We’re getting deeper into heating season, which means you’re probably relying on your furnace more often to keep your home warm. If your furnace is not providing the levels of heat that you need to stay comfortable, you probably need to have a professional HVAC technician fix it for you. Before you call for professional repairs, though, you should check a few things yourself to make sure that it’s not a minor thing you can take care of. We’ve outlined a few of those minor issues below.
A “malfunctioning” climate control system ends up being because of an improperly set thermostat far more often than you would think. If you live with other people, maybe one of them changed the thermostat and didn’t tell you. Or, maybe the thermostat needs to have its batteries replaced. Regardless, it’s a good idea to check it before you call a professional. If everything seems to be displaying correctly with the thermostat, but the problem persists, it might be something else.
The Air Filter
The air filter is the part of the furnace responsible for protecting the system from dust and other debris commonly found in a home’s ducts. While the filter does a very good job of protecting the furnace from these contaminants, it has no way of ridding itself of the contaminants that it collects. If the filter isn’t changed every so often, it will eventually become clogged. This blocks the flow of air into the furnace, which prevents it from circulating air throughout the house. You should check your air filter at least once every three months or so, and replace it as necessary to keep the air flowing.
The Pilot Light
Most modern combustion heating systems don’t make use of standing pilot lights anymore. That is, there isn’t a small gas flame that’s always burning so that it can light the burner assembly at a moment’s notice. Plenty of systems still do use those lights, though, and if your furnace has a standing pilot light it’s a good idea to check it if the system won’t heat. If the pilot light is out, try relighting it and seeing if that fixes the problem. If the pilot light appears to be fine, then the problem is probably located elsewhere. If the pilot light won’t light, or won’t stay lit for more than a short time, then you’ve probably found the problem. You’ll need a professional to fix it, though.
The Circuit Breaker
If your furnace isn’t turning on at all, it might be because of your circuit breaker. Check the panel to see if any circuits are tripped. If resetting the circuit breaker fixes the problem, then you’re all set! If not, you’re going to need to find a professional technician to take a look at the system for you.
Climate Control Heating & Cooling offers a full range of furnace repair services in Lee’s Summit, MO. If you need help with your furnace, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.