Furnace season is most definitely upon us. Hopefully you took the time to check your furnace this summer for ongoing maintenance and also started it properly. Even if you have taken all the necessary steps, you may still experience furnace trouble. This is particularly true the older your furnace gets. But don’t worry, not all furnace problems mean you need a replacement. In fact, some issues can be solved without a furnace service call.
Here are the things you should check on yourself before calling for a furnace service check.
If no heat is coming through your vents, you may want to check your fuse box. A tripped circuit breaker or blown out fuse are some of the most common reasons a furnace stops working. One thing to note though: if this is happening regularly, your furnace may be drawing more power than your electrical system is capable of handling.
Outdoor Air Intake
Check for debris or other blockage around the outdoor air intake and exhaust. For many old furnaces, this might happen through your chimney. Leaves, snow and other build up around these vents may be blocking air from reaching your furnace.
If you aren’t receiving hot air through your HVAC system, your thermostat may be to blame. Ensure the proper settings, like “Heat” are selected and that it is at high enough a temperature to turn the furnace on and get it working. If your thermostat needs troubleshooting, consider consulting your manual. If the thermostat runs on batteries, check them as well.
Check Your Filter
If your furnace is running but you are not feeling the warmth, an old or dirty filter may be incapacitating the furnace from operating at its highest capacity. The dust and debris trapped by your filter will end up impeding air flow if not changed regularly enough. The suggested filter change time is every 3 months.
If you’ve run through this list but are still experiencing issues, it may be time to call for furnace in Edmonton. This is the time of year you want to ensure your furnace is working at full capability so you’re nice and toasty all winter long!