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DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

One of the most vital parts of the winter is staying snug and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more necessary. Winters in Brandon are erratic and the coldest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you call in a professional technician, here are a few things you can examine first:

  1. Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most common causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a harder time traveling through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to switch off often times. The older the furnace, the trickier it might be to detect the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to point out clogged and dirty filters before further issues arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can ward off these problems and keep you comfy.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep incessant 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.
  3. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to neglect small things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this vital step, especially if there was a relevant spike in temperature that may have caused you to change the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, discover the breakers that control your furnace:
    1. [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On position. If it is Off or in the middle of the two spots, change the breaker to Off and then reset it to On.
    2. The switch that seems like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, side. It can easily be mistaken for a real light switch, which is why it is usually the difficulty with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only need a few minutes to reboot.

Working through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of checking the efficiency of your furnace before you make a call to your Brandon expert. If there are still problems after you have gone through these steps, you will have a much wider idea on how to update your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the problem might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Brandon Heating and Plumbing in Brandon.

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