How To Troubleshoot Your Furnace Before Calling For Service
Oftentimes after the holidays budgets are a little tighter and the last thing you want to do is spend money on an emergency service call for your furnace.
Here are four things to try yourself before picking up the phone to call us for repairs on your furnace. 1. Check Your Thermostat The first thing you should do is make sure your thermostat is set properly. Someone might have bumped it or adjusted it without you realizing it. Make sure the thermostat is set to “heat” and on the temperature you want. If the temperature is lower than normal, try bumping it up a couple of degrees to see if that works. Some thermostats operate on batteries alone while others are hardwired and only use batteries for backup. If your thermostat is battery-operated it might be time to change the batteries. 2. Your Furnace Filter Have you changed your filter lately? A dirty filter can block airflow to your furnace which will shut it down to prevent overheating. You should be changing your filter every 30-90 days.
3. The Source of Fuel First - do NOT do any work yourself on gas lines or valves. If you suspect that one of these issues is to blame, call an HVAC professional immediately because doing this kind of work is dangerous to people who are not properly trained. If you can locate your valve, just make sure that the valve is on and that it is supplying fuel to your furnace in order to run. While we’re at it - do you have the proper amount of fuel in order for your furnace to operate? Maybe you ran out of propane or you forgot to pay the gas bill. Oops! 4. Circuit Breakers It’s possible that you have blown a fuse. Check your fuse box and locate the one labeled “furnace”. If it’s flipped opposite of the others, switch it back and see if that fixes the problem. When to Call For HVAC Service If none of the above items on our checklist solved your problem, it’s time to call for service. We are happy to offer 24-hour emergency furnace repairs for our customers. We don’t want you left in the cold!
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