DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most vital parts of the winter is staying snug and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is important throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more essential. Winters in Utica are erratic and the coldest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you ask an expert technician, here are a few things you can inspect first: Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most universal causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time passing through filters once they are grimy or dirty, causing the system to switch off on some occasions. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are meant to find clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can prevent these issues and keep you comfortable. 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 switch out the batteries on your thermostat. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to overlook minor things like the settings of your thermostat. Verify this vital step, especially if there was a relevant increase in temperature that may have caused you to turn off the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, locate the breakers that run 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 positions, cycle the breaker to Off and then reset it to On. The switch that looks like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, position. It can often be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is often the issue with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only require a few minutes to reboot. Working through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of checking the productivity of your furnace before you give a call to your Utica professional. If there are still difficulties after you have made it through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the trouble might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica or find us online assistance.