When you are facing furnace issues, you want them to be resolved and repaired as soon as possible so that you can have the heat that you so desperately need during the winter months. Your first instinct might be to call your HVAC company to come out and take a look, but you may not need to. There may be an issue that is easily solved on your own. Hal Mechanical is here to share some furnace troubleshooting tips to help you get your furnace up and running again.
What Would Cause a Furnace to Not Kick On?
If your furnace isn’t working, it can be frustrating. However, the fix might be simple. Here are some of the things that you can check to see if you can solve the problem on your own.
– Thermostat: The thermostat is the first place that you should go when your furnace isn’t working. You need to make sure that there is power to the thermostat and that it is turned on to heat. This is one of the biggest things that happen for homeowners and one of the easiest fixes.
– Filter: Your furnace needs airflow to work properly. The filter in your furnace is responsible for collecting particulates that obstruct airflow. If your filter is dirty or is a high efficiency filter, you either need to change it so it is clean or get a less efficient filter to allow more airflow into your furnace.
– Circuit Breaker: Another common problem is a tripped breaker. This fix is as easy as flipping a switch. When your breaker gets tripped, you can see that the switch is tripped because the switch will be in the middle rather than in the on position. Find your breaker box and check the breakers for one that is tripped.
– Furnace Door: If the door on your furnace isn’t closed securely, it can keep your furnace from turning on. There is a sensor that must be pressed down indicating a the door is securely closed for safety precautions.
– Power Switch: There is also a power switch on the side of the furnace that needs to be in the on position. Sometimes this might get turned off when there is maintenance being done of the furnace and then the technician forgets to switch it back on. This switch looks just like a light switch.
– Fuel: Your furnace can’t operate without fuel to power it. The natural gas line that leads to your furnace has a valve that needs to be opened so that the gas can flow into the furnace. Make sure this is in the open position.
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If after all of these things fail, it is time to call on the pros at Hal Mechanical to get to the bottom of your furnace troubles. We will be able to diagnose the problem and resolve it quickly so that your furnace works like a charm. Call us today!