DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

March 06, 2015

One of the most important parts of the winter is staying cozy and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is critical throughout the year, but during the chilly season it is even more crucial. Winters in Bend are erratic and the chilliest days can often appear on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you find a specialized technician, here are a few things you can check first:

  1. Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most universal causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time traveling through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to switch off sometimes. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to detect the problem, while newer furnaces are meant to find clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can counteract these troubles and keep you comfy.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous tabs on your thermostat batteries to guarantee 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 forget small things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this crucial step, especially if there was a recent increase 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 operate 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, turn 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 often be misidentified 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 take a few minutes to reboot.

Working through these steps is a simple and effective way of checking the effectiveness of your furnace before you make a call to your Bend professional. If there are still problems after you have gone through these steps, you will have a much better 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 Tri County Climate Control LLC in Bend.