04 Oct. 17

Self Help Furnace Fixes – Have You Tried These First?

Our highly trained HVAC service technicians are able to handle a variety of issues. From boilers and furnaces to heat pumps and air conditioners, our technicians are proficiently trained to handle nearly any situation your HVAC systems can throw at them. However, the expertise of our technicians is not needed in every situation. Hundreds of times a year, we have customers who call us out for problems that really aren’t problems at all. Flipping a switch and setting a thermostat are “repairs” that nearly any homeowner can handle on their own. We know that our customers work hard for their money, and that they don’t want to waste it on unnecessary service calls. So, the next time the furnace breaks down, there are a few points to check before calling.

  • The circuit breaker- The circuit breaker or fuse box is a good place to begin when the furnace won’t kick on properly. Fuses blow out and circuit breakers trip. Simply replace the fuse or flip the breaker on and test the furnace again. However, if the fuse continues to pop or the breaker continues to trip on a regular basis, you do need to have one of our certified technician diagnose the system to find the underlying problem.
  • The thermostat- Many times the problem with the furnace is simply that the thermostat was set improperly or had dead batteries. First make sure that the thermostat is set to “heat,” and then raise the temperature by 5 degrees. If the thermostat is powered by batteries, replace the batteries and reset the thermostat according to the manual’s instructions.
  • The furnace filter- If you haven’t performed your yearly maintenance, or if you don’t change the filter regularly, it can become clogged and stop the furnace from igniting properly. Your furnace needs proper airflow to ignite, so replace the filter and see if it makes a difference. If the furnace starts to work again, it would be a very good idea to have a certified furnace tune up performed on the system. Proper furnace maintenance will get the system running efficiently and prevent any other unwanted breakdowns.
  • The furnace power switch- Every furnace has an on/off switch that is located on the unit. Sometimes the switch can get knocked or inadvertently turned off. Make sure that the switch is in the on position, and flip it off and then back on to see if you can get the system to start up.
  • The blower door- Your furnace’s blower motor is located in a special compartment that is enclosed by a door. There is a switch on this door that will stop the furnace from turning on if the door isn’t completely closed. Make sure all the panel on the furnace are closed and try to start up the system.

Once you have performed all of these checks and your unit still won’t kick on, it is time to call us. The good news is that our team of friendly and knowledgeable repair technicians is available 24/7 for all of your heating repair needs.