DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

March 06, 2015

One of the most important parts of the winter is staying cozy and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is critical throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more necessary. Winters in Derby are always changing and the frostiest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is unprepared. So, before you ask a specialized technician, here are a few things you can inspect first:

  1. Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most common causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a more challenging time traveling through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to switch off on some occasions. The older the furnace, the trickier it might be to detect the problem, while newer furnaces are created to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Swapping furnace filters every month or so can prevent these problems and keep you comfy.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous tabs on your thermostat batteries to guarantee that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or sign on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to swap out the batteries on your thermostat.
  3. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to overlook small things like the settings of your thermostat. Verify this vital step, especially if there was a relevant rise in temperature that may have caused you to switch off the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, locate the breakers that operate your furnace:
    1. [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On position. If it is Off or in the middle of the two sides, cycle the breaker to Off and then reset it to On.
    2. The switch that appears to look like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, side. It can often be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is usually the problem with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only take a few minutes to reboot.

Going through these steps is a simple and effective way of confirming the effectiveness of your furnace before you make a call to your Derby professional. If there are still problems after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to update your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the issue might be. If you have questions or need to arrange a repair, call Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning in Derby.