It’s wintertime, and the last thing a homeowner needs is a furnace or heating system breaking down. Below are some tips and advice to troubleshoot your furnace issues before you call in a professional.
- Initially, check to see that the thermostat is not set to low. If it is, the furnace will not come on, and you might think something is wrong with it.
- If this is not the issue, then see if your furnace has its own power switch. Check this to make sure the furnace is on.
- The next thing to check is if your furnace is still receiving power. Go to the main circuit panel, and make sure there are no blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers. Now, some furnaces have their own separate panel, and if this is the case, check here.
- If it’s still a mystery, then check to see if your furnace has a reset button. Often, it is marked in red, and your furnace owner’s manual can tell you the location of it. Press the reset button, and see if it the furnace comes on. If not, wait thirty minutes and try it again.
- Finally, the issue could be that the pilot light has gone out. There are two types of lights—gas, and oil. In either case, you need to check to see that the gas or oil is getting to the furnace.
If, after all this, your furnace is still not functioning, then do call in a licensed plumbing and heating expert.