The furnace going out is never a good thing, especially during the cold winter months. Our knee-jerk reaction is to call for a furnace repair first thing to get it back up and running, but there are a few quick fixes and things you can check before you call us out for a furnace repair. If you’re willing to get a little more familiar with your furnace unit, you might be able to save yourself a few bucks for a house call.
First, check the thermostat. Make sure it is set to “heat”. Sometimes the setting can get changed accidentally, and all you need is to reset it. Also make sure the thermostat is set to a high enough temperature to actually activate the furnace. Try setting the temperature 5 degrees above what you want it at, and see if the furnace kicks on. If your thermostat uses batteries, try changing the batteries.
Make sure the furnace power switch is switched to “on”. If your furnace has a “reset” button, you can also try that.
Next, check your circuit breaker. Sometimes the breaker can trip, and all you need to do is reset it. This will be in the main electrical panel. If you reset it and it trips again, that likely means you have an electrical problem that needs to be fixed.
Check the filter. Furnaces need to have their filters changed regularly for optimal performance. If it’s been too long between your filter changes, your furnace might be clogged with dust and debris. Try changing the filter to see if that improves performance.
If these simple fixes don’t get your furnace going, give us a call at Premier Home Comfort. We can handle any furnace repair and get your home back to a comfortable temperature.