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Common Causes of Furnace Electrical Problems



Your furnace can have a variety of problems over its lifespan. Among these problems are electrical issues. Electricity is a major factor in how well your furnace operates and concerns with your home’s electrical system should be treated very seriously. 

If something is wrong with your furnace, you need to schedule furnace service in Layton now ahead of winter. Our team can check out all of your electrical connections to make sure they are secure. If there are any issues, we can fix them. Keep reading below to learn more about the most common electrical problems we see and what they mean. 



Airflow Problems

You might be wondering, what does airflow have to do with the electricity that operates your heater? But, your heater relies on a steady stream of airflow, both coming into the system and exiting the system. If the air filter is clogged with dust and dirt, airflow may be blocked coming into your heater. If the exhaust is blocked, Airflow may be trapped inside of your heater instead of blowing outside during a cycle. 

Both of these problems can put undue strain on your heater. The strain can make your heater work harder. The harder that your heater works, the more electricity it uses. Your heater was only designed to handle so much electricity at a time. Similarly, your house is only designed to provide so much electricity at a time to your appliances.



Electrical System Issues

It’s also possible that you have shorts in your electrical system. An electrical short happens when electricity flows through a different path than it was intended to flow through. This can cause issues for your heater. If electricity is not reaching the components it needs to, your heater may stop working completely or you may notice changes to how your heater operates as a result of a short. 



Thermostat Calibration 

Your thermostat is another thing that can affect how electricity works with your heater. Your thermostat needs to be properly calibrated in order to accurately read the temperature inside your home and then communicate with your heater for when to turn on and off. When your thermostat is miscalibrated it can result in your heater staying on for longer than it should. 

Alternately, your heater may turn on and off at very frequent intervals, never quite completing a heating cycle all the way through. Both of these problems add a lot of strain to your heater and can lead to electrical problems and even long-term damage to the system.

Never attempt to deal with any electrical issue with your heating system on your own. It’s potentially hazardous, causing electrical shocks or leading to later electrical fires. And any work on a gas furnaces comes with serious risks. Always rely on professionals for when you need HVAC service.

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