The last thing you want during the middle of winter, the coldest time of the year, is a furnace that won’t ignite. The furnace is a sophisticated piece of equipment that heats your entire house, and most people aren’t familiar with how it operates. While it’s not generally recommended that homeowners take it upon themselves to try to fix their furnace, there are some things that can be checked before calling for a repair technician.
- Check the air filter. There are a variety of air filter options; generally, the standard type will be less expensive, but will need to be replaced more frequently - on average once each month for the best results. Higher quality filters do a better job of trapping allergens and bacteria, and can be replaced less frequently, about every three months. If your air filter has become clogged, it will restrict the air flow, causing the furnace to malfunction. Putting in a new air filter may solve the issue.
- Check the thermostat. Sometimes the setting on the thermostat can cause the furnace to think it doesn’t need to turn on. Try increasing the thermostat to a higher temperature than the reading for the actual room temperature. If this doesn’t cause the furnace to kick on, verify the system switch is set on “auto” or “heat”.
- Check the power source to the furnace. Even if you have a gas furnace, the power to the equipment uses electricity. If your breaker has tripped, it would need to be reset. Check the power switch hasn’t been accidentally bumped or flipped to the “off” position.
After checking these three items, if your furnace continues to fail to turn on, it’s time to call a professional. Golden Seal Service Experts in St. Charles will send a NATE-certified technician promptly to get your system running again, keeping you warm against winter’s chill. For more information, please contact:
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174