Your furnace's flame sensor is essentially a safety mechanism. As a thin metallic rod in front of the flame inside the unit, it's sole purpose is to confirm that your gas valves only open when a flame actually exists to burn that gas. When the flame sensor stop working, on the other hand, gas leaks can occur. To repair your furnace's flame sensor, expect to spend between $80 and $250. Even a full replacement of this part typically does not go above that range.
In the combustion chamber, fuel mixes with air and is ignited, generating heat—as well as carbon soot, water vapor, carbon dioxide, and worse. A buildup of soot can cause the chamber walls to corrode. Richard scrapes out built-up carbon using a small wire brush. Then he removes loose material with an industrial shop vacuum and inspects the chamber for holes or corrosion before replacing the cover.
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As touched on by their name, heat pumps function by transferring heat energy indoors during the winter and outdoors from your home during the summer. They're often attached to air conditioning units, using the surrounding air to transfer energy. However, geothermal heat pumps and water source heat pumps are also available. The cost to repair a heat pump, again, depends on the specific problem. Replacing a faulty thermostat may cost up to $300 including labor, while a worn or damaged defrost control board can set you back up to $600. For more details on your potential repair costs using this heating source, visit our heat pump repair cost guide.
Inspect your furnace thermostat by first making sure that it’s turned on. Also, ensure that the thermostat switch is turned to “heat” and not “cool”. If your furnace will still not start with the thermostat on, try adjusting the temperature settings to a few degrees higher. Inspect any visible wires for breaks or splits, and make sure your thermostat batteries are not dead. Do not touch any open wires; contact a professional.

Customer stated their blower fan is consistently running. She has had the furnace off all summer and just fired it up and it will just blow consistently. Upon investigation, the technician found that the damper control was sending 24V to G terminal while switched off. This indicates a stuck closed relay. I disconnected it and tested the unit. Due to age of unit, I would recommend upgrading to a more efficient model.


Turn off the gas supply valve, typically located by your gas meter on the gas inlet pipe. Turn off the gas by rotating the valve one quarter turn with an adjustable wrench. When the gas is off,  the valve’s oblong stem points perpendicular to the inlet pipe. Then call your gas utility or the fire department from a remote location. Do not return to your home until you know it is safe.
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CM Heating performed an electric furnace Diagnostic - Upon investigation, I found that the sequencer has failed which is why all heat elements are not being activated (3 out of 5 work). This is the second replacement sequencer needed in less than 5 years of operation, the unit is an old model of air handler and only source of heat. Replacement of sequencer is needed, however, based on age and efficiency recommend upgrade of system.
Furnace tune ups should take anywhere from 45 minutes to hour and a half, depending on what the technician has to deal with when he gets there. I was a heating and AC professional for over 10 years and I had tune ups that only took me 30 minutes, and others where it seemed like I had to practically disassemble the entire furnace, clean, then put back together. Every call is unique. However, it's important you trust your contractor. Your instincts are more accurate than you probably give yourself credit for. I don't remember a tune up ever going less than a 1/2 hr in my 10 years of experience. It just takes time to setup, take down, and perform the actual maintenance. If you figure a minute per inspection point, it should have at least taken half an hr. I've showed up to furnaces that look flawless, and I still take them apart and clean them because that's what the homeowner paid me for. If there is even a hint of a cracked heat exchanger, get a second opinion. There are scams out there, and unfortunately a 20 minute inspection wouldn't reveal that. Have whomever is making the claim show you via camera or by physically removing the combustion chamber from the furnace and showing you. As weird as that sounds, I've removed heat exchangers out of furnaces just to prove that there was an issue. A cracked combustion chamber can be a serious issue, so the fact that he said it should be fine says either he doesn't know what he's doing or he's not being truthful, or both. It's not that cracked heat exchangers are leaking carbon monoxide, it's that they can. It's the potential that makes it dangerous. Hope this helps!
"Most people don't understand [and when they] put a new system in think, 'I’ve got a new system, so I won't have to maintain it,'" Conover said. "Well, there's nothing greater from the truth than that, because manufacturers require you to have regular maintenance and to have record of that. If you would ever have a warranty claim, that manufacturer has the ability to ask you for those service records. So not only does it make sense from a perspective of the longevity of it, but if you have a warranty, you want to make sure you keep it intact."

Great article! I am having trouble identifying what to use for the aluminum or zinc strips to prevent organic growth and staining. How wide are the strips? Are they predrilled? I am starting to see black stains on the north facing asphalt shingles. Do you recommend treating that befor adding the metal strips? If so, 50/50 bleach and water or a commercial product?

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