Sometimes it’s nice to sit in front of a gas fired wall furnace on cold winter’s night. While gas wall furnaces are not prone to failure, it’s reassuring to know that there’s someone there in an emergency. Help from West Coast Chief Repair is just a phone call away, we’ll have you back to being cozy before you know it.
In the Los Angeles area, it sometimes makes sense to individually heat the rooms in a home or business. A common option for this kind of small-scale heating is a gas wall furnace. If you use this method to heat your home or commercial property the potential problems are not commonly found with other types of heating units. Through decades of experience, our experts have developed the knowledge required to keep gas wall furnaces in good working condition. We also have the affordable, reliable expertise required to troubleshoot problems in these units, make lasting repairs and install brand-new gas wall furnaces that provide years of dependable comfort.
What Is a Gas Wall Furnace?
Throughout history, the fire was the centerpiece to the communal room. Wood and later coal fires warmed the occupants of the house and the exhaust fumes escaped through the chimney. By the 1950s, central heating had become widespread and there was less need for a separate fire. As time went by people became nostalgic for a focal point to the room and the gas fired wall furnace became popular. Gas fireplaces had been around for decades as an alternative to more labor intensive heating methods but came into their own as a supplementary heat source.
Gas wall furnaces are not connected to a larger ducting system. Instead, it connects directly to a natural gas or propane line and heats the air in a single room or section of a building. There are two basic types: ventless and vented. Ventless furnaces use the air within a room as the source of the oxygen required to make gas combust and produce heat. Vented furnaces, on the other hand, rely on a venting system to draw oxygen from the outside air. In addition, vented gas wall furnaces have a second venting system that pulls dangerous combustion byproducts and transfers them outside.
Because all the heat they produce gets released into a room, ventless furnaces operate more efficiently. However, because they don’t remove combustion byproducts from the interior air, ventless furnaces can lower the oxygen levels inside a room, and can potentially produce hazardous conditions for you and your family. Modern-day versions have built-in safety devices that shut them down and issue an alert if carbon monoxide levels rise too high. Still, ventless gas wall furnaces are typically only installed in rooms with good overall ventilation.
Vented gas wall furnaces have features that may increase their practicality and general appeal. Modern units run at efficiency levels that rival the efficiency of a ventless equivalent. They also frequently have cabinets designed to dissipate surface heat and reduce or eliminate the chance of accidentally burning yourself through direct contact. Other desirable features include low-noise operation and the ability to work with technologically advanced programmable thermostats.
Keep Your Gas Wall Furnace in Working Order
Like other types of heating, gas wall furnaces serve a major purpose by keeping the interior of your home or business in a comfortable temperature range during cold snaps and wintertime. An efficient, well-maintained unit can also help control your utility costs. It’s also important to note that gas powered devices must work properly in order to keep you safe from serious safety hazards. A leaking unit can easily produce a fire or explosion, while a malfunctioning vent or carbon monoxide detector can directly expose you to this potentially lethal combustion byproduct.
Indications a Repair is Needed
Gas wall furnaces have a number of key internal components, including a pilot light or electronic igniter, a valve that controls gas flow, a thermostat, and a heat-sensing electrical device called a thermocouple. Any one of these components can fail over time and lead to malfunctions that make your furnace less efficient or create some sort of safety hazard. Potential indications of problems include:
- Pilot light going out
- Pilot ignition failure
- Failure to operate even with a functioning pilot light
- Electronic igniter that won’t produce a spark
- A thermostat that won’t track changes in room temperature
- Gas odor or other unwanted smells
- A unit that shuts down in the middle of its heating cycle
If any of these problems arise, or if you notice other indications of malfunction, call the experts at West Coast Chief. After understanding the issues you’re experiencing, we can quickly determine if you need an emergency repair, scheduled repair, or just routine servicing. We can also help you develop a maintenance plan that prevents certain common problems from occurring in the first place.
Problems and Solutions
In most cases, problems affecting gas wall furnaces have several potential causes. For instance, an unlit pilot light may simply be the result of an inadequate gas supply. However, the same problem may occur if you have a blockage in the pilot light supply. A pilot light that flickers or goes out during operation may be the result of a gas line blockage or a faulty thermocouple. If you smell gas during furnace operation, possible sources of the issue include a highly dangerous gas leak or the introduction of foreign material into the burner assembly.
Our professionals have the experience needed to service and repair gas wall furnaces made by all major manufacturers, including Reddy, Monterey, Williams, and Dyna-Glo. Regardless of the make or model of the products installed in your home or commercial property, we can accurately diagnose and repair the problems you experience. When the situation calls for a replacement rather than a repair, we also have the expertise needed to remove your old gas wall furnaces and install new units that meet the highest standards for reliable, cost-effective operation.