DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

Heating

One of the most important parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more necessary. Winters in Locust are erratic and the chilliest days can often appear on us, sometimes when your furnace is unprepared. So, before you find a professional technician, here are a few things you can check first:

  1. Check your filter – unclean filters are one of the most common causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time passing through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to shut off often times. The older the furnace, the trickier 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 comfy.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous tabs on your thermostat batteries to make sure 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 forget minor things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this important step, especially if there was a recent spike in temperature that may have caused you to switch 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 spots, cycle 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 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 need a few minutes to reboot.

Walking through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of checking the efficiency of your furnace before you give a call to your Locust expert. If there are still issues after you have gone through these steps, you will have a much greater idea on how to inform your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the problem might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Dynamic Comfort Solutions in Locust.

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