Sometimes the simplest fixes in life produce amazing results, and such can be the case with your furnace, too. Before you call a service technician to tend to an operating issue that you could have addressed, put on your furnace troubleshooting cap and try some easy fixes first.

First, get a copy of the owner’s manual. If you haven’t looked at it in a while, now is a good time to familiarize yourself with the furnace’s parts and functions.

Don’t be intimidated; remember that your furnace is a big box that draws in cold air, cleans it with a filter, heats the air, and then sends the warm air through your home’s ductwork. With this in mind, check that your thermostat is set to the “heat” function. If your furnace is not running, turn up the temperature a few notches to see if it fires up. Then inspect the fuse or circuit breaker your furnace operates on.

Replace the fuse or reset the breaker, if necessary. Then check your furnace to ensure that:

The pilot is still on. (If it isn’t, relight it.)

The filter is clean. (If it isn’t, replace it.)

If at the end of your furnace troubleshooting foray, your furnace will not still provide heated air, it may be a problem with its electronic ignition system (if your furnace has one). Have a professional deal with this.

And if your furnace makes either high-pitched squealing noises or low and deep rumbling noises, this could indicate a problem with your burners, which may need to be adjusted or cleaned. This is also a job for a qualified technician.

Contact us today at Pipe Works Services to make an appointment if your furnace needs service. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnace troubleshooting and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas.

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