DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most important parts of the winter is staying snug and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is critical throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more necessary. Winters in Plainfield are erratic and the coldest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you call in a professional technician, here are a few things you can check first: Check your filter – unclean filters are one of the most universal causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a more challenging time passing through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to shut down often times. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to find the problem, while newer furnaces are meant to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further issues arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can ward off these issues and keep you comfortable. 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 indicator on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to swap 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. Verify this crucial step, especially if there was a recent rise in temperature that may have caused you to turn off the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, locate the breakers that control your furnace: [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On spot. If it is Off or in the middle of the two positions, 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, side. It can definitely be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is often the difficulty with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only need a few minutes to reboot. Working through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of checking the effectiveness of your furnace before you give a call to your Plainfield professional. If there are still difficulties after you have gone through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to update your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the problem might be. If you have questions or need to arrange a repair, call PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield or contact us online assistance.