How Do You Reset A Furnace Blower Motor?Troubleshooting Tips


Rima Chatterjee

Furnace Blower Motor Reset.


How Do You Reset A Furnace Blower Motor

Resetting a furnace blower motor can be tricky, but it’s simpler than you think. 

Here’s a guide to make it easy!

  1. Locate the Reset Button: First off, find the reset button on your motor. It’s usually on the control panel or compartment door. Can’t find it? Check the owner’s manual.
  2. Press and Hold: Once located, press and hold the button for 3 seconds. You’ll hear a click when it’s done.
  3. Check for Issues: After resetting, check for any issues that caused the overload. Check the air filter and make sure all vents are open and clear.
  4. If resetting doesn’t work, call in a professional repairman app like the ‘Free Repairman App’.

Pro Tip: Regular maintenance can prevent most blower motor issues. Get certified professionals to check and clean your heating system to keep it running during cold months!

Locating The Furnace Blower Motor Reset Button.


Steps to reset your furnace blower motor:

  1. Shut off your HVAC system’s power supply using the circuit breaker or switch. This will keep it safe when you find the reset button.
  2. Locate the furnace blower motor cover. It could be on any side of the central air unit. Open it to access the inside.
  3. Look for an electrical panel with wires coming out of each side. It’ll make finding the red reset button easier.
  4. Find the red button; it’s often labeled ‘RESET’, within or near the control board on the blower housing. Push it lightly – you may hear a click.

If the issue persists after multiple resets, call a professional. Make sure the air filters are dust-free, vents are clear, and fan belts are undamaged.

Now you know how to reset your furnace blower motor without a repairman. Don’t miss out on warmth; start today!

Resetting The Furnace Blower Motor.


Resetting a furnace blower motor is needed when the motor overload has happened or the blower is unresponsive

Here’s how:

  1. Find the red reset button on the furnace motor.
  2. Turn off the furnace from the breaker or shut it down.
  3. Open the blower housing. Look for damage to the fan belt, vents, or filter.
  4. Press and hold the reset button for about 30 seconds. Hear a click?
  5. Put back the blower housing and switch on the furnace again.

Be mindful! Ensure there’s no dust in the compartment. Some furnaces have an auto-limit switch that shuts down if too much dust accumulates. Then, it will overheat.

Warning from Megan Mattingly of Repairman App:DIY repairs on a furnace can damage expensive components.” 

Check out these common furnace blower motor issues and how to fix them before calling a pro!

Common Furnace Blower Motor Issues And How To Fix Them.


If your furnace blower motor isn’t working right, there could be many issues to troubleshoot

Common ones, and solutions to get your HVAC system running, are:

  • Overheated Blower Motor: Overload can cause this. Locate the reset button, usually on the side of the motor, and press it. Wait 30 minutes for it to cool down, then switch it back on.
  • Faulty Circuit Breaker: This could trip if overloaded. Check that the circuit breaker is functioning correctly.
  • Frequent Air Filter Issues: Dirt buildup in the blower motor from a dirty filter can reduce efficiency. Clean or replace the filter every 1-3 months.
  • Worn-Out Fan Belts: If you hear a squeaking noise or see the belt is damaged, professional attention is needed.

Other unique problems may occur like capacitor failure, control board malfunctioning, gas supply issues, etc.

Pro Tip: Check the owner’s manual first before attempting any repair work. If ever unsure, don’t hesitate to contact a professional.

 If the reset button looks too complex, it’s time to call for help!

When To Call A Professional For Furnace Blower Motor. 


Resetting a furnace blower motor requires knowledge.

  •  If the issue isn’t fixable through standard methods such as checking the filter, housing, or reset button, call a professional
  • If the motor is damaged or overheating, an expert should be consulted.
  •  Attempting more complex repairs without proper experience can lead to further damage and safety hazards. A professional HVAC technician can diagnose and repair the issue.

If uncertain, err on the side of caution and contact a professional. Delaying repairs can lead to bigger, more expensive fixes. Don’t take risks; trust a professional for any furnace repairs.

For avoiding furnace blower motor issues: maintenance is key, and neglect is the enemy.

Tips And Insights For Maintenance Of Furnace Blower Motor. 


Maintaining your furnace blower motor can help prevent it from overheating.

 Here are five tips to keep it in top condition:

  1. Check the air filter every 1-3 months and replace it if it’s dirty. A dirty filter makes the motor work harder, reducing its lifespan.
  2. Inspect the fan belt for cracks or wear – replace if needed. A worn-out fan belt affects the motor’s proper operation.
  3. Clean dust from the blower housing regularly. This prevents overheating issues.
  4. Bleed the air out of the bleeder valve on fuel oil pumps. This ensures proper operation.
  5. Vacuum the vents and clean any residue off the fan blades.

Know where your furnace blower motor reset button is located. It’s usually red and near the motor or on the control panel.

If you have more serious issues like problems with your HVAC system’s limit switch or control board, consult a professional. Don’t try to repair it yourself.

Regular maintenance from a professional can prevent severe issues. They can detect potential problems before they become serious. This extends not just the motor’s lifespan but also the overall efficiency of your HVAC system.

These tips and insights for maintenance will help keep your furnace blower motor running efficiently. Don’t leave your HVAC system to chance.

 Trust the recommendations of an expert. “I’ve reset enough motors to know a good product.”

Product Review Process And Recommendations For Furnace Blower Motor. 


When it comes to heating our homes, we depend on HVAC systems. But, with numerous brands and models, choosing can be overwhelming. This section will guide you through a professional product review process and top options.

 Below is a table of the process I use to evaluate furnaces on their features, performance, customer reviews, and efficiency ratings. It gives a transparent look at what buyers should know.

Steps in Product Review ProcessDetails
Step 1: Researching & Identifying ModelsI research brands/models based on user reviews and expert feedback.
Step 2: Gathering InformationI compare models’ energy efficiency ratio ratings (EERs), heating capacities (BTUs), sound levels (dB), etc.
Step 3: Analyzing Reviews & RatingsI evaluate customer feedback for each model.
Step 4: Personal Experience Testing (Optional)Our team tests operational efficiency and performance.
Final RecommendationWe present our honest insights with unbiased comparatives.

We, at Home Hacks, add value beyond facts. We combine formal data with observations from running them long-term and independent installers’ feedback. We prioritize time efficiency without sacrificing quality measures and offering actionable recommendations.

Pro Tip: Prefer furnaces with a “limit switch” feature. It will protect your furnace from overheating and damage, preventing expensive repairs and extending your heating unit’s life. 

Frequently Asked Questions. 


Q: Why would I need to reset my furnace blower motor?

A: The furnace blower motor may need to be reset if it experiences a malfunction or encounters an electrical overload. Resetting the motor can help resolve these issues and restore normal operation.

Q: What are the common signs that indicate the need for a blower motor reset?

A: Signs that suggest the need for a blower motor reset include the blower not turning on, operating erratically, making unusual noises, or shutting off unexpectedly.

Q: How do I begin the reset process for the furnace blower motor?

A: Start by turning off the power to the furnace at the main electrical panel. Locate the furnace’s service switch or circuit breaker and set it to the “Off” position to ensure complete power shutdown.

Q: How long should I wait before resetting the furnace blower motor?

A: It’s recommended to wait at least five minutes after turning off the power before attempting to reset the blower motor. This waiting period allows any residual electrical charge to dissipate.

Q: Where is the reset button located on a furnace blower motor?

A: Not all furnace blower motors have a reset button. If your motor has one, it is usually located near the motor housing, on the side or back. Look for a small red or black button labeled “Reset.”

Q: How do I perform the actual reset of the furnace blower motor?

A: Once the waiting period is over and you’ve located the reset button, press and hold it for about 30 seconds. This action will reset the motor’s internal circuitry. Afterward, release the button.

Conclusion:


We’re nearly done with this article about resetting a furnace blower motor. Remember: Safety first! Turn off the power & wait 5 minutes before starting. Read your furnace manual carefully & understand it. Resetting the motor can save time & money. But, in certain cases, like damage to parts or gas leaks, you’ll need a professional. Also, check the air filter. Dust build-up can cause the motor to overheat & shut down.

I remember helping my neighbor with his Goodman furnace. It wasn’t heating up one cold winter night. I’d read a resetting procedure earlier that week, so I offered to check it out. I followed the procedure & checked the filter. It came back online; & he saved money on repairs!

About the author

Debarghya Roy: A heating systems author, Passionate about energy efficiency and sustainability, Sharing insights and empowering readers through informative blog articles.