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Even if you think you pay enough attention to keep your furnace functional, things can go wrong without a notice. The problem is that you sometimes have to wait for a technician to arrive and fix the issue.
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When You Have a Dead Furnace
Even if you think you pay enough attention to keep your furnace functional, things can go wrong
without a notice. The problem is that you sometimes have to wait for a technician to arrive and
fix the issue. It can take a lot of time and living without a furnace during the winters can be quite
difficult. Therefore, it is a good idea to educate yourself about how your furnace works to handle
minor furnace repair problems on your own.
One of most common issue that can be quite frustrating is to see your furnace quit. When the
furnace refuses to work, it could be due to many underlying issues. In most cases, you can fix the
problem by learning to check the thermostat. You would not have to call a furnace repair pro if
you could check the thermostat properly. The furnace will not be turned on unless the thermostat
tells it to. Therefore, you should not panic when your furnace stops working and simply check
the thermostat first. Here are a few things to do:
Be sure to check the thermostat carefully, especially if it is a programmable one. You
have to ensure that the switch is not on "Cool" and is on "Heat" instead.
Now, check the temperature setting. It is important to ensure the temperature setting of
the thermostat is higher than the room temperature. Usually, it is enough to set the
thermostat temperature five degrees higher than your room temperature. Making this
change usually makes the furnace work again.
If you do not get a functional furnace yet, you may have to check the program and ensure
that it displays the right day and time.
Check the thermostat wires carefully and ensure that they have no breaks. You are likely
to find a break here if you have recently done some remodelling. Keep in mind that if you
find a break even in one of those thin wires, the furnace may refuse to work. The good
thing is that you can easily fix the wire though – just splice it back together and use some
electrical tape to cover it properly.
Another issue keeping the furnace from working efficiently is that you have a poor
battery. In many cases, the thermostat setting will change to the default if you have a
dead battery. Therefore, it is better to be on the safe side and change the battery.
The thermostat may cause problems when there is dirt and debris in and around it. You
need to clean it properly and also ensure that it is level on the wall.
The fact of the matter is that it is natural to feel worried and panicked when your furnace stops
working, but in many cases, you do not need to call a furnace repair pro because a little attention
to the thermostat can fix the issue. If the problem persists, you may have no other choice but to
ask a technician to check it for you.