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DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

One of the most important parts of the winter is staying cozy and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more crucial. Winters in Rochester are unpredictable and the frostiest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you call in a professional technician, here are a few things you can inspect first:

  1. Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most universal causes of unforeseen furnace failures. Air has a more challenging time traveling through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to shut off sometimes. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to find the problem, while newer furnaces are meant to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further issues arise. Swapping furnace filters every month or so can prevent these issues and keep you comfy.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous 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.
  3. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to neglect small things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this important step, especially if there was a new spike in temperature that may have caused you to switch off the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, discover the breakers that run your furnace:
    1. [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On position. If it is Off or in the middle of the two spots, change the breaker to Off and then reset it to On.
    2. The switch that looks like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, position. It can definitely be mistaken for a real light switch, which is why it is often the difficulty with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only require a few minutes to reboot.

Walking through these steps is an easy and effective way of ensuring the efficiency of your furnace before you set-up a call to your Rochester expert. If there are still problems after you have gone through these steps, you will have a much greater idea on how to inform your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the trouble might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call Brogan Heating & AC Inc in Rochester.

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