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DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

March 06, 2015

One of the most critical parts of the winter is staying snug and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is important throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more necessary. Winters in Plainfield are always changing and the frostiest days can often pop up on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you call in an expert technician, here are a few things you can examine first:

  1. Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most widespread causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a harder time traveling through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to shut down often times. The older the furnace, the trickier it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are created to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further issues arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can counteract these troubles and keep you warm.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous 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 switch out the batteries on your thermostat.
  3. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to neglect minor things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this vital step, especially if there was a new increase in temperature that may have caused you to change the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, discover the breakers that operate 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 sides, 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, position. It can often be misidentified 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 confirming the effectiveness of your furnace before you make a call to your Plainfield technician. If there are still difficulties after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much greater idea on how to update your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the issue might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield.