DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

Heating

One of the most critical parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is important throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more crucial. Winters in the Upper Rio Grande Valley are erratic and the chilliest days can often pop up on us, sometimes when your furnace is unprepared. So, before you ask a specialized technician, here are a few things you can inspect first:

  1. Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most universal causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time traveling through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to switch off often times. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are meant to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can counteract these issues and keep you comfy.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep incessant tabs on your thermostat batteries to guarantee that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or sign on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to switch out the batteries on your thermostat.
  3. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to forget minor things like the settings of your thermostat. Double-check this important step, especially if there was a relevant spike in temperature that may have caused you to switch off the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, locate the breakers that operate your furnace:
    1. [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On side. If it is Off or in the middle of the two spots, change the breaker to Off and then reset it to On.
    2. The switch that looks like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, side. It can easily be misidentified as a real light switch, which is why it is usually the problem with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only take a few minutes to reboot.

Working through these steps is an easy and effective way of ensuring the efficiency of your furnace before you set-up a call to your the Upper Rio Grande Valley technician. If there are still difficulties after you have gone through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to inform your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the issue might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call Cytech Heating & Cooling in the Upper Rio Grande Valley or reach out online assistance.

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