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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 vital throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more crucial. Winters in Carpentersville are always changing and the chilliest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you ask a specialized technician, here are a few things you can inspect first:

  1. Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most widespread causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a harder time passing through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to switch off often times. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are meant to point out clogged and dirty filters before further troubles arise. Swapping 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 ensure 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 overlook little things like the settings of your thermostat. Verify this vital step, especially if there was a relevant spike in temperature that may have caused you to change the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, find the breakers that run 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, change the breaker to Off and then reset it to On.
    2. The switch that looks like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, side. 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 take a few minutes to reboot.

Going through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of confirming the efficiency of your furnace before you set-up a call to your Carpentersville technician. If there are still difficulties after you have worked 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 set up a repair, call Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc in Carpentersville.