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DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

One of the most critical parts of the winter is staying cozy and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is critical throughout the year, but during the chilly season it is even more crucial. Winters in Manassas are erratic and the coldest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you ask a specialized technician, here are a few things you can examine first:

  1. Check your filter – unclean filters are one of the most universal causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time floating through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to shut down sometimes. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are created to point out clogged and dirty filters before further issues arise. Swapping furnace filters every month or so can counteract these issues and keep you warm.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous tabs on your thermostat batteries to ensure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or sign 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 forget little things like the settings of your thermostat. Verify this vital step, especially if there was a new spike in temperature that may have caused you to change 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 side. If it is Off or in the middle of the two sides, 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, side. It can often be mistaken for 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.

Working through these steps is an easy and effective way of confirming the effectiveness of your furnace before you give a call to your Manassas expert. If there are still problems 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 issue might be. If you have questions or need to arrange a repair, call Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. in Manassas.

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