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DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

One of the most important parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is important throughout the year, but during the chilly season it is even more necessary. Winters in Opelika are unpredictable and the chilliest days can often appear on us, sometimes when your furnace is unprepared. So, before you call in a professional technician, here are a few things you can check first:

  1. Check your filter – unclean filters are one of the most widespread causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time floating through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to shut off often times. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to find the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further issues arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can prevent these troubles and keep you comfy.
  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 swap out the batteries on your thermostat.
  3. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to overlook small things like the settings of your thermostat. Double-check this important step, especially if there was a recent increase in temperature that may have caused you to switch off the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, discover the breakers that control your furnace:
    1. [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On position. 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, position. It can easily be mistaken for a real light switch, which is why it is usually 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 straightforward and effective way of checking the productivity of your furnace before you set-up a call to your Opelika technician. If there are still issues after you have made it through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to inform your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the problem might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call Farnell Mechanical, Inc. in Opelika or find us online assistance.