DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

March 06, 2015

One of the most vital parts of the winter is staying cozy and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is important throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more crucial. Winters in Monroe are unpredictable and the coldest days can often appear on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you ask a professional technician, here are a few things you can examine first:

  1. Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most common causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time traveling through filters once they are grimy or dirty, causing the system to switch off often times. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are created to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can counteract these problems and keep you comfortable.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep constant tabs on your thermostat batteries to make sure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or marker on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to replace out the batteries on your thermostat.
  3. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to neglect small things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this vital step, especially if there was a relevant rise 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 run 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, turn 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, side. It can definitely be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is frequently the problem with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only require a few minutes to reboot.

Working through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of checking the effectiveness of your furnace before you give a call to your Monroe professional. If there are still problems after you have made it through these steps, you will have a much wider idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the issue might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call Lanz Furnace and Fireplace in Monroe.