We may have enjoyed a few extra warm days this winter, but now that the icy cold has set in, our furnaces are beginning to stretch their legs. Some furnaces will be able to keep up with the cold and others will be left in the dust. If you find yourself with one of these broken down furnaces, calling out a service technician is likely your only option to regain comfort. However, there are a few steps you can take to hopefully get the unit going once again. These are simple steps that even the most technologically inexperienced homeowners can attempt, and it could save you the cost of a service call should one of them work for your system.
4 Tips to Kick Start Your Furnace
- Replacing Thermostat Batteries: The batteries in your thermostat can go bad and prevent it from connecting with the furnace. Even if the thermostat is not indicating “Low Battery,” replace the batteries and reset the thermostat according to your manufacturer’s instructions. This could restart the furnace.
- Restarting the Furnace: Sometimes you simply need to turn the furnace off and back on in order to get it to restart. Turn the system off at the unit (and the thermostat). Flip the switch back and turn the thermostat temperature up to call for heat.
- Replacing the Filter: A clogged filter will force the furnace to shut off in order to protect itself from damage. Replace the filter, reset the system, and you could be back in action. Always remember to check the filter on a monthly basis, especially during these high usage months.
- Lighting the Pilot: Unintentional drafts can accidentally blow out the pilot light on your furnace. Many furnaces have simple instructions to relight the pilot should this be the source of your problem.
Keep Your Furnace Running with Yearly Maintenance
If you get the furnace going, you should still have it checked out by a professional. Maintenance cleanings are far more affordable than repairs, and will help your furnace keep up with winter.