Heating problems can seem very urgent in the dead of winter, but not all furnace issues are a cause for panic. Some heating problems have very simple solutions. If your heater is blowing cold air, or if your home is warming up but isn't getting warm enough, try these simple solutions.
Check the Thermostat First
The first thing you'll want to do is go to the thermostat, to ensure that the thermostat is on and properly functioning.
Check the Breaker
If the furnace won't turn on at all, it's possible your furnace's breaker has been tripped. This may have happened because of a power surge or because of a power overload from your home's appliances. Check the breakers in the electrical panel on your house to ensure that none of them are in the "off" position.
Reboot the System
Sometimes an error in the thermostat or in the furnace itself can cause the furnace to stop functioning properly. Rebooting the system can help. Locate the breaker for the furnace and flip it into the "off" position for several seconds or a minute. This will allow the furnace and thermostat to fully shut off, ridding the system of any errors. Turn the system back on, then check the furnace to see if it's working properly.
Unblock the Vents
If your home is warming a little bit but not enough, or if it's warming unevenly, this could be a problem with your ducts. A blockage may be the source of your trouble. Check all the vents in your home to ensure that they haven't been covered by any pieces of furniture or rugs. If you can find no source of blockage on the outside of the vents, shine a flashlight into each duct. It could be that something is inside the ducts that is blocking the warm air from circulating.
Check the Pilot
If you recently turned off the gas to your home, your pilot light will have been extinguished. To check the pilot, look inside your furnace for a blue flame. If you can see no flame, follow the instructions on the outside of the furnace to relight the pilot.
If these solutions don't fix your heating problems, then it's time to call in a professional HVAC repair company, such as American Comfort Systems.
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