Now that it’s beginning to get a little cooler outside, it’s time to start turning up the heat! Some people likely haven’t turned the furnace on in months, so keep these tips in mind as you begin to start using your heating system regularly again. Avoid the hefty costs of the dreaded home service calls, and troubleshoot some simple furnace issues yourself. Scared of DIY? Don’t write yourself off just yet – these tips are about as easy as it gets.
Tip 1: Check the Thermostat
“Uh-oh, the thermostat must be broken. The heat won’t turn on!”
Well – not necessarily. If you have a digital thermostat, the problem may be as simple as needing replacement batteries. If new batteries don’t solve the problem, take a look at the wires behind the thermostat to make sure they are still connected securely.
Tip 2: #NewFilter
Has it been a while since you’ve taken a look at your thermostat’s filter? It’s okay if you answered “yes”, as this is one of the most common culprits of a malfunctioning heating system. If not changed or checked regularly, the filter tends to accumulate debris and get clogged. When this happens, the furnace often reverts to “Safe Mode” which means that it will just continue to blow only cold air until a new filter is installed.
Tip 3: Check the Settings
This last tip may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to look past something so simple, especially when you’re frustrated. Take a look at the heating and cooling settings on your thermostat and make sure it has been flipped to the “heat” setting. You could be warm and cozy with just the flip of a switch!
Thanks for reading! We hope these tips will help you troubleshoot your furnace issues on your own, and get your home heated up quickly and efficiently.
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