DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most important parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is critical throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more crucial. Winters in Colfax are erratic and the frostiest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you find a professional technician, here are a few things you can inspect first: Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most universal causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a harder time floating through filters once they are grimy or dirty, causing the system to shut off sometimes. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to find the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to find clogged and dirty filters before further troubles arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can prevent these problems and keep you warm. 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 swap out the batteries on your thermostat. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to overlook little things like the settings of your thermostat. Double-check this crucial step, especially if there was a relevant spike in temperature that may have caused you to change the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, find the breakers that operate your furnace: [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On position. If it is Off or in the middle of the two spots, cycle the breaker to Off and then reset it to On. The switch that seems like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, position. It can easily be mistaken for a real light switch, which is why it is frequently 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 effectiveness of your furnace before you make a call to your Colfax technician. If there are still issues after you have made it through these steps, you will have a much wider idea on how to inform your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the trouble might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning in Colfax or contact us online assistance.