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How to Troubleshoot Furnace Problems

Troubleshoot Furnace Problem

If your furnace stops working, you’ll feel the chill quickly in your Norfolk, Virginia, home. You don’t want to be without heat for long. Use these troubleshooting tips to get to the bottom of the issue and diagnose the problem fast:

Check the Thermostat

The first thing you should do if your furnace isn’t running is to check the thermostat. If the thermostat isn’t on, open it to see if it runs on batteries. Simply installing a new battery may solve your problem. If your thermostat doesn’t use batteries, or if new batteries don’t solve the problem, check your breaker to make sure both the thermostat and furnace are turned on.

Change the Furnace Filter

If your heating system isn’t providing proper airflow, you may need a new filter. Ideally, you should change your HVAC filter at least once every three months. If you have a lot of dust or pet hair in the home, you may need to increase the frequency of this simple maintenance task. Put a new filter in any time your current one is visibly dirty, or no less than once each quarter. As a result, you’ll avoid straining your furnace.

Check the Switch and Code

Your furnace may have a power switch that looks similar to a light switch. Someone in your home may have inadvertently flipped this switch and turned the system off. Turning it on is a quick fix. If the switch is already in the on position, turn it off and back on again.

As the system is coming back on, look to the furnace’s panel to see if it displays an error code. Some systems will display a number that tells you the problem. This number corresponds to a key that’s typically inside the system’s access panel.

If you can’t resolve your furnace issue yourself, contact one of our professional HVAC service technicians as soon as possible to keep your home cozy. Reach out to Weather Makers, Inc. at 757-263-4869. We’ll help diagnose your furnace problem and fix it right away.

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