There’s nothing worse than sitting in your home in the winter and watching your thermostat drop without knowing why. Or worse, waking up to a cold house.
When furnace troubles strike, it’s a top priority. A cold house can be uncomfortable, lead to health issues, and even cause other issues (such as freezing pipes).
Chances are that the fix is simple. You might even be able to diagnose and restart your furnace yourself. Before you call in a professional furnace technician like Max Heating & Air Conditioning, you can try a few troubleshooting solutions.
Furnace Troubleshooting Tips
First, keep in mind that your furnace is a big, important machine in your home. It can also be dangerous to work on. If you aren’t comfortable inspecting your furnace yourself, be sure to call an HVAC professional instead.
Make Sure the Air Filter is Clean
Furnaces must have proper airflow to work properly. If dust or dirt particles build up inside of the filter, it could potentially impede the flow of air inside your furnace. Not only that, but your indoor air quality will also diminish as a result of a dirty air filter.
The best first step to take when your furnace isn’t working properly is to give the air filter a good cleaning. It can be retrieved through an access panel located in the blower compartment of your furnace. Analyze the condition of the air filter. If it’s dirty, replace it with a new one (unless it’s a reusable filter one, in which case you’ll need to clean it).
Another reason for airflow issues is your vents or ducts. In some cases, your furnace might be running normally, but certain rooms in the building are not receiving enough heat. Make sure all vents are opened and not obstructed to improve airflow in the building. If you can smelling burning or notice more dust than usual in your home or building, be sure to have your ducts and furnace fully cleaned.
Check the Vents and Power Source
Is your furnace receiving power? Many thermostats have a switch which indicates whether the furnace fan is on or set to automatic. If the fan starts up when throwing the switch into the “On” position, then your furnace has power. But if it doesn’t turn on, there is most likely a problem with the flow of electricity to your furnace. The best thing to do in that case is to check the breaker. Find the circuit switch that flows to the furnace. If it’s off, turn it back on.
Inspect the Thermostat
When in doubt, always revert to the main command center of your furnace: The thermostat. Check to see that the controls are actually set to “heat.” (You’d be surprised by how often this is the issue!)
If you find that the thermostat isn’t working properly, then the batteries may need to be replaced. Check to see if the thermostat is giving proper readings of temperature. False readings can occur from surrounding heat or cold sources. Give the thermostat a quick wipe-down to eliminate any dust if needed. If that still doesn’t work, give your HVAC professional a call to check whether a thermostat replacement might be necessary (a quick and affordable fix).
When to Call A Professional
Sometimes there is a bigger problem with your furnace that no simple troubleshooting technique can fix. Most homeowners aren’t able to deal with major repairs and maintenance, in which case, it’s time to book an appointment with a furnace technician in Edmonton.
Above all else, your safety should always be the priority. Any situation that is out of your control, whether it be an abnormal burning flame, faulty power connections, or the replacement of vital components to your furnace, requires the expertise of an experienced technician.
Max Heating & Air Conditioning offers furnace repairs, furnace replacements, and full troubleshooting for all your heating and cooling needs. If there is a problem with your heat, our technicians have extensive experience and knowledge to correct the issue. Don’t waste any time or take any chances. We have solutions for you. Call us today!