DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

March 06, 2015

One of the most vital parts of the winter is staying snug and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the chilly season it is even more necessary. Winters in Beaverton are always changing and the frostiest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you call in a specialized technician, here are a few things you can check first:

  1. Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most common causes of unforeseen furnace failures. Air has a more challenging time traveling through filters once they are grimy or dirty, causing the system to shut off often times. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to point out clogged and dirty filters before further troubles arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can counteract these troubles and keep you comfortable.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous 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 replace 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 vital step, especially if there was a new increase in temperature that may have caused you to change 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 side. If it is Off or in the middle of the two spots, cycle 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, spot. It can easily be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is often the problem with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only take a few minutes to reboot.

Going through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of checking the efficiency of your furnace before you give a call to your Beaverton professional. If there are still difficulties after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the issue might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton.