Gas Furnace

Why Won’t My Pilot Light?

A gas furnace pilot light is a continuously burning flame that ignites the burners when the furnace heats up. If your pilot light is not lighting, or staying lit, it could be because of the thermocouple. The thermocouple is a safety feature that prevents gas buildup in your home. It checks to see if your pilot light flame is lit and turns off the gas flow if it senses that your pilot light is off. However, if your thermocouple is damaged, dirty, or bent, it may inaccurately sense that your pilot light is off and turn off the flow of gas to your system. Without gas supply, your pilot light won’t stay lit. The best solution would be to call a licensed HVAC professional.

How Big of a Furnace Do I Need?

The size of your furnace is dependent on a number of factors. The square footage of your home, the location of your home, your existing ductwork, and much more. The best way to determine how big of a furnace you need is by doing a heat load calculation. This can be done by an HVAC contractor, like Poorman’s Heating & Air. Ask us about this while you’re getting your free estimate, and we will help you decide on the furnace size perfect for your home.

Why is My Gas Furnace Leaking Water?

The most common reason for a leaky furnace is a condensation leak. This can happen when your furnace extracts the heat from the combusting gases and then cools. This causes condensation, which should be routed to a drain through a PVC pipe.

How Often Does My Furnace Need Cleaned?

At least once a year, preferably by a licensed HVAC technician.

Which is Better, Gas or Electric?

Firstly, there are pros and cons on each side. The differences range from cost, safety, maintenance, and durability. Electric furnaces tend to have higher fuel & running costs and they are less heat efficient. On the plus side, electric furnaces are safer and quieter than gas furnaces. They have easier installation and require far less maintenance as well. Electric furnaces also last about 10 years longer than gas furnaces on average.

In contrast, gas furnaces are louder and require regular maintenance. They are more costly to install and come with carbon monoxide safety hazards. However, the reason gas furnaces are so common is because they have lower fuel costs than electric furnaces and have much better heat efficiency.

Where Can I Buy Replacement Parts?

Poorman’s provides a variety of parts at our location. Call us to ask if we have your part in stock. We just need the make, model, and serial number of your furnace.

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