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 crucial. Winters in Grand Prairie are always changing and the coldest days can often appear on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you ask an expert technician, here are a few things you can inspect first:

  1. Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most universal causes of unforeseen furnace failures. Air has a harder time floating through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to switch off on some occasions. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to detect the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to find clogged and dirty filters before further issues arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can ward off these problems and keep you comfy.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous tabs on your thermostat batteries to make sure 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 forget little things like the settings of your thermostat. Double-check this important 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, locate the breakers that control 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 positions, turn 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, spot. It can easily be mistaken for a real light switch, which is why it is often the problem with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only need a few minutes to reboot.

Going through these steps is a simple and effective way of checking the efficiency of your furnace before you give a call to your Grand Prairie 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 trouble might be. If you have questions or need to arrange a repair, call Bon Air Service Company in Grand Prairie.