With fall weather settling in and winter on the way, many Peachtree City area homeowners are turning on the heat for the season. For some of them, switching on the heat for the first time will yield an unpleasant surprise: a furnace that seems to have quit working as it sat unused throughout the warmer seasons. If this has happened to you, and your furnace worked just fine last year, there’s a good chance your problem could be quite simple. So if you’re fairly handy and comfortable with your heating system, here are some simple furnace fixes to try that might get it going again.
- Check your thermostat – Make sure it’s set on “Heat” and that the temperature is set higher than the temperature in the room. If your thermostat is digital, make sure it is displaying the proper time and date. If not, program it properly. If it still won’t work, bypass it by setting the temperature manually with the up/down buttons and pressing the hold button.
- Check the power supply – Check your system’s cutoff switch to make sure it’s on. This is usually a standard wall switch, located on or near the furnace. Check circuit breakers or fuses to the furnace, and make sure that the front panel of the furnace is closed securely, since a push-in safety switch will stop furnace operation if it isn’t.
- Change your air filter – Clogged air filters are a common reason for furnace problems, and changing them is among the simplest of furnace fixes. If you don’t know where to find it, check your owner’s manual.
Other simple things to check include the gas supply valve to be sure it open, and, in older furnaces, the pilot light, which can be lit, if necessary, according to instructions you’ll find on or near the pilot assembly. If these furnace fixes don’t work or you don’t feel comfortable trying them, please contact us at Powers Heating & Air for assistance. Our experienced and reliable HVAC professionals are dedicated to serving the home comfort needs of customers in and around Peachtree City.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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