How to Repair a Furnace That Wont Stay Lit

A damaged furnace is a hassle to put up with. There are several reasons this might happen, but one of the most frequent is an issue with the burners or relevant parts.

Newer models don’t rely on pilot lights to keep the furnace lit. Instead, they utilize electronic ignition. If this ignition stops working correctly, the burners can’t perform like they should.

When your gas furnace is performing normally, here’s how it should run:

  • The thermostat tells your furnace to activate.
  • Your furnace’s draft inducer fan starts to draw fresh air toward your furnace.
  • The gas valve opens to move gas into the pilot burner.
  • An electronic spark ignites the pilot light.
  • The flame sensor tells your furnace that the pilot has been ignited.
  • The gas valve sends gas to the main burners, which are lit by the pilot light.
  • Your furnace then distributes warm air throughout your residence via ductwork.

If something goes wrong during this procedure, your furnace will stop for safety reasons. Or it might turn off a few minutes into heating because it’s getting too hot.

A number of of these issues can be handled on their own, but others need professional assistance. When you want the top furnace repair in Albany, reach out to our heat Experts at 518-417-2938. We service all brands and our work is backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for a year.*

Here are some of the main reasons why your heating isn’t staying lit and what to do moving forward.

1. Malfunctioning Flame Sensor

Your furnace’s flame sensor is a safety system that informs your furnace when gas is ignited. If the sensor is dirty or faulty, it might work inconsistently or not at all. Even if the sensor is working as normal, misaligned positioning leaves it unable to recognize the flame to begin with. While you can try troubleshooting and cleaning this sensor right away, calling an expert like Roland J. Down Service Experts will make sure the problem is taken care of swiftly and correctly.

2. Furnace is Too Warm

Your furnace utilizes built-in safety functions that force a shutdown if it gets too hot. One of the most common causes is a clogged filter. We recommend checking your air filter every month. If you can’t see light through it, replace it.

3. Thermostat Malfunction

Your thermostat directs your furnace when it is time to heat your residence. When it’s not running as it’s supposed to, your furnace will struggle to keep your home warm. This can be a battery or electrical problem, depending on what model of thermostat you use. We recommend checking your owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website for relevant troubleshooting information. If you still can’t get yours working, contact our Experts at 518-417-2938. We’ll identify the cause promptly and can replace your thermostat, if that is required.

Several of these issues, like a dirty flame sensor or an overheated furnace, are a result of a lack of routine furnace maintenance. It’s extremely helpful to have this service done once a year, because it could help reduce breakdowns, enhance your furnace’s energy efficiency and could even make it survive longer.

We Have You Covered When It’s Time for Furnace Replacement

Eventually, your furnace won’t work like it should regardless of attempts to repair or maintain it. When the time comes, consider Roland J. Down Service Experts and our top-notch furnace replacement in Albany. We work with some of the number one furnace brands, like Lennox®, to offer you affordable, energy-efficient heating options.

When you’re thinking about replacing your furnace, consider taking advantage of our Advantage Program™. Replacing a furnace can cost you thousands of dollars out of pocket. As an Advantage member, you’ll receive a new furnace for just one low monthly fee. There’s no down payment or installation charges, and you get to pocket any valuable rebates.

What’s even better is that Advantage members don’t pay a cent for repairs** or maintenance. If disaster strikes, you’re protected with 24/7 priority service. You’ll also enjoy discounts, no sneaky charges and many other benefits.

Don’t fret about interruptions to your comfort for a minute longer. Give Roland J. Down Service Experts a call at 518-417-2938 to schedule an appointment now. Whether you want repairs or if it’s time for a new furnace, we guarantee your satisfaction.


*Not applicable to the Advantage Program. See your signed Advantage Program agreement for full details and exclusions. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is subject to certain restrictions and limitations as set forth in the applicable Terms and Conditions. **See your signed Advantage Agreement for details.

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