In general, it’s not a good idea to work on your own furnace. HVAC contractors spend years studying and learning how to safely and effectively repair furnaces and other equipment. The average homeowner lacks this experience, so they’re likely to make a mistake that either makes the problem worse or leads to an injury. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do some basic troubleshooting before you call heating and air conditioning companies for furnace repairs. The problem you’re dealing with may not require repairs, after all. Follow these basic troubleshooting steps the next time your furnace is acting unusual.
If your furnace won’t turn on, check your thermostat. If you have a battery-operated thermostat and the batteries die, the furnace won’t kick on. Your furnace needs the thermostat to “trigger” it to turn on. If your thermostat batteries are dead, you can replace them yourself. Most thermostats simply slide off the wall-mounted holder. Pop the old batteries out, and put new ones in place. You will likely need to re-program your thermostat once the new batteries are in place.
You should be replacing your furnace filter every one to three months. If you’ve skipped this task, your furnace may be struggling to push air through a clogged filter. This can cause the furnace to turn off prematurely. It can also lead to an increase in energy bills. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, try changing the air filter. If that solves your problem, then there’s no need for emergency heating repair. Consider buying a stack of filters and putting a reminder in your phone so you remember to change the filters more often, going forward.
If your furnace is not turning on at all, that might be because it has flipped the circuit breaker. Locate your breaker box, and look at the breaker designated for your HVAC system. If it is off, flip it into the “on” position. This will restore power to your furnace. Note that if the furnace keeps flipping the breaker, you will need to call for repairs. There may be a bigger problem with the furnace that’s causing it to trip the breaker repeatedly. The best furnace repair companies can identify and repair such electrical issues.
Walk through your home, and make sure all of the furnace vents are open. If some of the vents are closed, this can increase pressure inside the ducts. This can be hard on your furnace and can also raise your energy bills. If you find that some vent covers are broken and don’t stay open, arrange to have those replaced. Often, replacing a vent cover only involves removing and replacing a few screws.
In addition to following these tips, make sure you schedule regular furnace tune-up appointments to keep your system in good shape. Feel free to contact H & H Heating & Air Conditioning for premier service in Pennsylvania. We offer heating installation, repair, tune-ups, and more.