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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 important throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more essential. Winters in Magnolia are always changing and the chilliest days can often appear on us, sometimes when your furnace is unprepared. So, before you ask an expert technician, here are a few things you can examine first:

  1. Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most common causes of unforeseen furnace failures. Air has a harder time traveling through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to switch off 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 troubles arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can counteract these problems and keep you comfy.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep incessant 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 switch 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 important step, especially if there was a new 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 spot. If it is Off or in the middle of the two spots, change 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 definitely be mistaken for a real light switch, which is why it is usually the issue with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only need a few minutes to reboot.

Going through these steps is an easy and effective way of ensuring the effectiveness of your furnace before you set-up a call to your Magnolia technician. If there are still problems after you have made it through these steps, you will have a much greater idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the problem might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call JTech Mechanical in Magnolia.