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Continental Furnace Repairs
If you're looking for help fixing your Continental Furnace, look no further! Our comprehensive Continental Furnace repair guide will explain common issues, provide tips, and maybe show you how to repair your appliance.
Start at the thermostat
Begin your furnace troubleshooting at the thermostat. Ensure that the thermostat is on heat and the setpoint is above room temperature. (It is best to turn it to the highest setting possible while performing troubleshooting.) If the furnace fan is not running, place the fan in the on mode.
Is the power on to the furnace?
If the fan is not running, check the breaker, fuse, and/or the switch for the furnace. If the breaker was tripped, leave it off and check the furnace wiring for loose connections. Also, you should look for burn spots on the control board and replace the board if spots are found. After any necessary repairs, the breaker can be reset.
If the breaker or fuse was not tripped, look into the inspection window of the blower compartment on the furnace. You should see a flashing green light. If there is no light (neither red or green) then the problem could be the transformer, thermostat, furnace control board, the blower motor, or it's run capacitor.
If you have a condensate pump, ensure that it's reservoir is not full. On most units there is a float switch that will stop the furnace from running if the reservoir is full. If the reservoir is full, then check the power to the unit and replace the pump as required.
After the blower motor is running, the fan can be placed back in the automatic mode at the thermostat.
Does the furnace have a pilot light?
If the furnace uses a standing pilot, ensure that it is lit and the flame is touching the tip of the thermocouple. If it is not, you can use our thermocouple replacement guide for further troubleshooting.
If the pilot is lit but the main burners do not come on, you should feel the side of the furnace. If the side of the furnace is cool, the problem could be the thermostat, furnace control board, limit control, or the gas valve.
Does the pilot or main burner try to ignite?
On units that use a spark ignition, you can hear the pilot or main burner try to ignite as it will have a rapid clicking noise.
If the inducer motor is running, does the pilot (or main burner) try to ignite?
If it does not, the flue could be blocked, the furnace control board could be bad, or the limit control could be the problem.
If the pilot (or main burner) tries to light but goes out, the pilot assembly or flame sensor could be dirty. Our guide will show you how to clean them.
On furnaces that do not use a spark ignitor, does the hot surface ignitor come on? (You will see a bright glow in the burner compartment if it is trying to come on) If not, the ignitor may need replacement or the furnace control board could be bad.
Do the main burners come on?
Once the pilot or ignitor is on, do the main burners light? If not, ensure that you have gas supplied to the furnace. (You can do this by checking to make sure all of the manual isolation valves are on.) If you have gas, the problem could be the gas valve or furnace control board.
If the burners come on but do not stay on for more than about 3 seconds, the flame sensor could be dirty or the furnace control board could be bad.
On condensing furnaces, if the burners come on for longer than 5 seconds but turn off before the thermostat is satisfied, the condensate drain could be plugged.
Most of these units have a built in trap and sediment can build up in it. This can cause the furnace to operate abnormally.
Does the blower come on now?
Once the burners stay lit, the blower motor should start after a delay of from one to three minutes. If the blower does not start, the problem could be it's run capacitor or the motor.
Furnace Troubleshooting, Final Checks
You should complete your furnace troubleshooting by observing the unit's operation through a complete heating cycle. At the end of the cycle, the fan should run for about 2-3 minutes after the burner shuts off. If the fan does not shut off after the time delay, then the fan/limit control (on older units) may be sticking and require replacement. During this time you can check the temperature rise across the furnace. Using a thermometer, check the temperature of the air coming out of the registers and compare it to the average room temperature. On the inside of the furnace, you will find a label plate that tells you the range that this the difference between the temperatures should be. (On older furnaces, it could be over 100 degrees while, on newer high efficiency units, it could be as low as 35.)
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Continental has a fair amount of features that make it a good buy for the long-term. Most parts pull double-duty, such as the swept fan blades that maximize airflow and also reduce noise from the operation. The filter drier operates similarly, keeping out dust and debris from your unit but also increasing longevity by preserving performance.
I needed a new furnace and air conditioner. I specifically wanted a Trane, Carrier or Lennox brand. After researching 4 companies, I had each of them come out and give me a quote. Unfortunately, for Carrier and Lennox, I could not find one that was accredited to do installations or was a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and their prices were extremely high. I found that Northern was accredited and has been a member of the BBB since 2007 and has an A+ rating. I chose them. On the day of my inspection, Dan was on time and wearing his face mask. He did his inspection and within 2 days, I had my quote. It was very reasonable. I chose them to do the installation. On the day of the installation, the installers showed up on time, with their face masks. Everything went fine! They did their job, cleaned up after themselves, had me pay and that was it. Smooth as gravy! I would recommend them to anyone!
After a search of all the local AC repair shops, I called this one, because it was the only one that had a review from an Elite Yelper. Basically all the other locals have a lot of reviews, and a lot of positives, but the accounts are suspicious, with few friends and only a handful if not only 1 review. Northern Continental was the first with some believable and useful comments. So I set up an appointment online and was immediately contacted by Tess, to share more info and set a date and time. Tess was patient and helpful and was able to answer many of he preliminary questions I had. Based on this experience, the business felt legitimate and worth proceeding further. Eric came to the house as scheduled. He diagnosed the capacitor and fan motor in about 10 minutes. He walked me through the why's and how's and gave me options and fair prices. The cost came up very fair, based on my researching local competitors. Eric was professional, polite, knowledgeable, customer focused, and he got the job done in less than an hour. I would highly recommend this company to the local community.
Called Northern Continental because my AC stopped working, of course on what was to be the hottest weekend of the year thus far. It was today, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. I tried several other companies before coming across their name and giving them a call. The other companies could not work me in. Northern Continental said they would work me in the same day. Called at 9:15AM and the Tech, Dave, was on site by 10:30AM. That is excellent customer service. Dave was super friendly and got my system charged back up and functional. All in all, great company, great experience, and great customer service. I highly recommend them and will be contacting Northern Continental in the future! Thanks a million!!
Recently had a tank less hot water heater installed. Really pleased with Northern Continental. My sales guy, Dan, was very thorough and patiently answered all questions that I had. The sales process easy -- no pressure, just looking to provide us with what we wanted. Our install was scheduled the week after we put our deposit down. Our installer, Scott, was very good. Took about 6 hours from beginning to end on the install. We are very pleased with our experience with Northern Continental.