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Furnace Not Turning On? Here’s What to Check

Having an issue with your furnace might be an easy fix if you know how to resolve the problem. Hang around. You’ll learn a few troubleshooting tips before reaching out to an HVAC company for professional furnace repairs.

An Issue With the Thermostat

This might seem like common sense, but make sure your thermostat is set on the heat setting. You’ll also want to make sure that the temperature in your house is colder than what the thermostat is set to.

If neither of these are the issue, then you’ll want to try turning on the furnace itself. This will force the furnace to start blowing air. If you have a newer electronic thermostat, it should have an error code feature. If your furnace is still being uncooperative, check for an error code and it’ll notify you of the issue.

Still not working? Maybe it’s not as simple as we thought. Let’s see what else could be the issue.

Changing the Air Filter

It’s possible that it’s time to change your air filter. Your air flow will be disrupted if you haven’t had routine maintenance for this. Your air filter can be clogged with dust, hair, or household debris and limit the functionality of your furnace. To get optimal air flow, your air filter should be replaced every 3 months.

Faulty Pilot Light

If you can hear your furnace clicking but it’s not lighting up, then there’s an issue with your pilot light. For instructions on how to correctly re-light your pilot light, consult the user manual for your furnace. If re-light the pilot light doesn’t work, contact an HVAC professional. It’s possible that you have a bad thermocouple that needs replacing.

The Furnace Itself

Something as little as the switch being accidentally turned off inside the furnace could be the issue here. If this is the case, you will need to turn the power on. However, If there’s an issue with the breaker, you will need to check and see if the power to the furnace has been tripped. If so, turn it back on. These might be easy fixes, but let’s say you’re facing a bigger problem here.

Dealing With An Old Furnace

Your furnace might be starting to show its age here. With proper heating maintenance, your furnace can last up to 20 years. Without routine maintenance, you might notice these common symptoms.

  • High utility bills
  • Sudden noises
  • Dry air
  • Soot
  • Poor temperature control
  • Gas leak
  • Emitting odd odors

It’s vital that you take care of your furnace. Not only to save money, but also to protect your health. Ignoring an issue with your furnace can lead to illnesses for you and your family. This is because of a carbon monoxide build up which can slowly cause sickness in small doses.

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