Living in Southern California is different than other states because it’s possible for us to have plenty of days in the fall where we use our heaters in the morning and air conditioners at night.
If you haven’t used your heater in 6 months or longer you may be shocked to find out that after trying to turn your heat on one morning it just won’t turn on.
Before calling a heating repair company like Air Care, the good news is that there are a variety of things you can do yourself to make sure that your heater is working correctly.
5 Things to Check Before Running Your Furnace
- Tip #1 – Check your electrical service panel to make sure that the breaker for your furnace is switched to the on position.
- Tip #2 – Check your thermostat to make sure that it’s set to heat then you should set your thermostat so that it’s 10 degrees warmer than the current temperature of the house. If the heater doesn’t come on after checking your thermostat it’s possible that you could have a sensitive or faulty thermostat.
- Tip #3 – Check your furnace’s power switch to make sure that it’s switched to the on position.
- Tip #4 – Check the plastic vent piping outside of your home to make sure that your vent pipes have not become clogged with leaves or other debris.
- Tip #5 – Check the vent pipe on your roof to make sure that it’s not being blocked by debris like a fallen tree limb.
What to Do If Your Furnace Is Still Not Working
If after following the DIY tips in this article you found that your furnace is still not working, the good news is that there are a few more things that you can do before calling a repair technician like Air Care Heating & Air Conditioning.
Turn your furnace off and replace your air filter. This is important to do because a clogged air filter can reduce furnace efficiency and even shut down a furnace all together. Most air filters should be changed monthly to guarantee the efficiency of the system.
After changing your furnace air filter, you should turn your furnace back on, increase the temperature to 10 degrees in your home then wait for it to start up.