DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

March 06, 2015

One of the most vital parts of the winter is staying snug and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more necessary. Winters in Excelsior Springs are always changing and the chilliest days can often pop up on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you ask an expert technician, here are a few things you can inspect first:

  1. Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most universal causes of unforeseen furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time passing through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to switch off often times. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to find the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further issues arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can ward off these problems and keep you warm.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep incessant 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 replace 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 rise in temperature that may have caused you to turn 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 spot. 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 appears to look like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, position. It can easily be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is frequently the issue 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 checking the efficiency of your furnace before you give a call to your Excelsior Springs expert. If there are still problems after you have made it through these steps, you will have a much wider 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 Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs.