Furnace Troubleshooting Guide

Furnace on the fritz? While we prefer to leave real repairs to the experts, the following quick fixes may help troubleshoot simple problems. And we’re not done with our furnaces yet! Punxsutawney Phil, Groundhog Day’s biggest celebrity, may have predicted an early spring, but winter is still roaring, so your furnace should be too. Try these quick fixes first, then call your locally-trusted HVAC specialists at Warners’ Stellian.

Change Your Furnace Filter

Have you ever run a marathon with a cold? That’s what it’s like when you leave your furnace with a dirty filter. Dirty or clogged filters reduce airflow and make your furnace work harder than it should. Additionally, a clogged filter could be the reason your furnace is cycling on and off.

Check Your Fan Setting

Turn your fan setting to Auto. If in the On mode, the fan will continuously run, improperly heating/cooling your space.

Inspect the Vent Pipe

In extreme cold (think recent polar vortex, brrr) the vent pipe can clog with ice. If the vent pipe is clogged, your furnace may not be getting enough airflow to function. Head outside to carefully break the ice off the pipe and clear the surrounding snow to ensure proper airflow.

house with snow

Examine Your Draft (not the fantasy sports kind)

A faulty ignition or pilot makes it difficult to heat your home. Something as simple as a draft could cause a pilot light to extinguish. Shut doors and windows and give the gas time to dissipate before relighting.

Check Your Thermostat

If it seems like your furnace isn’t producing any heat, check the battery level in the thermostat. In some models, simply replacing the battery may do the trick.

Hire for Maintenance

Much like a car, your furnace requires annual maintenance and a tuneup to ensure all the moving parts are in tiptop shape. While this isn’t a quick fix, it allows these quick fixes to be possible instead of a costly major repair or replacement. Turn to Warners’ Stellian for an inspection and tuneup (or for a furnace if you’re past the point of no return).  

Save money and energy by scheduling an inspection and tuneup with Warners’ Stellian today!

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