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Tis’ the Season for Breakdowns

June 9, 2015

It’s December and the temperature is dropping, or at least it should be.  Needless to say, the bulk of our service calls are for no heat situations.  In talking to our service technicians one of the biggest reasons for these heat failures is worn out parts.  Things like ignitors and blower motors are finally giving out after years of service.Image

Just like parts on your car, the parts in your heating system wear out.  And, just like a car, they seem to go out at the worst possible time.

Hot surface ignitors do the job that pilot lights once did.  They are made of a highly resistivematerial that uses electricity to become red hot.  Once the ignitor has had sufficient heat up time, generally less than 30 seconds, gas from the burners is introduced and ignited by the red hot material.  The resistive material the ignitor is…

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