DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

Heating

One of the most vital parts of the winter is staying cozy and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is important throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more essential. Winters in Lake Forest are erratic and the chilliest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you call in a specialized technician, here are a few things you can inspect first:

  1. Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most widespread causes of unforeseen furnace failures. Air has a harder time traveling through filters once they are grimy or dirty, causing the system to shut down sometimes. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to detect the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can counteract 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 indicator 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 neglect small things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this crucial step, especially if there was a new rise in temperature that may have caused you to turn off the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, locate the breakers that operate your furnace:
    1. [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On side. If it is Off or in the middle of the two spots, turn the breaker to Off and then reset it to On.
    2. The switch that appears to look like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, spot. It can definitely be misidentified as a real light switch, which is why it is frequently 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 ensuring the productivity of your furnace before you set-up a call to your Lake Forest technician. If there are still issues after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much greater idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the trouble might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest.

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