Having your furnace stop working in the middle of winter is probably a homeowner's biggest fear. When the temperature dips outside, your furnace is going to work overtime in order to keep you warm inside. If your furnace gets overworked, it may shut down completely, which is something you definitely do not want. If your furnace happens to stop working, there are things you can do to help. Read on for tips to get your furnace working again so you and your family can stay warm.
Check The Furnace Filter
Check the furnace filter to see if it's full or dust and dander. If it was full, this may have caused a problem with your furnace shutting down. The air filter helps trap allergens, but air will still flow in through the air filter and into the furnace system. If the air filter is clogged, it will block the flow of air and your furnace will shut down. If this happens, first change the air filter and install a new one. Then hit the reset button on the high-limit switch. If you aren't sure where this is located on your furnace, you can look in your manufacturer's instructions or online for this information. Remember to check your air filter each month - if you aren't able to see light through it, it's time to change it.
Check All Vents
Check the vents in your home to be sure they are all open. If they're all closed, you may feel like your furnace isn't working, as you may have cold areas in your home. Open up all of the vents in your home and open up all doors to allow for proper airflow. Also be sure you don't have anything blocking the vents in your home. If every single vent is blocked with a piece of furniture, it may cause an improper flow of air in your home.
Inspect The Thermostat
Inspect your thermostat to see if it is working properly. A loose wire or a dead battery may be to blame if it isn't working properly. Check the thermostat and install a new one if you have an older dial thermostat. An old thermostat may not be reading the temperature properly, so think about investing in a new digital thermostat instead. A thermostat is easy to install, but if you aren't sure about this task, hire a professional for help.
If your furnace has stopped working, don't freeze. Call an HVAC technician at a company such as IMS Heating & Air Inc for help to get your furnace working again.
A few years ago, I could tell that we were having serious furnace problems. In addition to dealing with a house that was constantly too cold or too warm, we were also plagued by a noisy, smelly furnace that seemed to have trouble on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough about furnaces at the time to spot the problems quickly. One day, the entire system died, and it was beyond repair. After having that experience, I learned a lot about HVAC systems, so that I could troubleshoot future systems. This website is all about teaching you what you need to know so that you don't end up in the same situation.