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Furnace Blower Not Working

Welcome to your go-to destination for all things HVAC, plumbing, and septic-related. Picture this: it’s a chilly evening in Midland, TX, and just as you’re settling in for a cozy night, you notice something amiss – the comforting hum or your furnace is absent. Panis sets in as you contemplate the impending chill that threatens to invade your home. But fear not, dear homeowner, for you’ve come to the right place. We have your ultimate guide to tackling one of the most common heating woes: a furnace blower that’s not working.

At Action Air Plumbing & Septic, we’ve been serving the Midland community with unwavering dedication since 1985, earning the trust of countless households with our expertise in HVAC, plumbing, and septic systems. Today, we embark on a journey to solve the furnace blower that is not working by giving you tips and tricks to try yourself before you call in the professionals at Action.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll dive into the common reasons why your furnace blower might not be working properly. From simple DIY troubleshooting tips to when it’s time to call in the professionals, we’ve got you covered. So, whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or simply seeking guidance on resolving this issue, read on to discover how to get your furnace blower back up and running smoothly. Let’s ensure your home stays warm and cozy, even on the chilliest of days.

You might be asking yourself what a furnace blower fan is anyway. It is an electric blower that works with your furnace to distribute cool air so that your home can remain warm during the winter months. Dispersing the cool air allows your furnace to heat up more quickly and keeps your energy bills down. A blower fan also helps to circulate the heated air throughout the house by pushing warm air to the vents.

An unusual odor or burning smell is one of the most common signs that you have a problem with your blower fan motor or another piece of its assembly. This smell can come directly from the furnace and often will also make its way through your vents. When this blower fan stops doing its job, there can be a variety of reasons why.


Here are 8 common reasons your furnace blower motor isn’t working.

To verify if the fan is working, you can switch the fan on your thermostat to the ‘on’ position. If the fan starts running, this is an indicator that the problem is something other than the fan itself. If the blower fan does not spin, this could indicate a furnace blower motor failure. It is important to address this issue promptly to restore the proper functioning of your furnace and restore warmth to your home. Call in the experts at Action Air Plumbing & Septic at (432)620-8900 to properly diagnose and fix any issues that could be causing your blower fan not to operate properly.

  1. If your furnace blower motor isn’t working, the first thing you will want to check is your thermostat and its settings. If the batteries in your thermostat have gone dead, it can cause your thermostat to malfunction and not properly communicate with your system. If the thermostat is properly functioning, make sure it is set to the ‘heat’ mode and that the temperature is set higher than the current temperature of the room.

  1. If your furnace blower fan is still not working, you will want to check to see if there are any power issues. First, check the circuit breaker to make sure there are no switches that have been tripped or any blown fuses. You will also want to make sure that the furnace’s on/off switch on the unit is in the ‘on’ position.

  1. Restricted airflow can also cause the furnace blower to stop working. You will want to check your unit’s air filter to ensure it doesn’t need a change. The air filter collects dust, dirt, and other debris, which can limit the airflow and place unnecessary stress on the blower motor. You also want to ensure the filter was inserted into your unit correctly. Check the arrows on the air filter to make sure they are pointing in the correct direction.

  1. Resetting the blower is the next thing to try if your furnace blower fan is still not working. To do this, you first want to turn off the breaker connected to your furnace to ensure the power is off. Then, you will want to remove the blower cover, which is typically connected by a few screws in the front. Once the cover is removed, allow the blower to cool down to ensure it is safe to touch. If there is dirt or dust accumulated on the fan, you can use compressed air to clean it off. Once everything is cool, find the red reset button on the backside of the motor. You will want to push this button in to reset the furnace blower motor. Our HVAC technicians at Action Air are highly trained if you feel more comfortable with an expert taking a look. Call us anytime at (432)620-8900, and we’ll get someone out quickly.

  1. While you have the blower cover off, you will also want to inspect the motor for any visible damage or signs of wear. You can also do a visual inspection of your furnace blower’s drive belt to verify that it is not worn down or cracked and needs to be replaced. If you do see any damage to the motor or worn-out or loose components, it’s best to call on the professionals at Action Air to handle any repairs – https://actionairplumbing.com/get-appointment/
  1. Another thing that may cause your furnace blower motor to stop working is lack of maintenance. Routine maintenance for your HVAC equipment is crucial to extending the life of your system. We offer our Maintenance Agreements for affordable twice-yearly maintenance on your comfort equipment. Give us a call at (432)620-8900 to learn more.

  1. If you notice unusual noises coming from the furnace blower motor, this may point to a motor issue that a faulty capacitor could cause. You want to make sure these issues are addressed as soon as possible to ensure the proper functioning of your system. One of our HVAC experts at Action Air Plumbing & Septic can properly diagnose what is causing the motor issue and make the necessary repairs. Call us at (432)620-8900 anytime – we’d be happy to help!

  1. A defective control board may also cause your furnace blower to not work. The control board regulates the power supply to all components of your furnace, so a defective control board can cause issues with the blower motor. One of our experts can properly diagnose and replace your defective control board – https://actionairplumbing.com/get-appointment/

Sometimes, the cost of fixing your current equipment may outweigh the benefit, and it may be time to look at replacing your unit with a new, efficient system. Call us to learn more about our current financing deals to get you into a new system – (432)620-8900.

As we conclude our dive into the world of troubleshooting a furnace blower that’s not working, remember that while DIY fixes can work wonders, safety should always be your top priority. If you find yourself faced with a furnace blower issue that seems beyond your expertise, don’t hesitate to reach out to the seasoned professionals at Action Air Plumbing & Septic at (432)620-8900.

With decades of experience serving the Midland community, we’re here to ensure your home remains warm, cozy, and comfortable, no matter the season.

Until next time, stay warm, stay safe, and may your furnace woes be a distant memory!

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