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DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

One of the most important parts of the winter is staying snug and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is important throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more essential. Winters in Jefferson City are erratic and the coldest days can often pop up on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you call in a professional technician, here are a few things you can check first:

  1. Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most common causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a harder time traveling through filters once they are grimy or dirty, causing the system to shut off on some occasions. The older the furnace, the trickier it might be to detect the problem, while newer furnaces are meant to find clogged and dirty filters before further troubles arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can prevent these issues and keep you warm.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep constant tabs on your thermostat batteries to ensure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or indicator on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to replace out the batteries on your thermostat.
  3. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to overlook minor things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this vital step, especially if there was a recent rise in temperature that may have caused you to turn off the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, find the breakers that operate your furnace:
    1. [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On position. If it is Off or in the middle of the two positions, cycle the breaker to Off and then reset it to On.
    2. The switch that appears to look like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, side. It can often be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is usually the problem 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 checking the productivity of your furnace before you give a call to your Jefferson City technician. If there are still problems after you have gone through these steps, you will have a much greater idea on how to update your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the trouble might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call Stieferman Heating Company Inc in Jefferson City.

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