In the life of a furnace or any other large appliance, there is always a chance that you are going to need to make a few repairs. Especially for items such as furnaces that are supposed to last for up to 20 years.
If your Carrier furnace is not lighting, you will need to find out what the problem is as soon as possible, so that you can get it fixed and have a happy, comfortable home once more.
One common problem that you may have is that the furnace is sparking but does not ignite and remain lit. If this is the case, the most likely culprit is a dirty pilot orifice.
The pilot orifice should be cleaned out at least once per year. When it is dirty or clogged, the pilot light will spark, but will not stay lit. If this is the problem with your Carrier furnace, then simply clean the orifice and your unit will be working again.
To clean the pilot orifice, you will need something very small to insert into the hole. The hole is tiny, but a small sewing needle should do the trick. You should be able to insert the needle into the hole and once it is clean, light will shine through the hole and you will know that you did the job right.
If you keep having the problem of the Carrier furnace not lighting on a frequent basis, it may be time to call in a professional.
It is very important to have a general safety inspection at least once per year. This way, a technician can point out potential problems and fix them before they even have a chance to happen.
As with any furnace, it’s important to keep your air filters clean and free of debris. Sometimes a dirty or clogged air filter is the cause of your furnace not working properly.
Most air filters should be changed at least once every 3 to 6 months. Keep a nice supply of clean ones on hand so that you can change them out whenever you think about it, without having to go to the store.
With the proper maintenance and care, your Carrier furnace should last for many years. Take care of your furnace and it will take care of you.
Originally posted 2010-07-26 08:46:54.