DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

March 06, 2015

One of the most critical parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is critical throughout the year, but during the chilly season it is even more necessary. Winters in Williamsport are unpredictable and the coldest days can often pop up on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you ask a professional technician, here are a few things you can examine first:

  1. Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most common causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a more challenging time floating through filters once they are grimy or dirty, causing the system to shut down often times. The older the furnace, the trickier it might be to find the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to find clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can prevent these issues and keep you warm.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep constant tabs on your thermostat batteries to guarantee 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 small things like the settings of your thermostat. Verify this important step, especially if there was a new rise in temperature that may have caused you to change the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, locate the breakers that run your furnace:
    1. [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On position. If it is Off or in the middle of the two spots, change 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 easily be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is frequently the difficulty with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only need a few minutes to reboot.

Walking through these steps is an easy and effective way of confirming the productivity of your furnace before you make a call to your Williamsport professional. If there are still issues after you have gone through these steps, you will have a much wider idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the problem might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call George Home Services in Williamsport.