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CHIMNEY INSPECTION DIAGNOSIS REPAIR
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DEFINITION of HEATING & COOLING TERMS
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FAN AUTO ON Thermostat Switch
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FIRE SAFETY CONTROLS
FLOODED HEATING EQUIPMENT REPAIR
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HEAT EXCHANGER LEAK TEST
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HEATING SMALL LOADS
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HEATING SYSTEM TYPES
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GAS LP & NATURAL GAS SAFETY HAZARDS
MANUALS & PARTS GUIDES - HVAC
MOTOR OVERLOAD RESET SWITCH
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SPILL SWITCHES - Flue Gas Detection
SPLIT SYSTEM AIR CONDITIONERS & HEAT PUMPS
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THERMAL TRACKING & HEAT LOSS
THERMOSTATS, HEATING / COOLING
THERMOSTATIC EXPANSION VALVES
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Forced air heating or cooling air handler troubleshooting: blower fan won't shut off:
This article describes what to check if the furnace or forced air blower fan does not stop when you expect it to do so
. These same diagnostics also aid in air conditioning blower assembly diagnosis when an A/C blower continues running. We explain what switches or controls may be set improperly or what else, such as a shorted wire, can cause continuous HVAC fan operation.
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Blower Fan Won't Stop: What to Check if your Furnace Fan Runs Continuously - (the fan won't shut off on its own)
First, confirm that the room thermostat is not calling for heating or cooling. In the heating season, just set the thermostat(s) to the lowest setting and confirm that room temperature is above that point. In the cooling season do the opposite - set the thermostat to its highest setting and confirm that room temperature is below that point. You have told the thermostat to turn off the HVAC equipment.
If the equipment was running give it three to four minutes to shut down.
Next: If the blower just keeps running no matter what, there are two places to check switch settings before calling your heating or air conditioning service company in response to a furnace fan or air conditioning fan that just keeps running without stopping:
1. At the room thermostat: the FAN-AUTO-OFF or FAN ON/OFF switch on the room thermostat should be checked.
Those problems are explained
Take a look at the fan limit control switch. Before pulling the cover off of the switch, just see if the switch includes a control such as the white push-pull switch like the white device shown at the lower left in our photo.
Depending on the position of this switch (pushed-in or pulled out) the fan may be on manual override - causing the fan motor to run continuously.
Check the printing on the switch face to see if you should push the switch in or pull it out to leave the blower on "Auto". ("Man" or "Manual" would be forcing the fan to run.)
Which way to set the manual furnace or air conditioner blower fan switch:
Usually: "Push-in" position on this (Honeywell) fan limit switch is for continuous fan operation and "Pull out" position is for automatic fan operation.
There are some reasons (explained
What Else to Check if the Blower or Furnace Fan Won't Stop
On the off chance that someone has inadvertently mis-connected or shorted fan control wires at the fan limit switch, also check out FAN LIMIT SWITCH INSTALLATION.
On the chance that there is a shorted thermostat wire, a problem that can also cause the A/C or warm air furnace fan to run continuously see THERMOSTAT WON'T TURN OFF.
Details about the manual FAN ON or FAN AUTO ON switch right at the furnace or air handler at the manual at BLOWER FAN CONTINUOUS OPERATION.
This article series answers most questions about central heating system troubleshooting, inspection, diagnosis, and repairs. We describe how to inspect, troubleshoot and repair heating and air conditioning systems to inform home owners, buyers, and home inspectors of common heating system defects.
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