One of the worst things that could happen in the middle of winter is for your furnace not to start when you go to turn it on for the first time of the season. In this blog, Premier Comfort Heating and Air shares the things that you should do if your furnace won’t turn on.
Check the Thermostat
You might be surprised at the number of HVAC problems that are rooted in unresponsive or malfunctioning thermostats. Make sure the thermostat is at the right temperature and is set to “heating”. It’s fairly common to mistakenly set the thermostat to “fan,” but this can easily be corrected. You may also need to perform a full reset, as well as replace the batteries, if the thermostat still seems to be unresponsive.
Furnaces burn fuel to generate heat, but they still need power to distribute hot air throughout your home. Carefully inspect the power lines for damage or corrosion. If the furnace has its own circuit breaker, reset it and try turning the furnace on. If it still doesn’t work, schedule an appointment with a heating and air conditioning technician and make sure the issue is addressed as soon as possible.
No Pilot Light
Check underneath the furnace, locate the pilot light and make sure it’s still lit. It’s not uncommon for the pilot light to go out, and this issue can be fixed by simply using a match to relight it.
If you have a gas-powered furnace, make sure the gas valve is opened fully so the furnace gets enough fuel. A common mistake among homeowners is only partially turning the valve, either through carelessness or due to safety concerns. This is the reason why newer furnaces come with switches or buttons, since valves always have to be either fully opened or fully closed.
Why You Should Leave Repairs to the Professionals
If after performing the troubleshooting steps described above your furnace still won’t turn on, schedule an appointment with an HVAC contractor. While furnaces are relatively simple systems, there are certain hazards involved in handling electrical connections and gas lines. Also, performing your own repairs may void your warranty coverage.
Call Premier Comfort for All Your HVAC Needs
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