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Repairs an Electric Furnace May Need

cold-sweater-manIf you have an electric furnace keeping your family toasty warm during this winter, there’s no guarantee that it will work all of the time. If you scheduled maintenance for it—something necessary every year to prevent drops in efficiency and furnace malfunctions—you should have few problems and sail through until spring in comfort.

But there’s always the chance something may go wrong and you’ll need furnace repair in Paramus, NJ. Whenever you notice something amiss with your electric heater, such as a drop in household temperature, low airflow, or strange sounds coming from it, reach out to our technicians for repairs. We can come to your assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Repairs for an Electric Furnace

Gas furnaces and electric furnaces work by having a blower send air around a heated part of the furnace, which warms the air before it continues into the ventilation system. But where a gas furnace uses hot combustion gas to heat up a metal heat exchanger to do the job, an electric furnace works by running electric current through a series of heating elements, causing their coils to glow red hot (similar to a toaster, but on a much bigger scale), and this is what heats the air. An advantage of this process is that an electric furnace undergoes less stress and generally needs fewer repairs over its lifetime compared to a gas furnace. But there are troubles that can occur in an electric furnace that require repairs, such as:

  • Replacing a broken heating element: There are multiple heating elements in most electric furnaces, and one or more of them may break and stop generating heat. If you have to start turning up the thermostat higher than normal to get decent warmth, you probably have a broken heating element. HVAC experts can replace the broken element to restore the furnace’s warming power.
  • Fixing faulty wiring: Bad wiring is the source of many home appliance malfunctions. With all the electrical power going to a furnace, you can expect to occasionally run into bad wiring shutting it down. Regular maintenance checks and tightens all the electrical connections to help prevent this, but if your furnace abruptly stops working or it causes the circuit breaker to trip repeatedly, you’ll need to have professionals do some electrical checks on the furnace to see what needs to be repaired.
  • Repairing or replacing the blower motor: This is a component both gas and electric furnaces share. The blower motor powers the fan that draws air through the return vents and then blows it through the furnace’s chamber to heat it up and send it into the ductwork. Dust, lack of lubrication, or worn-down motor bearings can all cause damage to the motor, leading to it eventually burning out and bringing your heating to a standstill. Professionals can either fix the motor or replace it if it’s beyond repair.

By the way, it’s still not too late for heating maintenance before the deep winter chill arrives! Sign up for our Maintenance Plan to get started and enjoy extra benefits as well.

Advanced Mechanical Services offers heating repair and other HVAC services throughout the Tri-State Area.

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