The temperatures are steadily decreasing, and before long, you’ll be turning your furnace on for the first time this year. Chances are, it will come on without a problem, but what happens if it won’t turn on? Here are some simple troubleshooting tips you can do yourself before calling a pro.
Check your Thermostat
Verify program settings is set to Heat or Auto. Make sure the batteries in the thermostat don’t need replaced.
Check the Filter
Make sure to change your furnace filter once a month. If it is clogged up, your systems safety option won’t allow it to turn on.
Check the Circuit Breakers
Make sure all switches for your HVAC system are set to “ON” on the circuit breaker panel.
Check the Pilot Light
Verify if the pilot light is out. This is typically a problem if you can hear your furnace click on, but it does not fire up.
Check the Gas
Check to make sure the gas control valve to the furnace is open. If it is not open then your furnace could have no fuel. If you smell gas, leave immediately and call a repair company.
With the Farmers’ Almanac predicting a polar coaster winter this year it’s best you don’t gamble on the odds if your furnace will start or not. Fall is the best time to schedule a furnace check to ensure your system is working appropriately before the major cold front sets in.