Read these furnace troubleshooting tips to learn how you can save on repair bills. A furnace rarely goes through its lifetime without needing some repairs. What most people don’t know is that they can solve some of their own furnace problems. We have listed a few furnace troubleshooting tips to help you save on your repair bills.
Furnace Troubleshooting Tips:
Tip 1: Check Your Filter
A dirty air filter is the most common furnace problem we see. A dirty filter causes your furnace to overheat in the winter. (It can also cause an air conditioner freeze-up in the summer.) Once your furnace overheats, it can no longer function and could even cause a safety device to turn the furnace off. Check your furnace filter once per month and change as needed.
Tip 2: Look for the arrow on your filter
Most air filters will display an arrow on the outside edge to show you the proper airflow direction. Your airflow is going through the ducts, through the filter and then into the furnace. Be sure to install the filter in the proper direction.
Tip 3: Pre-season furnace check
Test your furnace before the heating season begins. Your thermostat switch should be in the heat position. On a cool day, turn up the heat setting a few degrees greater than the room temperature. Wait for several minutes to be sure the fan starts and after a few more minutes the airflow should be warm. If you have an electric heat pump, walk outside to be sure the outside unit is operating.
If you are experiencing any problems with your furnace, you must call a professional. Precision Comfort Systems provides repair services for all types and brands of furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioners. Contact us today for more questions about your furnace.