DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

Heating

One of the most vital 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 necessary. Winters in West Palm Beach are always changing and the chilliest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you call in a professional technician, here are a few things you can check first:

  1. Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most common causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a more challenging time passing through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to switch off sometimes. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further issues arise. Swapping furnace filters every month or so can ward off 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 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 overlook small things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this vital step, especially if there was a relevant spike in temperature that may have caused you to turn off the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, find 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 sides, cycle the breaker to Off and then reset it to On.
    2. The switch that seems like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, spot. It can easily be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is usually the issue with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only require a few minutes to reboot.

Going through these steps is an easy and effective way of ensuring the productivity of your furnace before you make a call to your West Palm Beach professional. If there are still problems after you have gone 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 arrange a repair, call Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. in West Palm Beach.

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