The longer you’ve had it, chances are the more you take it for granted. Sorry to be the bearer of not-so-glad tidings, but it’s not going to last forever. As time goes by, it’s common for a furnace to begin acting up. So, by understanding the three main components of your heating system you’ll have a better idea of what the problem might be.
The heat source.
Aptly named, this is where the heat originates. If your furnace is gas-burning and it is not heating, then the furnace most likely is not receiving the fuel it needs to ignite.
The distribution system.
This component to your heating system is responsible for delivering the heated air throughout your home, i.e. your ductwork, vents, and registers. If your furnace turns on but heat doesn’t seem to be reaching the rooms in your home, the distribution system is most likely the culprit.
A faulty or malfunctioning thermostat can cause your furnace to turn off and on repeatedly or not at all. Since the thermostat is responsible for sending a signal to your furnace to turn on or off, it can easily be the source of the problem if your heat is in short supply.
If you experience problems with your furnace this winter, particularly if it doesn’t respond when you try to turn it on, follow the steps below to see if you can get it going again:
- First, check the circuit breaker to make sure the furnace is receiving power. Also look for a secondary power switch, located on the furnace itself.
- Check the furnace for a ‘reset’ button, which is typically found on or around the motor housing. For a gas furnace, leave the unit off for approximately 30 minutes before pressing the button to let the unit cool off first. If that doesn’t do the trick, wait another 30 minutes and try again.
- If you have a natural gas furnace, inspect the pilot light to make sure it’s functioning properly. Check that the gas supply is turned on as well.
- Ensure that your thermostat has been set correctly. Increase the temperature setting by 5 degrees to trigger the unit to turn on.
At Absolute Air, we offer a host of home heating services, including annual preventative maintenance, expert repairs, plus new system design and installation. If you have a home heating need, you can count on us for sound advice, prompt service, and outstanding workmanship. We look forward to your call.