As luck would have it, it seems that furnace issues only occur when you need the furnace to work the most. For instance, take the recent cold temperatures and heavy snow we've been having here in Denver, CO. If you live here or in another part of the country that experiences winter, you know the last thing you would want is to have your furnace stop working during the winter or even worse, an extreme winter storm in which a repair team can't even get to you. All that being said, furnace issues typically can't be predicted. Due to this, it's best to know and understand common furnace issues and what you can do to fix them yourself that way you don't have to sit in a cold home for too long. Let's get into common issues and what you can do to fix them from FH Water Restoration:
Furnace Isn't Producing Heat
One of the most common issues homeowners face with their furnaces is that it just stops producing heat altogether. If this happens to you, you'll first want to confirm that your thermostat is in fact on and set to produce heat. You'd be shocked at how many times this in the fix. If your thermostat is on and there is still no heat, it may be that your circuit breaker/fuse was tripped. To see if this is the case, you'll want to go to your home's breaker panel and find the circuit that controls the furnace. If it is flipped to "off", you've found your issue. Turn the circuit back on and your furnace should start producing heat again.
Furnace Isn't Producing Enough Heat
A furnace that is struggling to produce enough heat is a different fix than one that just isn't producing heat at all. One of the reasons your furnace may not be producing as much heat as desired is a clogged filter. In order to mitigate this issue, you'll want to locate the filter on your furnace and check it. If it is in fact clogged, you'll want to replace the filter with a clean/new one.
Furnace Isn't Producing Enough Heat or Any Heat
If your furnace isn't producing enough heat or any heat at all, it could be your electric ignition or pilot control. Drafts entering the furnace area or clogs in your heating system can cause the pilot light to go out. In order to fix this yourself, you'll first want to try turning the furnace power switch on and off as the ignition may just need to be reset. If that doesn't fix the issue, you'll want to go through the steps on your furnace's owner's manual to troubleshoot fixing the electric ignition/pilot light. If this doesn't work, you'll want to call an expert for service.
Should you run into the above issues with your furnace, we suggest trying out the fixes provided before calling for service, especially if you're in the middle of a winter storm. If none of these fixes do the trick, that's when you'll want to call in a professional. Just keep in mind that in the case of a severe winter storm, they may not be able to get to you quickly. In order to avoid the risk of any home issues during the winter, it is always smart to go through a few steps to prepare your space for cold temperatures and hail, snow or ice. FH Water Restoration has a few blogs with info on how to do just that: