (might need to adjust gas pressure).
  • The pressure switch is tripping and opening up the electrical circuit. This could be caused by a stopped up vent or a slow, stopped up draft inducer. You might need to clean the furnace’s condensate drain line. Please click here if you would like to see our furnace pressure switch troubleshooting page.
  • The control board could have a relay with pitted contacts that are failing.  You might need a new control board.
  • The flame proving process might be off because of a dirty flame sensor, gas burners or heat exchanger. Please click here if you would like to see our flame sensor troubleshooting page.

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This excellent video below explains these 4 problems in detail.

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Gas Furnace Sequence of Operation is Important to Know!

This excellent Youtube Video made by AC Service Tech LLC that explains why it is important to know the Gas furnace sequence of operation when troubleshooting furnaces.  If one sequence of operation does not occur then as a troubleshooter you can focus on the sequence that is missing and fix the problem.  Thanks so very much to Craig Migliaccio for taking the time to make this excellent video! I have the sequence of operation below. The YouTube video illustrates the sequence of operation on a Bryant Carrier 92% condensing furnace.  The proper sequence of operation is:

  1. The thermostat calls for heat by the home owner (you) turning the thermostat up.
  2. The thermostat provides 24 volts to the W terminal on the control board. When you check with a voltmeter you should have 24 volts AC (alternating current) between W and C (com) on the control board.
  3. The control board sends 110-125 volts AC to the draft inducer to start the draft inducer.
  4. If the vent and combustion chamber are open then the pressure switch closes the connection between the two wires that go into the pressure switch. If the furnace pressure switch, limit and rollout switches are all closed (allowing current to run through them) then the control board starts the furnace ignition sequence.
  5. The control board sends power to the furnace ignitor which should glow bright orange for a set number of seconds. Usually 15 to 30 seconds. During the set time that the ignitor is glowing the control board sends 24 to 28 volts AC to the gas valve to open the gas valve allowing gas to flow and the gas burners to ignite (start burning). If the gas burners do not ignite in 5 to 8 seconds the flame sensor does not sense the flame and the control board turns the gas valve off. FYI-If this happens you might need to clean your flame sensor or replace your flame sensor. Please click here if you are interested in the flame sensors we sell. If the flame sensor does sense the flame the control board sends 24 volts to the gas valve and the gas burners continue to burn until the thermostat is satisfied.
  6. After the furnace gas burners ignite the furnace, the furnace’s heat exchanger heats up for approximately a minute or so then the furnace blower comes on to distribute the heat throughout your home.
  7. The furnace blower motor and gas continue to burn until the thermostat on your wall satisfies the need for heat (reaches the set temperature) then the thermostat breaks the voltage in the W (white) wire and cuts the gas burners off.
  8. The furnace blower motor continues to run for a set amount of time that is determined by the furnace’s control board until the heat is removed from the furnace’s heat exchanger. Then the blower motor goes off until the next heating cycle from the thermostat on the wall is needed.  If you have any questions please contact us anytime. Our email address is: support@arnoldservice.com
  9. We Would Love to Help You Out and Earn Your Business! Steve & Barbara Arnold

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10 Reasons Why a Gas Pilot Light Goes Out or Won’t Stay Lit!

Troubleshooting Gas & Electric Furnaces

Problem: The pilot light on my furnace, water heater or gas appliance will not stay lit! What could be the problem? How do I fix this problem? How do gas pilot lights work and operate?

Answer: Below we have an awesome Youtube video made by AC Service Tech LLC that explains how the gas pilot light functions and 10 reasons why the pilot goes out or will not stay lit. Please click here to see the written page about 10 Reasons Why the Pilot Light Goes Out or Will Not Stay Lit. Thanks so very much to  AC Service Tech and Craig Migliaccio for making this great informational video!

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How to Wire Up a Heat Pump Thermostat?

We have many people ask us how do I wire up my new heat pump thermostat? How do I troubleshoot my heat pump thermostat? What do the wire colors mean? What are the functions of the wire and colors? What do the terminals on the thermostat mean? How do I wire up the auxiliary and emergency heat? Below we have an excellent Youtube video Made by AC Service Tech that answers all these questions. If you have any questions please email us anytime. Our email address is support@arnoldservice.com

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Top 12 Problems and Mistakes when installing or replacing thermostats!

We have been getting lots of questions about how to install thermostats properly. Many questions are about why my newly installed thermostat is not working properly.  I found this excellent Youtube video from AC Service Tech that shows what the top 12 problems and mistakes are when installing or replacing thermostats.  I hope this helps you when installing or replacing a thermostat. Thanks so much to AC Service Tech for making this excellent video! We would love to help you out and earn your business!  Please email us anytime if you have questions. Support@arnoldservice.com

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Why is my new heating and air conditioning system not heating and cooling my house properly?

troubleshooting air conditioners and heat pumps

We have this questions asked many times over the years and I want to post my response to this frequently asked question: I am so sorry to hear that you have spent all this money and still do not have a furnace and air conditioner that are working properly! I have this problem asked many times over the years and my answer is:  I would strongly recommend that you have your HVAC contractor do a Manual J Heat Gain and Heat Loss calculation on your home before installing a new furnace or doing any other work. We are required here in Louisville, KY to submit a Manual J calculation to the Housing Department, Code enforcement before a permit will be issued to start a new installation. Without the Manual J calculation, it would be a guess as to what size equipment needs to be installed and this is why many people get the wrong size equipment. Requiring a heat gain, heat loss calculation protects the homeowner from getting the wrong size HVAC equipment installed. Most companies have a Manual J computer program where they enter the required information like the home’s orientation (facing north, south, etc.) the amount of insulation, window types, door types and all surfaces that gain or lose heat and more. The computer program will figure the amount of heat loss and gain and tell the contractor what size HVAC equipment needs to be installed.  I would recommend that you get this Manual J calculation completed for your home so you know for sure that you are getting the right sized HVAC equipment installed. Even though it is a pain and extra expense for the homeowner and contractor this insures the right size equipment is installed and is invaluable for protecting your energy bill and comfort. We have many other air conditioning and heat pump troubleshooting pages. Please click here to see more troubleshooting advice. Please click here to see the many name brand air conditioner and heat pump repair parts that we sell. We would love to answer your questions and earn your business! If you have any questions please email us anytime: Support@arnoldservice.com

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Problem: How do I remove my furnace control board without breaking the plastic pins that hold the board in place?

Problem: I am trying to replace the furnace control board on my Goodman furnace. How do I remove my furnace control board without breaking the plastic pins that hold the board in place? I tried needle nose pliers and my fingers, but I am afraid I am going to break the control board pins that hold the board in place. Do you have an recommendations?

Answer: A customer of ours Mr. Young, sent me this Youtube video (below) which shows how to easily remove a furnace control board using a Bic ink pen with the ink cartridge removed. I will be sure to keep an ink pen with the ink cartridge removed in my tool box! Thanks to Total Air Supply Inc. for making this great video!

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Problem: Why is my fan blower motor running all the time?

Problem: We have many people ask, “Why is my fan blower motor running all the time. My blower motor will not shut off?” “Why does my fan motor run continuously when I use my furnace?”

Answer: I found a real good Youtube video made by ACServicetech that explains 4 reasons why fan blower motors run continuously. In this video ACServicetech goes over why the Blower Fan Motor Won’t Shut off/Continuously Runs and some of the most common reasons why furnaces or air handlers have this problem. ACServicetech shows step by step Troubleshooting on how to figure out what is causing this problem. This is a great video that I would highly recommend that you watch  if your fan motor is running continuously. Many thanks to ACServicetech for making this informative video! If you have any questions please feel free to email us anytime or respond in the comments section below. We have many heating and air conditioning troubleshooting links, Videos and Resources on the following page: Please click here for more troubleshooting resourcesWe would love to help you out and earn your business! Our email address is: support@arnoldservice.com

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Top 10 Reasons Why the Blower Fan Motor will not come on. Furnaces, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps

Questions: We have many people ask, “how can I find out why my fan blower motor is not working?” “Why does my fan motor not work when I turn on my furnace or air conditioner?”

Answer: I found a real good Youtube video made by ACServicetech that explains the top 10 reasons why fan blower motors will not come on. ACServicetech goes over what to look for in the system, components that fail most often, how to test the components, where to take readings with a multimeter as well as other tips! This is a great video that I would highly recommend that you watch  if your fan blower will not come on. Many thanks to ACServicetech for making this informative video! If you have any questions please email us anytime. Our email address is: support@arnoldservice.com. We would love to help you out and earn your business!