Up to 75% of no-heat calls in the winter are related to a lack of maintenance. Left unserviced, a furnace can stop working suddenly, leaving your family in the cold. Maintaining your furnace or, HVAC system, can be tedious. It’s a chore very similar to clean out out the gutters. Nobody really wants to do it, but it’s actually very vital to the health and longevity of your home. Here are some troubleshooting options if you are experiencing a broken furnace, but if all else fails please contact your local heating and cooling company.
Here are a few common furnace problems now you can quickly fix them. First of all, check your thermostat and make sure that it’s on the proper settings. If the display on your thermostat looks correct, look at the wires that go back to the furnace and make sure they’re in, first of all, check your thermostat and make sure that it’s on the proper settings. If the display on your thermostat looks correct, look at the wires that go back to the furnace and make sure there are no breaks in any of them, if you do find a break in the wires simply splice the line back together and cover it with electrical tape. Also, you may just need to replace the batteries in your thermostat, in order for it to work properly. Here are a few things you can do to try and fix your broken furnace before it’s time to call the heating company.
First, check your switches and breakers in your main breaker box. Second, it might be time to replace your furnace filter. A clogged furnace filter can make your furnace shut off, thus leading to a broken furnace. Dirty filters are the most common problem when it comes to fixing the furnace. If you have pets or smoke in the home, changing your filter more often will ensure a long life for your furnace. Always check your gas line and make sure that it’s turned on, or your gas furnace won’t be able to go in the hot air. If you have a chimney in your home I’ll make sure the chimney exhaust is clear. As gross as it is, birds will occasionally fall into the chimney exhaust flue, which will lead to a whole bunch of problems. If you have a high-efficiency furnace, there are sometimes several gallons of water a day that will drain off. Making sure that you flush out these drain lines will ensure no back up, or other clogging type issue. Blocked or leaky ducts can restrict airflow in your furnace. Lastly, just like you would with your gutters, make sure you keep your furnace debris free as much as possible clear any leaves or large pieces of debris from the heat pump or any of the intake and exhaust vents.
If you have tried all, or none, or some of these and have had no success, or if you are just fed up with trying to fix your broken furnace, call a professional. If you are diligent about furnace maintenance, none of these problems will really occur until your furnace is pushing its last days. Keeping up with minor furnace repairs will set you up for never having to worry about a catastrophe that could potentially cause water damage, or other types of damage to your home and potentially your family.