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DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

March 06, 2015

One of the most vital parts of the winter is staying cozy and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is critical throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more essential. Winters in Portland are always changing and the coldest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is unprepared. So, before you find an expert technician, here are a few things you can inspect first:

  1. Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most common causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a harder time passing through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to shut down often times. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to find the problem, while newer furnaces are created to point out clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can ward off these problems and keep you comfortable.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep incessant tabs on your thermostat batteries to guarantee that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or indicator on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to switch out the batteries on your thermostat.
  3. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to forget small things like the settings of your thermostat. Verify this crucial step, especially if there was a new increase in temperature that may have caused you to switch off the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, locate the breakers that operate your furnace:
    1. [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On spot. If it is Off or in the middle of the two positions, change the breaker to Off and then reset it to On.
    2. The switch that looks like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, spot. It can definitely be misidentified as a real light switch, which is why it is usually the difficulty with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only take a few minutes to reboot.

Working through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of confirming the efficiency of your furnace before you make a call to your Portland technician. If there are still issues after you have gone through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the issue might be. If you have questions or need to arrange a repair, call Three Rivers Heating & Cooling in Portland.