DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most important parts of the winter is staying cozy and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more crucial. Winters in Charlottesville are erratic and the chilliest days can often pop up on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you call in a professional technician, here are a few things you can examine first: Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most universal causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time floating 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 find the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to find clogged and dirty filters before further troubles arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can ward off these problems and keep you comfy. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep constant tabs on your thermostat batteries to ensure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or indicator on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to replace out the batteries on your thermostat. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to overlook small things like the settings of your thermostat. Verify this important step, especially if there was a relevant rise in temperature that may have caused you to change the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, locate the breakers that operate your furnace: [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. The switch that looks like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, spot. It can often be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is usually the difficulty with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only take a few minutes to reboot. Going through these steps is an easy and effective way of confirming the efficiency of your furnace before you make a call to your Charlottesville professional. If there are still issues after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much greater idea on how to update your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the trouble might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Beck Cohen in Charlottesville or find us online assistance.