If your furnace is not working properly, it might be a very good idea to test it out and see what’s causing the problems. That being said, doing this is very overwhelming if you have little to no experience in how furnaces work. However, with the right troubleshooting tips you can finally assess the situation and finally figure out what causes such problems. Here are some of the things you need to focus on.
Double-check the fuel source
Sometimes the fuel source might not bring fuel to the furnace. In that situation your furnace will not work at all. Ideally you want to go and see if the valve was turned off by accident or more likely whether the fuel tank is empty. Our lives can get busy and it’s not a stretch to forget to have the oil or propane tank filled. Also, see if you smell gas. If that’s the case, you want to call a professional right away.
Are there any circuit issues?
Yes, there can very well be things like circuit issues, a blown fuse and so on. Check your breaker panel and look for any flipped circuit breakers. Finding the switch that’s opposite of all the other ones and then switching it back might help. Otherwise you might want to call an electrician or someone that knows how to handle any possible circuit problems.
Replacing the furnace filter
You should replace the furnace filter every month or at least once every 3 months. If you don’t do that, the filters will end up clogged and that will not be good for your family. The air quality in your home will get worse, and that’s certainly the type of thing that you really want to avoid as much as you can. In addition to this, a clogged filter will block the air flow to the furnace’s components. Without this airflow parts can overheat and break causing expensive repairs.
Is the thermostat set properly?
Sometimes the furnace problems appear because the thermostat doesn’t have the proper setup. What you want to do is to make sure that you stop the thermostat and then start it again. If the issue is still there, make sure that you are setting it up properly and adapt it based on your own needs. If you have the thermostat manual it will provide you with troubleshooting tips concerning the model you have. If you do not still have the manual, you can look up the brand with a search engine and find one.
Replace the thermostat batteries
Is the face-plate of your thermostat blank? Replace the batteries if possible, to remedy the situation. If this does not work, look to see if the emergency switch by your furnace has been switched. If the problem still resumes it may be time to call an HVAC technician like Stratton Heating and Air Conditioning.
It’s very important to use all these tips as you try to assess and handle any furnace issues. It’s never going to be easy to achieve that, but if you do it right nothing can stand in your way. If you can fix the problem before having to call a professional, you could save yourself both comfort and money. We recommend you contact a professional if things seem too hard to handle for yourself. It’s also a good idea to ask an expert for assistance in case the furnace is not installed properly, if the furnace flame is not OK or if you have a noisy furnace. Stratton Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help if you ever find yourself without heat. We provide 24/7 emergency service to keep you out of the cold.