Troubleshooting Your Furnace
If you are having issues with your furnace, there are a couple easy steps that you can follow to try to determine if there is a serious issue that will require service by one of our heating technicians.
1. Inspect the air filter: You can write off an air filter but cannot understate its usefulness to your furnace. Dirty air filters restrict airflow, decrease efficiency, and increase energy bills. Pull out the air filter and hold it to a light. If light passes through the filter, it means that it has been a while since your last tune-up service; you should replace the air filter. Remember to note the date of replacing to determine its age when it next requires replacing. Also, check its packaging to see the period of use.
2. Check the thermostat: This is among one of the easiest tasks to do as homeowner:
3. Open the air vents: Some people think that shutting air vents in under-utilized rooms saves money; this is a misconception. Restrict yourself from closing too many as it increases pressure in the furnace, which will make it work harder to heat your home. The result could be failed blower motors, compressor damage, mildew or mold in the ductwork, or a cracked heat exchanger, among other issues.
4. Is there electricity in the furnace? Turn the thermostat from ‘auto’ to ‘on’ to operate the fan. If the fan starts working, it means that there is enough power, but if it does not rotate, there is no power in the furnace.
5. Establish if the furnace switch is working: Every furnace is fitted with a power switch (similar to a light switch), which can be on an adjacent wall or directly on the furnace. Flip that switch and observe if the furnace turns on. You should also ensure that all furnace doors and access panels are completely shut.
6. Drainage condensation: A high-efficient furnace drains off many liters of water every day. The furnace shuts down when clogging of drain lines occurs.
7. Check vents for blockage: Furnaces that have vents outside the house should be assessed to determine if there is blockage on the exhaust and intake. Clear any animal nests, snow, or leaves.
8. Schedule a furnace tune-up: If you are still having issues with your furnace, it may be time to schedule a furnace tune-up. Our furnace tune-ups include:
After our complete inspection, we provide you with a written assessment of our findings and professional recommendations for the next year. This information will help you know your furnace’s condition and what you need to do to reduce your electricity bills.