Top 3 Furnace Troubleshooting Tips for a Cozy Winter

Posted by Casandra Properties on Thursday, January 21st, 2021 at 9:11am.

Did you know that in the 1970s electric furnaces began to replace gas furnaces? If you are trying to stay warm this winter it is a good idea to get familiar with the top furnace troubleshooting tips out there to ensure that you do not find yourself waking up frozen because your furnace decides to call it quits.

Keep reading to learn more about how to troubleshoot a furnace. 

Furnace Troubleshooting

1. Replace the Filter

If you have never cleaned the furnace filter or replaced it, you want to take it out and inspect it. Replacing it might be the best option if you have never even washed it before. A dirty filter will cause plenty of furnace problems including making it super noisy. 

Really, the furnace filter should be replaced once per month to ensure you are getting the best heating circulation throughout your home. The great thing is that replacing a filter will only take you a few seconds. 

Make sure to shut the furnace off before removing the old filter and replacing it with the new one. Once you replace the filter you might notice a big difference in how quiet the furnace runs. 

2. Thermostat Malfunction

If you notice that the furnace is not turning on automatically even though it is cold outside, take a look at the thermostat. First, double-check to make sure it is set to HEAT and not COOL. Then, check what the temperature is set to before assuming the thermostat is broken. 

If the right setting and temperature are set, replace the batteries because these do wear out after some time. If your thermostat does not use batteries then check the control board with a volt stick to make sure there is power coming from the unit. 

You might have to call a reliable furnace technician such as if you exhaust all of the steps above and your furnace is still not working. 

3. Electricity

First, check if the red emergency switch is on because over the summer it might have accidentally been flipped to the off position and you didn't notice. If that is on then check if there are any tripped or blown fuses and replace them as needed. Also, take a look at the circuit breaker in your electric breaker panel. 

Take a look around to see if there are any loose wires in the area or something else that is disrupting the connection. In some cases, you will have to call a heating repair tech because you do not want to mess with electricity unless you have experience doing so. 

Feeling Like a Furnace Troubleshooting Pro?

We hope that now that you are aware of the top furnace troubleshooting tips we shared above, you can confidently go down our furnace troubleshooting checklist and figure out what is wrong or call a professional to help you.

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