Brr…baby, it’s cold inside! Though these might not be the
lyrics you remember from the holiday classic, it might be the words you
sing if your furnace doesn’t turn on! Your furnace is the system
that works hard to keep your home warm. With the winter setting in nicely,
it might be a key to a comfortable holiday season. But what do you do
when your furnace doesn’t turn on? First thing is don’t panic!
We’re here to help! At Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling, we
want you to have the best winter possible. That is why we’ve compiled
a few things to check in case your furnace is acting finicky.
Check the Thermostat
This might seem too easy of a fix, but go check to make sure if your thermostat
is on. Sometimes, when a house or street loses power, the thermostat will
automatically turn off. Make sure that it is on. While you are there,
make sure that it is set to a temperature that you find comfortable. To
see if your thermostat might be the reason your furnace is not turning
on, set the temperature 10 degrees higher and check if your home heats up.
Check the Circuit Breakers
The circuit breaker is responsible for monitoring the current of electricity
flowing through your home. If it has caused other electrical disturbances
in your house, it may also prevent your furnace from working. Go to your
circuit breaker panel and make sure the switch for the HVAC system is
flipped on. If you are having problems with your circuit breaker, contact
our HVAC technicians for help.
Check the Condensate Pan
The condensate pans on your furnace help drain the unit of water that accumulates.
If the pan works appropriately, it should pump or dispense the water gathered.
However, if your pan is filled with water, it can be what causes your
furnace from turning on.
If your pan has a drain, make sure it is clean and clear. If it is blocked,
it will stop the water from flowing through. If your pan has a pump, check
to make sure the float switch is in the “down” position. If
your float switch is turned up, it will stop your furnace.
Check Your Air Filter
air filters should be changed regularly. If they have not, they can become clogged
or dusty. This can prevent air from passing through. If it feels like
your furnace is not working, check to see if your filters are clean and
allowing the heat through.
Check Your Pilot Light
Check to see if your pilot light is on. If it has gone out, relight it.
However, if it flickers off after, it can indicate that the assembly or
sensor are dirty.
Check Your Gas
If you have a gas furnace, make sure that your gas is working properly.
To check if it is, try lighting your stove or other gas appliances. If
they do not turn on, there you go! You’ve found your problem. However,
if you smell gas, get out of the house quickly and call for immediate
repair. Gas leaks can be very dangerous!
We hope these tips help you figure out your furnace needs so that you can
enjoy roasting chestnuts by an open fire. If you still experience trouble,
contact our leading Indiana and Ohio heating technicians. We bring years
of knowledge and can find a solution to your HVAC problems.