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Tripped Circuits and Electric Furnaces

Electric furnaces are great options for customers that don’t want to buy a gas furnace, but are still limited price-wise when it comes to other electric options. Heat pumps and other electric systems are expensive, and they can often cost you over time due to a payment plan. So, we get it. Especially if you live off the grid, your electric furnace is probably your best friend.

But your best friend sitting in the basement might not be too happy when the circuit trips, or when there’s a power outage. Electric furnaces are inherently tied to the electrical system of your home. When something is wrong with your power supply, something is likely going to go wrong with your furnace. Let’s talk about some reasons why you might need electric furnace repair in Metairie, LA. Don’t forget, if you need electrical services too, we’re the team that can do it all!

Power Outages

Power outages are, sadly, pretty common in our area. We get some serious storms and that can cause our energy grid to go down on certain occasions. This is bad news when you’ve got an electric furnace, and it’s unfortunately something you need to be prepared for.

This is a good reason to have a generator on hand or at least a good understanding of how reliable your home’s power is. On a chilly day, you’re going to depend on your electric furnace to stay warm and cozy, and that furnace depends on your home’s power grid. Make sure you’ve got everything to stay warm in case there’s an outage. The same can be said for your air conditioning!

Tripped Circuits

Tripped circuits are a different problem. This usually doesn’t have much to do with the weather or a power outage, but more to do with your home’s energy grid. When a home is built, it’s set up with an electrical panel that’s designed to handle the particular electrical load that your family has. However, homes built 20 or 30 years ago were not anticipating all of the electrical devices and appliances we would be using in the 21st century.

This is even more important if you’ve got an old-fashioned fuse box since fuses will blow if your electric furnace draws too much energy for the system to hold. Rather than just going without heat because your home’s power grid is too old, we’d advise you to upgrade to an electrical panel that can handle the load of your appliances, especially your electric furnace. Then, get your furnace looked at by a professional so it’s only drawing the right amount of electricity.

Broken Coils

Electric furnaces run by heating up resistance coils, just like an old-fashioned coil stove. This is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to make heat, and it’s all done with electricity! However, if those coils break or get dirty, they won’t be able to provide enough heat for your home. This is where yearly maintenance helps (so we can clean your coils regularly) as well as repairs to get a broken coil fixed or replaced.

You only need one name for all of your heating and electrical work, and that’s Natal’s HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical. Contact us today. Service Honoring the Golden Rule!

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