Not all problems require the aid of a technician. Furnace repair professionals revealed that up to a quarter of service calls for broken furnaces could have been resolved simply by checking a few things and some easy fixes.
One of the first things to check is if someone might have changed the controls and forgot to return them to the previous settings. Look at the controls of your furnace to see if the thermostat had been turned down or turned off. It might also be on cool instead of heat.
Next, check the batteries in the control and replace if needed. Dead batteries will reset your thermostat settings back to default. If the program on the thermostat control isn’t working, try bypassing this by adjusting it manually. Check the circuit breakers, too, as they might have tripped.
Dirt and Soot
If your furnace cycles on and off frequently, you might have a problem with your filter. It might be clogged with soot and dust preventing the warm air from circulating properly. This can also cause your furnace to overheat, making it shut down frequently. When you check your filters, make sure that the shutoff switch and thermostat are turned off for safety reasons. Your owner’s manual should tell you how to check and remove filters. Don’t worry if you’ve lost the manual since you can look it up on the manufacturer’s website.
Manufacturers recommend that you replace or clean filters every three months. If you have pets or other sources of dust, you may need to check your filters more frequently. If you hold up the filter against the light and you can’t see the light through it, then it needs to either be cleaned or replaced.
Time to Call in the Experts
If it’s not any of the above issues, then it’s time to call for a furnace repair. This means the issue may be deeper and, if the problem lies with the gas or propane supply, it can be dangerous for an amateur to tackle. Riverton residents can easily find reliable, professional help so make sure to contact one as soon as you can.