DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most important parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the chilly season it is even more crucial. Winters in Augusta are erratic and the frostiest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you find an expert technician, here are a few things you can examine first: Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most common causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time floating through filters once they are filthy 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 ward off these issues and keep you comfy. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep constant tabs on your thermostat batteries to make sure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or marker 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 forget little things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this important step, especially if there was a recent 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 side. If it is Off or in the middle of the two positions, change 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, side. It can often 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 an easy and effective way of confirming the effectiveness of your furnace before you make a call to your Augusta expert. If there are still issues after you have worked 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 set up a repair, call McCune Heating & Cooling in Augusta or find us online assistance.