DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

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One of the most vital parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is important throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more crucial. Winters in Oxford are always changing and the coldest days can often pop up on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you call in a professional technician, here are a few things you can examine first:

  1. Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most universal causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a harder time traveling through filters once they are grimy or dirty, causing the system to shut off often times. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to find the problem, while newer furnaces are meant to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can prevent these problems and keep you comfy.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous tabs on your thermostat batteries to ensure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or sign on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to switch out the batteries on your thermostat.
  3. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to overlook small things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this important step, especially if there was a recent increase in temperature that may have caused you to switch off the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, locate the breakers that run your furnace:
    1. [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On spot. If it is Off or in the middle of the two positions, turn the breaker to Off and then reset it to On.
    2. The switch that seems like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, position. It can often be mistaken for a real light switch, which is why it is frequently the problem with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only take a few minutes to reboot.

Working through these steps is an easy and effective way of confirming the productivity of your furnace before you set-up a call to your Oxford expert. If there are still issues after you have gone through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the trouble might be. If you have questions or need to arrange a repair, call Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Oxford.

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