DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

Heating

One of the most important parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is important throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more necessary. Winters in Litchfield Park are unpredictable and the chilliest days can often pop up on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you find a professional technician, here are a few things you can check first:

  1. Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most common causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time traveling through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to shut down sometimes. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to find the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further troubles arise. Swapping furnace filters every month or so can ward off these problems and keep you comfortable.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep constant tabs on your thermostat batteries to ensure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or indicator on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to switch out the batteries on your thermostat.
  3. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to overlook minor things like the settings of your thermostat. Verify this important step, especially if there was a recent spike in temperature that may have caused you to turn off the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, find the breakers that control your furnace:
    1. [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On side. If it is Off or in the middle of the two sides, change the breaker to Off and then reset it to On.
    2. The switch that looks like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, spot. It can easily be misidentified as a real light switch, which is why it is often the problem with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only require a few minutes to reboot.

Walking through these steps is a simple and effective way of checking the effectiveness of your furnace before you set-up a call to your Litchfield Park expert. If there are still problems after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much wider idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the trouble might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call Cooler Tymes LLC in Litchfield Park or contact us online assistance.

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