Furnace Troubleshooting: Give These Fixes A Try Before You Call
Furnace troubleshooting should generally be left to the experts; however, it’s helpful for homeowners to try a few simple furnace troubleshooting steps before giving their heating service provider a call:
If you smell gas:
- Leave the house immediately. This should be obvious to most homeowners, but a gas leak is a highly dangerous situation.
- Don’t attempt to fix this problem. Instead, call your fire department or utility company for help.
If the furnace doesn’t cycle on:
- Make sure the power source to the furnace is working. Check the circuit breaker, and the main power switch on the furnace system itself.
If the furnace doesn’t produce enough heat:
- In this case, be sure that the thermostat is set to “heat” so that the furnace is given the signal to cycle on.
- The thermostat should also be set to a higher temperature than the existing indoor temperature, or it won’t cycle on.
After you have attempted these furnace troubleshooting steps, ensured that the system is powered up and the thermostat is set correctly, and you still have a furnace problem, it’s time to give your heating service provider a call.
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