Why is my gas heater not igniting… Well, this is a very common question for many gas heater users in Australia. In fact, your heater not igniting is one thing, but you may have also experienced your heater suddenly stopped working or that it is not heating your home properly.
This can be very frustrating for everyone, especially when chilly winds are blowing outside. Moreover, this can happen even if you have a traditional gas heater or high-efficiency heater. Generally, the lifespan of gas heating systems is around 15-20 years. So, if your heater falls in this range and stops working or not igniting, here are some common reasons to look for:
Reasons Why Is Your Gas Heater Not Igniting
1. The Thermostat in Off
One of the most common reasons for your gas heater not igniting or stopped working is because its thermostat is either off or not working properly. Therefore, make sure you check the thermostat, and if it is off, then turn it on while setting it on heat mode (5 degrees above your room temperature, at least). If that is not the case, then you may need to change the batteries (if the thermostat runs on them).
2. Safety Switch in ON
Modern gas heaters usually have a safety switch in them. This switch prevents the fan and the burner from turning On if the access panel is removed. If your heater is not igniting or stops working, then it is probably because that safety switch is On. However, you can only turn off the switch if the furnace door is set in the right place. Similarly, safety switch malfunctioning can also cause trouble. In that case, it is highly recommended to contact the gas heater repair service.
3. Power Supply or Circuit Breaker Is Not Working Properly
The power supply provides the required power to the furnace. However, if the circuit breaker has blown, your gas heater will not ignite or stops working. A tripped circuit breaker could be the reason. Therefore, you should check the fuse panel to see if something is wrong there. Problems related to circuit breakers can be very complex. That is why calling a gas heater repair service would be the best thing to do.
4. Fuel Shortage
Gas heating systems run on fuel (gas), and if it is not getting enough fuel, it will not ignite or stop working. If your heater is not getting enough gas or if you are low on gas, the heating system will not work. In such a situation, check out your gas pipeline, and if your gas pipeline is clogged or leaking, then call a professional technician.
Other Minor Problems
Apart from the above-mentioned reasons, there can be other reasons such as:
- Leaky ductwork
- Pilot light issues
- Dirty air filters
- Short cycling
It is possible that you may experience the above-mentioned issues with your gas heater. If it is something you can easily do on your own, then go for it. But, if there are complexities, don't take any risks and get professional services from a certified gas heater repair service. Contact Quick Air today for all kinds of professional care of heating and cooling units. Give us a call at 1300 730 896 or visit our website www.getquickair.com.au