DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most critical parts of the winter is staying snug and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more necessary. Winters in Excelsior Springs are always changing and the coldest days can often pop up on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you ask an expert technician, here are a few things you can inspect first: Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most common causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time traveling through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to shut off sometimes. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are created to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can prevent these problems and keep you warm. 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 indicator on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to replace out the batteries on your thermostat. 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 new rise in temperature that may have caused you to switch off the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, find the breakers that operate your furnace: [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On side. If it is Off or in the middle of the two spots, turn the breaker to Off and then reset it to On. The switch that looks like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, position. It can often be misidentified as a real light switch, which is why it is usually the issue with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only take a few minutes to reboot. Walking through these steps is a simple and effective way of ensuring the effectiveness of your furnace before you set-up a call to your Excelsior Springs professional. If there are still problems after you have made it through these steps, you will have a much greater idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the issue might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call Colvin's Inc in Excelsior Springs or contact us online assistance.