Can a Gas Heater Work During a Power Outage?

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Severe winter and spring weather here in Connecticut can have a real impact on our lives – especially if that weather results in a power outage. The question is, will your gas-powered furnace work when the grid is down?

Unfortunately, the answer in most cases is no, since several important components of a furnace rely on electricity to operate. These parts include:

With all this critical parts relying on electricity, it’s easy to see why a power outage will prevent you from operating your furnace.

One way to ensure your furnace works when the grid goes down is to invest in a whole house backup generator; a licensed heating technician can connect the furnace to the generator so it can power the furnace’s electrical components. Just remember that connecting a generator is never a DIY job!

Don’t forget to power down during an outage

During a power outage, it is highly recommended that you turn off power to the furnace as a protective measure for your equipment: when electricity is restored to your home, it is often accompanied by a significant power surge, which could damage or destroy the electrical components of the furnace (this a good reason to do this for expensive electronic equipment, too).

Keep one light in the house on so you can tell when power has been restored, then power up once it’s safe to do so.

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