DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most important parts of the winter is staying cozy and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is critical throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more necessary. Winters in Madera are erratic and the frostiest days can often pop up on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you ask an expert technician, here are a few things you can examine first: Check your filter – unclean filters are one of the most common causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time floating through filters once they are grimy or dirty, causing the system to switch off sometimes. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are created to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further issues arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can prevent these troubles and keep you warm. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep constant tabs on your thermostat batteries to ensure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or marker on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to replace out the batteries on your thermostat. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to neglect little things like the settings of your thermostat. Verify this important step, especially if there was a relevant increase in temperature that may have caused you to switch off the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, locate the breakers that run your furnace: [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On spot. If it is Off or in the middle of the two positions, cycle the breaker to Off and then reset it to On. The switch that appears to look like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, spot. It can often be misidentified as a real light switch, which is why it is usually the difficulty with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only take a few minutes to reboot. Walking through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of checking the productivity of your furnace before you set-up a call to your Madera technician. If there are still issues after you have gone through these steps, you will have a much greater idea on how to inform your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the problem might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera or reach out online assistance.