DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most critical parts of the winter is staying cozy and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is important throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more necessary. Winters in Erie are unpredictable and the coldest days can often pop up on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you call in an expert technician, here are a few things you can inspect first: Check your filter – unclean filters are one of the most widespread causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time passing through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to switch off sometimes. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to find the problem, while newer furnaces are created to find clogged and dirty filters before further troubles arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can prevent these troubles and keep you warm. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep constant tabs on your thermostat batteries to make sure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or marker on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to swap out the batteries on your thermostat. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to forget little things like the settings of your thermostat. Verify this important step, especially if there was a relevant rise in temperature that may have caused you to switch off the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, locate the breakers that operate your furnace: [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On spot. If it is Off or in the middle of the two positions, cycle the breaker to Off and then reset it to On. The switch that appears to look like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, position. It can easily be mistaken for a real light switch, which is why it is frequently the difficulty with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only need a few minutes to reboot. Walking through these steps is a simple and effective way of ensuring the effectiveness of your furnace before you make a call to your Erie expert. If there are still problems after you have made it through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to update your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the issue might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie or contact us online assistance.