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Furnace Troubleshooting: Try These DIY Fixes Before Calling for Furnace Repair

January 9, 2018

Furnace Troubleshooting: Try These DIY Fixes Before Calling for Furnace Repair

One of the biggest problems that consumers face when they have an issue with their furnace is knowing when to call in the professionals. You don’t want to pay for a service call if it was something simple to fix, but you also don’t want to wait until a minor problem leads to a total furnace replacement if it didn’t have to. Read on to get some simple troubleshooting tips from Econo West Heating, Air & Plumbing. If you’re still have troubles, please call us at (661) 269-0308 so we can help you find the right solution.

First: Understand what’s really a sign of trouble

Before you know if you have a real issue on your hands, you need to learn to notice signs that there are issues. First and foremost, if there’s anything going on that you don’t recognize as a thing that’s happened many times in the past, then it’s likely there’s some type of trouble. This can include unusual sounds, low air flowing in some rooms or the entire house, rooms that are cooler than others, and similar issues. If you have this type of issue, start by turning the system completely off.

If the issue is serious then your system won’t turn on at all

Certain serious issues will engage the safety features on your furnace and prevent it from starting at all. This could be something like a potential gas leak or other significant issue that could pose a safety or health risk. The good news is that if this what’s happening, then you’ll immediately know there’s an issue, as the unit won’t start.

Troubleshooting options

Before you contact us to find out what the issue is, there are a few steps you can take to check yourself. First, take a look at your thermostat. Are the settings correct? Most importantly, make sure that it’s on “heat” and not on “cool.” Believe it or not, that’s a very common mistake people make when we live in an area where the heat can be on one day and the AC on the next. Also make sure that the temperature selection is correct. It’s possible you or someone else reprogrammed it to start and stop at the wrong time as well.

If it’s still not working, then take a look at your circuit breaker. If you have a power surge or some type of overload, then the breaker may have been triggered. This would cause the furnace to turn off. This means that there’s something going on with your electrical system.

The final thing you can do is to take a look at your furnace filter. Depending on your model, it should be easy to take out. It’s best to replace this every two months to prevent it from being clogged. If you don’t do that, and there’s a lot of build-up, then a replacement filter should be installed. These can be found at your local hardware store.

If the issue is still not resolved then it’s time to call the professionals in. Contact Econo West Heating, Air & Plumbing at (661) 269-0308 to learn more about your options.

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