DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most important parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is important throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more necessary. Winters in Raceland are erratic and the coldest days can often appear on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you call in an expert technician, here are a few things you can check first: Check your filter – unclean filters are one of the most universal causes of unforeseen furnace failures. Air has a harder time floating through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to switch off often times. The older the furnace, the trickier it might be to detect the problem, while newer furnaces are created to point out clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can counteract these issues and keep you comfortable. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous tabs on your thermostat batteries to guarantee that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or marker on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to switch out the batteries on your thermostat. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to overlook little things like the settings of your thermostat. Double-check this vital step, especially if there was a recent spike in temperature that may have caused you to turn off the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, discover the breakers that control your furnace: [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On spot. If it is Off or in the middle of the two spots, cycle the breaker to Off and then reset it to On. The switch that seems like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, side. It can easily be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is frequently the issue with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only take a few minutes to reboot. Going through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of checking the productivity of your furnace before you make a call to your Raceland technician. If there are still problems after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much wider idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the problem might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service in Raceland or find us online assistance.