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 chilly season it is even more crucial. Winters in Montoursville are erratic and the coldest days can often pop up on us, sometimes when your furnace is unprepared. So, before you ask a professional technician, here are a few things you can inspect first:

  1. Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most common causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a harder time passing through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to shut off sometimes. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are meant to find clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can ward off these issues and keep you comfy.
  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 swap 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. Double-check this important step, especially if there was a relevant increase in temperature that may have caused you to change the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, find the breakers that operate your furnace:
    1. [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On spot. 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 seems like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, spot. It can often be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is usually the difficulty with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only take a few minutes to reboot.

Working through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of confirming the productivity of your furnace before you make a call to your Montoursville expert. If there are still issues after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much wider idea on how to update your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the trouble might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call Airmen HVAC Service in Montoursville.