Furnace Problems: Here’s How To Manage And Avoid Them

A furnace malfunction can be anything from a major annoyance to a household emergency. As a homeowner, you want to do everything possible to keep your heating system working, especially during the coldest days of winter. Regular preventive maintenance is the best thing you can do to sustain furnace performance. But just about every furnace eventually develops one problem or another. Here are some ways to troubleshoot an issue before you call in a professional.

  • Check the power switches and supply. Make sure the unit is plugged in and receiving power, and the main power switches are turned on.
  • Take the unit’s air filter out, and make sure it’s not clogged. A dirty filter blocks airflow. Put in a new filter, and try operating your furnace.
  • Make sure the supply and return vents in your home aren’t blocked by furniture, boxes or anything else. Clear the vents as needed.
  • Make sure your furnace is getting fuel from the utility connection or fuel storage tank. If you have a fuel tank, the level may be low.
  • If you have an older furnace with a pilot light, make sure it’s on. See if the burners are working.
  • Check the temperature setting on the thermostat. Raise the setting by a few degrees, and see if the furnace kicks on.
  • If you’re using a programmable thermostat, make sure the temperature and mode settings haven’t accidentally been changed. Change the batteries.
  • Check the main circuit breaker. If it has been tripped, reset it, and see if your furnace starts up. Call for service immediately if the breakers keep tripping.

Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning is an expert source of HVAC expertise and service in Fort Collins and neighboring Colorado communities. Contact us for more information on troubleshooting furnace problems and for professional maintenance and repair services.

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