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Furnace blower is not working! What should I do?

If your furnace blower is not working, there could be a couple of issues here, one more serious than the other. Firstly, it is important to understand how a furnace works. You can begin to understand this through a very simple principle. A furnace uses some type of fuel (i.e. electrical, oil, gas, etc) to heat a series of coils.  What type of fuel your furnace uses for this combustion.  This series of heated coils (called a heat exchanger) has a fan (called a blower motor) which blows your houses’ air over them and into your air ducts where it is dispersed throughout your house.  This simple process, regardless of what type of fuel you use, is how your furnace is able to blow warm air into your home.

If you’re having any issues with your furnace blower not working. It can come down to the blower motor in the furnace may need replacing and that’s usually a job for the experts. A capacitor. If the capacitor is defective, the fan motor might be noisy, overheat, or not run at all. If the control board is defective, it might not send voltage to the blower motor. If the furnace is not getting power, check the furnace circuit breaker or fuse as this might also be an issue.

On the other hand, the unit may be clogged with dirt and dust and you may be able to fix that yourself but may likely need special attention to unclog the debris and dirt from the components.

In the end, there are several things that can lead to a furnace not blowing air.  If you decide to try and repair an older unit and it requires more effort and costs incurred. It may just be more advantageous to replace it.

If you need help with your furnace issues, give us a call today!