Restoring a Furnace That Wont Stay Lit

A faulty furnace is exhausting to deal with. There are multiple reasons this might happen, but one of the most common is an issue with the burners or related components.

Newer systems don’t count on pilot lights to keep the furnace lit. Instead, they utilize electronic ignition. If this ignition is damaged, the burners won’t perform like they are supposed to.

When your gas furnace is performing normally, here’s how it should operate:

  • The thermostat tells your furnace to run.
  • Your furnace’s draft inducer fan starts to draw fresh air toward your furnace.
  • The gas valve opens to move gas into the pilot burner.
  • An electronic spark ignites the pilot light.
  • The flame sensor tells your furnace that the pilot has been ignited.
  • The gas valve moves gas to the primary burners, which are lit by the pilot light.
  • Your furnace then sends warm air into your home via ductwork.

If something breaks down during this sequence, your furnace will turn off for safety concerns. Or it might deactivate a few minutes into heating because it’s too warm.

Some of these issues can be fixed on their own, but others are best handled by professional assistance. When you are looking for the top furnace repair in Richmond, reach out to our heat Experts at 804-548-4480. We repair all brands and our services are supported by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for a year.*

Here are a number of the main reasons why your heater isn’t staying lit and what to do moving forward.

1. Faulty Flame Sensor

Your furnace’s flame sensor is a safety component that informs your furnace when gas is ignited. If the sensor is dirty or faulty, it may work erratically or not at all. Even if the sensor is functioning like it should, incorrect positioning leaves it unable to recognize the flame at all. While you may try troubleshooting and cleaning this sensor right away, hiring an expert like Eveready Service Experts will make sure the problem is taken care of swiftly and correctly.

2. Furnace is Too Hot

Your furnace uses built-in safety functions that force a shutdown if it gets dangerously hot. One of the most frequent causes is a filthy filter. We suggest reviewing your air filter each month. If you can’t see light through it, change it.

3. Thermostat Isn’t Working Right

Your thermostat commands your furnace when it is time to heat your house. When it’s not running correctly, your furnace will have trouble keeping your house warm. This can be a battery or electrical malfunction, depending on what type of thermostat you use. We encourage referring to your owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website for required troubleshooting information. If you still can’t get yours working, contact our Experts at 804-548-4480. We’ll discover the cause quickly and can replace your thermostat, if needed.

Some of these issues, such as a dirty flame sensor or an overheated furnace, are caused by a lack of consistent furnace maintenance. It’s important to have this service performed every year, because it can help prevent breakdowns, improve your furnace’s energy efficiency and might even make it live longer.

We Have You Covered When It’s Time for Furnace Replacement

Sooner or later, your furnace won’t work like it used to in spite of attempts to repair or maintain it. When the time comes, consider Eveready Service Experts and our excellent furnace replacement in Richmond. We offer some of the best furnace brands, like Lennox®, to offer you affordable, energy-efficient heating equipment.

When you’re thinking about replacing your furnace, consider signing up for our Advantage Program™. Replacing a furnace can run thousands of dollars out of pocket. As an Advantage member, you’ll receive a new furnace for just one affordable monthly fee. There’s no down payment or installation costs, and you get to pocket any helpful rebates.

What’s even better is that Advantage members don’t pay a dime for repairs** or maintenance. If disaster strikes, you’re supported with 24/7 priority service. You’ll also receive discounts, no last-minute charges and several other benefits.

Don’t struggle with interruptions to your comfort for a minute longer. Give Eveready Service Experts a call at 804-548-4480 to schedule an appointment now. Whether you want repairs or if it’s time for a new furnace, we guarantee your satisfaction.


*Not applicable to the Advantage Program. See your signed Advantage Program agreement for full details and exclusions. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is subject to certain restrictions and limitations as set forth in the applicable Terms and Conditions. **See your signed Advantage Agreement for details.

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